Of artichokes and angry patients

By Katherine Rossiter, EJD, MSN, APRN-NP, CPNP; and Stephen Lazoritz, MD, CPE

An angry patient is like an artichoke. An artichoke is prickly and rough on the outside, but by taking time to learn how to peel its rough leaves, you reveal the tender inside. When nurtured under the right conditions, this tender inside grows to bloom into a beautiful purple flower. Patient anger is like the prickly green leaves of the artichoke, it’s a barrier to seeing “inside” and to effectively meeting the patient’s needs (more…)

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