Sometimes it’s very hard to teach an old dog a new trick.
Today I was told by a physician that NPs are simply hired to do all the “scut-work” that physicians don’t want or like to do. In the physician’s words, “You guys do all the crap/garbage stuff we don’t like or have time for. Is that what you really want to do?”
via The role of nurse practitioners in healthcare | Scrubs – The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles.
Follow the link and read the whole post. What do you think?
When nurses need to give a “straight” answer
How long am I going to be here? How long does the surgery take? How long do I have to take this medication? How long do I have to wear this thing?
I often get these type of questions asked quite a bit from patients and their families. I get questions asking for ‘time frame’ specifics regarding any and everything about their care. Unfortunately, there really is no recipe for success in health care is there?
If I can, I always answer these questions with a bit of humor. A quick witted, “whenever the doctor says so”, seems to bring a smile to most faces. Yes, it may very well be a sarcastic smile, but a smile nonetheless.
(Oh, c’mon you know you’ve used that one before)
Isn’t it ironic that we constantly require our patients to adhere to a time schedule, yet we never can give them a straight answer about ‘how long’.
After my quick rebuttal to most of these questions, I give the long drawn out speech about how there is no recipe for success in healthcare. A + B does not always equal C. While we always have the best intentions, time is not something we can ‘predict’. Not even in the most ideal conditions.
The ‘real’ answers:
A perfectly performed surgery without any complications can still have scheduling delays. There are always emergent cases that take priority in the echelon of care. You can’t preventing the unforeseen.
Being in the hospital can be as short as 1 day and as long as 3 months (or more). There are a myriad of factors that determine whether or not the issues that brought you into the hospital can be resolved. Most of which we have no control over.
Some medication can be a lifelong venture, some can be taken for a specific time frame, while others are taken until your supply runs out.
What you are required to ‘wear’ is serving a purpose to help aid in the healing process or to probably prevent further damage. So it will be worn until it is no longer needed.
Oh, and don’t think for one second that just because you have a friend or family member that was treated for the same thing means that you’ll get the same treatment in the same frame of time. Uh-uh. No-siree-bob.
I wish I could make up a recipe book, I really do. It might make our jobs a lil easier, and I’ll bet the patients would love it!
Am I the only nurse that does this??
When nurses need to give a “straight” answer | Scrubs – The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles
While the original post was all about the ER from an awesome physician blogger, I’d like to think some of them apply to many, many, many parts of the patient care arena. Yes, we nurses feel your pain doc.
9) The more demanding a patient is, the less likely it is that they need medical care.
11) NEVER ever go to work sick. Not only will it be an incredibly busy day, but you will be sicker than most of the patients you see.
13) The more difficult the stick, the more likely the lab is to lose your patient’s blood sample.
15) No extra shift that you reluctantly volunteer to work will ever be an easy shift.
18) The nicer the patient and family, the worse the outcome will be.
19) I can not tell the difference between very rich patients and very poor patients – they both act the same. “When it comes to my health, money is no object!”
from: My Rules of the ER | WhiteCoat’s Call Room
Do yourself a favor and head on over to read the original post from WhiteCoat. You won’t be disappointed.