How to Command Respect - page 2
by Jane Delveaux, RN In an article published in 2007 by the Green Bay Press Gazette, attention was brought to a problem that doesn't seen to want to go away. Nurses continue to struggle with their working relationships with... Read More
- 0Mar 26, '08 by ®NurseI've been caught with my scrubs down a few times in my younger years. Now I can tell a doc how many hairs my patient has on his head (ok....exaggerating a little...).
It pays to know what is going on with your patient. Understand what they're in the hospital for. Know what the physician plan of care is. Know which doc is handling which body part/function. Do you need to call the pulmonologist or the intensivist? What are their labs? If they're "Not Right", then be able to describe how they "were right" and what changed to make them "Not right".
Just a tad off subject, but........ Once upon a time, I had a post heart cath patient on whom I did a textbook sheath pull. At 11pm, the family said "good night" and went home. At 1am, the patient requested that I bring his family in. "I'm going to die." He said assuredly. I checked EVERYTHING. Nothing to do differently.
I dialed the phone to bring the family in, and sure enough, three hours later, he coded and died. He blew out the entire back side of his heart.
(I had been a nurse for over 13 years at that time...and I still took a bathroom break to have a cry by myself)
NEVER...NEVER....NEVER let a second thought get in the way of following the patient's wishes when the patient tells you something to the effect of "I aint gonna make it"
- 0Mar 26, '08 by oreo11I believe you have a very valid point. I think any nurse who has been a nurse for any length of time has had a patient like yours. We have to not only listen to the patient but to the family. If the family is telling you something is wrong or they're not acting like themselves, you had better take heed.
Good article and fantastic remarks from each of you!