Saturday, March 14, 2020
The Top 10 Secrets of All Nurses
The Top 10 Secrets of All Nurses Everybody job has secrets, but the club of nursing is one with a shared language and camaraderie more intense than most professions. Here are 10 things nurses never tell their patients. 1. TheyÃ¢â¬â¢re poopedTheir feet are aching. TheyÃ¢â¬â¢ve been on rotating shifts with high stress and very little sleep. They probably havenÃ¢â¬â¢t had a regular sleep routine since adolescence. And they never seem to go home! No matter how tired you are, a nurse is probably more fatigued.2. Handing out pills is not so simpleBy the time your morning meds get to your bedside, you may think itÃ¢â¬â¢s just a matter of downing the contents of that little plastic cup. But the nurse who prepared them also prepared meds for dozens of other patients. And for each one, had to double-check the name and purpose of each drug, plus any contraindications and special dosages, and then acquire each drug (sometimes from the pharmacy, sometimes requiring calls to your physician). So be patient and grateful nex t time you chug those pills.3. They donÃ¢â¬â¢t just blindly follow rulesSometimes a nurse, because of experience and expertise, might bend a directive ever-so-slightly if he or she is sure it isnÃ¢â¬â¢t in your best interest. Remember, nurses spend a whole lot more time with patients than doctors typically do. And theyÃ¢â¬â¢ve seen everything before.4. They get sickThough theyÃ¢â¬â¢ll never show it, they spend all of their time around your germs and are just as susceptible, if not more so, given their schedules! No nurse will put a patient in danger when contagious, but plenty of nurses do their jobs when they arenÃ¢â¬â¢t feeling 100%. TheyÃ¢â¬â¢ll care for you even when they neglect themselves!5. They have families who need them, tooYour nurse could have a sick kid at home or a sick family member in the hospital the next town over. TheyÃ¢â¬â¢ll give you 100% because itÃ¢â¬â¢s their job to care for you, even when they go home and care for someone else- and probably w ish they could be doing that full time instead.6. They see you as a personYouÃ¢â¬â¢re not just a case file to a nurse. Often you might remind them so much of someone in their lives- a parent, child, or friend. Even if you or your case donÃ¢â¬â¢t perfectly resemble their favorite uncle Joe, theyÃ¢â¬â¢ll often be struck by some personal connection or will identify with some aspect of you or your treatment.7. They fight for youYouÃ¢â¬â¢ll never know it, because it isnÃ¢â¬â¢t very nurse-like to boast of such things, but nurses are constantly going to bat for their patients. If they disagree with a doctor or they want to make you more comfortable, theyÃ¢â¬â¢ll do everything they can to set things right.8. They donÃ¢â¬â¢t want to lose youWhen things go scary and the crash cart rolls out, nurses are terrified. They may not show it- in fact, they operate like elite officers to move efficiently and perfectly through the life-saving steps theyÃ¢â¬â¢ve been trained to take. But inside, theyÃ¢â¬â¢re panicking, and utterly relieved when you pull through. Nurses never want to lose a patient. Never.9. They take their work homeEver heard a nurse promise to pray for you or your loved one? ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s not an empty threat. When theyÃ¢â¬â¢re home and off the clock, chances are they think of you from time to time and wonder how youÃ¢â¬â¢re doing. If theyÃ¢â¬â¢re worried enough, theyÃ¢â¬â¢ll probably call a colleague to inquire.10. They very likely have had a rough dayIf your nurse seems distracted, itÃ¢â¬â¢s not that he or she doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t know whatÃ¢â¬â¢s going on with you or that youÃ¢â¬â¢re getting sub-par care. Nurses deal with many, many patients at a timeÃ¢â¬âand due to the nature of the job, many of those patients are very sick. Your nurse might have even lost a patient that day. Yes, nursing is their job, but theyÃ¢â¬â¢re human, too, and helping sick people day in and day out can take its toll. Have empathy, and know your nurse is d oing the best she/he can.About all other things, itÃ¢â¬â¢s safe to say, nurses are an open book.