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What can nurses do to better help you?

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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!

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Joined: Mar 2004

At the time of my surgery, I was unable to speak clearly and could not swallow fast. Be patient and allow time for your patient to tell you what he/she needs. I even had a pen and clipboard on my bed when I was connected to a respirator in order to get my needs across to the staff. Don't underestimate any type of communication. I was writing in air requesting a pen/paper and a nurse understood what I was asking for and it made my stay in ICU for the rest of the week that much better. Just because a person cannot speak, open your mind to other means of communication.

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