ETHICAL PROBLEMS: Friction over home health care

April 2005 
Volume 35  Number 4
Pages 66 - 66
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© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(4)             April 2005             p 66 Friction over home health care [ETHICAL PROBLEMS: DISSATISFIED PATIENT]


I'm confused about recent experiences I've had with one of my home health care patients. When I started caring for her, she was never satisfied with anything I did for her. Finally, the agency director had a talk with her and assigned another nurse, Ellen. Then the patient started complaining about Ellen, claiming that I was so much better! Now we're taking turns visiting her, and she complains to each of us behind the other's back. She also phones our manager with trivial complaints several times a week. We know this patient is having a hard time with various chronic health problems and we want to give her the professional care she deserves. At the same time, we don't like feeling ...

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