Patients who wanted/expected to be admitted used to bring their packed suitcases with them when they visited the ER.
I haven’t seen it for years. People aren’t admitted like they used to be and the public has gotten the message.
This guy is really efficient. Pajamas? Check. Slippers? Check. Suitcase? Check.
Looks like he’s playing “rock-paper-scissors” with the triage nurse.
What a great triage system! If he wins, he goes straight to a room. If he loses, he goes to the waiting room.
I’m restless. NASCAR is over until February. My Fighting Irish fought their way to…well let’s just say they fought their way. Brady Quinn gets finger surgery so it’s no fun watching my NFL team. I wonder if he needs a nurse.
(Oh… NEVER say that you wish a quarterback would sprain a finger so your back-up guy can play. That’s what I said about Derek Anderson last year and quarterback-karma came back and bit me in the butt.)
All I have to occupy my time is the ten-page paper on Hispanic health that is DUE ON WEDNESDAY! And all I can summon up the energy for is watching old reruns of Andy Griffith. It’s like comfort food for stress.
I have two pages done. Trust me, it was an extreme effort of the will to get that much on paper.
I’ll think about it tomorrow.
Hey, it worked for Scarlett O’Hara!
I’ve noticed something in my community nursing readings.
The term “client” is ubiquitous.
It drives me right up the wall.
You see, I don’t have “clients”.
I care for “patients”.
While clients purchase goods and services and while medical care is often referred to as a commodity, it is the only service in which people expose themselves emotionally, physically and spiritually, or share the most intimate details of their lives.
When they obtain medical/nursing care, they are looking for something more.
They are looking to be cared about while they are being cared for.
And that is the difference: caring.
When I am giving nursing care, providing patient education or making a home visit I am providing a service to my patients, but embedded in that service is caring.
You can be a competent lawyer and serve your clients without caring. You can be an competent accountant and serve your clients without caring. A nurse who doesn’t care becomes a technician.
Caring is the essence of nursing.
And that is why my patients will always be my “patients” and never my “clients”.