How do you get your patients to do what they have to do? - page 2

Patients can be stubborn at times. You give them a task and they ignore it. What do you do to get your patients moving? Please share with us the task that they are suppose to do and what it is you... Read More

  1. by   dirtyhippiegirl
    Quote from GrnTea
    The facility can certainly say, "If you don't wish to adhere to the medical or nursing plan of care, then you will be discharged." Hospitals are not hotels.
    Dude, I mean this in the nicest and most respectful way because I believe you've been a nurse for longer than I've been alive -- but when was the last time you worked acute care?

    Hospitals ARE hotels. Press-Ganey means everything. You, and PT, and OT, and speech can document up the wazoo about patient refusals and it doesn't mean a damn thing.
  2. by   Do-over
    Educate, encourage. If that don't work, document the refusal.
  3. by   Overland1
    Just give them a stern look, and say, "you must comply...YOU VILL COMPLY!"

    Lovin' me some of those nursey words.
  4. by   anon456
    Sometimes I have pedi patients who won't go to bed, and their parents are not there to enforce it. I understand they might be lonely but they also need to rest and can't stay up watching Good Luck Charlie all night long. So I tell them they can keep the TV on but I get to choose the channel. I usually choose C-Span. Within a few minutes the kids are asleep.
  5. by   akulahawkRN
    I'm but a student... That being said, at least with the IS, what I've found that sometimes makes it a bit more palatable (so to speak) for patients to use them is to educate them (and remind them they don't want pneumonia), and to use it x times per hour, or use it just once for every commercial they see on TV. That way it just doesn't sound so burdensome... after all, it's just once every TV commercial. If they do use it that way, they really end up doing it about 12 x/hr.

    As for getting the patient to answer those mental status questions, I usually prefaced (with difficult patients) them with this: "Just let me ask you these really stupid questions that I ask everyone, and answer them as best as you can and I'll get out of your hair for a bit." After all, if you've been asked those same questions over and over again, you see them as being just "stupid questions."
  6. by   ckm2
    Please do not TELL your patients what to do unless they are mentally impaired. Be their advocate explain WHY we are doing what we do
    and its research based not hospital policy. Involve them in their care by allowing them to coordinate schedule with you. Engage them
    with clinical information; get their feedback. Speak with them about their care and plan of care, not at them or to them. When you discuss /collaborate with them with relaxed body language, seated if possible. Ask them is a good time for them to discuss, would they like their significant other there. And please ask them how they would like to be addressed or called.