I just got out of the hospital 3 weeks ago for a PE.
for the first 5 days I was inpatient the nurses and cnas were so good to me! The cnas I had anticipated my needs and if I needed something, most of the time it was allready in my room (fresh ice water, linens). I cant talk enough about how great these guys were. I did send a letter to the administrator praising my fellow nurses though.
but then they moved me to a medsurg floor 2 days before I was discharged. Wow. The care was so different. I was on the floor about 5 minutes and must have turned on my call light accidentally. Whoever answered the light said "Do you want something or did you just turn that light on?" I kid you not, she said that. In fact, more than once when I had to turn on the call light I was greeted with "what do you want?" Then I had a male CNA that yelled at me over my telemetry. It kept coming loose and they would page him and tell him. He would stick his head in my door and yell at me to fix it. Then I needed a new pad and he just brought it to me. I had to ask "do patients have to do their own care now?" I did finally talk to him about how he was treating me and he and I got along just fine after that.
What I learned while I was there were lots of things.
If you have to go in a patients room early in the morning, remember they are sleeping! Dont flip every light in the room on, dont throw the door open. Respect their privacy.
Always ask if they want the door closed back. I hated it when they left my door open. I felt like an exhibit at the zoo. People walking by could just look at me. I was in my pajamas! I dont let anyone but my family see me that way.
Dont talk about other staff members!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was horrible to hear that crap.
When I turned on my call light, there were a few times that I just simply asked to see my nurse. I didnt want everyone within earshot of the desk to know I needed some bisacodyl or I was coughing up blood. They would say "you need to tell me what you want". It was very demeaning to be treated like you have no privacy in the world.
I tried not to let people know I was a nurse but I work for the hospital so it was hard. I was sick, very sick, I just wanted to be a patient. does that make sense?
and oxygen dries out your nose no matter how much humidity you have it on! my poor nose
I'm still on oxygen at home and my nose is nothing but one huge scab inside
. I am definitely going to be using that Ayr gel on my patients with oxygen!
I know theres more but I'll hush now.