Please share something GOOD that happened at work! - page 11

Maybe as a tag-along to the thread that has people in a twist over whether or not nurses are being positive enough, or too negative, or whatever, we could try for something a little upbeat. What... Read More

  1. by   staceytania
    Quote from staceytania
    Im an assistant in nursing at an age care facility upgrading my qualifications to endorsed enrolled nursing. Recently I completed part of my placement at a hospital. Working in age care can be extremely taxing on you both physically and mentally and I was looking forward to working outside the nursing field that I was use to. I gained alot of clinical experience which is missing from my current employment.

    I returned to the nursing home where I work and gave everyone the biggest hug.......when asked by one of the residence why I was so happy to be back I said........... the hospital placement was great and I learnt alot but I prefer where I work as you have time to build up rapport and relationships with our residents and their families, something that was missing when I was at the hospital. When things were quiet I would scoot around chatting to those patients that were up and didnt have visitors. The simple banter made the day go faster and taught me alot about different people........and this is something you cannot be taught.

    I love working in age care and I have held the hand of many of residents that have finally given up or have just decided it was time for them to go ...... it is a sad experience but I have always been thankful to have grace their paths and I only hope that I have given them something ..... even if was only for a short time.
  2. by   bigred
    Quote from RNsRWe
    You know, I had a similar experience when I was a student, second semester, and it has never left me. I was observing a surgeon putting in a triple lumen line, along with a few other students, and this poor thing in the bed was terrified. When he started the procedure (testing and joking with us, totally ignoring her), there were silent tears coming down her face. I immediately grabbed her hand, told her how brave I thought she was. The young woman squeezed harder than I thought possible (taught me to ONLY give TWO FINGERS, lol, but I digress). She cried and squeezed, and kept turning her eyes to me. All she could see was eyes, since I had a mask on. I dabbed her face with tissues, and she got through it. She didn't let go of my hand until everyone else had left the room....I stayed with her while she 'came down'. And I swear I will never forget what she told me: "I just kept looking at you, you were the only one I saw, and you were the only one who seemed to see ME. Thank you."

    If that doesn't make you sure you want to be a nurse, I don't know what will.
    The 2 previous stories take me back to my student nursing days. I was in the consolodation part; what I called the 'home stretch'. I was on a very busy surgical floor of a big hospital. Unfortunately, many of the nurses on that floor were past burn-out. My pts. often commented on that. I had a full pt. load and just never stopped. (In 30 years, nothing has changed!). Anyway, I had this pt. who may have been in her early 30's. She had sinus surgery and was a few days post-op. It was almost the end of the shift and I went in to check on her. Before I left, she took my hand, and I will never forget what she said:"Don't ever change. Stay the caring gentle nurse that you are right now." I told her I would do my best. Certainly over the years I have changed. I have to change to meet the ever changing needs of nursing. Thank God I haven't stopped caring. I know that hasn't changed. I guess that means I have kept my promise to that wonderful lady.
    What a wonderful topic this is. I love positive stuff!
  3. by   AliRae
    This may seem like an odd "good thing" but ... I got a mother to go home for the first time! Today marked a week after her daughter's near drowning, and although she lives about 10 minutes from the hospital, she hasn't yet left the kid's side. She's only seen her other 2 kids in little bursts of time when the grandma brings them to the waiting room to visit (she doesn't want them to see their sister until she's extubated, and goodness knows when that'll be). Somehow, over the last 2 days, she decided to trust me, and left for a few hours to go home, shower, take a nap and be with her other kids. It was incredibly satisfying to know that she finally felt okay leaving her baby with someone.
  4. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from bigred
    Before I left, she took my hand, and I will never forget what she said:"Don't ever change. Stay the caring gentle nurse that you are right now." I told her I would do my best. Certainly over the years I have changed. I have to change to meet the ever changing needs of nursing. Thank God I haven't stopped caring. I know that hasn't changed. I guess that means I have kept my promise to that wonderful lady.
    What a wonderful topic this is. I love positive stuff!
    I've only just graduated a year ago, but already I see signs of that burnout in myself from time to time, frustrations coming to the surface, and have to keep reminding myself of all the reasons why I won't become "one of those" nurses who should have done everyone a favor and retired years ago. This is a trying profession, but one I am so honored to be a member of!
  5. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from AliRae
    This may seem like an odd "good thing" but ... I got a mother to go home for the first time! Today marked a week after her daughter's near drowning, and although she lives about 10 minutes from the hospital, she hasn't yet left the kid's side. She's only seen her other 2 kids in little bursts of time when the grandma brings them to the waiting room to visit (she doesn't want them to see their sister until she's extubated, and goodness knows when that'll be). Somehow, over the last 2 days, she decided to trust me, and left for a few hours to go home, shower, take a nap and be with her other kids. It was incredibly satisfying to know that she finally felt okay leaving her baby with someone.
    AliRae, this was a GREAT "good thing"

