Ehh- mediocre article at best. Too bad, since it seems like it would have been a good platform to educate patients. Nurse Jackie??? Really? That's the most relevent thing they want to talk about? MY list would include-
1. Keep an UPDATED list of your medications, as well as your medical dxs- There is NOTHING more annoying than trying to figure out what meds a patient takes- "Some white pill for my heart" IS NOT THAT HELPFUL!!!! NO- we CAN NOT just "pull up the records from your MDs office."
2.You will NOT die from constipation or an upset stomach if you've only been having sx for an hour....and NO- if you come in to be worked up, DO NOT ask for a turkey sandwich and cop tude with me because "You haven't eaten all day..."
3. I'm a nurse. Not a waitress. I try to make everyone happy, and if I have a minute (ha!) I will actually ask your visitors if they would like a coffee- but don't EXPECT it. YOU are the patient, and you are my concern-not everyone else.
4. Leave children home, or supervise them when they are there- do you have any idea what kind of yuck falls on the floor they are crawling on?
5. No- it is NOT my responsibility to find you a ride home. You are an adult. Seriously...
6. You are in the hospital because you are sick, and I am very happy to help you care for yourself...but please don't ask me to do things you can do yourself. This includes fluffing your pillow, handing you the remote, and cleaning your tush after you poop! Your arms aren't broken, you wiped perfectly well before you came in...DO IT YOURSELF!!!
7. Standing in the doorway to the room giving me dirty looks will NOT make me move any faster- I will get there just as soon as I possibly can...
8. When you put your buzzer on, and they ask you over the intercom what you need.PLEASE tell them within the constraints of your privacy. If you need pain medication tell them- that way I can get it to you faster. If you need a towel, or need help walking to the BR- PLEASE tell them that. A CNA can do that, and often they don't answer lights because the pt says "I need my nurse..." This will help you, since you will get your needs met quicker.
9.Be civil! Don't order me around like I'm your personal slave for the day. I treat you with respect, a simple please or thank you is very appreciated.
10.If I can't get to you right away, it isn't because I'm sitting on my butt watching TV and eating bon-bons. I'm probably helping another patient, and I will be there as soon as I can.BTW- I can have several other patients as well as you, and some might be very ill-I'm only one person, and believe it or not, I HATE it when I go home feeling like I didn't get to help my patients.
11. We LOVE to hear from you after you go home. Very few things make us feel as appreciated as a short thank you note letting us know we helped.