What Baffles You? - page 2

by GundeRN

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So I have come across this a few times. I am holding a straw to a persons lips and they drink and drink and drink and pretty soon they are waving their hands for me to stop. Stop what?! You don't have to keep sucking on the straw... Read More


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    Quote from cardiacfreak
    And to my male nursing comrades please forgive me but, the young males seem to have a harder time than the older ladies in recuperating.
    No apology needed. Speaking as a middle aged male, I completely agree that younger males can be the WORST.

    I learned this during my first job on a nursing home TCU. I learned I was getting a 45 year old man who was recovering from surgery, but fairly independent.

    Of course, he was a whining nightmare. Now I see those 25-50 year olds coming and cringe.
    AlphaPig, Wise Woman RN, jrwest, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from ArtClassRN
    Most of these are just part of a nurse's job to teach and encourage independence. Some nurses refuse to do this, leaving their coworkers to wonder why a 45 year old man is acting like an infant. (More than usual I mean.)
    I do agree that part of the problem can be a nurse not educating, so I always explain the reasons for IS and give encouragement, still.....
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    amoLucia I don't know why but I've started doing it! I don't know if it's because I'm getting older (40), or what. But it feels as if it's a like letting a small pressure valve open - it helps a bit with the battle to do whatever I'm doing. Yes, sitting down on the floor is sometimes a battle, and I'm not overweight or disabled in any way, it just gets harder!
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    Quote from amoLucia
    There is a difference .... at home they don't have the dang hi-low control. So they're not sitting in a high fowler's position. Gravity just drags them down and it's difficult to push up against gravity. I they were flat, flat in bed I'd question it too.

    But for the now, I'd love to take away the hi-low control. But we can't ...
    Why can't they just stand up, take a few steps towards the head of the bed, and get back in? I'm not cutting those pts any slack. Hi-lo, hi fowlers....Nope. No excuse for a fully capable person to risk my back for no reason.
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    because the side rails are up?

    Quote from imintrouble
    Why can't they just stand up, take a few steps towards the head of the bed, and get back in? I'm not cutting those pts any slack. Hi-lo, hi fowlers....Nope. No excuse for a fully capable person to risk my back for no reason.
    silverbat, OCNRN63, and Esme12 like this.
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    Quote from Whispera
    because the side rails are up?
    Even better because they can hold on to the side rails to help boost them up.

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    What baffles me....

    Are the family members that INSIST that their loved one is in pain when it is abundantly clear the the patient is sleeping peacefully. I mean, what does the complaining family member get out of doing that? It's not as if we're going to hand the narcs over to the family, or anything....

    I've often wondered if it's a control issue - that unless the nurse is IN the room, doing something nurse-like, the patient must not be receiving quality care.
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    Quote from Whispera
    because the side rails are up?
    SR X 2 not 4. Able bodied means they walk to the BR. They get out of the bed for that.
    I'm not blasting the people who are too sick or weak to care for themselves.
    I'm talking about the patients who want to be helpless even though they're not. It baffles me that independent people want that kind of assist.
    IowaKaren, applewhitern, and Amnesty like this.
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    Quote from amoLucia
    Another baffling question - why do folk 'ooh & aah & oomph' when they sit down or get up when they have aches & pains? It's not like making the noises make them get well.
    Actually there was a study that said that swearing when you're in pain actually decreases pain, so maybe it's along the lines of that. Also it might be a noise of surprise?
    lunar79, lorirn58, teeniebert, and 5 others like this.
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    Quote from amoLucia
    Another baffling question - why do folk 'ooh & aah & oomph' when they sit down or get up when they have aches & pains? It's not like making the noises make them get well.
    Can't explain it, but it just happens. Just you wait....
    lunar79, teeniebert, mc3, and 9 others like this.


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