What do you do when you are assigned patient is a someone you know? - page 2
Last week my assignment included a gentleman from my church. A very dear man who I am very fond of. I usually arrive early and when I saw his name I asked if I change assignments because I was... Read More
Dec 19, '01At our small facility it would be almost impossible not to be able to take care of someone you know. I have taken care of people from my church, relative of friends, ministers, fellow nurses and their families. I have pretty much run the gamut on it. I don't really mind. If I think there is going to be a problem, I just get one of the other nurses to switch with me. All the nurses are great about trading assisgnments. Then also at our small facility, we also get are frequent flyers who we become attached to. The hardest part about taking care of people I know and their families is when the patient takes a turn for the worse and I have to talk to the patient or family about treatment and code status if the situation hasn't been addressed beforehand. This is a very interesting subject.
Dec 19, '01It is policy at my facility that a nurse is not assigned a relative.
In the past, this policy has carried over to include friends. Some nurses want and even expect for their friends or family to be assigned to them. This is a can of worms no matter how you look at it. My opinion is that every situation should be handled under it's own merits, however, I strongly believe, that if a nurse does not wish to have a particular patient assigned to them, then it is in the best interest of the nurse, the patient and the facility to adjust the assignments accordingly. Hopefully, we are all professional in our decisions. I once took care of a friend's mother who was dying. I had known this lady on and off for over thirty years. I knew most of the family and most of them knew I worked at this particular facility. It made sense for me to be the nurse that provided the care. On the other side of this debate, I was once assigned my re-married ex-wife who had been in an auto accident. Needless to say this would have never worked!
Dec 19, '01I've been on the other side of that one... When I was 19 I had my tonsils out. My night nurse was a girl I'd gone to high school with! I had taken a really ugly stuffed animal that my boyfriend had given me to the hospital with me. All I remember is Pam teasing me about it...