What you didn't know

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by Ballistex Ballistex (New)

I hardly ever write about work but this stayed with me and demanded to be given flight. I had left the ICU to take a break from this sort of thing. But you really can't hide.

You are reading page 3 of What you didn't know. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

shelter g

shelter g

3 Posts

Wow!!!very powerful

OCNRN63, RN

Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website. 5,978 Posts

Your story (and those of many others...some of them my own unfortunately) should be laid out on the first page of every press ganey survey in existence. I hope you find peace among the inevitable and unforgettable.

It should also be required reading for prospective nursing students.

You are a gifted writer. I hope to see more blogs/articles from you. And (((Ballistex)))...you need a hug after a shift like that.

cagjlg

cagjlg

Has 7 years experience. 31 Posts

It should also be required reading for prospective nursing students.

You are a gifted writer. I hope to see more blogs/articles from you. And (((Ballistex)))...you need a hug after a shift like that.

Yes, hugs! and I agree - it should be required reading for nursing students. As well as a reminder to the rest of us to simply smile and apologize. :mask:

AlwaysLearning247

AlwaysLearning247, BSN

Has 7 years experience. 390 Posts

Very nice story! This reminds me of the time I had a patient physically walk to another patient's room (who I was trying to get to stop bleeding) to tell me I forgot his milk. This is not okay. We are there to help patients who are sick, not be treated like their personal waitresses. I'm disappointed in healthcare today, patient satisfaction surveys hardly asking about care. Don't get me wrong, I will bend over backwards to make someone a sandwich or bring them drinks but my priority will be a patient who is in crisis anyday..... and if the patient satisfaction rating goes down, oh well. At least we knew we did the best for the patient who truly needed the care at the moment.

It sounds like you did everything you could for your patient. It's hard to not second guess yourself but you did an excellent job! I'm sure her family was very grateful to have you as her nurse. You were there when she needed you the most.

yessss 👏🏾👏🏾

1056chris

1056chris

Specializes in med/surg. 72 Posts

What a beautiful story and how incredibly true. The everyday life of all nurses who work so hard to keep all their patients healthy and comfortable, a reality that sometimes isn't able to be accomplished.

rnbabyzoo

rnbabyzoo

48 Posts

I'm sorry this is a common occurrence for you. I live in your world also. You just want to tell the ungrateful patient everything that's going on just to set them in their place, but you don't because your a good nurse. Thank you for the story