one of my favorite moments... elderly pt - page 2

I guess one of my favorite moments was when one of our elderly patients... a most kind, gentle, and humble man... was told by his PCP that he would soon have to give up is home and go to a nursing... Read More

  1. by   Yellow Rose RN
    What a great, inspirational story. This is the kind of nurse I want to be!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    hugs
  2. by   jnette
    Quote from txnurse2b
    What a great, inspirational story. This is the kind of nurse I want to be!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    hugs
    We ALL can be "a nurse like that".

    All that's required is to see and listen with the heart... then when you get that little nudge or tug, STOP, and follow through.

    We're not there to please our supervisors, or NMs, DONs...or the company , the hospital or whatever.... we're there to assist and advocate for our PATIENTS.

    I like the old saying "stop and smell the roses". Many of us get so caught up in the "work", and all it entails, that we get often too busy to recognize the real needs of the patient.. which are often more than physical. I stay tuned in to their subtle, unspoken needs.. even make a point to seek them out.

    I know there's a lot of pressure to get the "work" done, but that's "company thinking", and I just don't THINK like that. If I did, I'd be an administrator or something along those lines.

    When I work with my patients, I see a human being, not a profiit opportunityfor the hospital/company, or someone to rush through to get on to the next one.

    I think we all have the desire to be this way... that's why we went into nursing to begin with. Stop and smell the roses. The rose just might be your patient. :kiss
  3. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from jnette
    Stop and smell the roses. The rose just might be your patient. :kiss

    thorns and all...i try to remember those thorns protect the fragility of the rose.
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Netters....yesterday when I had my surgery, I had the best nurse and she really reminded me of what I think you would be like. She was so kind and upbeat and understanding and took time with me and apologized when she was busy and couldn't be with me....Just wonderful! I almost felt like YOU were there! LOL! In fact, every nurse I encountered yesterday was fabulous and they all want me to come work with them when I get done with school! LOL! (I think because I was a good patient!)

    YOU ROCK NETTERS! and just the fact that I was comparing others to you shows how you make an impression on some of us here!
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Wonderful story, Jnette.
    I've had a similar experience witha pt, and I think of it often.
  6. by   opalmRN
    What a truly wonderful act of compassion.
    I think your wings got longer that day!!!

    Thanks for sharing.
  7. by   DR2004RN
    AMAZING STORY!!!!! Keep putting your patients desires first!!!! Continue being that patient advocate!! Patients who get you for a nurse should feel comforted knowing they got one of the best nurses there is!
  8. by   Tweety
    Nurses can and do make a difference in people's lives. You don't have to be a saint. You just have to care.

    Thanks jnette!
  9. by   jnette
    Quote from CNM2B
    Netters....yesterday when I had my surgery, I had the best nurse and she really reminded me of what I think you would be like. She was so kind and upbeat and understanding and took time with me and apologized when she was busy and couldn't be with me....Just wonderful! I almost felt like YOU were there!
    awwwwwwwwwwww... Kimmy... :imbar How very sweet of you. (((HUGS)))


    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Nurses can and do make a difference in people's lives. You don't have to be a saint. You just have to care.

    Thanks jnette!
    So true, Tweety. Care enough to ACT on it.
    Last edit by jnette on Jul 13, '04
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    This is the reason I love geriatrics !
  11. by   Rosiern
    Jnette, What a wonderful thing you did for that gentleman. Your caring and compassion has shown through. That is what it means to be a Nurse, I think. Your story brought tears to my eyes. You made that man extremely happy, and gave him more time to adjust to his condition. Kudos to you
  12. by   Future_Nurse
    Thanks for sharing that story. Im 15 years old and thats how I want to be to my patients when Im a nurse. I felt so bad for that old man. Im crying because that story was so touching
    Destany
  13. by   VickyRN
    Your story touched my heart, Jnette. Thank you so much for sharing and bringing back my focus (so poignantly) of what nursing is truly about.

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