Do you know anyone this nice???

  1. I have to brag on our CRNA. We are a small hospital and we have one CRNA that covers OB pretty much 24-7, he is contracted with the hospital.
    I recently had a pt that was worried because she didn't have insurance, but really wanted an epidural. She asked me the cost, I wasn't sure so I told her that I would have CRNA come and talk to her. I explained the situation to CRNA and he went in her room. He said "I understand that you have some questions." She replied in a very scared, I'm-a-scared-primip-and-I'm-hurting voice "yeah, how much does it cost?" He said, "Well, I understand that you don't have insurance. So what I would like to do is give you a 50% discount and I have instructed my billing company to let my clients pay however they can, so if you want to pay me $5.00 a month until it is paid off, that is fine. I just can't stand to see anyone hurt because they can't pay for an epidural."
    I was so touched that there really are still nice people that aren't just after the money out there. Especially considering that where I used to work, anesthesia used to make the pt's put a $450.00 deposit down for an epidural if they didn't have insurance-no deposit, no pain relief!
    So, tell me about the nice people that you work with!!
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   debralynn
    It restores my faith in the profession when I hear about someone who remembers why they hopefully went into the medical field. Three Cheers for him!!!:chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    I work with so many wonderful people. We have some of us who have been here for >25 years and new grads in orientation who were clerks and aids last month. Our houskeeper cleans so well and understands infection control, clerk is a friend even she is not a grouch.
    We help each other run for supplies, position our patients, and brainstorm solutions to difficult issues. We are very fortunate.

    Oops, I was on the "active threads". We are an ICU not OB/Gyn. They have some terrific people too.
    I must tell you to have a pregnant woman on a Toco monitoring contractions and the babys heart rate scare me silly. (give me a GI bleed, respitatory failure, or acute MI)
    The rare time we get a pregnant accident victim or having heart trouble the L&D nurses come and give us an inservice. They assess the patient as often as needed, and generally make up for what we are neither trained nor experienced to assess. I want to thank all of you for what you do!
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Jul 14, '03
  5. by   imenid37
    wonder how many anesthesia doc's would do this? sounds like a wonderful guy!
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ours certainly would not. (sigh).....

    this person sounds top-notch. a veritable worth-his-weight-in-gold professional ..how nice for your patients and unit!
  7. by   mother/babyRN
    That is such a beautiful story to end my horrific night....This person is a NURSE, right????That explains it......
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    yep yep.
  9. by   mother/babyRN
    I SO rest my case....
  10. by   angelbear
    Please tell this healthcare angel Just how much of a gem he is. Wish everyone in healthcare were like him. Especially when it comes to pain management. Can you imagine no pain relief just because you happen to be poor or uninsured.
  11. by   greyhorse
    We have a wonderful housekeeper on our unit, she used to be an aide back when our hospital used aides on L&D. So when all h*** breaks loose on L&D (like everyone knows it can!) she is there saying, "let me get her a gown and the monitor on", "do you want me to take that discharged pt out to her car?", or "the pt in room 127 needs help to the bathroom, would you like me to do that?". She has been a wonderful lifesaver many times!! Last week a salesman brought food to the offices in the front of the hospital and knowing that we were busy she brought us lunch. And she is a wonderful houskeeper as well.

    We have a pharmacist that has dispensed a dose or two of pain medicine, or antibiotic to a pt that was unable to pay, "i'm sorry I left my medical card a home but I'll come back and pay later", they seldom do. But on evenings or weekends pts are often limited as to where they will get their medications.

    The nurses on our unit are a great bunch. Always eagar to help one another. Most have been there 12+ years, the other newbie and I have been there 6 years for her, and 5 1/2 for me, though 2 years of mine was prn, I am full time now and never want another job :-)

    Great idea for a thread
    Thanks
    Greyhorse
  12. by   dhogan
    I work with a cardiologist who was taking care of a hospital employee. This man told me the doctor wanted him to stop working so hard because of his heart problems. He told him he had to pay his bills. Well, the doctor walked right out to his biller and told them not to send him any bills, that they would only take what the insurance paid. When he told the man, he asked him why he would do that. He replied that he was not going to contribute to his death. And that was one less bill he had to worry about. I have also seen this cardiologist take care of people with no insurance and he treats them the same as those with insurance. He too takes what they can afford to send him. He tells us he got into medicine to help people and that if he wanted to suck people dry he wouldve chosen another profession.
  13. by   healingtouchRN
    wow, what wonderful human beings we have in this thread, very refreshing to know of these caregivers! :kiss
  14. by   fourbirds4me
    Back in 1985 my mother had a baby boy. She used our FP. Very nice guy. Anyway, come time for delivery she was having some problems and he referred her to the OB/GYN docs. He stayed at the hospital and attended the delivery anyway. The baby ended up having PPHN and only lived 10 days. On the moring of the funeral my parents did not have the money to pay to open the grave but in the mail was a check from the FP refunding part of her payment because he did not actually do the delivery. This covered the cost of the opening and then some.

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