Nurses and those who's lives have been affected by a nurse!
February 8, 2008 11:34pm CST
I'm a nursing student as many of you know. I come from a long line of nurses and have huge faith in them. I would even say that the nurses who have been around for a long time are smarter and better than doctors. The medical knowledge and bedside manner for the most part are there, doctors lately though not all lack bedside skills. I know that having both of my kids at the same hospital, I had some nurses who were phenomenal and even giving birth I learned a whole lot. I thanked them always for their care and compassion and they didn't know how to react. They were surprised- like being a mom- it is a thankless job they told me. So my questions are: Have you ever thanked a nurse for taking great care of you at the hospital? Maybe taking what you saw as an extra step? For nurses: Do you have a touching thank you story that you would like to share? I have my heart into nursing and I do genuinely care for people and I was just wondering if anyone out there felt the same way? Thanks for stopping by.
• United States
9 Feb 08
My mom is a nurse. She was in LPN school when I was born. There are all these pics of her in scrubs in the nicu where I was. I was in the hospital after birth for about a month, btw. I was 6 wks early and couldn't suck from a bottle. I work hand in hand with nurses everyday. Some of them are good. Some are not. Some will get in there and roll in the floor with you while others feel they are too good for that and they just stand back and look at you. Makes you want to scream. I work at a mental hospital for everyone's info. So I really meant it when I said roll in the floor. LOL.
10 Feb 08
Though I've heard quite a few horror stories about nurses, most of the ones I've come across have been great people. And I always remember to thank them and my son seems to have picked that up from me. He goes another step and actuaaly tells them what he is thanking them for. But we did have a bad experience once. My son was around one and he had to be put on oxygen and the nurse forgot to turn the valve on....fortunately my husband found out and got that rectified. I had a heart surgery when I was around 3. It was in Kuwait and the rule stated that no family members were allowed to be by the patient after the surgery during the period of stay. But my mom wasn't going to let me be there all alone when I was 3 and she refused to give permission for the surgery. When the doctors got to know, they granted my mother permission to stay with me. During my stay in the hospital, the nurses were so nice to me and my mother that we made lasting friendship with a few of them. Today, almost 30 years later, we are still in touch with them and one of them is my mother's best friend!
• United States
9 Feb 08
Since I had both my boys 359 days apart at the same hospital I knew the L&D staff by name. While having my 11lb moose the labor nurse, Jean, was nothing but rude to me. You try pushing out a baby that size without screaming. She looks at me and says "you weren't screaming like this when you were making the baby" I was mid push, stopped, sat half way up and said "I most certainly was would you like to see the video?" Then after I had him and I mean like 15 minutes after, she told me if I didn't get out of bed and walk to the bathroom she was going to have to cath me. I told her if she came near me with another dang needle she would find it sticking out of her forehead. I had him at 11 at night and wasn't moved to my room until close to 1 AM. At 3:30 in the morning her and a bunch of people from the cafeteria come into my room to see the baby because she went on lunch after I got moved and told everyone about the huge baby that was just born and that they all just had to come and see him. I threw every single one of them out of my room. The very next year when I went in to have my second son the first question I asked was if she was working and when they told me she was I informed everyone who would listen to keep her as far away from my room as possible or she was going to get strangled by her own stethoscope. I never saw her again. Instead they give me this twit who I called on the call button to tell her I was having the baby. She comes in and pats me on the head and says Yes sweetie that is why you are here in the hospital you are here to have a baby (talking to me like I am a 4 year old. I ripped the blankets off of me grabber her stethoscope spread my legs and said NOW. She looks down and goes running out of the room to get the doctor. By the time she got back (2 minutes later) my son was laying on the bed. So I admire you for your choice of profession. it takes a real special kind of person to do that job but I have hated every nurse I have ever had to deal with for more than blood work.
• United States
11 Feb 08
I should add that my sons were both born at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. That is where our nations witless leader gets treated if he is ever sick. You would think they would have exceptional care there seeing as how they treat some very prominent people. But I guess we never have to worry about Bush being on the maternity floor so they can skimp there. My two babies that were born in civilian hospitals were a little more pleasant. With my first baby the nurse stumbles into my room at 6:10 in the morning yawning saying she had one heck of a night then proceeded to insert my IV incorrectly shooting blood a good foot into the arm from the top of my hand. I promptly threw her out of my room. The nurse they replaced her with wasn't much better. After my baby was born while she was having her APGAR test I hear an OH MY GOD from the nurse and kicked my doctor in the chest trying to sit up to find out what was wrong with my baby. The nurse replied, "oh nothing is wrong with her, she just has really big feet!" With my last baby I told the nurse that if she gave me pitocin (sp) the baby would go into distress and a half a dozen nurses will be forced to stop watching Dr. Phil to rush into my room to stop the IV and roll me on my side and give me oxygen. The nurse LAUGHED and said, that doesn't happen here sweetie. 20 minutes after she started the IV that was precisely what happened. So what if I didn't go to school. I think I know how my body reacts when giving birth better than they do. I just hate when people don't listen to me when I am obviously so right 99.7% of the time. :)