Nurses stopping for an accident scene - topic revisit

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    This topic has been discussed to death with many different opinions on what to do. After my recent ordeal, I just want to thank those of you that choose to stop.

    Last night my 17 year old son was involved in a 3 car accident along a local highway. He has a broken leg and his 2 buddies in the car were unhurt. As I drove frantically (but safely) to the scene he was on the phone with me telling me about the 2 nurses that had immediately stopped to help him. "I'm fine Mom and the 2 nurses standing here want me to tell you that I will be OK. They said they would stay with me until you're here if I want them to".

    My son has talked about those nurses making him feel so much better on several occasions today. They didn't do a darn thing clinically for him but I'm so darn grateful that they took the time to provide my son with the emotional support that I was not there to provide when he was scared to death.

    They were gone when I arrived but if you happen to have been a nurse along a highway in the midwest last night helping 3 scared teenage boys I will never be able to thank you enough!
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    So glad they were ok. As a mom, we always worry and hope others do the right thing in a time of need.
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    Quote from Nascar nurse
    They were gone when I arrived but if you happen to have been a nurse along a highway in the midwest last night helping 3 scared teenage boys I will never be able to thank you enough!
    If you happen to follow any of the previous "Stop at an accident threads" you would know there was very, very little chance the ones that stopped were allnurses members.
    anotherone, Nascar nurse, myelin, and 3 others like this.
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    [QUOTE="Nascar nurse"]This topic has been discussed to death with many different opinions on what to do. After my recent ordeal, I just want to thank those of you that choose to stop.

    Last night my 17 year old son was involved in a 3 car accident along a local highway. He has a broken leg and his 2 buddies in the car were unhurt. As I drove frantically (but safely) to the scene he was on the phone with me telling me about the 2 nurses that had immediately stopped to help him. "I'm fine Mom and the 2 nurses standing here want me to tell you that I will be OK. They said they would stay with me until you're here if I want them to".

    My son has talked about those nurses making him feel so much better on several occasions today. They didn't do a darn thing clinically for him but I'm so darn grateful that they took the time to provide my son with the emotional support that I was not there to provide when he was scared to death.

    They were gone when I arrived but if you happen to have been a nurse along a highway in the night helping 3 scared teenage boys I will never be able to thank you enough![/QUOTE
    Nascar
    I am so glad your son will be okay.
    Hoping he has a speedy recovery
    anotherone, Nascar nurse, tewdles, and 1 other like this.
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    What an awful scare! So glad your boy will be OK! As far as the stopping at the scene thing, I don't think I could just drive by injured people without stopping if only to check for bleeding, thinking that's one intervention that if not done would probably result in the person's death. Honestly, my feeling about about those two nurses would probably be gratitude.
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    I'm so glad they are okay. I can't imagine the worry you had for your son. Those nurses rock!
    Nascar nurse and lindarn like this.
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    I am so happy to have read this, and grateful that everyone is going to be OK. Bless the comforting nurses that helped your son, and bless us one and all this Christmas season.
    Nascar nurse, Puddin2day, and lindarn like this.
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    I'm happy your son is OK
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    My main concern with nurses stopping to assist the injured at the roadside is their safety. That being said, as long as they're able to stay safe, and at least be a calming influence on things, I think it's great that they're willing to stop and help.
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    Quote from akulahawk
    That being said, as long as they're able to stay safe... I think it's great that they're willing to stop and help.
    That's the problem. Nurses (unless they're former Fire/EMS/LE or part of a flight program) haven't got the training to be "safe" at an accident scene. You don't know what you don't know, unless you know it. How to stage your vehicle at an accident, how to approach a damaged vehicle, hazards that the vehicle itself presents, etc. I could go on. If you're not a prehospital provider, you have no place at the scene of an accident on a busy roadway. All you are is an additional hazard.


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