I made a difference today!

  1. I had a 77 year old female come in with a blood glucose today of 33! This is the 7th time this year that the Chicago Fire Department (I love those guys! and girls) has deposited this patient on our ER steps.

    7 times!! It's only April, for crying out loud!

    I argued a bit with the ER attending about setting this patient up for home care -- I really had to push her. Her words "I don't want to admit this patient for this!" (with obvious whining on THIS). I said "of course not, Dr. Medical Goddess, but do you want her to bounce back here next week with the same c/o? Obviously she cannot manage her diabetic medications. She lives alone, is too weak to walk, is wearing dirty clothes, came in without pants, shoes or socks, her feet are a mess and she really needs some follow up care".

    Well, the attending Medical Goddess reluctantly had the patient's PCP attending paged, who thought it was a great idea to have her followed by homecare to do some diabetic teaching for this lady.

    It's all about putting the patient first. Just wanted to pass this along since what we all do is so important in the lives of other people.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   nurseunderwater
    woo hoo! sharon, this is why I became a nurse.....good work mama!
  4. by   suzanne4
    GOOD JOB! :hatparty:
  5. by   critcarenurse16
    We need more nurses like you! I commend you for being a true patient advocate and getting her the care she needs rather than treat and street this woman. AWESOME!!
  6. by   sharann
    Bless you for having a good heart and strong mind
  7. by   PedsNurse1981
    don't you just love those genius medical gods and goddesses? it cracks me up that they don't have more sense to do things like that in the first place.
  8. by   RNPATL
    Great call and you were a wonderful advocate for your patient! It is nice to make a difference.
  9. by   Tweety
    Awesome! Woot! Carry on!
  10. by   Stitchie
    I truly enjoy this board and receiving ++++ comments just fires me up for another day.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  11. by   BabyRN2Be
    Nice job! It's truly a great feeling when you KNOW that you have truly made a difference!
  12. by   barb4575
    ...I am going to remember this for future laughs and when I feel like screaming at the next Goddess I meet... Thank you for making my morning.

    Barbara
  13. by   Chaya
    Good for you taking the long view instead of the quick fix. That will make a difference!
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    way to go!!!!!!!! you DO make a difference!

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