I work as a support worker in adult mental health, a hosptial for acute illness, and although I understand and appreciate that not every patient will like me and I will have challenging behaviour directed towards me. this week has been the worst in my life.
Basically, the patient has an anger management issues and picks on people who are shy/quiet and he bullies them/intimidates them and I am one of his victims. he just doesnt do it to me, he assault a patient. He has been on the ward for about 2 months and he has always took the **** out of me and calls me by another name, but monday (yesterday) was the worst.
He shouts in my face, he follows me out when I am going to the bathroom. He once slammed a door with the look of hate directed towards me. He does all these things that sort of bully me but he gets away with it because he does it in a subtle way. I spoke up about it on sunday to my supervisor and on monday it came too much for me and i burst out into tears. I had to be moved to another ward and when I left the ward and to go into a car he was there and I was shaking with fear.
There is meant to be a management care plan put in place where I am shadowed on my shift, meaning I am with another support worker/nurse so they can be there if anything happens to me. The nurses may argue that its his illness that is making him like this but I also hear them say that its not his illness its because he is a nasty person. He has low self-esteem so he picks on me as he sees me as weaker and a bit of an idiot. he minicks everything I say. he calls me by another name, which isnt because he has a short-term memory deficit or a problem with names, its because he is being a **** and trying to wind me up.
I had today off and I am due in work tomorrow. I am dreading it because I know he is there. I phoned my work up this evening and to check who is on shift with me. When they read out the names of the nurses I just shaked because its one male and 5 women. when there is women on the ward he plays up more. if it men he wont because he knows that he wouldnt get away with it as much.
But tomorrow, I am working and I would prefer to phone in sick for stress. But I dont want him to ruin me and rule my thoughts/fears. what to do? Im not sure. I know that in a psychiatric hospital I will get this, Ive worked there for 2 n half years and I know that things happen. But what I cant deal with is the fact that he is using me as a scapegoat and a test for his anger management and he also is doing it in a behavioural way and nothing regarding his illness.
what would you do? Im seriously thinking of quitting but then I wont have any money and I will be screwed.