I started my nursing career caring for patients from my heart on
day one with these 3 important decisions on my first ward:
- Respect was extremely important, and this was easy during
my training in the United Kingdom, as patients were all
addressed by either Mr. or Mrs. followed by their last
names, except for children and teenagers.
- Knowing more about each patient beyond what was written with a diagnosis, allowed me to
build strong patient-nurse relationships. This approach opened a communication door that
patients used frequently to talk about themselves, family, pets or occupation. Here is a good
example: a patient opened her bedside table drawer, withdrew several photographs and
handed them to me to have a look. Her face lit up with joy as she began describing each of
her beautiful 6 horses, and we chatted a bit about care and training.
- I had a male patient who went on a tree to cut down a large branch, it bounced back and
knocked him off cutting an arm at a bad angle: he was in a lot of pain during dressing
change, and there were times I had to suppress my tears, as I felt his pain, but empathy
overflowed using conversational distraction on topics he had previously shared. The senior
nurse and I cheered on discharge day, when he left the ward with just an arm sling.
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