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

  1. by   CarolineRn
    Marla. One comment. God Bless You. You are really a walking angel.
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    Oh, 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.