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!
I have small cell lung cancer and the one thing that really irked me was when you had a nurse who couldn't stick without causing pain (hunting the vein) and also when a patient tells you that your oncologist said don't use your arms for sticks, that you will listen to them. I have gotten off to so many bad starts over this and have left two tests over this. thanks and hope this helps some. mike
Thank you for your reply. I will remember what you said. I wish you the best!
As a survivor of NSCLC, I would suggest simply that you never lose sight of why you wanted to become a nurse in the first place. Yeah, the money's good, but I'll bet that caring, compassion, patience and the desire to help people had a lot to do with it.
The best nurses who took care of me had a unique balance of professionalism and personal caring. I realize that the "personal" part can be dangerous. But when I felt that the nurses cared about me, as a person, I was much more comfortable. I guess what I'm saying is, don't be aloof.
I wouldn't attempt to advise you regarding technical procedures,- I always figure that the nurse is doing the best that he/she can. I've survived the occasional bruised arm, etc., quite well.
God bless you for wanting to help, and for asking how you can do it better.
Laugh Laugh Laugh. Attitude is everything. The constant joking amoung the nurses and chemo patients was the best therapy for me. I'm a stage IIIb survivor. Had chemo, radiation and right pnuemonectomy 01/15/03. So far I'm clean!!!! Keep on laughing.
Ha! Ha! Ha! OK I will! He! He! He!