Hi there. Having non-compliant patients is very frustrating but the only thing your friend can take on board is the fact that if she is going to switch to a medical career - which is hard work, long hours and heaps of patience - she will have to understand that she can never reconcile her issues. You can only advise a patient, tell them the truth, make sure they understand that by taking their medication is the only way they will get better (unless they are terminal and then their medication is to help them get through the pain or whatever). 0ne never comes to terms with what a patient does after being given advice and medication etc, as it is up to them to do what has been recommended to them. You know the saying - you can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink - well that is how it applies to some patients. No matter how much you instill in them that by taking your advice, some people will completely ignore it. Tell you friend that not all patients are non-compliant only a very small percentage are and as long as your friend (if she does take up medicine) has done her job, then the rest is up to the patient. You cannot be with them 24/7 to make sure they are doing what is requireed of them. 0verall, it is a satisfying field for a career providing you can separate work and private life - which is sometimes very hard to do. Good luck!!
paramedic & medical tutor
· 5 years ago