I'm in need of some comic relief this evening...
As a brand-new GN, I took care of a young male patient after an overdose. His synapses did not recover well after being anoxic for several minutes. He was so agitated one evening that we had to put him in a geri-chair at the nurses station. Well later on that night, he starting... ummm... pleasuring himself... which my co-workers found hilarious. One of them came around the corner to get me, telling me that my patient needed something. WELL... I came around and blurted out, "What's up?" IMMEDIATELY, my face (as it was told to me) was bright red... I quickly discovered what was up... as all of my coworkers buried their faces.
I feel very badly for your patient. No matter how many of his synapses weren't firing, he definitely did not deserve to be viewed as the "comic relief" for a bunch of hospital employees. Can't believe that not one nurse in the bunch didn't object to this scenario.
I'm also quite disturbed to see from previous postings that you're a clinical instructor?? I hope you will learn from the first few responses to this thread which no doubt were NOT what you expected.
Last edit by roser13 on Apr 22, '13
Apr 23, '13
I understand your embarrassment. But you missed a teaching moment. "Mr Jones, I see you need care/position change etc."
Then quietly move him within sight for safety and snugly put a sheet over his lap. When you get back to the desk you probably will only have to give a look to each staff member. They know what they did was wrong, and they know what you did was right.
Last edit by P_RN on Apr 23, '13
First off, this is something that happened in the past (as evidenced by her "Back when I was a GN...")
Secondly, what made this adorable was that she was naive and new to nursing.
Thirdly, I have no doubt whatsoever that the nursing staff intervened for the pt's dignity. The staff was obviously kidding the new nurse, not the pt.
The fact that the pt was having his own issues was cute because of his total innocence of the cultural taboos he was breaking. His actual actions have been done before and will be done again by other pts now and in the future.
This whole story was simply supposed to be a "Back when I was a brand new and naive nurse..." story, and I thought it was cute.
Last edit by NurseOnAMotorcycle on Apr 23, '13
: Reason: clarity