The worst that patients do to nurses, told by themselves

The nurses they are vital for health care of the patients of the hospitals, health centers, assistance at home or residences. Many assure that this profession has a very vocational component, but one also learns with the study the relationship with others.

It is true that it is a very stressful employment, but it is one of the jobs with the highest demand until 2026. Dealing with hospital policy, dealing with the patient, disinformation, criticism or fatigue are some of the things with which must face every day.

From 'El Confidencial' we have contacted some of these employees so they could tell us what aspects of your work it gets harder. What do you think we have been told? All anecdotes who have confessed these professionals will surprise you. Pay attention.


"When a new patient comes in he is asked about his background relatives about diseases, and it is very typical that they respond that they do not have any. Then, when ordering the medications they take, they usually take pills for stress, diabetes, cholesterol, prostate … and when you see everything they should ingest, you usually stay with a poker face because you have not heard about it. You have asked or do not know what you were referring to. There is a lot incomprehension, especially with older people, "he says. Rubén.

"There are also diabetic people who say they are not anymore since they take a pill and do not take care of their diet." Explain that their illness continues even though this medication remits the symptoms annoys them a lot because they claim that that which we say 'is a lie'. People usually have a very bad temper with us, they do not value us and they think we're the doctors' secretaries. They always ask us when the doctor is going to appear, but we do not carry your agenda and we do not always know, and that bothers them, "he continues.

The National Observatory of Aggressions to Nurses of the General Council of Nursing recorded a total of 1,469 attacks in 2018

"Other sick people they get hysterical when they run out of serum. They scream thinking they are going to die because we take a little time to change it. Many become smart and do not let us do our homework. I remember several gentlemen who have half a life taking the sintrom and when you suspend it to do some test or replace it with something else, or change it because it is necessary for something, They do not trust you and they threaten you that if they die it will remain in your consciousness, "he explains.

"Many they have difficulties to know what medication they take and that makes our work difficult because we must always know it. When, for example, you ask them about the tension tablet, the 'little round little white' answers, as if they were not all the same! And there are also some elderly patients who are very green: Last week a lady in her seventies he grabbed my ass and he told me 'if you caught me thirty years younger, I made you a man', "he says.

Cold mind

"If we talk about the way of working, the schedule forces us to be available every day It is the week throughout the year. We can not make any plans without first knowing how they are going to organize us and we always miss the holidays. The workload is a lot and nobody does anything to change it: I have taken 18 patients by myself and it burns a lot, "he says. Charles.

The National Observatory of Aggressions to Nurses of the General Council of Nursing registered a total of 1,469 assaults in 2018. By autonomous communities, Andalusia is the one with the highest number of incidents (373), followed by Basque Country (184) and Castilla la Mancha (145). The typology of aggression remains fundamentally verbal (more than 70%) while the physical is around 30. The latter is the one that is usually reported, but there are many more that affect the psychological point of view in a very important way to the professional.

Many patients do not know what medication they take and that makes it difficult for us to work because we must always know

"There is undesirable patients. For example, there are people who have worse veins than others and when you have to puncture them several times they think you do not know how to do your job. Some even insult you and call you useless. I must admit that sometimes I have been scared. They shout at you, they push, they slap and it becomes an uncontrollable situation. And if they suffer much more mental illness, "he continues.

"As well you go through very difficult situations. When I was in oncology, I unknowingly treated a friend's grandmother. I found out that she was on her deathbed, minutes before she passed away and I was talking to her daughter without being able to tell her the sad news. It is a very uncomfortable situation. On many occasions, if you have spent a lot of time taking care of someone and in the end you die, it is inevitable to take care of them. You have to be very strong mentally so that these things do not affect you, because it is really hard, "he concludes.


"Regardless of the doctor, the nurses we are the ones who follow the evolution of patients and those who in the end know more about them. In fact, the decisions, although they are taken by doctors, are mostly joint. Being the visible head of the whole process for having the continuous treatment with the patient always we charge the fights. Doctors are usually like an 'institution' and we are mere mercenaries, "he explains. Mary.

A lady in her seventies grabbed my ass and told me 'if you caught me thirty years younger I made you a man'

"It is often difficult to tell someone all the work we do, we live in constant criticism and sometimes there are comments that hurt us a lot, we just want patients to improve and do everything in our power to get it done. the times the patient does not trust us is very frustrating and it tires a lot, "he continues.

"Not everything is bad things, but it is true that we are often undervalued. Must deal with families it becomes an ordeal and the scorn is continuous, which makes psychologically we are exhausted"he concludes.