I'm a new grad in the ICU. For the most part, things are going okay. When asking for help turning a patient, the helper nurse walks in to the room and makes a comment to me in front of the vented patient similar to why are we taking care of this patient because she is nearly dead. I know that the patient heard this comment. I can't remember if I 'shhhed' her, which is taboo on my unit. (My preceptor went all kinds of cooo-cooo when I said that to her) or if I called her name in a 'don't say that' kind of way. After the turn, the patient's heart rate went dangerously high, I had to administer PRN BP drugs, and eventually had to add the propofol. Which had never happened in the 3 days in which I had this patient.
Many statements/comments have been made about patients on my unit that were inappropriate and these statements really bother me. Do I address them or just let the comments be. After rude comments are made, I feel that I have to go into my patients and apologize for what was said.