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Thread: Nurses and Doctors

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    I said on another thread that I wanted to applaud the people that take care of us. My husband and I have been through 5 different procedures in 2 different hospitals in 6 months. Last week he met a Nurse Practitioner (thanks Cathy and Gaigai for explaining what that is to me). He said she was a straight talker and helped him so much with his new heart stint (his 4th). In all our procedures, we have never met a nurse that wasn't right there for us. The doctors were good too, they just don't have time. The only people we have problems with are in the accounting department (DUH!). Bless you all for working the hours you do, caring like you do, and getting so little credit.

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    This is so true! When my MIL was in CICU in Chappel Hill , the Dr.s were wonderful, but it was the nurses who took care of her. They took the time to explain everything they were doing to us and treated her with such respect and care. When It came time to let her go, it was the nurses who were there with us, making it as easy for us as they could. We will always remember their kindness and caring at such a difficult time in our lives. They stood there in tears as we said ours goodbyes. So thank you to all the workers in our hospitals who are underpaid and over worked! :D
    I will also give kuddos to their accounts dept, so far they have been great, which is not always true .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I thought this video by my new DIL from Rio explains it all. She was a lawyer in Rio and chose nursing when she moved here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHSplE-8Rjk
    Oh, Loretta, this was just wonderful. What a magnificent woman you have for a DIL. Thank you for sharing this.

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    I have always found that if you can just get your patient to laugh, no matter what happens, you'll both have a good shift. And when someone does die, or is dying, many times I will ask the family to tell me something funny about the patient. Being able to smile at a time like that seems somehow to ease the burden somewhat.

    I enjoyed the video, Loretta. I am jealous of your DIL. I would LOVE to work at Barnes Jewish, because Dr. Tom Ahrens, THE expert on hemodynamic monitoring, and one of the SMARTEST, BEST nurse educators in the world is there. He is awesome. I go to every single class or conference I can of his. In fact, I have toyed with having some buttons printed up that say "Tom Ahrens is a god!" He is the reason I have "Don Not Resuscitate=NO CPR" tattooed on my Left Breast. (For real)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    I have always found that if you can just get your patient to laugh, no matter what happens, you'll both have a good shift. And when someone does die, or is dying, many times I will ask the family to tell me something funny about the patient. Being able to smile at a time like that seems somehow to ease the burden somewhat.

    I enjoyed the video, Loretta. I am jealous of your DIL. I would LOVE to work at Barnes Jewish, because Dr. Tom Ahrens, THE expert on hemodynamic monitoring, and one of the SMARTEST, BEST nurse educators in the world is there. He is awesome. I go to every single class or conference I can of his. In fact, I have toyed with having some buttons printed up that say "Tom Ahrens is a god!" He is the reason I have "Don Not Resuscitate=NO CPR" tattooed on my Left Breast. (For real)
    Hi, I thought about having NO CPR tatooed on my chest but with my luck the Dr. wouldn't be able to read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    Hi, I thought about having NO CPR tatooed on my chest but with my luck the Dr. wouldn't be able to read it.

    Yeah, I know what you mean. I couldn't have done it when I was younger! But I have one and it is for real!

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    Pam, sorry to hear that you and hubby have been having a time of it, but you have had good care. Last year was mine and hubby's year,...please, God, let it be over!...
    I know what you mean about the accounting dept.'s.
    We had some retirement money, and we keep dipping into it, to pay the medical bills! me, you, both hubbies...group hug!!!
    I had to pay some ppl what i could a month, and they either had to take it, or put me in collections. So far, we have 'dipped', and kept our noses above the water, but we are not even 'old', yet! I am 51!
    more hugs 4 u...lol, I am a hugger :wink:

    I worked in the medical environment for about four years, and it is tough work. The nurses are the crux of everything.
    Ppl don't see behind the walls, when the nurses are with those doctors, but I did! I was there.
    You think your nurse is ignoring you, or on a cigarette break? think again.
    She may be going to bat for you, hustling her hiny up and down the hall, no matter how she feels, or what's going on at home.
    Be kind to the nurses, no matter what you may think...just try taking a one day walk in their shoes,...you'll run screaming, barefoot, real quick :wink: ( :thumbup: male and female :thumbup: )

