A Spoonful of Sugar - page 2
This is an interesting debate. One that can have multiple pros and cons. In essence, can one be a nurse and view it as just another day, a job, a paycheck, a means to an alternate end? Can we care... Read More
Jan 17, '14Quote from chacomomLet us not forget we are there to serve, but not be servants either to patients,families or physicians.
THIS needs to be a reminder for ALL NURSES, as well as newbies and students.
Jan 18, '14In my opinion nursing is one of the hardest and lowest appreciated job in the world. But we care our beloved patients like a family member and at the end we get happiness that we have done something for somebody in need. this is the only happiness we usually get
Jan 18, '14Quote from ShazyShaxyI respectfully disagree about it being lowest appreciated; In the years that go by, I find more people appreciate the work that I do; most of their attitude and frustration is born out of external and/or internal factoring of loss of control, and other issues; most of it is about the individual or familial dynamic; it just happens they direct it to the person at the bedside the most-nurses.In my opinion nursing is one of the hardest and lowest appreciated job in the world. But we care our beloved patients like a family member and at the end we get happiness that we have done something for somebody in need. this is the only happiness we usually get
Jan 19, '14I have worked with many professionals and the ones that did the job best are the ones that cred about their patients. How to do a good nursing job is beyond my understanding because it is the caring that helps to decide who to work with first to be able to give the best care. Prioritization can be done from report but when you see and talk to your patients the order changes based on the patient's needs. The nurses that work like automatons get the job done usually faster then me by the patients usually do not pike the care and the little things get missed because caring brings out information and observations that spending time with the patient provides.
A spoonful of sugar really does make the medicine go down, in the most delightful way.
Jan 20, '14I could not be a nurse if I didn't care about my patients. My heart is in it, and that is what keeps me going. I'm a proud RN.
Jan 21, '14I thinks it should also be clarified the difference between "caring for someone" and "caring about someone"
Caring for someone as care (noun) "the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something"
I think most if not all of nursing is about this.
Caring about someone
as in care (verb) "feel concern or interest; attach importance to something." You can choose to do this as well as a nurse but it is not necessary to be a good nurse. In fact I would warn nurses to be careful of placing attachments on your patients as this could lead to Compassion Fatigue.
If this were the case,how would you be able to take care of the convict? Someone you morally object to or lifestyle choices. You can care for someone with kindness without having to care about them.
Jan 24, '14You care deeply about your patients while you are at work, but when the whistle blows you leave everything at work. I have my work life as a nurse, which I am totally committed to, and I have my totally seperate personal life. And I don't mix the two.
Feb 19, '14I was an RN for 41 years , my goal was to treat each of my patients like I would want my daughters treated. I loved being there for my patients and loved even more that they knew that I was there for them. They were my focus even if it meant going without lunch or breaks, I was willing to do that for them and more. It wasn't their fault that the hospital was hung up on numbers and profit margins instead of the patients and the staffs well being. I worked with nurses who sat at the desk on the phones, playing games on the computer, reading , going out to smoke every hour, taking extended breaks and lunches etc while their patients suffered from neglect the entire shift. I liked having a clear conscience at the end of the shift that I had done the best that I could for my patients to keep them safe.
I remember one time that a nurse like the ones I mentioned above kept saying during report "I have hardly had to move all night, you have a great section, even Elizabeth has behaved all night with an O2 sat of 98%". I immediately got up and asked that nurse to record the rest of her report because I was going to go check on Elizabeth (our frequent flyer) because I have never known of her to have a sat that high. When I walked into Elizabeths room she started reaching for me, she did indeed have an O2 sat of 98%, however, her respiatory rate was 60 and she was diaphoretic. ABG's were done stat , her pH was 7, co2 60, she was immediately intubated and placed on a vent. Yes indeed, she had behaved the entire shift and hadn't caused that nurse any problems at all.
I wanted to be a caring nurse who gave optimal patient care, I hope to at least be remembered for that.
Nursing is very difficult but can be rewarding as well.Last edit by marable on Feb 19, '14