Survey:When you are the patient or family member, do you identify yourself as a nurse - page 5

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   DelGR
    It depends. It has rarely helped to let the staff know I am a nurse.
    The last time I let a nurse know, in the ICU my brother-in-law was in, she ignored my questions or answered as if I or my sister had no right to know any information. Or, she said she'd tell the doc. Most of the nurses in that facility were pretty closed mouth with any teaching or information according to my sister.
  2. by   RyanRN
    DelGR , do you think that might be because the adm. has made it clear that they are not to give out any medical information, the doc must do it. I think that is one of JCAHO and Health Dept rules and it might be strictly inforced in that hospital. Just seems strange that ALL the nurses have the same attitude. Just a thought.
  3. by   NurseDad
    I usually don't ID myself. My mother normally does that for me. If she is admitted to the hospital she will introduce me as "my son, the family nurse". When my father had a CVA 3 1/2 years ago, my mother told the neurologist and the neurosurgeon that I was a nurse. I think that made a difference in his treatment. The doctors spoke directly to me and gave great detail in his condition, treatment and prognosis. Otherwise, I think they would have glossed things over and used my father as a guinea pig for the student MDs and residents. In any case, it's a shame to know that some doctors and nurses give better care when they know that they are "being watched" by a fellow healthcare professional. They should do their best regardless.
  4. by   stressedlpn
    i dont get a chance to tell, family does it for me. Sometimes it good sometimes its bad, My grandfather is I guess what you would call a frequent flyer, He walks into ER and states to everyone My grandaughter is In ICU please call her. Somehow he only comes in when I am wking, but he has been know to call me at 3am to take him to ER just in case lol
  5. by   Lela RN
    Usually No. As others have said- Family will blab off at the mouth and tell on me. Or- the staff may just figure it out through conversation.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    well since i worked w/many of them, i guess the cat was out of the bag, huh? yea they knew i was an RN when i had my daughter. and they knew when i had surgery last summer. no way to hide that when they know ya, i guess, lol. but if they did not, i would prolly NOT tell a soul, just to see what kind of treatment i WOULD get as "joe citizen"...might play out in an interesting way.
  7. by   OrthoNutter
    Hell no...they get all paranoid and tetchy around me if I do. However if they start fobbing me off like a moron I will...
  8. by   Momma_Penguin
    No. I never c ome out and say anything. I want to see how things are explained to me/ family as a "regular" person. I still don't think my kids ped knows I am one.
    My own Dr does b/c he was there while I was going to school, so when he is done w/ me he just does his transcriptions in front of me.
    When my Mom was in the hospital w/ arterial clot in her rll , she told all the nurses I was in school. So when I was called long after she went into PE, I heard in the background "tell her what's happening she's a student" I was esp grateful to this one LPN who told me after she died and I got the standard " We did all we could" from the DR, how bad it was , which I needed to know and how kindly she told me, staight up... I have always tried to be that way when I have to tell families/ pts bad news.

    So I don't tell anyone up front unless I am asked directly. Although I think that when I describe things they are catching on...
    There are times when I may have to disclose my nurse status, but I try not to. Laura LPN
  9. by   monkijr
    In answer to the survey, No. Had the unfortunate circumstance of having an ER visit last month. Was not only treated poorly as a patient, cannot imagine if I would have said I was a nurse. Puzzled me tho that I was not asked if I was a nurse just based on conversation.
  10. by   maizey
    Generally No. I, too, wished we had the choice of "it depends on the circumstance". I had a colonoscopy done at a hospital a little ways from my home and did not tell the nurse starting my IV that I was a nurse but when we got into the room and the doc started his exam before I was given any narcs I complained and he said "nurses" and that was the last thing I remembered until I woke up. At the small hospital I work at they have known me forever and I don't think nurses get the same care as patients. I was sent home with a kidney stone on darvocet and drink lots of water. We admit kidney stones to the hospital all the time. I had tick fever a few years ago and had to go to clinic daily for three days for injections. Don't get me wrong I would rather be at home to take care of myself but at that time it was very unpleasant to try to get up and dressed to go to clinic and sit everyday. I was too sick for that with my 103 fever and every muscle in my body aching and every joint, even my baby fingers hurt. When my granny fell and broke her hip and her mind is not all there I immediately identified myself as a nurse because they were screaming at her because she was being uncooperative but they were hurting her and she did not understand why. It got better after that. So it depends. I think some docs take it for granted if your a nurse they don't have to explain things to you but I don't know everything and when I or a family member are sick my nurse goes out and my family mode kicks in.
  11. by   AmandaDawn
    It usually comes out whether it is a proud family member that tells or me to get them to give the info to me straight and not explain things I know already. Plus sometimes it seems like it helps motivate the person to give better care. Tell me you don't watch ur P's and Q's when you know your pt is a long time nurse.

  12. by   luvbeinganurse
    I don't start off with my first statement being that I am a nurse, but they usually find out pretty fast. I work for the homecare dept. of a hospital, and when I have had to take my kids/parents to the ER, it's helpful if I wear my ID and scrubs. They have let me in the ER while others have had to sit out in the lobby.

    When I had a bypass at another hospital, I did not tell them I was a nurse for the first couple of days, and finally, I was so disgusted with the care that I just hinted at it, and things changed very quickly. Sad commentary on some nurses, but it's true. I also think that the doctors explain things more if they realize you are knowledgeable with what they are saying.
  13. by   funnynurse
    Senior Member

    Registered: Jun 2002
    Posts: 212
    (Post# 49)

    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!

    Exactly! I can't stand when people play the title game. I was giving preop teaching to a woman who stated, "my son the other son the pharmacist........ Who cares? I treat my patients ALL the same, regardless if they are nurses, doctors or any other health care professional. I have given preop instructions to doctors because it was part of my job and I didn't care who they were, they were getting the whole speech!!!

    As for me mentioning I am a nurse??? No, not right off the bat (Hi I am so and so and I'm a nurse ) But as others have posted, it comes out eventually, either through medical terms we use or family/friends telling anyone within ear shot!
    Last edit by funnynurse on Aug 23, '02