Ever feel like this requirement was left out? Part RN part waitress? We don't have any techs, aids, or ward clerks on our unit. I will always get my laboring patient what she wants, I try to show the family where the patient kitchen is so they can help themselves or even get it for the patient; but there is always some family member that thinks you, the RN, are there for their catering needs.
I think any job where you must juggle a million things at once is great practice for being an RN. That includes waitressing, no doubt!
Any time I've been a visitor in the hospital, I have never felt it was appropriate to ask any staff members to bring me anything, and that was before I was a nurse. It just never occurred to me to ask a nurse to get me anything. I think that's why it puzzles me so that visitors, by and large, seem to feel like it's perfectly reasonable to ask the nurse to serve them.
Now, I can understand the husband or wife at the bedside of their dying spouse, the parent of the critically ill child, etc., not wanting to leave the room to attend to their own needs. For them, I will offer. They need not ask. But if your loved one is stable, and you're perfectly capable of getting yourself to the hospital, then you're perfectly capable of getting your own dang coffee, and to be honest, your loved one might like the opportunity to have some alone time.
Last edit by Anna Flaxis on Sep 25, '12