How to artfully dodge conversation? - page 2

Most patients know that you're in for a few minutes for your nursing duties, but there are always some who expect you to be an audience. Saying, "I'm sorry, but I really need to start a blood transfusion," or similar doesn't... Read More

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    "Oh, that's ______ and, I apologize but we need to focus on_______at the moment, when I have a break in between patients, I'll be happy to chat"

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    I let them talk as I give them care. When I am done with the care I ask if there is anything else they need and then I leave the room. I wish I had time to hold their hands and talk for hours, but I do not have that kind of time.
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    Quote from jessiern
    Did this same nurse manager also "order" a lesser amount of patients for the nurse given this patient to make up for her monopoly of time. If not (and I'm sure not), other less demeanding patient will only suffer in the end. If the nurse manager is that concerned, perhaps she should spend her precious time in the room all day listening to Ms. Motormouth.


    Sorry, sometimes management really irks me
    I have no problem being an $$$. I dont have time to explaine why I dont have time. Never say anything you cant justify and you always have a leg to stand on. Management will always be an issue, but they probly wont fire you for being rude when necessary. You know nursing, we always take #### from someone DAILY.
    Last edit by sirI on Oct 25, '09
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    This is a critical unit... I am getting a page, sorry I have to go....
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    "I have to care for another patient" and head out....I also put rescue plans in play....Ask a coworker to come get me in 5-10 minutes....
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    I learned in SE Asia that not responding and silence was more effective than anything. Doing so and smiling was actually IS accepted response over there. I tried it here and it seems to work. I wouldn't recommend it for months on end (that gets irritating and made me wanna come home)!

    Gotta remember patients may not be egocentric; my guess is they're venting or talking because that's their stress mechanism...they're isolated allll day. If you've ever been hospitalized, it's no fun.

    I think you gotta look at your motives for lingering. It's perfectly acceptable also to start leaving, and turn your head as you speak your final response to what he said on your way out the "yup, I hear ya...see ya in a few..."

    There's a saying....once you speak, you're a slave to your words; silence is freedom!

    Anyways, those are a couple things I do that seem to work.
    Last edit by CASTLEGATES on Oct 25, '09
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