A 9yo boy was admitted to the ER as the result of a head on collision with a motorcycle. He was patched up, hooked up to an IV prior to being admitted to the ICU around 11 PM. He was in very critical condition, and a charge nurse began hooking him up to a ventilator, hooked him up to IV fluids, and administered the necessary meds.
I have been in an ICU several times, but there was only one time that I remember that I decided to tell my doctor I wanted to be placed in Hospice care, and not go back to the hospital. At the time, I was in an assisted living place that was also a hospice care home, so my decision was easy to request. The reason was due to the very LOUDLY spoken head nurse who was caring for him. I was in a room several rooms down from the trauma room when she began,telling her staff the history of the incident, and I heard every single word she said.
She said; 'He had been thrown from a car that collided with a motorcycle. He was the only individual of the family of 7 that survived. None of the occupants was wearing a seatbelt.' Soon after she told her staff the story, she pronounced him dead, and asked her staff if they were alright. Then after they answered in the affirmative, she asked two of them to take him down to the morgue.
No matter how hard I tried, I could NOT get back to sleep, . I was way too traumatized from hearing the very LOUD nurse relate her story.
Thankfully, I survived the hospice incident, and have been living independently in a senior housing complex for 10 years so far. So you see, even a head nurse who speaks loudly can traumatize a patient and not even realize she has done it.