My Life with a Nurse: A Man's Perspective - page 8
I've been married to a nurse for more than a quarter of a century, and let me tell you, nurses are not what you expect (and I don't even care what you expect, because you are wrong)! Let's begin by tearing down some of the... Read More
- 2Feb 5 by greyLQuote from Dr SleepThere are some bad nurses. I'm not going to argue that all nurses are great. But there is a lot you don't see. You don't see how that patient has turned the call light on every 30 minutes for something that could have waited for when we round again.Not a bad article. Written for nurses not anyone else. My wife is a nurse and so was my Ma.
I have worked in hospitals for over 30 years and know just how hard their job can be and how more and more is squeezed from them by Admin. I want to take this opportunity to tell nurses a few things. I see you at the nurses station ignoring the call light I hear the tone used to respond to calls. I hear how you talk about the patients, esp the regulars. I hear you say "We'll keep an eye on it" Then leave the room...how you gonna watch it when you ain't there? Fix it now. But what bothers me the most is ..."That's not my patient." I have heard you call the phlebotomist mean. I have heard you make all kinds of excuses for screwing up an IV start, non of which were I did a bad job or I need more training
In my time the quality of nurses has not improved. I have seen it go down hill. Remember why you are there even if you have worked a double and are dead tired. The patient really, really does come first...not your perceived greatness or sacrifice. I'm not dissing nurses. I have seen many good ones some great... but there should be more based on what I read in the union rags, see posted on FB and after a perusal of this site. Thank You.
And "keeping an eye on it" means assessing it again when you round on your patient to see how it's doing. Sometimes things just can't be done right then and there. You have a million other things to do with your other patients and you have to prioritize the most important thing.
And, most importantly, it is stupid to do something for another patient that you know nothing about. The patient asks for water while his nurse is gone. Is another nurse just going to get water for that patient? Hell no. She/he has no idea if that patient is supposed to be NPO or on fluid restriction, etc.