Why do patients feel the need to lie to nurses? We’ve all got our vices, but no bad habit or guilty pleasure is worth risking your health for. Unfortunately, the Liar doesn’t realize that if she doesn’t share the right information, it will be that much harder for you to diagnose the problem or give the correct drug or dosage. Don’t be surprised if the Liar isn’t even aware of what she’s doing, or of the potential consequences she faces. On the other hand, be wary of serial liars, who knowingly distort the truth to score painkillers or other drugs
. The Liar can have a number of motives, evading the truth like a pro.
How to deal:
Most people lie because they are afraid of being judged
. As a nurse, you are trained to remain open-minded and non-judgmental, and to put the patient’s health before your own beliefs and opinions. Explain to the Liar that while her bad habits may be embarrassing, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. Most importantly, she needs to know that lying to you may mean the difference between life and death.