So Im a new hospital nurse. Have been on my own for two weeks. Today I had a pt where the family was do overbearing with trying to tell me what the pt could and could not have and questioning my every move. Yes I know I am there to help but I do not know the doctors reasoning behind med changes (although I can guess I can never be sure.) and I personally didn't think most of it was worth calling the doc over. Anyways I did end up calling the doc to question his meds choices because the family wouldn't leave it be. So after all that, at bedside report the family brings up another med issue ad the night nurse keeps commenting that "it should've already been taken care of" (as in i shouldve known the family was going to go on about this med at this time, making me feel incompetent)
I'm just wondering if I handled the situation well and gain some insight on how you deal with family members.
Sorry for the long post! I guess I just needed to let off steam.
Overbearing family member here. Last week my sister was told (by her surgeon) that her gallbladder was, "Rotten. Not only did this scare her, but it also made her feel as if she was something to be hauled out and thrown away.
She was put on 02 several times during her hospital stay because her sats were low. She was not given an incentive spirometer to use after her abdominal surgey. She was not taught to splint herself when she coughs. This afternoon she called me up (from several states away - I wasn't there during her surgery) and said, "I can't cough hard enough to clear the gunk out of my lungs because it hurts too much. And oh, buy the way, is it normal not to be able to take a deep breath and feel like the air won't go all the way down in your lungs after surgery?"
Hooray for "overbearing" family members who look out for their loved ones. I wish I had been with my sister last week to protect her from the professionals providing her care.
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