My father is in my own ICU tonight. I took him into the ER tonight w a r/o PE or r/o MI. It was a PE. It is secondary to knee replacement done one month ago.
I am not scheduled to work until Thursday. I hope he will be home by then. If he isn't.....I have mixed feeling about even working then. I don't want him to be my patient because I wouldn't be objective. I don't think I would be comfortable working knowing he is down a few doors from my own patients. I think it would drive me nuts.
Anyone ever been in this position before, and what did you do? What would you do?
At least everyone in the unit knows he is my father and I know he will get good care. (not that he wouldn't normally).
Jul 24, '07
HAHA!!!! I should have looked at the date the OP posted the question. So sorry to bring this thread bttt.
Well, I think your comfort level says it all.
Can you bow out for the shifts in conflict? Or offer to float?
The hospital I used to work at would have asked both parties, patient and nurse, what they would prefer. If I was uncomfortable with caring for my dad, I would tell him. I would be uncomfortable if any "personal" care was involved. HOWEVER, my father being the wonderful patient that he can be (TOTAL SCARCASM!!!!!) I would be more embarassed if he was cared for by coworkers.
He was admitted to the hospital I worked at, but not to my floor. I was off that day so I sat in his room and ran "interference" for all but 2 hours of his stay. I cut his hissy fits off at the pass when I saw one coming on.
Bottom line is you may wanna talk with the charge nurse that will likely make assignments for your next shift and get his/her opinion.
I hope your dad gets better quickly!
Last edit by whiskeygirl on Jul 24, '07