How would you feel about taking care of a patient as the one described? - page 3

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"The patient is a white female who appears her reported age. She neither speaks nor comprehends the spoken word. Sometimes she babbles incoherently for hours on end. She is disoriented about person, place and time. She does;... Read More


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    This was great. It confirmed what I have always believed; that perception is EVERYTHING. I will probably be working in LTC for awhile; although it was something I never wanted to do. But I am working on changing my perceptions and this will definitely help. I will try to always remember it. Thank you.
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    I have to admit that as soon as I started reading it, I thought of an accident victim (severe head trauma), someone approaching the age of Methusela, or a baby.

    It definately made me think. I'd rather it were a baby, for a patient that was of old age, and in this condition, that would be very depressing.
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    Betts,

    Thankyou so much for sharing that with us. That was a very moving speech. I loved it!! I am not a nurse yet... however I am working in the hospital setting right now. There is a patient that is described in your speech, but is actually only in there early 30's. She requires constant care and sometimes there just isn't enough time and people to help. Also sometimes I see that the nurses, for whatever reasons do not treat some patients as they should be treated. I actually brought this to my work for everyone to read, so mabye they would think differently in the future.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Steph
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    As many of you know I am a Stroke Nurse- when I read your speech I automatically thought of my patients, early stage

    Did not think in lateral terms but if I may I will copy this thread and use later

    Thank you so much
    j


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