Nursing moments - page 2
I'm wondering if others have quintessential moments of satisfaction while working, something I call "nursing moments". For me, its making beds, particularly if the pt. is sitting by the window, with... Read More
Jan 2, '03Joined: May '02; Posts: 827; Likes: 42After all these years, I still have these "moments". I have saved these moments in my heart, like the treasures that they are. My latest was helping a pt and her family thru a particularly difficult time. Her sister told me later," As soon as I saw your smile, I knew everything was going to be OK.":kiss They were from another country, were members of a religion that doesn't celebrate Christmas, and they mailed me a Christmas gift.
Jan 2, '03Occupation: LVN in a LTC facility. Specialty: Mostly LTC, some acute and some ER, ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 1,401; Likes: 126I have only been a CNA for a few months, but I would say the most rewareding moments come from doing a really good bath or shower, and getting compliments, and knowing how much better they feel.
Jan 2, '03Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 608; Likes: 5For me its when Ive got a post op starting rehab...being able to tell them what the heck happened to them and what is going to be going on next...teaching them the little tricks for pain managment and how to move and do things again...and seeing them go out the door independantly
Jan 2, '03Occupation: RN in Quality Dept/Case Mgt Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 447; Likes: 20Love this thread...
For me it is being with the dying patient, giving pain medication that eases their discomfort (this is true for the not-dying ones, too...pain is my "soapbox" issue). And I view it as a privilege to be there at the time they ease into the next life waiting for them.
And as morbid as maybe it sounds, I enjoy post-mortem care. I view it as my last, loving "gift" to them. I always add a little of their favorite cologne, if available, or rub lotion onto the skin, as a last gesture before the family comes in the room.
And the "frequent fliers", who, when I walk into their room and they say, "OH! *YOU* are my nurse? I am SO GLAD!!!"
All I can say is "WOW!"
Jan 2, '03Occupation: trauma nurse Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 9I've got to say, when a patient..who has been picked up off the side of the road, with both legs, both arms, one femur and his entire pelvis shattered.. walks onto the ward to tell you that they have just taken part..and completed a half - marathon, it seriously doesn't get much better than that. Or helping to stop a 21 guy from dying of a fat embolism on Christmas Eve and then seeing him down the pub a few months later absolutely fine...you can keep your washes for me, that's what makes me go all warm and fuzzy!
Jan 2, '03Occupation: trauma nurse Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 9Originally posted by RachelUK
I've got to say, when a patient..who has been picked up off the side of the road, with both legs, both arms, one femur and his entire pelvis shattered.. walks onto the ward to tell you that they have just taken part..and completed a half - marathon, it seriously doesn't get much better than that. Or helping to stop a 21 guy from dying of a fat embolism on Christmas Eve and then seeing him down the pub a few months later absolutely fine...you can keep your washes for me, that's what makes me go all warm and fuzzy!
Jan 2, '03Occupation: Part-time RN Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 519; Likes: 2I like teaching the family about the disease process, how to help with care, what the various monitors are for, you name it. You can just see some of the stress and tension fall from them when they know what a pulse oximeter is for, or how they can help their loved one with passive rom, or teaching them how they can successfully deal with a a diagnois of diabetes.
Jan 2, '03Occupation: LPN Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 197; Likes: 35Best nursing moments? When you have a patient who is ill or hurt, and getting them to smile, or, even better, to laugh. For that moment, all their cares and worries have disappeared. Another one is a patient knowing that you care about them. Both moments go a long way in the healing process.
Jan 2, '03Occupation: staff nurse med/surg Joined: Nov '02; Posts: 346; Likes: 3This is one of the best threads I have seen. I love to read about everyones positive moments in nursing. Makes me proud to be a nurse!
Jan 2, '03Occupation: travel nurse - ob Specialty: OB ; Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 3,170; Likes: 4,503Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
Holding the hand of a labor patient braving natural childbirth. Seeing this labor culiminate in the beginning of a new life and start of a brand new family. Those moments are most precious to me.....those and the hugs I get from time to time from such patients and their family members. Sounds smarmy maybe, but it is how I feel, honestly.
Jan 3, '03Occupation: rn supervisor Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 472; Likes: 10We work so short lately that I miss the BASIC care, not the sani-wipe bath, but the soap and lather with a warm lotion back rub, powder in the right places, even a shave , then crisp linnens, and a hair combing.
Then having the time to do education, I love talking about wellness and prevention, hoping I've made a difference.
Some days lately, having a non vented patient to talk to!
Jan 3, '03Joined: Oct '00; Posts: 8,729; Likes: 8,412Hairwashing, especially since so many of us don't have time anymore.
Assessing a problem and saving a life.
Soothing and chatting with demented patients, I had a lady who I gave a manicure to every day, she never remembered me or having it done before but she was used to having nice nails, and thought it was the best thing.
Bringing some sort of comfort and trust to patients and family that have learned to distrust healthcare.
Having a patient or family say "thank goodness we got you for a nurses tonight" that is my favorite thing.
Jan 3, '03Occupation: Nurse Practitioner Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in Pain Mgmt, ICU nursing, L/D Nursing ; From: NC ; Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 478; Likes: 9To me it is special to be allowed to be with a dying patient when they pass. To be able to do the little things for the family to attempt to make it a little easier; some water to drink, tissues, a blanket if they are cold, cleansing the face of the pt, fluff and puff the pt so the family knows that I still care even though the pt is on his/her way....little things. It makes me feel like I've done something special when after the pt is gone the family take the time to give me hug and tell me thank you for making it a little easier and making their loved one comfortable through the dying process.
Doesn't sound like something special, but the family makes it so for me and they don't even realize it.