Just Another Patient

  1. Does anyone else see their facility as nothing more or nothing less than another patient to care for? I do.

    I know my facility with all their crazy and sometimes near impossible and down-right impossible demands will never get better, will never transfer out, will never be dismissed, and will never die.

    Adopting this mind-set has helped me cope with the crazy politics and insane personalities of departments and individuals. Somehow it allows me to detach from the emotions and makes work more bearable. It lets me see that my work is not my life.

    It's taken me awhile to get to this point, but I must say that I feel sooooo much better!

    Sure, all the ugly and nasty is still there and probably always will be but now it doesn't eat me alive.

    I just had to share this.
    Last edit by sister--* on Aug 12, '06
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    I work at a LTCF and have bonded with quite a few of my elderly patients. I know that they will die within a few years; however, this knowledge doesn't stop me from feeling a deep fondness for certain residents. I will probably feel saddened when they pass away, but that's not a valid reason to view these people as 'just another patient'.

    Edit: I think I misinterpreted the original poster's post...
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Aug 21, '06
  4. by   babiesX2
    I've learned that all facilities have their quirks. Yes, the hospital I work at now can do some things that drive me bananas. I had to laugh when I read your post. That is a funny way to look at it!
  5. by   sister--*
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I work at a LTCF and have bonded with quite a few of my elderly patients. I know that they will die within a few years; however, this knowledge doesn't stop me from feeling a deep fondness for certain residents. I will probably feel saddened when they pass away, but that's not a valid reason to view these people as 'just another patient'.

    Edit: I think I misinterpreted the original poster's post...
    Yep, you did

    I give the same to my facility as I give to my patients and I love my patients!!

    I just see now that my facility suffers its own dysfunctional ills. Better yet, I see that these dynamics are outside of my control and not a part of me as a person or as a nurse. Now, that's just plain liberating! umpiron:

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