The Night I Felt Unsafe!


I was in the hospital for a good part of the week.

One night I rang the call button, around 10 p.m., to ask if my night meds be given soon.

The nurse came in, invaded my personal space without permission by placing her hand on the top of my story. She then began a tirade about she had a number of patients, and on and on she went. When she left she left me shaking fearing for my safety.

I took the advice on a blog I follow about bullying and put it into action.

1. I out cried to another nurse immediately. 

2. Then the charge nurse came in.

3. I then again shared with the charge nurse what had happened. 

4. She then revealed that there had been issues with this so called nurse before.

5. The charge nurse then told me her plan concerning my issue. 

6. The charge nurse said that the nurse with the issue would not be coming back to my room.

7. The charge nurse would then confront the nurse about my concerns.

In the past I probably would not have done anything. I really did not have the tools, the knowledge on how to claim my space again. 

Note, not once did I lower myself to that nurse’s level. I did not demean her to her superior, I did not say I would retaliate.

When all was said and done I felt so much better, my esteem was left intact, maybe, even a bit stronger.

Cherie, of Chateau Cherie your blog and your teaching about bullies, the way to treat them. Those posts really do help, at least for me because I put what I learned to work for me.

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  1. ashleyleia

    Well done for speaking up!

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you!

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  2. cheriewhite

    I’m just now seeing this, Richard! Words cannot tell you how sorry I am that this nurse acted the way she did! But I’m so proud of you for handling it the way that you did. I’ve know many nurses who were in the wrong profession and they are a force to be reckoned with in the medical field.

    Words cannot express how honored I am to know that my blog helped you in that! God bless you! And I’m so glad that you’re home and feeling better! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Cherie I am on the mend. Waiting for a MRI for a hip.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. cheriewhite

        Here’s praying that the results of your MRI come out great! Continue to rest and to take care of yourself, Richard. (Because I know that getting any rest in a hospital is impossible. LOL)

        Liked by 1 person

      2. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        Yes, it is impossible to actually rest while in the hospital.
        However, it is much quicker to have things like a MRI while in hospital. In patients always comes first.

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      3. cheriewhite

        That’s right!

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      4. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        Cherie, check your email for I had written you just after being released from the hospital.
        It will be from rethinkingscripture@gmail.com


      5. cheriewhite

        Omg, I had no idea. Gmail must have sent it to the Spam Folder. I’ll go check.

        Liked by 1 person

      6. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health


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      7. cheriewhite

        Richard, when did you send it?


      8. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        I believe it was last Thursday Cherie


      9. cheriewhite

        Holy crap! I get so many emails and often forget to check them.


      10. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        I am looking for it myself. Too many emails in and out, so I completely understand.

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      11. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        found it July 17. It was a Friday. I will resend it to you.
        I wrote you first before I wrote the post about the blog.


      12. cheriewhite

        Please do. Because I’m still looking.


      13. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        Hey I understand!

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      14. cheriewhite



      15. cheriewhite

        Oh sheesh! I’m so sorry, Dwain! I thought your name was Richard! All this time I though that! Now I feel like a DORK! LOLOL

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      16. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        No problem Cherie, it was kinda of fun being Richard…lol

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      17. cheriewhite

        Bahaha! I get that! Sometimes we wonder what it would be like to be someone else! I’m glad I could help with that! LOL


      18. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        Done Cherie!

        Liked by 1 person

      19. cheriewhite

        Thank you so much, Richard!


  3. Angie

    Wow! Good job speaking up. Just the thought of speaking up is something that scares the crap out of me.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Angie, if the situation became serious you would find the strength to do so!

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      1. Angie

        I would hope so after all that I’ve already lived through lol. We as humans are always learning and evolving and yes, I believe I would stand up. Not saying it would be easy.

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      2. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

        It is never easy Angie


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