This is why I want to be a nurse!!!

  1. I was at work last night, 5 minutes before closing and a dad brings in his teenage son UNCONSCIOUS. He ound him in the garage with some friends. Apparently they had been drinking and who knows what. As we are waiting for the ambulance ( I work at a clinic not a hospital) I was getting a glucose, getting him on O2, giving him Narcan etc.. I felt quite inept. Of course the doc was doing all of the assesment, but I only know how to do so much. I can't wait to get more knowledge in order to feel more useful in situations like that. It was definately an eye opener!
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  3. by   Cindee
    I am so happy for you. I cant wait to have that knowledge also. And the ability to be confident to use that knowledge! What a wonderful feeling!

    :chuckle
  4. by   Achoo!
    Thanks, yes absolutely! I have such ants in my pants. Why do waiting lists have to be so long? LOL
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    I had a similar experience two days ago: I was going to meet my study buddy and came upon an accident that had just happened. The driver (the husband of the woman passenger) stumbled out of the car, dazed, ankle hurting (but he could move it and there wasn't any evidence of bleeding or bones sticking out or anything) and saying over and over, "my wife, my wife." She was in the car, glass on her face and across her clothes, blood around her mouth and on her shirt, but nothing spirting or oozing. It looked like mouth trauma from maybe hitting the dashboard.

    The car had hit a telephone pole straight on, and was sending out steam and a weird sick-car smell, but not gas so at least I didn't have to find out if I was brave! I crawled in, held her hand and tried to find a pulse (I think I was nervous--she had one, she was moaning and moving, but I couldn't find it). She was from India and there was someone who could speak her native language standing outside the passenger's side door talking to her, translating stuff I asked her to tell the woman like try not to move, help is coming, etc.

    Finally, I heard sirens, so I said, I'm getting out now so the helpers can get in. And the woman turned her head just ever so slightly and held onto my hand and said in perfect English, please don't leave me.

    You know I stayed until I was in the way.

    You can't learn to be caring and to care, in school. That much, you already have--be ready to offer it when the need arises, and you will get the wonderful experience of really helping someone else.

    What a life!
  6. by   Achoo!
    What a great story!! Empathy is so important in my opinion. What a great feeling it is to know you have impacted someone in that way. Hopefully that woman came through just fine, and has you as one of the people to thank!
  7. by   Shed13911
    That lady did not really need more than what you gave so willingly. Just having you offer some compassion and hold her hand came through loud and clear despite the language barrier. She will always remember the stranger that cared!
  8. by   rebeccalizzie
    I just have to comment...this is a major part of why I want to be a nurse as well. When I had outpatient surgery for cervical cancer a few years ago I was given Epinephrine as a local anesthetic, and the nurse warned me that it would make me even more anxious than I already was. Then instead of standing down by the doctor at my feet, she stood up by my head and stroked my shoulder and head to help calm me during the surgery. Afterward, she checked on me, brought me OJ and blankets because I was cold, and talked to me for a few minutes.

    You know, anyone with the technical knowledge could have run the IV, helped the Dr, etc. It took someone special to just be extra nice to me, and it made me feel so much better. It was only a minor outpatient procedure, she probably sees a hundred a day, but I was scared anyway, it isn't fun. I keep trying to remember that woman every time I work on my prereq's, and I hope I remember her when I'm working and helping with a minor, no big deal surgery. I want to be a nurse like her. (and boy I wish I had said something at the time...I thanked her profusely, but I wish I had sent a letter or something so it would have been in her file).

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