What HARD truth have you learned once you became a nurse and/or CNA? - page 9

Good or bad. About the field in general, humanity, or society? How does that truth effect you and how you do your job?... Read More

  1. by   RNrhythm
    Quote from newohiorn
    Patients and families say thank you a lot less than I thought they would.
    I am surprised by how many patients tell me that they LOVE me, I am the best nurse, etc. but apparently they keep it to themselves because no one tells management and it does not turn up on those damn surveys.
  2. by   brillohead
    Quote from Medic/Nurse
    My "Spidey Senses" have saved MY LIFE many times over. They have also save the lives of my PATIENTS. Only when I've talked myself out of heeding them have I found myself in the deep doodie. Avoid the doodie. Nothing good happens in the doodie.
    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. by   NotAllWhoWandeRN
    Quote from elizzyRN
    There are things much worse than death.
    Like Voldemort, and LTAC.
  4. by   Ciethekid
    Quote from Medic/Nurse
    That life is fragile.

    Life can change in an instant.

    Grief has no rules and does not discriminate.

    Do not wait to do what matters; do not leave the important things unsaid, to those who matter to you; don't go to bed angry over trivial things; find reconciliation wherever possible.




    Also, plan. Get you **** together and keep it in order. I 100% mean this. Write a will. Do an advance directive/Healthcare POA. A consultation and basic prep with an estate attorney should cost less than a fairly nice handbag in most locations. If anything changes in your life (new job, new house, new family member/marriage, death in family, birth, inheritance) -- you UPDATE these documents. Check these yearly on your birthday for the need to update.

    Make sure your beneficiary info is current on life insurance/retirement policies through work. Also, check your banking/investment accounts outside of work (you can check with an attorney on how to add a name to an account in the event of your death if this person may need access to these funds to immediately care for your loves without delay of probate if you die, or access in the event of serious illness)

    All these documents spell out YOUR wishes for your healthcare and will in DETAIL name someone/and an alternate how YOU would like them to take care of your kids, pets, house, stuff, pics? Don't assume that everyone will just know.

    I've seen a lot of bedside anguish. It's something that could be prevented. Prevent it, folks.



    And then live your best life. We get one go on this marble. Do it.

    Don't wait if there is something you want to do.

    Love like you mean it.

    Forgive freely. Speak kindly.

    Go hiking. Spend time in nature.

    Advocate for those that cannot protect themselves - Children, animals, elderly.

    Don't contribute to suffering.

    Everyone struggles with something.

    Smile more.

    Pay it forward.
    I just want to say, I LOVE ALL OF THIS!

    And will be getting on my ish ASAP!

    Thanks kind friend.
  5. by   nursekayde1978
    Quote from ixchel
    I learned very, very quickly that you can't save patients from themselves. That, to me, was no big deal. The hardest thing? When the patient DOES want to save themselves, but there are literally no resources available to make them successful at it.
    This is another reason that I believe the system is failing so much.
  6. by   nursekayde1978
    Quote from RNrhythm
    I am surprised by how many patients tell me that they LOVE me, I am the best nurse, etc. but apparently they keep it to themselves because no one tells management and it does not turn up on those damn surveys.
    Because people are conditioned to only report negative things. smh.
  7. by   FrankRN2017
    The truth is that nurses are the modern day slaves to hospital administration. The truth is that doctors are the asset while the nurse is the liability. The truth is that hospitals like to pretend the patient is the priority but when you look behind the curtain all they see is dollar signs. The truth is, hospitals profit by giving nurses the least amount of resources to complete the job!
    Last edit by FrankRN2017 on Jan 1

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