I have been a nurse for 16 years now. 12 of those years was in the US. Now I am in the middle east and am trying desperately to find a place where I can fit. Most of the nurses here are Indian. I don't know what they are learning in nursing school but they seem to only be educated to the level of a CNA. THey have no assessment skills. Doctors are even worse. Let me tell you about an incident that happened to me. I was fresh out of the US, it was my 4th day at this big hospital here, in a geriatric ward. There was 44 year old female who had a cerebral bleed the previous year which left her brain damaged. She had a trach, NG, foley. She could not even make eye contact. Her tongue was protruding out of her mouth and she was biting it to the point where it was bleeding and had purulent drainage. THe nurses were not at all concerned with this. The tip of her tougue was turning blue. I could not let this go!
The nurse in charge starting getting concerned because of the fuss that I was making. After several doctors came to see her with no results the nurses told me not to worry because there was a doctor who was a very good neurosurgeon who had seen her in the past and he would come an evaluate her condtion. I was somewhat relieved. When he came to see her I went with him and as he stood at her bedside deciding what to to about her tougue, I suggested removing her teeth, because according the other nurses this was a problem that she had several times in the past. He looked at me and said "Well I would hate to confine her to dentures" I could not believe my ears. This woman has been in this state for 1 year. I should have said "Well if she does ever starting eating again she will have her teeth but she won;t have her tongue!" It is criminal what some of these nurses and doctors do to there patients.