Babying Adult Patients (rant) - page 2
What a shift I had yesterday........only four patients, but two of them took 95% of my time, and everything that could have gone wrong, did. Both were male dialysis patients in their early 30s, both... Read More
Jun 10, '04Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 297; Likes: 6Marla. One comment. God Bless You. You are really a walking angel.
Jun 10, '04Occupation: RN and blogger extraordinaire Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych ; From: OR, US ; Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 26,973; Likes: 44,756Oh, my.......thank you all, but I'm really NOT as wonderful as y'all make me out to be :imbar I'm just a human being with a fair amount of patience, and it wears thin at times, although I am nothing if not a diplomat. (Well, not always at home or here on the BB, but at work I'm pretty good at smoothing over disagreements and calming ruffled feathers.) I must admit it felt good to have both of these families praise my efforts on their behalf; I know neither group had much confidence in the hospital staff, and I think I helped change that a little bit.
But it IS frustrating to have families actively fostering childlike, dependent behaviors in adult patients, even though I know I'd probably be just as hard on the hospital staff if one or another of my grown children were in such a condition and I felt my questions weren't being answered promptly, or if the staff weren't getting things done in a timely fashion. And I'd have had a conniption fit if I'd had three doctors warring over my child's treatment, one outright refusing to do a procedure, another telling me we were going to surgery, still another one telling me we weren't, and NONE of them making up their minds until the situation became critical. :angryfire
Oh well, I'm glad that shift is over and another one doesn't begin until tomorrow afternoon. Thanks again, everyone.