Thursday, October 20, 2011
harriet the hoverer
Sometimes I wish that family members were not allowed in the ER at all. They can be a real pain in the ass. The minute I walk in the room I can tell whether you will be a PITA. First clue: you try to talk for the patient. That is such a condescending move. It shows that you don't respect your loved ones ability to speak for themselves. I get that you may have more information but please wait until I have talked to the patient before you butt in. Otherwise I will have to tell you to stop talking and let the patient talk. I really don't care if you don't like it.
Then there are the HOVERERS, the bain of the ER nurses existence. Sometimes I think if you could be on my shoulders while I start an IV or give a med, you would be there. I really do know what I am doing and I have the best interests of your loved one at heart. Let me do my job please without feeling your breath on my neck.
HOVERERS are the kind of people who instead of putting on the call light will come out to the desk every fifteen minutes to find me to ask something. We give you the call light for a reason.
Now I can hear some of you with ill loved ones getting mad at me for talking about this. After all, you tell yourself, I am just looking out for my relative. OK, I get that...but talking for the patient, hovering over the nurse is not looking out for the patient. It is weird and kind of neurotic. If you speak for the patient, hover excessively, we are gonna let the next nurse know. Warn them about you. You might think thats wrong, but I've got news, nurses talk to each other about this kind of stuff.
Back off. Let us do our jobs. We really do them well.
Posted by girlvet at 11:56 AM