Just when you think you have heard and seen it all.....
1. Had a pt who has been a DNR forever, at the nursing home and our hospital. Family is going out of town for a week, want the patient made a full code while they are gone....in case something happens in their absence....HELLO!! If the person does code, we have about a snowball's chance in Hades of reviving him. It should be illegal to change a person's code status for "family" convenience, guilt...geesh, how low can we go....
2. Have a couple of LPNs on our general med/surg unit. Good nurses, I would let them take care of me or my family any day....had a pt's family member come in the other day, saw nurse's name tag with her credentials and remarked "Hmmm, I don't think LPNs should be in charge of patient care." Well, honey kiss my behind....I was the house stupidvisor for the weekend....I told the LPN if she got anymore grief from that family just come and look me up and I
would be more than happy to deal with that family.....
Some people just don't know when to shut up!!!!
Jan 20, '03
The funny thing was the pt was their normal state of health. Really no significant changes to speak of....You never know when your time is up. One of our neighbors dropped dead yesterday and was DOA on arrival...in their early 70's but in excellent health for their age....just goes to show you never know....:stone
Last edit by deespoohbear on Jan 20, '03
Jan 20, '03
Ever consider reporting that family to the ethics committee?? Might be interesting to see what they think about such things...and the doctor that goes along with 'code prn at family convenience'.
The public is so ignorant...many still demand to 'see the doctor NOW' too...because they're all over the place on ER they think they are there in real life too...yeah right.
I wonder if the recent vigorous promotion of RN's has led to some of this public prejudice against LPN's. If so it's really a shame. We are all nurses but some forget that. I will not promote myself at the expense of my coworker LVN's.
Like others have said, I too can think of a few LVN's I'd trust my family's life with...and a few RN's I'd refuse to let touch my loved one. A title alone does not make the nurse.
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jan 20, '03