Imagine driving home and receiving a frantic call from your niece that’s incomprehensible. You feel a sudden surge of adrenaline filled with fear, worry and panic. Trying to get her to calm down so I can understand What she’s trying to say but couldn’t. Finally, my sister takes the phone to tell me my nephew had a seizure. I was already turning the car around and on the way to the ER. When I go to the bedside of my loved ones I immediately transition from aunt to nurse. I begin to assess the patient, check vitals, ask questions, start formulating a nursing diagnosis and interventions. I question the doctor and observe the interaction of staff with the patient. It’s important that providers give the best care which to me also requires good bedside manner. I haven’t seen that from the nurse caring for my nephew. I’ve tried to be considerate of the fact that she’s probably having a long night and dealing with children can be taxing. However, as nurses , we need to be mindful and present. Being aware that we take care of more than just the patient, we also take care of the families of the patients. Please know that whatever the patient is going through also affects those their with them. Emotions are high, feelings are sensitive and they are observing your moves, speech, and how they perceive you to be treating them as well as the patient. Best thing about the night is my nephew is doing better. He’s been sick several weeks with fever and been to the doctor several time only to find out that he has the flu. He was given meds and we’re still here, but he’s better thank you God. Be the nurse you’d want to take care of you and/or your family.
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I am an RN working on my DNP, preparing to launch several aspects of my new business and writing and getting ready to publish my first book. I love to write so blogging seemed like a great way to naturally express myself and publish my journey as a nurse. View more posts