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13 Comments

  • Roschelle
    Roschelle

    August 3, 2008 at 3:48 am

    Bravo on all tips! Working in the ER (as you know can be so frustrating). I wish there was a way for visitors to actually get these tips and put them in practice….oh…in the perfect world.


  • Strong One
    Strong One

    August 3, 2008 at 5:47 am

    LOL.. Too funny.
    I think this etiquette applies to most areas of nursing, not just the ED.
    I know in the ICU, I can empathize with all the above.
    Thanks for the laugh.


  • de rn
    de rn

    August 3, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Oh how I wish this could be posted in our ER. Would also like to add that children should not be brought back to the trauma rooms just to visit.

    I had a man screaming at me yesterday because I would not allow a 6 yr old back to see grandpa. BTW: we had allowed a short visit, grandpa was stable, talking, etc… Grandpa had 6 adult visitors in the room (should have run them out too) I just allowed one visit from the child though.

    How rude and insensitive I am to not want to run over / traumatize a 6yr old in the event grandpa coded and we had to get to him quickly. I did not really care if we ran over the adults!


  • My Own Woman
    My Own Woman

    August 3, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I think we need to make all the patients sign your etiquette policy before being seen in the ED!!!


  • AlisonH
    AlisonH

    August 3, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Hey. Starbucks could put a store in the ER. Think of all the waiting/family member/intrusion-on-other-patient problems it would solve, and you could listen to Paul while you work. Heh.


  • Heniii
    Heniii

    August 4, 2008 at 5:02 am

    this (post) is sooooo true.hehe. it should be posted in all hospitals.


  • Bianca Castafiore
    Bianca Castafiore

    August 4, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Kim, the intro to your etiquette guide struck a chord and engendered a blog entry of my own, titled: “I don’t *do* decaf.”
    Thanks for the inspiration!


  • healthcaretoday.com
    healthcaretoday.com

    August 4, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Etiquette in the ER // Emergiblog…

    Great story about the dos and don’t in an emergency room…


  • Joanne
    Joanne

    August 5, 2008 at 7:52 am

    This is great, and ER units should hang these rules up in their dept. I’ve visited the ER twice in one month most recently so this definitely struck a cord with me. Thanks Kim.


  • disappearingjohn
    disappearingjohn

    August 5, 2008 at 8:11 am

    I’m laughing as I read this, for many reasons…

    I actually thought of you and wanted to “stop in” and say Hello. I am actually sitting in a Starbucks in Southern California, blogging! (while on vacation)

    As soon as I opened up my blog, I thoguht to you!

    John


  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    August 7, 2008 at 8:18 am

    I think this should be posted in our office as well! I have patients who answer their phones in the middle of an exam and expect me to “wait a minute.” ARGH!


  • Maverick Monk
    Maverick Monk

    August 9, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Asking for a time frame or an update! Its such a simple thing, but neither sides of the healthcare divide do it often enough.

    Often, people wait until they are extremely frustrated and angry to ask about what is going on for fear of seeming demanding.

    Many times, healthcare workers are so caught up in carrying out our tasks, that we forget to share new developments with patients.

    Like you pointed out in your post, a little bit of planning and open communication can save us all a lot of misery.

    I dont work in the ER, but your post seems so appropriate and holds true for patients and healthcare professionals on other floors as well!


  • Kimmie
    Kimmie

    May 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I also wish that these rules of ettiquette can be posted!!


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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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