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Listen.... when you're having a hectic day.... take a bathroom break, turn off the lights, take 10 slow deep breaths, wash your face, get back out there.
There's nothing spiritual about taking a load off when things get hairy. The body can only do so much and the mind can handle only so many tasks, for only so long a time, before safety is breached.
"This made my day.
I think that taking a minute to be introspective is fine, but I wouldn't call it 'prayer'. Praying is the act of asking an imaginary being to suspend the natural laws of the universe in such a way that you get what you want, which tends to happen exactly 0% of the time. I wonder if other forums for professionals have entire sections for people to discuss books written by Iron Age misogynists who advocated slavery...perhaps this part of why we are not taken seriously as a profession."
I think it is a good thing that people display such spirituality in such a field. I think it is God and God alone.
"I am so sorry I cannot share that link."
"I am very curious over the amount of spirituality on display on this Web site, and I mean all over. I've never seen anything like it among any group of professionals, much less, among those practicing a science-based, evidence-based profession. Is it a function of the personality types attracted to the profession, or to helping professions involving personal care? Is it a function of gender?"
With some unease I, too, have wondered about that.
At risk of being barraged with hate mail, I offer the following;
First , if prayer makes you, or someone else, feel better then by all means do it. After all, prayers can't hurt.
But suggesting that praying for someone's recovery, from a remote location, can actually contribute to that recovery is magical thinking that undermines the integrity of the Western nursing profession.
I wonder how many doctors maintain such beliefs?
Prayer is hope, and hope is a good thing...as long as there's a reasonable chance. Otherwise, we end up prolonging suffering "waiting for miracles."
People pray everyday for recoveries that never happen. Was it, then, just a matter of too few people praying or not praying loud enough?
I will quickly be labeled a "nonbeliever" so that my perspective can be rendered irrelevant...just someone who either "doesn't get it" or is "a lost soul."
You can be be either scientists or a witch doctors...but not both.
"Studies have actually shown that those who pray are physically and emotionally healthier than those who do not"
I think you meant to say, "Some people believe that those who pray..."
There are no evidence-based studies that could make such a claim. And believing something is true is mere opinion, not fact.
INRs take time to crest and fall even when a patient has stopped taking coumadin.
It can also be affected by liver or clearance issues.
After returning from vacation, I was assigned to "Robert", a 24 year-old suffering from septic shock, multi-system organ failure and late-stage muscular dystrophy. He was maxed out on chemical and ventilatory support.
In his room, the wasted young man lay in the center of large specialty bed. His angular contracted body was dwarfed by a puffy blue mattress that appeared to be in process of swallowing him whole.
During his short life, Robert had been hospitalized multiple times. But this would be his last, his body slowly surrendering to a bacterial juggernaut unconcerned with strong wills or the code of human decency.
Alongside the bed sat Robert's mother. She was short, her face drawn. She stood when i introduced myself. A meek smile betrayed none of her accumulated heartache. Her grey eyes hid none of her fatigue.
I asked her about Robert's life and she began to talk about the photos that were taped to the room's bulletin board. In one, a frail red-haired little boy wearing water wings was splashing in a backyard pool. In another, he was in a toboggan, wedged between the knees of an adult. With his mother's eyes, he was staring directly into the camera. A third photo showed him in a wheel chair crookedly holding an ice cream cone, ready to take a lick.
This was Robert's third day in the ICU. But because the bed was large and Robert's mother so small the only physical contact she could manage was stroking his arm.
I left the room in search of the stool we usually keep in the unit. Unable to locate it, I grabbed a heavy box of computer paper and plunked it down at the bedside.
"Would you like to kiss your son"? I asked her.
I pulled Robert over and then helped his mother onto the packed box. With heartbreaking tenderness, she kissed her son's face.
The following day, this mother decided it was time for her son to rest. With him held firmly in her arms, we extubated. The boy passed quietly, finally free from his incarcerating body.
Ive been an ICU for 16 years. I am no longer intimidated by clinical complexities or traumatic injuries. To me, they're just variations on themes which oblige me to perform the technical balancing act until a body, hopefully, regains its footing.
Today, I am motivated and rewarded by the challenges of assessing and interpreting the behavior of loved ones who suddenly find themselves thrust upon life's razored edge.
For me, therein lies the power and privilege of being a nurse.
Check it, flush it, then get a bladder scan...if there ain't no urine, you ain't gonna get none.
Stop messin' with it.
"Nursing just happens to be the largest work force in a hospital."
How about nursing just happens to be the department that allows the hospital to be, well, a hospital. It provides the actual services, without which, the hospital simply ceases to exist.
And, yes, they happen to be the largest workforce..........but if CEOs could figure out how to allow patients to get sicker without risking all the nasty publicity, they'd change that fact in a heartbeat.
Nursing will be "revamped" when nurses regularly, and firmly, learn to say "no."
"Conscientious Professionals" do not tolerate such catch-22 conditions. They ask:
"Which do you prefer....all charting done or no overtime?"
These days, they are often incompatible scenarios.
If you, indeed, allow yourself to be turned into a long-term task monkey, then don't complain about it.
As a professional, you need to at least apprise them of their impossible mandates.
And, if they won't address or resolve the issues then, as a professional, pack up your dignity and leave.
Continuing to patch poor management behavior only guarantees its perpetuation.
I believe the new nurses are transferring the anger they've developed when they suddenly realize their wonderful nursing school never really told them how tough things are for new nurses.
You see, nursing school are businesses...in the business to make money, not necessarily apprise students of current trends, especially if it will affect their bottom line
Schools hope nurses believe faux media reports of shortages...perhaps for seasoned nurses, but no shortage of new ones.
For some careers, new people mean more energy and lower costs. For nursing, there's the higher potential cost of patient safety issues and high upfront cost of training.
Hold the schools accountable....like the online schools who prowl for GIs(and their benefits) who end up with worthless degrees and exhausted educational funding.
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