Patient Behaviors That Bother Nurses The Most


 
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By Kelly Gooch

A new survey provides insights into the life of nurses and their feelings about work.

The survey, conducted by Bay Alarm Medical, examined 127 nurses' experiences and feelings about their work. Respondents included registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners and nurses with other job titles.

Nine findings:

1. More than half of respondents (55.1 percent) said they have treated a criminal, and 48.8 percent said they had a patient die under their care.

2. More than 36 percent of respondents reported being sexually harassed by a patient.

3. One quarter of nurses reported taking medical supplies home, and 20.5 percent reported going on a date with a colleague.

4. Most respondents (69.3 percent) said they have experienced or seen a patient lying about/not disclosing important medical information.

5. More than half of respondents (53.5 percent) said they have experienced or seen workplace bullying.

6. About one in three respondents said they had some regret about their career choice. Among those with regrets, "burnt out" was the most popular reason for regret, followed by feeling overworked and underpaid.

7. Thirty-nine percent of respondents with regrets about their career choice were in the field for five years or less.

8. More than 68 percent of respondents said they were not looking for a new job.

9. Patients' families making unreasonable demands and people not vaccinating their children were the two most annoying patient behaviors cited by respondents.



 
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