1. We don't want to wake you up any more than you want to be woken up, but we have to check your vital signs every four hours. it's hospital policy and we're just doing our job. It’s not the Hilton, it’s a hospital.
2. “Some doctors and nurses preach to patients about good health and not smoking, then run outside and light up.
3. I really want to give you information about your family member, but the HIPAA law really won't allow me to do that. I'm not being difficult I'm just not allowed.
4. If your doctor gives you the name of several specialist, ask a nurse who she would choose to take care of her family. She may not tell you why she would pick that doctor, but trust her, she knows best.
5. Please bother us: We don't want to see you in pain. Please tell us when you're in pain. Too often patients say "Well, she looked busy and I didn't want to bother her." We need to know these things to help you.
6. Please don't ask us to diagnose you. Do we know what's going on with you? Yes. Can we tell you? Legally, no. We risk losing our license when we do this and would put doctors out of a job...That's why they get paid the big bucks.
7. When you complain about us not bringing you your tenth cup of coffee, please know that we are really busy. We want to help you, but we also have 15 other patients to care for and have to prioritize. Please realize that I understand you've waited twenty minutes already, but I'm assisting with a person who's heart just stopped beating, or their blood pressure is so elevated that a stroke is inevitable if I don't fix it. Please wait patiently for your coffee or your pillows fluffed.
8. We love you: We really love our patients and care about what happens to them. We don't do it for the money. Nursing is very difficult, but we do it because we want to help you feel better. The best gift you can give a nurse is to walk out of their facility healthier, happier and when you thank us, that's just an added bonus.
9. We cry for you. We take our jobs home, even though we try not to. We cry buckets when your mom dies after we've coded her for hours. We are so involved with our patient's care that we feel we have known you forever and really want you to get well. When you're sick we sometimes blame ourselves and beat ourselves up, wondering what we can (or could) have done different. you think this is just a job for us....it's who we are.
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