6 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You
Hamsa Ramesha | NursingLink
“Everybody lies” is the mantra of Dr. Gregory House, and it’s not just true on a fictional drama like House. Are your patients lying to you? As a nurse, you’ve come across your fair share of fibbing cases, and you know some patients will go to great lengths to cover up something they don’t want you to know.
Fortunately, nurses are seasoned pros in sniffing out the truth. You’re trained to phrase questions in a specific way and remain non-judgmental no matter how crazy a patient’s story may be. Patients who lie, cheat, and mislead their way around you are nothing new. The famous physician, Hippocrates, told his students that patients often lied when talking about their meds, and that was way back in 400 B.C.!
The only thing that varies is what they lie about. Check out our list of common things patients won’t tell you, no matter what.
Your patient won’t tell you…
…How Much it Hurts
Pain is one of our most acute sensations; it’s one of the first symptoms people recognize that something is wrong. Some patients will pull Oscar-worthy performances when it comes to pain just to get a dose of Vicodin, while others dismiss the sensation entirely. Of course, you know to be aware of drug-seeking behavior, and to think twice about hopping a patient up on morphine. No pain, no gain.