Went to school with a girl who had exploratory surgery-abdominal incision from pubic bone to sternum-call bell was taken away because she was using it during the night for pain medication. She did not tell them she was a nurse. Big mistake in my book!
Patient NG tube not working, lying in urine and feces, fever and chills, sick sick sick! No pain relief for night. No checks. Phone rang in morning and she was able to knock it off the hook and tell her friend she thought she was dying.
Friend, also an RN, called to patient's work floor to get her coworkers to check on her. Coworkers to bedside-huge fight ensued between floors. How it ended. Nurse and supervisor written up for allowing patient to be in that horrible condition. RN patient did not want them fired-Hospital initiated training classes for night nurses.
What that young woman dealt with was unexcusable! If they knew she was an RN it would have never happened!
IF IT WAS ME-THEY'D BE LONG GONE, AND THEY WOULD HAVE SEEN ME AND MY LAWYER IN COURT! There is no excuse to take a callbell away from a patient s/p surgery.
I treat everyone with respect, the only difference it makes to me is how I disseminate information or provide the "where you can get things info" to the family. Nurses tend not to ask for things.
As a nurse who has had a family member hospitalized, I do as much as I can....that being said, I expect information and physicians to call back in a timely manner. I know what is right in the ER and expect the same treatment for my family members. I only ask of others what I would do myself.