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Tsk! February 27, 2010

Posted by futurenightnurse in Clinical, Just a Nursing Student.
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Dear annoyed family member(s):

I know you are concerned about your loved one, but it’s not going to benefit anyone to grill the nursing student. I do not write orders for meds or procedures or tests. I do not control the ET tube or vent, except to maybe suction when necessary (or during assessments). I do not titrate the meds to sedate, relieve pain, maintain the blood pressure or rate heart of your loved one. The doctors are out in the hall, the RT is across the hall and the nurse is in the next room. Let me get one of them for you, take your pick.

Yes, there’s a bunch of stuff I can do, but it’s often under the supervision of a licensed R.N. I certainly cannot and should not give you any medical-related information relating to the condition of your critically-ill loved one.

So please, please, please… when the student nurses tells you, “I’m sorry I cannot answer those questions, you may ask the RN when she comes back.” Don’t look down your nose at me in disgust and suck your teeth to say, “You’re just a student,” as if student were a dirty word. Because, yes, I am a student. Just like I first told you when I introduced myself… and there are things my facility will not let me do, like talk about your loved one’s medical condition, so please stop asking.

Sincerely,
Just a nursing student

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1. wilomis - February 28, 2010

I have had guests and visitors of patients ask me if I can get them prescription meds…. Why would you ask a student that…. I’ll be like “sure, would you like some sterile needles to take home?”

futurenightnurse - February 28, 2010

They tell me there was this one visitor a while back who (supposedly) tried to steal the curtains… lol!

2. kimcheegirl - March 1, 2010

Damn Straight! Love this post!

futurenightnurse - March 2, 2010

lol thanks! I remember this one family member who was actually touching/changing the vent settings and got chewed out by the RT. I have no fricking clue what they were thinking doing that…


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