Posts Tagged ‘Caring’
Rooming patients, giving injections, charting, answering the phone, taking messages. These are all listed in my job description with a whole list of other normal office nursing kinds of things.
Not listed, but also expected: picking up paperclips from the floor, trying to keep my piles neat, and telling someone when the Kleenex are running low. And really, truth be told, I probably spend as [...]
Rookie Wit & Wisdom
I work in a relatively small ER: 24 beds including hall beds. I am a newcomer to this area, and almost everyone has experience in emergency medicine (in one capacity or another) for much longer than I have. Perhaps this is partly why I interact with patients the way I do, as opposed to the way I see many other nurses do.
From my observations, [...]
Swine flu. There are millions of people who are panicking over the mere mention of it. Schools are closing. People are changing travel plans. Government officials have stopped taking public transportation....and everybody and their brother is calling their doctor's office.
I, on the other hand, am not panicked. I am annoyed. The phones of every doctor's office in the country, and possibly a few other countries, [...]
It happened last week. I was sitting at my desk, minding my own business, doing my nurse thing. Suddenly, my heart started acting strange.
I thought it was PVC's, which I have occasionally, but it felt a little different. I took the stethoscope that was hanging around my neck and listened to my heart. Wow, I thought, that's pretty fast. As I counted the beats, I [...]
Have I ever told you the story of why I left Pediatric Intensive Care?
I walked into work one day and one of our little patients went into respiratory arrest right as I finished getting report on her. We spent the next 12 hours saving the life of this poor little girl.
The patient had been born with problems (though all these years later I have no [...]
I have a friend who told me a story the other day, and I wanted to share it with you. It concerns confidentiality, but not in the way you might think. You see, she was the one left out of the loop and it affected the way she cared for someone. Let me know what you think.
She is a school nurse and meets weekly with [...]
Seasoned with Sage
Nursing is all about learning. If you think it's all about the patient, then you're missing the big picture.
I remember one of my clinical instructors praising me for a care plan I had written; it received the highest grade that particular week. Her caveat: listen and learn during clinical so I could improve.
The next week, I wrote essentially the same care plan. This time [...]
Seasoned with Sage
, New Nurse
, Nursing Shortage
I went to work: 14 surgical patients. The nurse assistant called in sick and they couldn't find a replacement for the first four hours of my shift.
The day didn’t start out great—-and soon got worse.
That day I asked the hospital cleaning crew to mop up some fresh vomit. "We don't clean up body fluids," she replied. I tried to borrow her mop to clean it [...]
The patient who had just had a D&C after a miscarriage. The little girl dying after a failed liver transplant. The man headed to surgery for a colon resection to treat his cancer. The wife whose husband just died. The father who called to tell us his daughter had just been diagnosed with cancer.
These are all people who [...]
Seasoned with Sage
As Doctor Pru stood there reading the file her mouth turned down into a frown.
"Who triaged this patient?" She called out across the room to anyone who would pay her attention. Everyone ignored her except me. I knew whose file she had and I knew she'd make a fuss, not because there was a problem, but because she loved to pick faults and seemed to [...]