Ten Things About Nurses They Do Not Want You To Find Out
When you are in a hospital, you are likely to be in touch with healthcare professionals from all levels, but the likelihood of you interacting the most with nurses is the highest. It is only natural given that nurses are very important cog in the healthcare machinery.
Here are some things that they may not want you to know:
They are going through a bad phase: While we know that nurses are especially skilled healthcare personnel who spend a lot of time becoming the experts they are through dint of hard work, there is a possibility that they may be going through a bad phase. They do spend hours on learning how to put in IV sticks, insert catheters, wound dressing and an endless list of other tasks but it is possible that their expertise in doing the myriad things may be going through a lean phase. But the fact is bad phase or not you can be sure that their give it their all.
They are aware of the test results on your preliminary tests: It is possible that nurses do know the results of your tests given they are really experienced. But they may not want to talk to you about this as they would like your primary healthcare provider to give you the information. It is only fair that they let your doctor talk to you and tell you about other things as well given that they are already playing messenger about your results to other people in the healthcare chain.
The next door patient is terminal: Many a times, nurses seem a bit harried and in a hurry to leave you and attend the patient next door. This may leave them with little time to make small talk with you. This does not mean that they don’t care, it is just that the patient next door needs them more and this is probably because he/she is near death. But since they are professionals who know when to keep a secret, they will not talk about this with you. It would be good of you to acknowledge how hard they work and show them some understanding and compassion for what they do.
They had to look it up in Google: It is possible that when you are admitted to the hospital with a rare condition, that the nurse who is providing you care may feel the need to look it up online. The only thing that one needs to keep in mind, is to go to sites that provide good information.
They may not recall your name: Due to acts like HIPAA which obligates all healthcare professionals to maintain confidentiality, you may hear nurses talking about patients in the most impersonal way but this does not mean that they have no care for you. Or it could be that they have pulled such a long shift that they are run off their feet or that they are trying to juggle more case loads than usual.
Date of discharge : Just because you have been told that you are discharged does not mean, you can leave right now: The thing about being discharged is that you may have to go through a lot of processes or counseling before you leave for home. After all some sicknesses and diseases need you to follow some dos and don’ts and you need to be instructed how to do this before you leave for home. What is more, you are better advised to be patient during this process and not to take things in your own hands during this time. Asking the nurse time and again about the actual time of discharge will only delay things more.
They can’t tell why are being given a particular medicine: They can guess about it and they can use their immense expertise and experience to make an educated guess, but the thing is it is not their place to tell you about it. Plus the condition you may have may be complicated and it is better if your primary healthcare provider talks to you about it.
They think you are better off in the ICU: Nursing can almost become an art form where skills and experience becomes a nice amalgamation to form almost an intuition about the health of the patient. With the help of inputs from the patient, the nurse may be able to divert a situation that could become worse by calling up on the doctor to take a deeper look.
In case you say that most pain medications except a few do not suit you: Many a times nurses look upon patients who exaggerate or lie with a little apprehension as this prevents them making the right decision for you. They do not like to keep pain medications away from the patient when he or she is in pain but they expect you to be correct in telling them what you are going through.
You need to be out of the hospital post haste: The thing is that though hospitals are places where you will be given the healthcare you need and all efforts are made to keep things clean the fact is hospitals are hotbeds of germs and all kinds of infections. So the thing is that once you are done with getting the care you need, it is better for you to leave. We do not mean to be rude but you do need to make your exit as soon as possible.