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    I am a nurse and want to say thanks to all the folks who made positive comments here.
    On a daily basis I have someone complains to me about not getting what they want when they want it, and I wonder why I do it. But then every day someone says thank you, I don't know what I would do without you.
    I tell them that every time I see someone sick, I remind myself that 'there but for the grace of God...' If I were a patient, I hope that some nurse will feel the same way I do, call it karma, or whatever, but it is easier on the spirit to be nice and to care about people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy
    Pam, sorry to hear that you and hubby have been having a time of it, but you have had good care. Last year was mine and hubby's year,...please, God, let it be over!...
    I know what you mean about the accounting dept.'s.
    We had some retirement money, and we keep dipping into it, to pay the medical bills! me, you, both hubbies...group hug!!!
    I had to pay some ppl what i could a month, and they either had to take it, or put me in collections. So far, we have 'dipped', and kept our noses above the water, but we are not even 'old', yet! I am 51!
    more hugs 4 u...lol, I am a hugger :wink:

    I worked in the medical environment for about four years, and it is tough work. The nurses are the crux of everything.
    Ppl don't see behind the walls, when the nurses are with those doctors, but I did! I was there.
    You think your nurse is ignoring you, or on a cigarette break? think again.
    She may be going to bat for you, hustling her hiny up and down the hall, no matter how she feels, or what's going on at home.
    Be kind to the nurses, no matter what you may think...just try taking a one day walk in their shoes,...you'll run screaming, barefoot, real quick :wink: ( :thumbup: male and female :thumbup: )
    QC you are one of my favorite people!!!! We are paying a bit a month too. I love the nurses. But I also remember when my grandson Henry was born in Seattle - Csection - the dr lifted him up and said "Welcome, little one." I burst into tears. Then my other daughter, Tiffany, went over (we were all there) and the nurse was cleaning him up. He was touching her hand. (The baby) And Tiffy said "Is that just a reflex?" And the nurse said, "No, he knows." Tiffy said "You have the best job ever." And the nurse said "Yes, I do.". We will get to do this again August 4 with our twin grandsons - stay tooooooned!

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    The oncologist at OHSU, who treated my son, gave me his home and other personal numbers because the local hospital was giving me a hard time whenever I would have to rush him to the ER...I knew what his blood tests meant...better than him as I monitored them all myself as taught to by his doctor and nurses, and they did not get that they needed to listen to me...a couple of calls to the doctor's home and that cleared up that situation. This specialist even took the kids (and their families) who were nearing the end for overnight stays on his houseboat for fishing, bbq's, whatever would make them happy...this was on his OWN free/limited time/days off.....
    The nurses at the VA hospital took excellent care of my dad...right up till his last breath...the doctor's never gave up on him, helping him with whatever procedure/medication to make his last year as comfortable as possible.
    The nurses at Emanuel in the NeoNatal unit...words cannot express their devotion to their little patients...they go out of their way to help the parents and family understand the medical issues, they laugh and cry over every step forward and on the day you get to take them home. When the worst happens, they hold your hand when the bad news comes, make all of the arrangements when it is time to let them go, and hold you and crying with you, when you think your heart is going to break, and you are going to die too. The doctor's are wonderful there, too. They will spend as much time as needed to explain diagnosis, treatments, tests, and sat with us through the bad news...holding our hands, apologizing for not being able to help/treat the little guy, wiping away their tears, asking if there is anything at all that they can do to help in anyway.
    The nurse who helped deliver my great-nephew was awesome, she pushed the on call doc to call a specialist in, and was the driving force in getting a diagnosis and his transfer to a hospital with the means to care for him. She even came to his memorial service...that meant so much to the parents and the rest of us too!!! This was on HER time on HER DAY OFF!!!
    I could go on and on about the various health care individuals who have helped my family, friends and myself...these people above stuck out in my mind the most....
    Yes, there have been a few I remember over the last 40 years who probably should have chosen different careers, but isn't that true with any profession???

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