Aggressive behaviour of patients is very common in some part of nursing especially mental health nursing. This can be in the form of patient spitting, punching or sexual assault towards co-patients or staffs. This can be as result of their diagnosis, side effects of the antipsychotic meds, or from patients being frustrated from being secluded.
I have always been interested in finding out why some patients are aggressive in their behaviour. This is the reason I did this research to help enhance my knowledge and attitude towards patient behaving aggressively.
After my internet research, I noticed that most of these patients behave aggressively because most of them have history of violence and do not know otherwise. Even when some of these patients are stabilized with seclusion or PRN meds, they tend to revert back to what they are comfortable with. Also, most of these patients have problems with illicit drug abuse and this definitely contribute to their aggressive behaviour. Can you imagine as a nurse telling a patient loaded on drugs like methamphetamine to stop acting out especially if they are angry? You know that this will not be an easy task due to the effects of this drug. I also learned that most of the aggressive behaviours tend to be toward nurses.
Finally, all these information I have learned about aggressive behaviour of patients in mental health have really helped enhance my professional knowledge, skill, confidence and attitude by giving me the tools to deal with an aggressive patient since I will have an idea about the contributing factors and try to avoid it before the situation escalate. Also I will not be scared to deal with these patients since I will have the skills to handle this aggressive patient in a non violent way, either by using de-escalating skill like PMAB, or offering PRN medications to help calm this patient down. This research has also improved my confidence since I will not feel intimidated anymore knowing...