A Day in the Life: Measuring Magic - page 3

by Kendel.G

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I am an intern at a pediatric cardiologistís office. On clinical days I get to run ECGs (electrocardiogram) on tiny patients. Running ECGs is relatively simple. I stick eight electrodes onto little bodies and hook them up to... Read More


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    What's with this response? She knows that interpretation is not her job, hence the silence when the little girl asked about her condition. She only displayed a "virtue" most nurses threw away after graduation. That Virtue is called "compassion". Nice post Kendel. G. I hope I can put a smile on someone's face (even if it's momentary) just like you did!
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    Totally made my day. thanks for spreading the magic!
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    Quote from sckooshy1
    I loved this! I may just steal this and tell my little guy next time we have his EKG (ECG?) done that they are measuring the magic in his heart.
    yea America is switching over to ECG to represent Cardio, EKG is represented in a different language I believe it is Kardio or something like that.

    Awesome story, by the way.
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    This melted my heart and brightened up my day!
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    you do not give the patient false positive hopes. I just tell the patient no matter what age, the doctor will give you the intrepretation. Even though you may know, its not your job.
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    Quote from royhanosn
    you do not give the patient false positive hopes. I just tell the patient no matter what age, the doctor will give you the intrepretation. Even though you may know, its not your job.
    You really need to reread the original post. I agree that you are taking a comforting moment and spinning it into something it's not.
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    Royhanosn- their bio states "burned out nurse". Yup sure sounds it!
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    Quote from royhanosn
    you do not give the patient false positive hopes. I just tell the patient no matter what age, the doctor will give you the intrepretation. Even though you may know, its not your job.
    Do you work with adults or kids? She made a little girl smile, if just for a minute, jeez Louise. Telling someone their heart has magic doesn't say, "Yup, you're all better." The heart does hold magic, compassion for instance.
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    Quote from royhanosn
    that is NOT your job to interpret. Dealing with a child is sensitive, especially with mom or dad hanging over your shoulder. Its the doctor, your BOSS, that does the interpretaion. Dont over drama this. Perhaps you are too sensitive for this job.
    you do the slog work, let the boss doctor do what he is trained to do, interpret. Perhaps there are things on the reading that need to be interpretted, the patient should not need to know.
    I believe that it's in the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice that we are able to make the NANDA-I nursing diagnosis of "Magic in a child's heart" after a careful assessment of the parent-child dyad. If it's not in both, it should be.

    Kendel.G
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    Quote from royhanosn
    that is NOT your job to interpret. Dealing with a child is sensitive, especially with mom or dad hanging over your shoulder. Its the doctor, your BOSS, that does the interpretaion. Dont over drama this. Perhaps you are too sensitive for this job.
    you do the slog work, let the boss doctor do what he is trained to do, interpret. Perhaps there are things on the reading that need to be interpretted, the patient should not need to know.
    Um...I think the OP is well aware that...

    "Thursday, when I was repeating this process for the umpteenth time that day, a sweet little girl looked up at me while I quickly read the unconfirmed analysis at the top of the page, ďIs my heart all better?Ē

    Mom straightened and look hopeful. I couldnít answer that question. I am not educated enough to even guess"


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