Hey, this would probably make a great topic for a TV series...Home Health Nurses and what they encounter. Maybe ya'll should pitch the idea to TV.....anything that helps the public understand what we do is important to our profession
Great idea, as long as it doesnt do for nursing what Reno 911 does for law enforcement!!
Ross, I do see your point. Anytime I do something, I try to imagine defending it to a judge and the Board of Nursing. We only tell the police what area we're going to - by street name, for instance. They will patrol the area. Just make it known that they're in the neighborhood. I guess "escort" is the wrong word. We dont give out addresses or names - and they dont even know what kind of vehicle we drive.I always carried a cell phone
and mace. I do agree, that if its that bad, we shouldnt even be going. However, its not neccessarily the pt or pts family that we're scared of. Its their neighbors or the thugs hanging out next door. I loved some of the older, sweet pts and its not their fault that they cant afford to live in a nicer neighborhood.
I miss my elderly pts.
A lot of them were lonely and just needed someone to talk to. Even if it was about CHF. I also miss the canned preserves and fresh garden vegetables. So, I would risk a little more for them.