Student Nurse with a brag! - page 2

I'm feeling pretty great! This past spring just before completing my LPN training my last clinical was in LTC. I rekindled a friendship with a resident that I had met earlier in the year during our... Read More

  1. by   Lil' Peach
    That's awesome!! Very inspiring to someone who will be entering LTC very soon. Thanks for sharing!
  2. by   CHATSDALE
    don't you EVER EVER lose your drive and nursing care
  3. by   mariedoreen
    Impressive & Inspiring. Thanks for sharing!
  4. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    That is such a wonderful thing to do for your patient. I would love to have someone like you as a nurse for myself or my family. Excellent patient advocate. I would have done the same thing in your shoes.
    I had an issue when I was a student nurse. I walked in on an LPN using foul language with a patient of mine and I noticed the patient did not have her remote control to the tv. (Nursing Home). The patient as MS something awful. She could not even lift herself up in bed. She said she needed to tell me something because she knew she could trust me, but she wanted me to keep it a secret. She told me the LPN was eating her food and takes her remote control away because she knows she cannot get out of bed to get it. I was furious. I wanted to get physical with this girl, but I have to be professional. This patient was not a problem patient at all. She was a sweetheart. I grew very fond of her. I reported her and told this patient that I did and there was nothing for her to worry about. I am with her and I did not allow that LPN back in the room while I was on that day. Needless to say they investigated her and she was fired.
    With this same patient, she told me that she has this knot on her abdomen that she reported to the nurse (as I was a student nurse) and they said her doctor would she her in 3 months. I looked at it and could not believe how big this thing was. It was protruding under her skin. Looked like a huge hernia. I spoke with the nurse about it and of course she said the doctor was coming in a few months. THis is not acceptable. I got the patients chart and looked up the phone number to her doctor. I then spoke with my instructor about it. She said since I was a student I could not call the doctor. This was still not acceptable to me. I said, "how about if I have her husband call?" That was the answer. I spoke with her husband the same day and he called the doctor. He came in and saw her the next day. They wanted put a feeding tube in her, but she did not want that. She has now passed, but we were each others angels. I was a strong patient advocate for her. We have to be. Some of the nurses and staff members are in the wrong profession or either they grew numb to feeling for these individuals. I treat every patient as if they were a part of my family member.
    I give a hands up to you!!!! You are great and that patient was luck to have you. You truly made a difference in someone's life. Not only will you remember this person, that person will always remember you!
  5. by   RN Zeke
    What an inspiration to all who read what you have done for a patient!!! That lets us all know there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we only follow through. Cay
  6. by   finally
    Yeahhhhhhh!!!! Rock on with your awesome self girl!!!!! I love good people!!
  7. by   RedSox33RN
    What a wonderful story!!

    You are EXACTLY the kind of nurse, student or otherwise, that I aspire to be.

    Job well done. It's wonderful how something seemingly so small to those of us who CAN get around okay, is absolutely huge to someone like your pt. I'm sure she is benefitting greatly from the whirlpool baths, and even if not, she has the knowledge that some people truly care about her.
  8. by   RedSox33RN
    I loved your story also, Evelyn. It goes to show the level of caring, and if you can't get to point B from point A, try taking the roundabout way to it!

    Is 3 months the "norm" to wait in LTC? That seems ridiculous to me. I live in a very rural area though, with lots of family docs that each (along with the internists) spend several days a month at the few LTC facilities around here. I'm just wondering, as a new student, what is the norm for situations like that.
  9. by   laughing weasel
    Stories like these are what inspired me to get into nursing. Good job!!!
  10. by   moz
    Thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration!
  11. by   avahsmiles
    excellent job! we need more nurses like you.
  12. by   imenid37
    Very nice story. You did a great job!
  13. by   Siouxz2
    Way to go!! It feels good, doesn't it, to do what's best for your patient and make a difference?

    I am a first-semester nursing student. A couple of weeks ago I went in for my preassessment of a patient with a new AKA. All he did was yell and holler. I was unable to communicate with him at all.

    That evening, I was thinking about him and remembered that on his MAR he was ordered pain meds prn, but had had not received ANY. I mentioned this to my clinical instructor the next morning, and she agreed with me that this poor man needs his pain meds. She was appalled that this man had just had his leg amputated and hadn't had any pain meds since the surgery! We gave him his meds right away and he settled down. He was still unable to talk with me (dementia), but he was SO much calmer, and I was actually able to move him around in the bed a bit without him yelling out in pain.

    It felt so good to be able to figure out what my patient needed and to be able to ease his suffering somewhat. That was the first time I actually felt I was on my way to becoming a "real" nurse. I WAS quite ticked off at the RNs on the floor, though. On my preassessment day, they keep chastising him for yelling and closed his door so he wouldn't disturb the other patients. He also had prn Haldol ordered. All they had to do was give him the proper meds, and he would have been more comfortable and would not have disturbed anyone else. GRRRRR!!!