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What can nurses do to better help you?

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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!

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Joined: Dec 2003

I must commend you for your care and concern. I have a great deal of respect for nurses. My Mom lights up whenever she sees her chemo nurses. They are so positive and reassuring. They treat her like a person, not an illness. Some of the general nurses at our local hospital were too busy. They were in such a rush they were not gentle when drawing blood or putting in IVs. My Mom suffered from infiltrated IVs, unnecessary pain, and permanently damaged veins. I think they were too stressed and overworked to respond compassionately. I think as long as you remain compassionate you will be an outstanding nurse. Best wishes in your nursing career, I hope you find the opportunity to be a ray of hope & encouragement to others the way my Mom's nurses are to us!

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Listen to what the patient is saying and not saying. I'm tired can also mean 'Im depressed'. I'm not hungary can mean "I'm sick when I eat or I have to run to the bathroom every time I eat". Sometime YOU have to be an advocate to the Dr on behalf of a patient who has a hard time verbalizing their needs. Good luck

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