What makes a nurse? - page 3

I have read with interest the thread about going back to white caps and uniforms. I would like you for a minute, to put yourself in "patient" mode and write your thoughts on what makes a nurse. ... Read More

  1. by   MandyInMS
    Originally posted by redshiloh
    Being able to discuss bowel movements, urine, and wound care over dinner-that's what makes a nurse
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  2. by   NursePru
    I think it might be neat for special days celebrating the history of nursing, but I wouldn't want to have to worry about wearing a hat everyday.

    I'm not a nurse yet, but will be soon, and I like the fact that the attire is comfortable.
  3. by   MandyInMS
    I thought this was an interesting question, so I asked a few pts..told them to think about it and I'd be back for their responses.
    2.Caring mannerisms/genuine concern
    3.Willingness to listen to them/their concerns& fears
    4.Friendly attitude..not feeling like they are a 'burden' to their nurse.

    -When asked how a nurse should dress 4 out of five didn't care as long as most of the above were met.One said he'd like to see a nurse in all white.All said clean and neat.
    -When asked none had a pref. about race or gender.
    -When asked about weight 4 said as long as the nurse could perform tasks didn't matter...One on the other hand said he wanted a skinny nurse with big boobs(-sighs- @ men)...lmao..that pt was a hoot

    I know this is only 5 pts responses...but gives us a general idea.
    Last edit by MandyInMS on Aug 26, '03
  4. by   essarge
    Interesting response! Thank you!

    I find that the patients that I have asked answered pretty much the same way (inlcuding the guy! ).

    The one thing that they did have in common however, was that quite a few of the nurses did not introduce themselves more than once during the shift. This made them confused about exactly who was what. They all said that more than one introduction should be used, especially when they are taking pain meds or just out of surgery.