Has medicine and technology gone too far????? - page 2

A very multifaceted question. With many answers even as I ask it. Speaking personally.........medical technology rocks....or I would not even be alive('nother story') But beyond the micro... Read More

  1. by   micro
    "We will make it better"
    "They have to get better"
    "Make it better"
    "Better"

    what is better.....
    tough stuff we see and deal with..........
    from the nursing aspect..........
    and when it touches us personally.........

    It is tough to be the one that delivers the news of the imminent or just "passed" when all hope has been put out there.....

    micro and out for now.....
    because others words more eloquent than mine.....

    keep on keepin on all

    bbrn and adrienurse....and all
  2. by   adrienurse
    Well another night shift is gone and I have ushered yet another frail demented resident up to the great beyond. The family made the point of thanking me personally for calling them in, in the middle of the night when I knew he was starting to go.

    I'm more than a little frustrated with my co-workers. First there's the MD who I ususally get along with but is just not good at giving "the news"to the families. When they need to be prepared for the fact that the inevitable is going to happen, she hems and haws about "well I can order some tests....." when the person is in renal failure and he's poor and all the other staff know he's gonna go. Then there's the co-workers who were there before I came on for the night shift. Did not really talk to the family, still maintaining the hope that something magical will show up in that bloodwork. By the time 0400 rolls around, the family really has no idea that their father has deteriorated so much. So I have to deal with their questions -- because the inevitable is coming fast.


    Ohh......sorry for venting. What can I say, this is my life.

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