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If a pt you got close to is readmitted...

Specializes in tele, oncology.

There are many times when we'll have a pt get readmitted that we've had before on my floor. I often mean to go in and chat with them to find out how they've been and catch up, but sometimes I let myself get sidetracked and end up not doing so...it's made more difficult since I'm on nights. I'm going to try and not let that happen anymore though, b/c you never know what may happen...

We had a pt come back that I had for four nights in a row around January and really enjoyed taking care of. I am so glad that I decided to go in and talk to her immediately upon finding out she was there, b/c she coded shortly thereafter and ended up passing on day shift. I've gotten so used to having pts who decline, even if it's accelerated, that I was taken by surprise. No one expected her to code; she was ill, of course, but we weren't even questioning her status as a full code.

She was one of those pts that I don't think I'll ever forget, and her son was a gem...I can only hope that my sons are as loving to me, and as gracious in general, when I'm in my twilight years. She seemed so happy that I remembered her and dropped in her room to chat with her. It would have really torn me up if I would have delayed and not gotten the chance to let her know how much I enjoyed caring for her and the relationship we had developed.

So...if a pt you've come to care about a lot comes back, pop in and say hello right away, b/c you just never know.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

Well said....we need to remember the more human reason for our tasks...the patient. Not the pneumonia in 4 or the CHf'r in 5. they are people and someone loves them. My most memorable moments are with my patients....I still remember their names and the special moments we shared........

I am glad you got to see her...... I am sorry for your loss....xo

I just did this! I admitted a pt last week then had a few days off. When I went back Sat for my three in a row, I saw her name. I went in several times each night to see her and the family and hold her hand for a few minutes. They are one of those families that find a spot to settle into your heart. I'm hoping she goes home but it doesn't look good.

Thank you for sharing this. It reminds me of why I am working so hard to get in to this profession. :)


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