one of my favorite moments... elderly pt - page 2
I guess one of my favorite moments was when one of our elderly patients... a most kind, gentle, and humble man... was told by his PCP that he would soon have to give up is home and go to a nursing... Read More
Jul 9, '04Occupation: RN Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 134; Likes: 2What a great, inspirational story. This is the kind of nurse I want to be!
Thank you so much for sharing with us!
Jul 9, '04Occupation: Home Health Patient Education Resource Nurse Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Hemodialysis, Home Health ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 21,359; Likes: 7,204Quote from txnurse2bWe ALL can be "a nurse like that".What a great, inspirational story. This is the kind of nurse I want to be!
Thank you so much for sharing with us!
All that's required is to see and listen with the heart... then when you get that little nudge or tug, STOP, and follow through.
We're not there to please our supervisors, or NMs, DONs...or the company , the hospital or whatever.... we're there to assist and advocate for our PATIENTS.
I like the old saying "stop and smell the roses". Many of us get so caught up in the "work", and all it entails, that we get often too busy to recognize the real needs of the patient.. which are often more than physical. I stay tuned in to their subtle, unspoken needs.. even make a point to seek them out.
I know there's a lot of pressure to get the "work" done, but that's "company thinking", and I just don't THINK like that. If I did, I'd be an administrator or something along those lines.
When I work with my patients, I see a human being, not a profiit opportunityfor the hospital/company, or someone to rush through to get on to the next one.
I think we all have the desire to be this way... that's why we went into nursing to begin with. Stop and smell the roses. The rose just might be your patient. :kiss
Jul 9, '04Joined: Apr '00; Posts: 24,611; Likes: 35,448Quote from jnetteStop and smell the roses. The rose just might be your patient. :kiss
thorns and all...i try to remember those thorns protect the fragility of the rose.
Jul 10, '04Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 5,926; Likes: 15Netters....yesterday when I had my surgery, I had the best nurse and she really reminded me of what I think you would be like. She was so kind and upbeat and understanding and took time with me and apologized when she was busy and couldn't be with me....Just wonderful! I almost felt like YOU were there! LOL! In fact, every nurse I encountered yesterday was fabulous and they all want me to come work with them when I get done with school! LOL! (I think because I was a good patient!)
YOU ROCK NETTERS! and just the fact that I was comparing others to you shows how you make an impression on some of us here!
Jul 10, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience ; Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 4,763; Likes: 843Wonderful story, Jnette.
I've had a similar experience witha pt, and I think of it often.
Jul 11, '04Occupation: Lifetime student! Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 819; Likes: 2What a truly wonderful act of compassion.
I think your wings got longer that day!!!
Thanks for sharing.
Jul 12, '04Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in med/surg, oncology ; Joined: Jun '04; Posts: 221; Likes: 5AMAZING STORY!!!!! Keep putting your patients desires first!!!! Continue being that patient advocate!! Patients who get you for a nurse should feel comforted knowing they got one of the best nurses there is!
Jul 13, '04Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 60,384; Likes: 16,559Nurses can and do make a difference in people's lives. You don't have to be a saint. You just have to care.
Jul 13, '04Occupation: Home Health Patient Education Resource Nurse Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Hemodialysis, Home Health ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 21,359; Likes: 7,204Quote from CNM2Bawwwwwwwwwwww... Kimmy... :imbar How very sweet of you. (((HUGS)))Netters....yesterday when I had my surgery, I had the best nurse and she really reminded me of what I think you would be like. She was so kind and upbeat and understanding and took time with me and apologized when she was busy and couldn't be with me....Just wonderful! I almost felt like YOU were there!
Quote from 3rdShiftGuySo true, Tweety. Care enough to ACT on it.Nurses can and do make a difference in people's lives. You don't have to be a saint. You just have to care.
Thanks jnette!Last edit by jnette on Jul 13, '04
Jul 13, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor ; From: TX, US ; Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 5,001; Likes: 1,902This is the reason I love geriatrics !
Jul 15, '04Occupation: RN on medical floor Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 8Jnette, What a wonderful thing you did for that gentleman. Your caring and compassion has shown through. That is what it means to be a Nurse, I think. Your story brought tears to my eyes. You made that man extremely happy, and gave him more time to adjust to his condition. Kudos to you
Aug 21, '04Joined: Aug '04; Posts: 7Thanks for sharing that story. Im 15 years old and thats how I want to be to my patients when Im a nurse. I felt so bad for that old man. Im crying because that story was so touching
Aug 22, '04Occupation: Nurse Educator Specialty: 16 year(s) of experience in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 12,037; Likes: 6,467Your story touched my heart, Jnette. Thank you so much for sharing and bringing back my focus (so poignantly) of what nursing is truly about.