Survey:When you are the patient or family member, do you identify yourself as a nurse - page 4

Here are the results of last months survey question When you are the patient or family member, do you identify yourself as a nurse? : Please feel... Read More

  1. by   UKRNinUSA
    Sometimes - but I regretted not telling my OB nurse that I was a nurse when I was in labour with my son. She took my barrage of questions as anxiety and doped me up with Demerol - the side effects of which were more unpleasant than the contractions. So beware!
  2. by   Furball
    I usually don't divulge my occupation, although when my dad was seriously ill in the ICU my questions tipped the nurse off...couldn't help it! She was great though ...she would slip me his lab results, cxr reports ect ect.....I SO appreciated this! I made sure to remember her name when filling out the satifaction survey.....revealing that you are an RN is helpful at times
  3. by   sbic56
    No, I don't announce it. I don't see where there is any place for it, really. When dining out, I didn't see any benefit in telling the employees at the restaurant that I, too, was a waitress, when I was, either.
  4. by   Step
    I was admitted once to a hospital in my own area health service so when the admitting clerk asked me what I did for a living I told her computer tech... she then punched out my name and birth date on the computer and it came up as "nurse employee" *sheesh* big brother is watching us all
  5. by   shygirl
    Yes, I do. I feel that the family member or friend will receive better care if they know someone who knows what the he** is going on.

    You can also discuss more freely terms and procedures.
    Its the first thing after my name that falls out of my mouth. I try not to flash the card that often but I also alert those that work on me that Im the worst patient they will have and that whatever needs done I can do it unless Im in a coma, then I have a designated Nurse to care for me in that case. Im not rude about it but I know thier work load is high and if its something I can do for myself I will be more than glad to do it , all of the Drs I see know this and its common knowledge, I try not to be admitted , I try not to ask for anything , and I try my best not to be seen or heard unless Im having chest pain , other than that Im ok to deal with , but if its a family member m God help the Nurse, I want to see the chart , I want to speak with the Dr and I want to see what has been done. I have been thru so much with my family( father was a med error once that put him into cardiac stand still) and I have been that way since. I do however reward the staff for thier job and thier dedications, all shifts, with the usual stuff your mouth and enjoy worthless foods of Breakfast for first shifts, subs and pizzas on second shifts and for third shifts , My darlings I have them personally sent baskets with what they enjoy. Im a hard woman but I do so understand what is going on , and from both sides.
  7. by   Fgr8Out
    As many others here have already stated... I try not to mention my Profession unless I feel the need.

    I've had the opportunity to care for Nurses and Physicians alike. Unless the Physician is being treated for an illness that is within their specialty, they generally appreciate the information I'm able to provide. I recall one specific instance when a Physician admitted freely he had "no idea" what to expect with his particular diagnosis/treatment/convalescence. I was only too happy to educate him and he was truly thankful.

    Nurses... I think I'll leave that for a future post....

  8. by   P_RN
    Same here. Usually NO but as soon as you pronounce a medical term correctly...they know. Usually I say I'm retired.
  9. by   Youda
    When a family member was hospitalized, I just came and visited like any other "civilian." Then, my family member got into respiratory distress with O2 sats dropping. The nurse just turned up the O2 and went about her business. Notice that she didn't take any other interventions or even call the doctor about a change in condition. I sat in naive expectation that something was going to get done while sats continued to drop and I started to see some pallor. Finally, I went and found the nurse and asked her if she'd called the doctor. She said, "Well, I don't have time to call doctors when I spend all my time talking to family members in the hall. We're 'professionals' here and we know what we're doing! You're just the family member, we're the NURSES!" Well, at that point, I sure identified myself as a nurse. Then, *I* called the doctor. Within minutes, there were emergency personnel in my family member's room because of the call I HAD MADE to the doctor! When my family members was safe and out of danger, then I found the nursing shift supervisor and had a few things to say to her. Do I tell that I'm a nurse now? You bet! And, for myself, I make sure I take every concern that comes to me as seriously as possible, even if I think it isn't important or relevant.
  10. by   sbic56
    Yup, IDing yourself as such in that case was a good thing! Also a VERY good thing you knew what you were doing, cuz that nurse was an idiot.
    My peeve is when the family has medical people in it and they try to use their status to intimidate or let you know they are "watching you". Give me a break. That's why I wouldn't let on unless faced with a scenario like you described, of course!
  11. by   kaycee
    I do not announce that I am a nurse, however as some have already said they seem to find out eventually.
    I was recently in the hospital for a week with major surgery and my room mate who was sort of a pain was the one who announced it to everyone.
    Everyone treated me great in fact they would hang around and BS a little more about their job and frustrations cause they knew I could relate. I wrote a letter to the hospital CEO praising all the people that helped care for me. I know how infrequent it is that you here the good stuff. I asked the CEO to share the letter with the staff. Hopefully that was done.
  12. by   RyanRN
    Not generally, it depends. I have taken care of exceptionally aggressive " I am now here to save the world andI will take care of everthing' health care types, so I like to lay low.

    Of course, I should mention when my mother is hospitalized she does announce to any and everyone within hearing distance, "this is my daughter Jane shesanurse Doe" It's my middle name I am sure.
  13. by   teeituptom
    Howdy Yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    When a family member of mine is in the hospital. Hell yes I let them know who and what I am, just so there is no mistake about it. I dont do it to intimidate at all, just to keep the situation clarified. to all parties concerned.

    Now when I was the patient, I had my oversized extra dark sunglasses on, and for the very large part did not react to people. I hid and feigned sllep to avoid irritating question that I didnt want to answer.

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