By Anonymous - 22/10/2012 10:54 - New Zealand - Auckland
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No, not "obviously". If OP chose to work in that profession, then situations such as this are to be expected. You don't go into a psychiatric profession thinking your patients will normal and easy to deal with 100% of the time. I'm envious of OP actually; not because of the obsession the patient has for her, but because she's gaining valuable experience in her career. I've always wanted to volunteer at a psych ward to experience some of the things I may encounter in my future career.
No, the OP should not go searching for a new job. I'm a student nurse too, these things just happen to nurses. I'm sure she won't have a problem because even if the man tried anything bad there is a whole team of people there to help. These kinds of things make our day more exciting and go by faster.
56- I wasn't "ranting" in the first place, and I certainly wasn't in comment #40. I read comment #1 as a suggestion to OP to find a new job, viewed the subsequent response as that person agreeing with #1, and formulated my responses based on those interpretations. It was a simple miscommunication, as MITM pointed out. No need to be rude.
So, if the nurses aren't allowed near a patient because he's too dangerous to others, who treats the patient? Student or not they're responsible for these patients, it's the career path they've chosen, it's not really optional to just 'stay away' from a patient. OP, there are always measures in place to ensure the safety of staff, just stick to the rules and you'll be fine.
Well sure, that's true. But the patient could easily develop an infatuation with another nurse, it could be endless. Though it's likely if it's a genuine threat, they will probably assign someone else of the opposite gender, and very different to the object of the patients obsession just to be on the safe side. If they're lucky enough to not be short-staffed that is. A lot of mental health facilities have terrible funding, and very few staff willing to put up with the conditions. My aunt worked in a psychiatric unit for eight years, these problems are more common than you'd think.
'Unhealthy obsession'? He's clinically insane! of course it's unhealthy! You should be flattered OP! Everyone loves the sexy nurse. If you're working at a psych ward, then you should be relieved that none of them have stolen one of your articles of clothing, or thinks you're his dead wife who he killed after murdering his children, *gasps for air* thinks there is a conspiracy to cover up why he's at the psych ward, and went up to the lighthouse to find the truth. And ends up being crazy.
Hey, look on the bright side. Someone has a crush on you.
draw a picture of you and him in a zombie apocalypse. set him as the zombie.