It is common for a patient to become emotionally attached to his or her nurse or other caregivers. The patient may have unfulfilled emotional needs. It is reported that when health care providers are burnt out, they are more likely to develop romantic feelings towards a patient.
When a patient falls in love with a nurse?
The Florence Nightingale effect is a trope where a caregiver falls in love with their patient, even if very little communication or contact takes place outside of basic care. Feelings may fade once the patient is no longer in need of care.
What is it called when a patient falls in love with a caregiver?
The Florence Nightingale Effect explains why caregivers sometimes develop romantic and/or sexual feelings for their patients. Also known as Nightingale Syndrome, it is sometimes used to explain why caregivers show empathy and compassion for patients, even if there arent any romantic or sexual overtones.
Is it right for nurses to feel for their patients ?
“To truly be a patient advocate, professional nurses must become emotionally connected with those they care for,” says Emon. “The nurses ability to engage with a patient on an emotional level allows them to ensure that the patients needs are met even when the patient is unable to verbalize their own needs.”