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What can nurses do to better help you?

Kitchell
Posts: 62
Joined: Feb 2004

I am an RN student and I would like to know what the nurses who care for you could do to better help you? I'm anxious to get your feedback! Please reply!

kayetera
Posts: 13
Joined: Mar 2004

Kitchell, First of all I'd like to congratulate you on choosing the nursing profession. I am a RN who specializes in oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation. I was diagnosed with Thyroid CA. I've had a total thyroidectomy and Radioactive Iodine (ablation).

To answer your question, be supportive. Ask specific questions of the patient. Treat the patient, not the illness.

I find that comfort measures go a long way in making a patient's experience positive. Even if you just stick your head in the door and ask if they need anything. Often times we get busy.

Was there any aspect of caring for a patient that you wanted specific information, such as pre-op and post-op care or psychosocial issues?

I'd be glad to answer any specific questions you may have.

Teresa, 40, TEXAS

RAINBOWSPURPLE
Posts: 2
Joined: Mar 2004

I THINK YOU NURSES ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!
AS I WAS 1/2 WAY THRU MY TREATMENT MY MOM(A NURSE) FOUND OUT SHE HAD COLON CA THAT MET TO THE LIVER. SO TO SAY I WAS FREAKING OUT WITH EMOTIONS
IT TO PUT IT CALMLY. ANYWAY JUST HAVING SOMEONE TO TALK TO AND THEY ARE LISTEN MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. ONCOLOGY NURSES ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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