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Posted on: April 26, 2011

Whether you deal with people who have been paralyzed by diseases like multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), or by a severe spinal accident, there’s one thing that nurses must keep in mind. The patient will express their frustration by overcoming for their lack of control

What that means is that if you are the nurse, then you must exercise extreme patience. Do not invoke the patient’s anger, even if you know he is wrong (I have only dealt with male patients). Tread carefully & without making any waves. In my experience, those who have very little control over their physical status will have a hard time controlling their frustrations when you make any error–regardless of how bad it is. Only competent nurses should choose to serve these patients as they need more than just medical attention. They deserve the care of those who are extremely sensitive to their mental needs.

The worst part about these patients’ situation is that when they get mad at y0u, I believe that they also feel ashamed for getting mad. Therefore, it starts a vicious cycle of shame & anger that is hard to pull out of. Therefore, it is best never to cross these patients without a very good reason. If you have any questions about their care it is best that you direct it to your supervisor or get assistance from your medical peers. Never bother the patient with trivial things that could give rise to irksome behavior, as this could spell trouble for you both.

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