The Blue Gown Syndrome - page 2

I am almost four years into my career as an ER nurse and now concurrently working through the obstacles known as graduate school. I am constantly being torn between two very different worlds, that of... Read More

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    Good article. We often strip patients of their autonomy and rights without even thinking.

    My way of approaching patients is that they are either my father or mother, my brother or sister, or my son or daughter. This helps me look past any difficult behaviors they may have, and care for them as individuals.

    I use humor alot in my job. I tell my patients they are free to use their call lights to ask questions, to let me know what they need, or to see a friendly face. I tell them that if I didn't want to hear from them, I'd put the call light on the floor out of their reach--and then I hand them the call light!! I work in Labor & Delivery, so when they say they are feeling really nervous for their C-section or their induction, I tell them that laying under a sheet with no underpants in front of stranger makes me nervous, too. When, in their fear and nervousness, they curse a blue streak and then apologize for it, I tell them that I do NOT judge them in the labor room, but that if they talk to me like that in the middle of the grocery store next week I'm gonna get upset. Stuff like that.

    In labor and delivery it is interesting watching folks transition from being a couple to being parents of their firstborn child. The biker dudes in leathers, the tattood & pierced, the druggies, the yuppies, the rich and the poor all experience the change, holding that baby.

    Everyone is someone's child. Treat them like family!
    leemacaz, Elvish, and krolik like this.

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    hazecomp, its so great to see someone in L&D who sees their patients as people and not just patients. I don't know your stance on the many birth debates but I do know that I have met with SO much resistance in that specific community regarding patient autonomy that its the only area of patient care that I will NEVER work in. There is just such a blatant disregard in the birth community for patients' right to own their own care and be a part of their care.

    I was screamed at by a doctor in an office full of people (an OB in his the "hub" where they take vitals for all patients before moving them to their rooms and where the nurses' station is). All because I asked why they wanted to give me a specific medication (that I knew led to other interventions that I was hoping to avoid if possible) I didnt even refuse or anything... just wanted to know why and if there were any less invasive options. The doctor barely took the time to introduce himself before screaming at me until I ran out of the office crying and shut myself in the bathroom for a good 10 minutes to get myself pulled together.

    This is only 1 of many horror stories I have with medical people in the birthing community, and is why I can say that I understand why people avoid going to the doctor/hospital until they have no choice, and why unassisted birth/out of hospital birth in technologically advanced countries is on the rise.
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    Reading from several of the threads here on allnurses has given me a far different perspective of your lives and who you are...I have many folks in the hospital and had great and terrible experiences....I appreciate the great ones even more than ever. Especially when I come into contact with a nurse, P.C. tech, or other that treat folks just like real human beings ...instead of that blue oversized apron covering (slightly) some manequin.

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