Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it. - page 134

:spin:Just curious as to what you would say. Mine goes something like this: Hi, my name is AngelfireRN, I'll be your nurse tonight. I am not a waitress, nor am I your slave. Yelling... Read More

  1. by   joanna73
    Perhaps I'm mistaken, but your reply sounds somewhat sarcastic? Just like everyone else in the service business, nurses should be allowed to vent sometimes, and that's what this forum is for. I'm not really sure what your meaning is exactly...??
  2. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from joanna 73
    perhaps i'm mistaken, but your reply sounds somewhat sarcastic? just like everyone else in the service business, nurses should be allowed to vent sometimes, and that's what this forum is for. i'm not really sure what your meaning is exactly...??
    it's more naive, and the idealistic uninformed, never been deep in the trenches kind of remark that only a wide-eyed prenursing student or a nursing student not too far into her schooling would make. slightly sarcastic, yes.
  3. by   patientlywaitinagain
    Quote from sharpeimom
    it's more naive, and the idealistic uninformed, never been deep in the trenches kind of remark that only a wide-eyed prenursing student or a nursing student not too far into her schooling would make. slightly sarcastic, yes.
    i agree with both of you. i am naive and clueless and the only points of comparison i have is from a patient's view and the view from a former cna who attended monthly "eye opening" meetings with administration about empathizing with our geriatric residents. one day i will look back to this post and see how truly uninformed i was. i will get the reality check one day, but for now, i am just a dice hanging on your rearview mirror.
  4. by   joanna73
    I also think that you have to find some humour in your experiences with patients, and nursing in general sometimes. Otherwise we would all be insane I was a guest services manager for years, and retail management before that. The same comparisons can be made there too. We all do stupid, silly, annoying things. That's life. And I probably will be one of those tired, annoying, patients myself. Who knows? That doesn't mean we don't care about our patients. I am fortunate every day for the small things in life, that's for sure.
  5. by   patientlywaitinagain
    Quote from joanna73
    I also think that you have to find some humour in your experiences with patients, and nursing in general sometimes. Otherwise we would all be insane I was a guest services manager for years, and retail management before that. The same comparisons can be made there too. We all do stupid, silly, annoying things. That's life. And I probably will be one of those tired, annoying, patients myself. Who knows? That doesn't mean we don't care about our patients. I am fortunate every day for the small things in life, that's for sure.
    You are exactly right Joanna. I am reading and posting to learn and help as much as I can with what little I know. I have been in the accounting field for too long and reading posts such as these are very informative. Believe it or not, I will go back to these threads in the future to help me feel normal and maybe get some laughs too. Thanks.
  6. by   NocturneRN
    Quote from patientlywaitinagain
    I hope that in my old age, I will NEVER do anything stupid to offend my nurses. After all, I guarantee that those nurses and the ones they love won't ever get old, tired, scared and senile.

    Maybe I am saying this because I am not a nurse yet. I might learn otherwise once I become one. Please help me understand as I can either be a patient or a nurse, and I want to act appropriately.


    I agree that all patients should be treated with respect and consideration. On the other hand, it would be pretty hard not to be amused (I don't know many nurses who are offended by nakedness!) at being asked to grab a fork and help scratch an itchy patient.
  7. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from nocturnern




    i agree that all patients should be treated with respect and consideration. on the other hand, it would be pretty hard not to be amused (i don't know many nurses who are offended by nakedness!) at being asked to grab a fork and help scratch an itchy patient.
    and sometimes we laugh simply because if we didn't laugh we'd cry.
  8. by   joanna73
    It was amusing, the fork incident. I remember thinking to myself, "Somehow, this goes beyond the concept of "pt centred care". That got to be a routine request, after a while, with his nurses. We had the Geriatric Team come to assess the pt a few times over his stay.
  9. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from patientlywaitinagain
    i agree with both of you. i am naive and clueless and the only points of comparison i have is from a patient's view and the view from a former cna who attended monthly "eye opening" meetings with administration about empathizing with our geriatric residents. one day i will look back to this post and see how truly uninformed i was. i will get the reality check one day, but for now, i am just a dice hanging on your rearview mirror.
    i don't understand your reason for posting either of your remarks. if you get that you don't get it, why jump in and look stupid and clueless?
  10. by   patientlywaitinagain
    Quote from ruby vee
    i don't understand your reason for posting either of your remarks. if you get that you don't get it, why jump in and look stupid and clueless?
    ignorance can be fixed. stupidity can't.
    just because you don't understand my reasoning doesn't mean you're stupid.
  11. by   oktravelnurse
    Quote from ruby vee
    to what are you referring?


    i'm talking about the discussion virgo rn & elthia keep having about what line would be best. you can see part of it on page 125 and 173.
  12. by   oktravelnurse
    Quote from patientlywaitinagain
    I agree with both of you. I am naive and clueless and the only points of comparison I have is from a patient's view and the view from a former CNA who attended monthly "eye opening" meetings with administration about empathizing with our geriatric residents. One day I will look back to this post and see how truly uninformed I was. I will get the reality check one day, but for now, I am just a dice hanging on your rearview mirror.



    I think one day we can all look back and gain knowledge. Empathy is a good nursing quality!
  13. by   oktravelnurse
    Quote from joanna73
    Perhaps I'm mistaken, but your reply sounds somewhat sarcastic? Just like everyone else in the service business, nurses should be allowed to vent sometimes, and that's what this forum is for. I'm not really sure what your meaning is exactly...??
    My op was about VirgoRN and Elthia's discussion back and forth about what type of line should be put in. See page 173 and 125. They both kept going on back and forth about this. I believe nurses should be able to vent. I love this forum for that!

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