    Knowing someone trusts you with their hospitalized child, that YOU will be there and therefore they can leave for awhile...what a wonderful compliment to your nursing!
  6. by   DolphinRN84
    Lots of great stories! Actually something good happened to me this week. I was working Tuesday, and I had a patient..very nice lady but could be demanding and her family was even more demanding. Anyways I took care of her when she needed to use the bedpan. So I put her on the bedpan, gave her a a few minutes, and when she was finished, I found that a little stool had gotten on the pad (partially my fault since I guess I didn't put the bedpan close enough..she was kind of hard to turn). Anyways I told her I needed to change the pad and she kept apologizing and I was like no don't be sorry..I'm used to it (and really I am! I don't mind). So I go and clean her up really good and change the pad. After I was done, she looked at me and said "Thank you very very much. For all that you do, saying thank you is not enough." That made me feel good inside and I told her it wasn't a problem at all, and that I appreciated her gratitude. I mentioned that not many patients are and that I was very appreciative of her gratitude. Then she responds with, "what are they stupid??!!!" Hahaha broke out laughing, but it made me feel so good inside that I had made some difference in this patient's life. I had her the next two shifts and the family was happy that I was her nurse again. I actually had her yesterday as well. She was due for surgery yesterday for a calcanectomy and the daughter was there with her. She was an add on for the surgery so there wasn't a set time yet. So I explained to the daughter and patient that I would keep checking back. They were thankful for that. When I finally got a time for when she was due for surgery, I let the daughter and patient know and they were so grateful I went to check back with them. When she was finally on call, I went to take her vital signs and get her ready, the clinical nurse specialist was in the room, to check on PICC dressings- I had changed it early that morning and she said in front of the patient that I had done a really great dressing. That made me happy. The daughter then mentioned that I was a very good nurse and that they could tell how compassionate and friendly I was. The CNS said "I know" with a smile and that I had really blossomed since I started working there. I just felt so good that day...it really made my day. This is what helps keep me going, and glad that I have chosen this profession.
  7. by   ritaPHIL
    i did save a person. i was doing the cpr to help revive the patient and thank goodness i did it. i help the patient to live and now he is doing okay..

    i wonder where he is now and also how is he holding on with his health

    rita from philippines
  8. by   greene
    Recently, a young man came in to our office with c/o abd pain. The doc did her assessment and then wanted to send him for a CT. As we walked out of the exam room, I asked the doc, why not do an h-pylori first? She agreed, it was positive.
    It made me feel good that I saved this guy a couple hundred $, and get him the help he really needed.
  9. by   AliRae
    Quote from AliRae
    This may seem like an odd "good thing" but ... I got a mother to go home for the first time! Today marked a week after her daughter's near drowning, and although she lives about 10 minutes from the hospital, she hasn't yet left the kid's side. She's only seen her other 2 kids in little bursts of time when the grandma brings them to the waiting room to visit (she doesn't want them to see their sister until she's extubated, and goodness knows when that'll be). Somehow, over the last 2 days, she decided to trust me, and left for a few hours to go home, shower, take a nap and be with her other kids. It was incredibly satisfying to know that she finally felt okay leaving her baby with someone.
    Well, I just have to share again! I called the floor today because I was going to go visit that kiddo, and she went home on Sunday! Walking, talking, laughing, totally fine. I LOVE when we make a real, tangible difference in a life.
  10. by   sanctuary
    Quote from jennyfyre
    I'm a unit coordinator on a peds/gyn surgery floor. Every once in awhile I get to hold our little patients when moms need a break (or parents don't stay with the kids). Tonight I got to hold the most adorable little peanut. :chuckle Poor mom hadn't even had a chance to get dinner or a bathroom break for hours waiting in ER. It always makes me so happy to hold the little ones since my kids are almost grown. I wrapped her in a warm blankie and snuggled her while mom got a bite to eat downstairs and it was the absolute BEST!
    Awwww. So nice.
  11. by   sanctuary
    Quote from anderon830
    As a psych nurse we rarely see what happens to our patients and families. I worked with a 10yr old boy for 6 months who had been severely abused physically and sexually. Whe he was 18yo he returned to our hospital and asked to talk to me. He told me how our relationship and his experience at our hospital was the only thing that helped him through his life. He was currently enrolled in college with a 4.0 and had a positive outlook on his future. Can we ask for more. I cried and hugged him. This keeps me going day after day.
    pat
    Oh, wow. Pretty powerful stuff. Thanks
  12. by   sanctuary
    Quote from AliRae
    Well, I just have to share again! I called the floor today because I was going to go visit that kiddo, and she went home on Sunday! Walking, talking, laughing, totally fine. I LOVE when we make a real, tangible difference in a life.

    Wonderful to have the follow-up. Thanks!!!
  13. by   FinNurse
    An old lady tried to set me up with her daughter, and she was hot! The daughter i mean

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