Wow, this is scary stuff!! As a new grad getting ready to begin a 6 month critical care nurse residency program I am shocked by the laziness and attitudes of the nurses described in the situations above!!
For me, I have always imagined my patients as if they were family members. Am I providing the kind of care I would want and expect to be given to my mother, father, sister, grandma, etc? There is a good possibility that each of us will end up in the ICU one day, and we will want the very best care possible in order to improve the odds of us making a recovery. It is a shame that some nurses don't feel the need to provide the very best care possible. The ICU is full of very, very sick patients, and to have such a nonchalent attitude is dangerous!