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  • 27

    When a patient tells me I am a good nurse, it's not usually because of my nursing skills, but rather my people skills. I smile, listen, and comfort. Those get me more compliments than anything else.

    Occasionally "you're the best nurse ever!" Is followed up by, "so and so was awful, terrible, just the worst!". Next shift I am the worst, and the current nurse is the most amazing person to walk this planet. Meaning, the patient is just really being manipulative and staff splitting.

    So I don't always take it seriously. I take any compliment with a grain (or spoonful) of salt, especially if it's followed up by a comparison to another nurse.

  • 26

    Quote from thecrossfitrn
    As a nurse, and a female patient, I can say it's 100% about being comfortable for me. While I know a lot of fantastic and compassionate male nurses, I wouldn't want them down in my nether regions during childbirth. During nursing school in my OB rotation nearly all my male classmates were told "no" when they told the laboring patient they were the nursing student for the day. I've also been asked by male urology patients for a male nurse before. I think it really comes down to feeling comfortable with your body, and maybe past events that skew ideas of nurse gender for patients.
    But yet most of these women have no issue with a male doctor down in their nether-regions

  • 20

    There's a relevant saying: "Patients don't care what you know until they know that you care about them."

    Yes, I've been told that I'm a good nurse. However, the compliment has never been based upon my proficiency, technical skills or nursing knowledge. In general, patients and families who liked my personality have made the "good nurse" comment.

    The average American is a low-information consumer who reads/writes at a 6th to 8th grade level. Many of these people are our patients, but lack the analytical skills to appraise whether someone's a good clinician. Hence, they base their opinions on more concrete criteria such as a smile, an image, and personality of the nurse.

    Thus, when someone says I'm a good nurse, I thank them with an attitude of gratitude for having received a compliment instead of an insult. Then I secretly take the comment with a grain of salt.

  • 18

    It makes me suspicious ....are they going to ask to go outside and smoke? ...for their dilaudid "a little early"? ...for a 10th cup of pudding?

  • 15

    Quote from Lev <3
    I think the charge RN felt like you were overstepping your bounds. And I think you were.
    Yep...some charge nurses and supervisors are annoyed as hell when dealing with a subordinate who continually refuses to defer to the charge nurse's expertise and, instead, skips the chain of command.

    Nonetheless, there's a pertinent saying that applies to the OP: "Praise in public and criticize in private." The charge nurse was flagrantly unprofessional for hollering at someone publicly, IMHO.

  • 14

    I had a student who lost a classmate (who was also like a brother to my son). We all struggled with his death from cancer. This young lady came in several times in the following weeks to have lunch with me. At the time I thought she needed to just chill. Turns out later (4-5 years) we met up for coffee and we talked about that time.

    She informed me she was there for me because everyone ELSE in the building was depending on me to guide them through a tough time, and that I needed some love too.

    Love that girl!!!


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