Quote from OR-RN2011
I have never seen a nurse checking Facebook while neglecting patients. Work for a few years and then you can judge. I am sorry but I really dislike these critical nursing student posts.
Then you are very fortunate and work with a stellar group of nurses. I know it's hard to understand where the student is coming from.....all fresh and new, full of ambition and hope to conquer the world. To be the one to make that difference. They have yet to be tarnished by the harsh reality of what it actually means to be a nurse and just how hard it really is.......they are, at times, overwhelming...... and irritating.
But from what I have seen as a nurse, a patient, and a family member.....I find it more annoying at the large percentage of healthcare personnel that spend a majority of their day walking down the hallway looking at a lit up screen as if hypnotized by the glow forcing them to follow it's lead.......instead of making eye contact with their fellow man to in some way make them feel they are important in the hustle and bustle of every day life in the hospital.
As a patient when you are consumed by the machine and it is easy to feel gobbled up and alone in the abyss of paper work where you are a "hospital number please" and DOB......without even a glance up to make eye contact with ME...the patient.....as those nimble fingers fly across the sea of keys and your face is lit by glow of the computer screen. Look at me. So I think someone sees ME. I am scared, tired, in pain, frustrated, overwhelmed.....and I am looking for someone to see ME and at least make me believe they actually care.
As I have watched a family member writhe in pain from bone cancer the hands on that clock move every so slowly so that they appear to move backwards in time....you look out the door to see the line of employees leaning up against the wall as they are yet again mesmerized by the glow of that tiny screen. You want their attention but you don't really want to bother them....but you need them so you wait for someone to look up....you want to make eye contact so you can smile and indicate can they please come here.....but they never do.
So, you put the call light on...they are briefly distracted from the smart phone light. They look up. They roll their eyes. They look down again and finish their text...you hear them sigh as the begrudgingly place that precious lighted object into their pocket, roll their eyes and begin that painfully slow journey down the hallway to inquire "what do you need?" You tell them what you need.....as they roll their eye once again as they begin that painfully slow journey back down the hallway and retrieve the bright glowing object back out of their pocket.....to, I am sure with every confidence, return to their medical research and constant communication with the physicians.
The public and your patients really are not that naive...they are perfectly aware what you are doing. They watch your every move for they have nothing else better to do to help pass the time. The KNOW that you are the most important person to them and getting their needs met...they depend on you to look out for them. The one they trust. So on the 5-8th time in the last hour they seen you lean against the wall or sit in some obscure corner....they see the glow of that light on your face...yet again....it's maddening!!!!!
As a supervisor.....I know perfectly well what you are doing and how often you are doing it.....Like I tell my children.....I may have a lot of years on this earth and you might think you are smarter than I.....but I have been there done that and know better....bedsides I have eyes in the back of my head....genetic mutation from years as a nurse and the hormones from pregnancy.
SO .........try to glance up from your medical research and communication with the MD about important things and remember to LOOK at people as you go by.......glance in the room even if you are afraid someone will wave you in to ask you to do something........it is what makes them feel human and safe that someone is actually looking after them and physically SEEING them. This need for contact is what makes us human.....and keeps us humane.