I was taught to be a Patient Advocate,but the reality makes me confused!
June 11, 2012 6:24am CST
I have served countless patients in my 20 years of the nursing career and mot of the time I feel that I have learned enough of the things from the job and there shouldn't be any confusions over my careerial life . But at other times I feel that I am wrong. When nurses perform nursing processdures for patients , we have guidelines as to how the processdures are done but what makes the process difficult is that at times patients are holding guidelines of their own and they tell you what to do. Frequently what they asked for in fact is not really good for them or not good for their specific case ,so it comes the predicament for the nurses. We were taught to be the advocate for the patient and if we think at the times the patients have the wrong perception or wrong decisions over their health we should explain to them the actual situation. But many times patients are not ready for a different explanation and feel up set by our sincere explanation . At times of this moment I feel very hard to make a decision since to simple go along with whatever required by patients in fact is not good for them and it's also sort of again nursing guidelings but If I insist in my way with an absolutely sincere intention the patients may get upset and that may certainly endanger my careerial profile. Friends , how should I handle this difficult situation ?? Awaiting your response!
11 Jun 12
There is no question that you face an emotional and trying situation likely every day. I could not imagine being in the medical field the stress would be crazy so I give you great credit my friend. I think that as for you're issue that you must try to negotiate between keeping them happy and also doing what is best. This is a situation often referred to as tough love. You must do what is right and best for them even if they disapprove. I am sure that you build up a great deal of trust with them so use that to talk to them on a level they can maybe understand. If you come across a situation where a patient does not want what's best for him, try you're best to convince him. in the end you know the answer already, and I am sure that you are very good at what you do. As long as you know it's right then you are justified:)
12 Jun 12
I see well there is no simple answer to that, at least not one in you're control. There is just not enough medical workers and to many patients then. I guess you can take value in the fact that if you could make this better that you would. Sometimes things fall out of our reach, but we must try not to feel to bad for that. It is not our fault:)
11 Jun 12
hai yes,it is very hard on the part of you,specially when you encountered different kind of races, and of course your dealing with different kind of behavior and values. and I think in 20 years service the company know you well already and wow imagine 20 years with loyalty, and I do believed that the company should trust you in times of patients misunderstanding. I know I can't say some advices but just to say stay of whatever and whoever you are because you can't reach the 20 years if you don't have a "PATIENCE". more power and gudluck
11 Jun 12
Thanks for your understanding. I know that sometimes simply do what the doctors prescribed or to follow what the patients asked to do is a simpler way to handle daily situations . But I take myself as a professional nurse and really want to see some differences in the care we delivered ...Sometimes I think I'm really a bit too idealistic . :(