I had to do something tonight that drives me crazy. I despise hearing a parent ask me to "write a note to the other nurses". Usually because its a complaint. Then I look like the bad guy. I'm not the parents secretary, but I don't consider it outside of my job either. I feel like when the other nurses see a note in my handwriting that it doesn't come across well. I always start the notes with "Per mom" or whoever has asked me to write it. If something bothers the parent that bad, they need to write the note themselves! I don't mind doing things for parents. But I don't want to get in the middle of something that I'm not involved in to begin with.
Any suggestions? Or just let it go and hope the nurses understand? I know of one on my case that would understand. But a few are very sensitive and can/would take it the wrong way. I also think it sounds better if it comes from the parent because its more alarming seeing the parent take the time to write a note.
If I have something to say, I leave my own notes. I just flipped through the communications book and in this one, I only see one "per mom" note. I didn't ask the nurse to write it but I had mentioned to her that our neighbor was building a new garage and to not open the windows on that side of my son's room because of the sawdust. She put a little note in the book that said "Per mom, neighbor to the left is building a new garage. Please make sure they are not working before opening the windows that face that house."
Next time the mom asks you to do this, can you just say that "parental requests are more effective when coming from the parent"
Last edit by ventmommy on Nov 4, '11
: Reason: Inappropriate comma!