Monday, December 3, 2007

Things that make you go "hmmm"

I was looking for a cartoon to accompany this post, but none that I found do this topic justice.

Just for the record, let me say that the following conversation really happened, and yes, it made me very uncomfortable. Call me old-fashioned, but I don't think they teach you this in nursing school:

"Hi, Monica? I'm going to be taking care of you tonight."

"Okay, hi."

"Just let me start by saying, I'm NOT incompetent...."

Huh? Who says this to a patient?!

She went on to explain that she'd been a nurse for many, many years, but that she was just finishing up her orientation on the antepartum ward, and she was very open with the fact that she wasn't "really familiar" with babies when their still "cooking."

Again, NOT something you say to a patient who is trying her best to successfully "cook" her baby!

Please, no one take it upon themselves to come to my rescue. I obviously made it through the night, and there was another (competent) nurse watching my back, so, no harm no foul. =) Just thought I'd pass along this little gem.

3 comments:

sara j.b. said...

Speaking as someone that WENT to nursing school...NO! LOL They do NOT teach you that. Sweet heavens. Tell her that she needs to go home & crack a book open on the subject...especially if she's going to be on that ward for awhile. Oh, my.

Anonymous said...

And I was there and heard it all! It's true! dad-e

Julia said...

Be prepared for lots of stories like that.... Bedrest in the hospital makes you a target it think. Like the one that forgot the IV was still in my arm as she walked away with the pole. Or, the one that thought it would be a good idea to talk a sedated mom into joining the freakin la leche league. Or the one that brought me Viagra instead of a sleeping pill -- good thing I've seen what the pill looks like on commercials.....Or... Well, I won't scare you - you get the idea. If I were closer I'd come visit you. We are praying for you... and the nursing staff. LOVE, JULIA IN WYOMING