LilyBlue 4,467 Views
Joined Feb 14, '09.
Posts: 292 (61% Liked)
It would completely depend on the patient and the MD, to tell you the truth. If the MD had a good reason, I would probably attempt it, and if it brought the patient relief, may continue it. I have been a nurse for long enough now to know that for me personally, black and white are rare shades in the world of nursing.
My dad is not honest about his alcoholism because he is afraid that the nurses will not like him. That breaks my heart because my dad is the nicest most gentle man in the world, would not ask a soul for anything...
My horror stories usually aren't patients, they are patients' families. We recently had a LOM, fx hip, CVA, lost his ability to swallow, can't even handle his own secretions, yankuered-out-the-yingyang,now having a PEG inserted because wife is not willing to let him die. Wife is a tyrant. Wife keeps a notebook at the bedside. wife writes down everything you do, what your name is, what your shift is, what you look like and what you have on. Wife calls on the bell every five or so minutes - "Will you come in here and look at my husband? He doesn't look good".
Well, no, dear, he doesn't look good - he's fixin to die. He has given up the will to live. The doctors have told you all this ad nauseum.
"Well can he have a private nurse?"
"Sure, you can hire a private nurse, to do his personal care".
"No, I mean you guys supply a private nurse." And she is serious.
The she writes down in her book - 3:37 pm - Nurse LilyBlue (wearing black and white scrub top with red hair) tells me that the hospital will not provide a personal nurse. LilyBlue says my husband is one of 7 patients assigned to her at the moment".
Calls me back in the room to turn her husband five minutes later. (LilyBlue turned husband, I called for her at 3:41 and she didn't arrive until 3:44). back in room every 20 minutes or so.
The wife had a five ring binder filled.
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