Quote from relondnah SNKC
Was in the ICU a while back and and a patient was sedated but still could hear you. The nurse says, "oh my God he stinks!" she talked about his condition and how he's no good because he a alcoholic and his whole family don't take good care of themselves. I try not to judge because we all have problem and we are working through it. What do everyone think?
you must be a new nurse (nothing wrong with that, I was a new nurse once) if you are just realizing this. When you really look at the whole situation, anybody can say that anywhere. People, not just nurses, in general have a tendency to judge others. That's just reality.
When a pt stinks, I don't have a problem saying it in front of a colleague as long as the pt is totally sedated and no family is around. I say it so the other nurse gets it and helps me clean him up. that's just being honest.
Commenting about alcoholism, that's a different story. But like I said, it's no different when people in society says something bad about another person (in my opinion anyway).
WHat I usually do, and is my suggestion, just don't comment on it. Clean the pt up instead and make sure he does't wake up until next week. LOL. just kidding. until his DTs are over. pt in DTs are a handful. I would easily take a patient with 10 drips on a vent with a balloon pump and CCRT over a pt in DT.