Be the NURSE you would like to have as a PATIENT.

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  2. tnbutterfly came up with it as a variation of the one I came up with a few weeks ago.

    I hope you enjoy the quote!
    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 17, '18
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  4. by   CheesePotato
    I had a nursing instructor who would say something similar. You know, she would chirp, "would you want you taking care of you?". And I would say, well sure I would want me taking care of me but only part of me wants me because the rest of me is confused about itself and myself and yourself and it's hard for me to focus when I just won't stop talking to me and myself and I and why are there so many of me in my head?......wait....what was the question? Oh look! A penny!!
  5. by   hiddencatRN
    I hate having nurses as patients
  6. by   Daisy_08
    Quote from hiddencatRN
    I hate having nurses as patients
    It's either really good of really bad, no middle ground
  7. by   Orange Tree
    As a patient, I would want the nurse who only has 3 or 4 patients- not 7 or 8. And yes! I would like to be a nurse with 3 or 4 patients, as well. I could give very good care that way. Too bad it's not up to me.
  8. by   pronurse45
    I completely agree to this!
  9. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    And the corollary, if you're ever seeking care:

    Be the patient that you, as a nurse, want to have.

    Recently, I sat through three failed IV attempts on my kid... and just kept quietly encouraging her and expressing my support and understanding to the guy trying to start the line. I've been on his end of the angiocath with parents who were decidedly less helpful.
  10. by   somenurse
    Brian, LOVE this one! Thanks!
  11. by   makayleefusion360
    This quote is awesome! Thank you for posting it. It's so true, we all want that amazing nurse when we are patients.
  12. by   nursel56
    tn you are very talented! I like both versions.
  13. by   FurBabyMom
    It's what drives me to practice the way I do. I try very very hard to treat my patients and coworkers as if they were my family, and how I would want others to treat the people I call family. One of my nursing clinical instructors told our class that they wanted to teach us to be the people they would want taking care of them or their families... That has stuck with me since then.

    I had emergency surgery last spring. I was a cranky nurse because I'd slept less than 4 hours in over 24 hours (I didn't get hardly any sleep that day after work...) and when you add in pain, nausea (worse than the pain) and my general distaste at being a patient, having surgery...not the best version of me. I was the perfect patient post op though. My RN overnight was AWESOME! My days RN was, well, not someone I'd want taking care of me again. My attending rounded on me to check up and decide whether or not to discharge me - asked me a few questions and I answered them, based on my answer, without having checked the assignment for the day - my attending knew who the primary RN was for me on days... NOT a reputation one should relish in having...

    The experience as a patient made me so much more certain that my own work habits were the way I wanted my patients to be treated. Cause I wanted to be treated that way. I will admit, my own practice set the bar for what I expected of others. I want me (or someone as thorough as me) taking care of me and my loved ones! The unit manager of the unit I stayed on overnight post op surgery got a letter applauding the nights team - they really worked as a team to handle me as an admission . The letter also discussed several issues I had with the days RN I had. I'm not one to complain, but there were issues I felt warranted the complaint.

    I've had multiple patients that are nurses. It can be bad, but it can be really awesome! I had one patient once (while on orientation as a neuro med surg RN), they wrote a letter to the VP for our division and the DON for our healthcare system. I got a very nice letter from them saying I'd been called out positively . The patient had been difficult for 90% of my coworkers who took care of them... For some reason they clicked with me, and we had a very positive set of days when I was taking care of them. I think the reasoning was that I took the time to talk to them, explain their new medications and what I was doing, plus their care/treatment more broadly.
  14. by   T-Bird78
    Be the PATIENT that you would love to have as a NURSE. It works both ways!