I'm a nursing student and have been visiting a nursing home (visiting grandmother). Some of the patients have so much to say and don't seem to want to stop talking. I LOVE sitting and listening to them but eventually have to go. Some seem so desperate to talk to someone. So Lonely. How does a nurse handle this situation when they are so busy but don't want to be rude and just walk away. One little lady caught me and just looked at me so desperately and grabbed ahold of my hand mumbling about her family (I couldn't understand her), then she would start singing. Every time I said, "Your ok, everything is ok...I have to go" she would practically beg me not to leave her. Finally, I had to just walk away. I felt so awful about this all evening. I wanted to just stay and hold her hand as long as I could.
It just amazes me to see the old folks who have lived such a long life and have seen so many things change and here they sit in a nursing home like little babies. They deserve the utmost respect and loving care. They need to be told "Yes, Maam or Yes, Sir".
Knowing that this is most likely the line of work I will be in once I graduate from school, I wonder how I will be able to go home at night and not worry that they are being treated well and with the respect they deserve. Or worry that they are lonely. I worry about how I'm going to be able to see the suffering daily and go home at night to my family and not be sad. It hurts my heart so badly to see them suffering. How do you deal with this? How do you deal with those precious patients who have so much to say and not the time to sit and listen to them because you have to tend to other patients?