Quote from drysolong
my post could also be titled " things that make you go "hum?"
or "everything i ever wanted to know about nursing" here goes,
in my experience as patient, i know that when a male physician does certain exams, a female nurse is called. approximately how old is this practice? i can see the need for it, but what happens when a male is examined by a female doctor, nurse practitioner, etc., also, does the witness have to be a member of the same sex as the patient?
also, lately when i visit friends in the hospital, i only see nurses working at the nurses's station. what are they doing? and, it "seems" that the only personnel that go into the patient's room are the doctors, cna's, pct's, lab, etc. i don't know if i'm observing correctly. but as a lpn student, who eventually wants to be an rn, i'm already trying to figure out ways how i as an rn can maintain close patient contact. i may change my mind once i'm really in the field, but right now, patient contact is very important to me any thoughts? (also, i hear comments from lpns, cnas, ptcs, that they do all the work and the rn's just give orders and medications)
well, to your first question, if the witness were not the same sex as the patient, it would defeat the purpose. wouldn't you feel a little more comfortable, if you were the patient, having someone of the same sex in the room rather than two people of the opposite sex observing you in all your glory? plus, it protects the practitioner from allegations of "misconduct". if two men were doing a pelvic on a female, the allegation would probably be "gang rape" rather than "misconduct".
and your second question - keep a few things in mind:
1 - when visiting friends you need to realize that the rn taking care of your friend has more than one patient (if on a medical/surgical floor, it could be closer to 6-7). just because the nurse doesnt sit in the room all day, doesnt mean he/she never goes in there.
2 - everybody has their own little song of sorrow about how they work hard and everyone else just sits around. everyone works hard or they wouldn't be there - hospitals would find a way to eliminate the position of someone who just sat around...they are all about cutting costs.
3 - if you become an rn, you will have patient contact out the yin-yang so don't even worry about it. you will have other responsibilities as well, which leads to:
4 - the nurses at the station are taking off/reviewing orders, calling physicians, calling ancillary departments to coordinate care, calling other disciplines regarding a patient's needs (paging resp. therapy for a tx or a blood gas, calling lab and asking about a result that should have been ready an hour ago, calling dietary to ask them to stop sending your diabetic patient up a tray full of fruit juices and milkshakes because it makes their glucose go thru the roof - duh.) and charting. the chart is the legal record of the person's medical treatment, which makes it just as important as anything else the nurse does for the patient. it can also be very time consuming.
5 - there are other people at the station, not just rns -- the unit secretaries tend to hang out there, as do the cnas, lpns, etc.
good luck to you.