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I am writing a paper/essay about caring in the nursing profession ("caring" in this case meaning tending to the emotional/spiritual needs of the patient). A few of my classmates and I have expereinced a few episodes where nurses and/or preceptors have been extremely technically competent, but often don't take the time to care for patients. (Example: one preceptor discouraged a student from initiating some patient education because it would "make the patients needy.")
I was wondering if any of you have experienced something along these lines (nurses not listening to patients, preceptors discouraging you from providing patient care), and if so, would you mind sharing the example with me? I would be eternally grateful!
P.S. Please don't let this message imply that my entire clinical experience has been like this...this is defintiely the exception rather than the rule!
The only experience I have with this is being a post partum patient on the OB floor. The first time that I wasn't listened to is when I was left in the stir-ups for TWO whole hours while everyone inlcuding my husband went on their dinner break. I couldn't reach the call button, telephone or even t.v changer for that matter. :angryfire
My last delivery, I would ask for simple things such as a glass of water, (was stuck to an IV but thirsty as hell plus I was breast feeding) peri-pads in the bathroom,(big necessity!) and usually wouldn't recieve anything until the next shift change. I wasn't looked after much in the day, but night shift would come & wake me up to ask if I needed a sleeping pill, water, something to eat, how my pain was ect. It was nice that they finally asked, but it wasn't nice to be woke up for it.
Kelly, hopefully that's what you meant about emotional needs, because I'm still irked about it!