It's what drives me to practice the way I do. I try very very hard to treat my patients and coworkers as if they were my family, and how I would want others to treat the people I call family. One of my nursing clinical instructors told our class that they wanted to teach us to be the people they would want taking care of them or their families... That has stuck with me since then.
I had emergency surgery last spring. I was a cranky nurse because I'd slept less than 4 hours in over 24 hours (I didn't get hardly any sleep that day after work...) and when you add in pain, nausea (worse than the pain) and my general distaste at being a patient, having surgery...not the best version of me. I was the perfect patient post op though. My RN overnight was AWESOME! My days RN was, well, not someone I'd want taking care of me again. My attending rounded on me to check up and decide whether or not to discharge me - asked me a few questions and I answered them, based on my answer, without having checked the assignment for the day - my attending knew who the primary RN was for me on days... NOT a reputation one should relish in having...
The experience as a patient made me so much more certain that my own work habits were the way I wanted my patients to be treated. Cause I wanted to be treated that way. I will admit, my own practice set the bar for what I expected of others. I want me (or someone as thorough as me) taking care of me and my loved ones! The unit manager of the unit I stayed on overnight post op surgery got a letter applauding the nights team - they really worked as a team to handle me as an admission
. The letter also discussed several issues I had with the days RN I had. I'm not one to complain, but there were issues I felt warranted the complaint.
I've had multiple patients that are nurses. It can be bad, but it can be really awesome! I had one patient once (while on orientation as a neuro med surg RN), they wrote a letter to the VP for our division and the DON for our healthcare system. I got a very nice letter from them saying I'd been called out positively
. The patient had been difficult for 90% of my coworkers who took care of them... For some reason they clicked with me, and we had a very positive set of days when I was taking care of them. I think the reasoning was that I took the time to talk to them, explain their new medications and what I was doing, plus their care/treatment more broadly.