ArtistRNJD 2,435 Views
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I attended a graduate program (CNS track, not NP -- but the NP tracks worked the same way) that arranged our clinicals the same way undergraduate programs do, and all practica were taught by individuals who were full- or part-time faculty at the school and took place within facilities/organizations with which the school had a long-standing, established relationship -- so the school knew exactly what caliber of clinical education we were getting. I can't imagine paying tuition to a school that did it any other way, and I think this trend toward leaving students to fend for themselves significantly diminishes advanced practice nursing education.
Do they make you find your own lecturers? It's weak of them to dump the legwork on you, they should be ashamed to take your money. Good luck
I read your posting and really did stop and think about why I became a nurse, honestly I did. I became a nurse to help people, yes I did. I went into nursing with absolutely no experience in the healthcare field, heck I had never even been in the hospital. It was eyeopening to say the least. But I did understand that it was a job, not a call from the Divine. Yes I think there is more to nursing than clocking in and out, it is a unique job to say the least. However going into nursing with the attitude that it is all about "stirring passion" is asking to be disappointed and frustrated. I also don't understand someone who by your own admission is a nursing student have the for lack of a better word gall to insult working experienced nurses with the question you posed. And as far as your list of things important, yes patient comfort is at the near top but also is patient safety and helping the patient get the care they are in need of, which isn't always delivered in the way the patient expects it. It is about what the patient needs, especially in the ED, not always what they want.
Good luck in your nursing career.
An interesting point that comes from reading all the previous posts is how often we have had similar poor experiences of our own when we were sick and needed care. I too was treated badly years ago in the ER. I was told to pee in a cup and pointed the way. I barely stumbled down the hall on my own and collapsed out of exhaustion and dizziness onto the floor. I was conscious but too weak and ill to pick myself up; I stayed on the floor with the door wide open for what felt like 20 minutes before anyone noticed. When a nurse came in she rudely commanded me to get up but offered no assistance.
I was treated like garbage and this experience has made me more determined to be a "nice nurse", compassionate and understanding. May all of our horrible experiences only remind us that we have been in the pt's shoes and to treat them kindly and gently no matter how hectic life gets.
your letter is unbelievably touching and is unfortunately more common place behavior than it should be. i know i have experienced it as a patient, and it always left me dumbfounded as to why these people are nurses. nurses have such a critical role in how a patient responds to care that it just boggles my mind. i do understand being overworked, understaffed, and downright overwhelmed, but every patient should be cared with dignity and respect. i am rn nursing student and a career changer. let me first say that it was a career change by choice and a stirring passion that i am finally fulfilling. there are two instigators to this unacceptable behavior 1. nurses that have lost their passion and 2. people entering nursing because it seems to be "the thing to do" in today's challenging economy and they think that it is a sure thing (which it is not). nursing is a whole lot more than "employment". you see i don't even know if i am going to have a job but i am on my journey with eyes wide open because i want to help people. of all the ebn care that is available at the top of the list would be patient comfort, empathy, and comfort.
ps. to all of the nurses out there that are thinking... what is she smoking, and that i may be looking through rose colored glasses i say it may be time for you to rethink why you became a nurse in the first place.
I would rather my triage nurse be a complete and total b*tch who got me where I needed to be than a sappy idiot who was busy babying me rather than figuring out what was wrong. The nurse was rude but apparently she also did a stellar job triaging you because you got out of the hospital in record time and she was correct about whether or not you were having a CVA.
Get over it. Sticks and stones people. Am I saying it's okay to be rude? No but it happens and when it does I give people the benefit of the doubt. Why? because I would like for them to do the same if it were me having a bad day as opposed to writing letters that are likely to get me reprimanded or even fired to everyone and their mother.
SHE WAS IN TRIAGE!~
I would NEVER let a pt experiencing neuro changes walk to the BR either. And working on both sides of the ER door I am assuming since this pt was brought in by EMT's or Paramedics (which by the way is so demeaning to refer to them as "attendants".) with what the OP refers to is "neurological symptoms" the severity of the symptoms had to of been downgraded that this crew was advised to take the pt to triage and not back into the ED for IMMEDIATE evaluation.
I have no tolerance for ingnorance on either side. It is unacceptable from the pt AND the nurse. I work ED, I work trigage, I know what the "battle field" is like. And I also know, THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY.
The Ghost Whisperer just spoke with the Horse Whisperer and the dead horse says to 'please stop beating him.'
Apples and oranges.
You absolutely need to send that letter to everyone you can think of sending it to including the ER manager, the CNO and CEO of the hospital, and if you know who they are, the members of the Board of Directors of that hospital. I would also send it as an open letter to all local newspapers in your area. The experiences of you and your friend highlight that there are some very serious problems with that facility that need to be addressed immediately. Unfortunately, it seems that all too frequently these matters are swept under the rug unless the situation is brought out in the public. Please use your terrible experience to speak out for those who will be unable to do so when they are wheeled through those ER doors.
When people started equating seriousness and a to-the-point attitude as rude.
Sometimes in nursing, especially in the ER, **** gets real.
We are there to handle emergencies, yes we should be considerate of our patients and treat them with compassion but sometimes the situation doesn't allow the fluff your pillow stuff.
to all you er triage nurses that defended this nurse's behavior, [font="impact"]i think you need to change jobs because your are justifying poor behavior.
j[font="arial black"]ustifying acrimony is below the status quo and you are burned out.
i am an rn and have been a patient in the er and was never ever treated so poorly.
I feel so bad reading this. It made me cry. It is time to retire if you are treating patients this way!!!!
Then you must not have seen patients who picked offense because back-up was called for in repositioning him/her.
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