Real Nursing - page 4

It's one of the most satisfying activities that my job entails. Last night, I noticed that an A-Fibber had refused Coumadin. That's bad, because A-Fibbers are at a very high risk for stroke and... Read More

  1. by   glendz58
    thanks for sharing!keep it up....
  2. by   Kittyfeet
    I love education and I feel like in med/surg there's barely any time When you have to run around chasing the clock to get the pills to everyone on time and all your assessments charted. I'm worried!
  3. by   amateur
    ohlala. thanks for all these great stories.
    Inspiring and true, in the end, nursing is all about patients, so I heard.
  4. by   targen
    I am also one with your point..that is certainly the difference between nurses & doctors..nurses SHOULD spend time to talk,explain & build rapport with patients so as to know & give more information
  5. by   clong730
    Thank god I read these pages and found that good nursing is still practiced. I just resigned from a job at a hospital that was so political that taking care of the patient has been moved very low on the priority list. Taking care of your patients, effective charting, and patient education take a back seat to patients being ecstatically happy with their hospital stay. I am not sure after 7 years of that that i even want to be a nurse any more, especially if I am expected to me verbally abused by someone that I have never even met before. I was so shocked that I couldn't respond and when I finally did find my tongue to ask if they were alright I was cursed at and told I had a bad attitude. Days later I was told by my superiors that i had a bad attitude. I gave them time to speak then I gave them my resignation and left. That was all the attitude I had. Since working as a nurse I have come upon so many nurses looking for a step up and they dont care who they step on. For some reason I end up in their wake. All i wanted to do was take care of people. It is unfortunate for me to have found so many that think that doing that is just a means to an end. I am not sure where to go from here.
  6. by   nursenow
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    My opinion is that what you did was an act of kindness. No special skill or knowledge is really required for the task of helping someone stay clean. However, specialized skill and professional knowledge are required to discover whether the source of the drooling is a stroke, loose dentures, or dementia, and then intervene appropriately.

    I am not sure but I think I remember spending alot of time in school learning the importance of keeping patients clean and how to do it. Some people might call it a very basic and important skill. I know I spend alot of time at work making sure my CNAs do it right. My observations of their performance is that they do have very real skills. They were taught those skills and as they gain experience, they develop them even further.

    How about if that old guy was my patient, I knew what his medical diagnosis was and you could find that "act of kindness", wiping the drool from his chin, listed as an intervention under one of his nursing diagnosis? Would it be real nursing then?