Quote from MountainRN53
I have been a nurse for almost 19 years in Home health and LTC facilities. I just started at an LTC about a week ago after relocating to the area. I am new to the residents and trying to gain trust while being bombed with a huge med pass. It is so hard to be kind and rush at the same time. I would love to take extra time to listen to my patients stories like you and others who have responded. God Bless everyone. Great story!
Thank you for reading! WHen I did my med pass, as I was reaching for their meds, I would also ask them how they were doing, taking an extra moment to show an interest. That's how the first door is opened... the door to invitation. Yes, I understand that the med pass has to be done by a certain hour, but maybe start a slightly bit earlier to allow for those few extra moments. Then, after the med pass, I may return to the patients, especially the ones that took an interest in wanting to share their stories, and take a few more moments to hear their stories. There have been days that I'd be at my work for an hour past my shift ended, just talking and listening to my patient's stories they had to share. I don't do that all the time since I am pretty exhausted after a full day's work, but when I do, it surely makes a world of difference for those patients. I've had a couple patients return to my unit just to say Hello to me and see how I've been doing and also to thank me. Now that is what makes my day!