Quote from coopergrrlrn
maybe the student has not had any patient contact and was unsure how to help the pt himself and so went for help.
[font="comic sans ms"]that's the most likely explanation. years ago, when i was working for a harvard teaching affiliate, an hms (harvard medical student, as opposed to the medical students from less prestigious schools who signed their notes "ms3 or ms4" depending on their year) was doing what was probably his first assessment on an actual patient. things were tremendously busy, as usual, and we were short staffed -- also as usual. it was about 10:30 and i was still working on my 9:00 med pass and assessments. the hms came bursting out of the patient's room waving a bedpan and screeching "she's gotta pee, she's gotta pee!"
"so give her the bedpan," i responded without moving toward the room.
"where is it? where is it?"
"in your left hand."
"oh," he said, and looked at it as if seeing it for the very first time. "where does it go?"
one would think that would be common sense!