Very Unprofessional....

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    So, last night I get report from a patient in the Unit who was in ETOH protocol. This was the patient's 3rd day withdrawing!!! When I got report from this XY Nurse, she told me that the patient was scoring pretty high. I was surprised because we usually send them to the unit when they score over 12. Anyhow, she tells me a little bit about the patient and says to me "ugh he fell at home due to a seizure and that's why you will see all that nasty stuff on his face". I was like, excuse me? and she was like " well yeah, all that dried blood on his face." I just stayed quiet and continue on with report. When I received the patient, he looked like a total hot mess. Yes, I know he is an alcoholic, but we are not here to judge. I offered a bedbath , ( since he was on seizures precautions/ and on bedrest). We cleaned all the blood off his face. Patients need to have dignity, like every human deserves to have! I do not mean to be so sensitive, BUT WE NURSES , came into the profession to help and be compassionate, or at least be professional in the way we communicate about our patients with other colleagues. Anyways, It felt good, I just love being a Nurse!
    Last edit by Whoatemyburger on Mar 11
    TheBlackDogWaits, OCNRN63, Learn2Lead, and 27 others like this.
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    Unfortunately, this is not all that uncommon. It's sad really
    toomuchbaloney, poppycat, sharpeimom, and 1 other like this.
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    Sounds like a good day ...time to bathe a patient instead of just keeping him alive.
    Don't sweat the small stuff. You'll make enemies really fast getting all high and mighty over a bed bath.
    BrnEyedGirl, Missingyou, FineAgain, and 3 others like this.
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    Quote from Pangea Reunited
    Sounds like a good day ...time to bathe a patient instead of just keeping him alive.
    Don't sweat the small stuff. You'll make enemies really fast getting all high and mighty over a bed bath.
    Perhaps the issue was that it was his third day and he still had dried blood on his face?
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    It's one thing if he's combative and won't let you clean him up. But to leave him like that for 3 days is unacceptable.
    lxpatterson, OCNRN63, Alisonisayoshi, and 32 others like this.
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    I think it was more the comment about the patient than anything else . I didn't say anything about the bath or the comment to the nurse or anyone . I felt a little bad for the patient . I just did my job with my wonderful aid. I guess that's why I am where I am .
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    Shame on the staff. They should have cleaned him up. You are right... we are here to care not judge or treat them like animals....even if they act like one.

    Thank you for being a good nurse.
    OCNRN63, sapphire18, Cream and sugar, and 36 others like this.
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    Just because the patient was alive doesn't mean everything else is insignificant. Maybe the nurse was burned out or stressed, either way she needs to learn to hide her frustrations or atleast keep her rusty comments to herself.
    OCNRN63, nrsang97, kakamegamama, and 2 others like this.
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    Lets take the ETOH part out of this for a moment- how one can assess with all the dried blood in the way?

    Does the patient have a big ole lac under the dried blood that needs something done with it? A head lac that is open? Is it all dried blood, or a cellulitis happening under the dried blood? You can't assess what you can't see, and I would think s/p a fall would warrant some sort of skin assessment. If the patient has staples, sutures are we just sorta forgetting about those because what...he's a drunk? You can't assess the intergrity of sutures or staples if there's all dried blood everywhere.

    Yes, this is most definetely a dignity thing. Lest we forget that addiction is a disease process, not a character flaw. With that being said, back to my original thought--HOW does one assess on skin integrity when the patient has 3 day old dried blood on them?? Even to set this person up with a basin and washcloth to wash their face is the right thing to do.

    Cause you know what? At the end of the day a "teach em a lesson" concept rarely works, nor does making an addict sit around with dried blood on their face.

    Absolutely uncalled for and very, very poor practice.
    Technicolourhobo, AmyRN303, OCNRN63, and 23 others like this.
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    Quote from Pangea Reunited
    Sounds like a good day ...time to bathe a patient instead of just keeping him alive.
    Don't sweat the small stuff. You'll make enemies really fast getting all high and mighty over a bed bath.
    As RubyVee pointed out... there is a much bigger issue here. Every patient deserves to be treated with respect( in this case it was a simple bed bath.) I
    hope you examine your callous response.
    TheBlackDogWaits, OCNRN63, rubato, and 12 others like this.


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