Random Tale: To My Fellow Nurse

Saturday, April 28, 2018

I think I am enjoying my story time here on my blog and would like to do more on this.

It was one regular afternoon in the office, you have a patient with complaint of sudden some sort of back pain. You ask her if it was the first time she experienced that kind of pain on her back. She told you that she had this 2 years ago on the same spot because of some trauma. You've given her temporary relief and pain medication as told by the physician on duty. Then, you ask more of the information that you could get when she had that back pain before.

After quite some time, the pain wasn't getting less and she couldn't go back to work and needed assistance in walking. The MD decided to bring her to the ER fur further evaluation and treatment. Even if in pain, the patient remained solid as to not add extra stress to everybody. This is not a typical scenario in the office. You went with the patient in the nearest ER in a private hospital. As you went down the company car, you helped the patient with the driver to sit to the wheelchair in the hospital. Then, someone greeted you to assist on pushing the wheel chair to the right bed in the ER. 

One NOD, sitted in the front desk start to ask spontaneously typical general questions like,"Anong nangyari? Kailan pa masakit? May healthcard ba?". You answered his questions and add some information you believed he needs to also know. He was one of the senior nurse. You went back to your patient and she was assisted with a trainee nurse by taking her vital signs. No much talking happened, it was purely about her vitals. You didn't expect a lot with a nervous newbie nurse (you knew the exact feeling). Just some moments later, the MD came and start the standard consultation. After the consultation, the patient was given a urine collection cup and  waited almost an hour for nothing. No other nurse came that time. Then finally, a nurse with a paper came and let the patient signed it. It was for the health insurance. Another half an hour past with no other updates (You felt something is not right going on, you kept your calm all throughout),  the patient's relative arrived.You greeted her and the patient started telling short story of what had happened.  

The patient started talking about her sister to you. She said that she was also a nurse in the ER of that hospital before and she was now in the other institution working. She said how much dedicated her sister was as a nurse and even compared to nurses nowadays. You agreed at the back of your mind. The patient relative came back with a form for request of MRI. The patient filled it up and gave it back to the relative for submission. The patient's face became somewhat worried and said "Paano kaya ako makakapag MRI mamaya, and hirap tumayo at gumalaw. Masakit." She asked if she will be given any pain medication aside from the one she have taken at the office. You heard the senior nurse saying, "Pina-pa aaprove pa po sa card." Then, one nurse told him that it was already approved with the card. She was given another pain tablet and was skin tested by another IV pain medication.

You remained silent, calm beside your patient.

There came another patient next to the bed where you and your patient where in. You overheard the patient talking to another line on his mobile phone. He said, "Gusto ko magpa admit. Nahihilo at nasusuka parin ako. Kaya lang yung admission dito ang sabi malalaman palang kung covered ng card pagka-pa discharge na. Eh ayaw ko naman baka mamaya mag bayad ako, wala akong cash dito.."

Then, your patient was up for MRI. She was assisted by a male nurse with the wheelchair. The company driver texted you that he was already outside the hospital ready for you to pick up. You told some instructions to your patient's relative and bid goodbye. You walked out of the ER and you noticed all other nurse was looking at you as you step out.


Being a nurse, our main purpose was maintaining a good communication with our patient. They say we are our patient's advocate. True enough. More than the skills and knowledge, I prefer to be a nurse with a compassionate heart. Because I think, healing is the process that our patient is going through but in the end, the in betweens are where they need us the most. Their cooperation and trust are the fruit of our good communication.

It makes me sad to think that most of us seemed to be competing to be best in skills and knowledge, but actually poor in communicating in a deeper sense. I hope more than anything, we realized that what we are doing is more than what our body can do physically and mentally. We have an opportunity to touch and inspire lives especially in one of the vulnerable and crucial part of people's lives. Don't waste that.

Another thing, we always see the quote, "We don't know what others are going through, be kind." One of the best quote I've known. We might already knew it, but still we don't realize that in our actions. We still have uncareful words and insensitive actions that we commit that gives an impact we don't know to other people. I don't say that we are perfect, but we also have to consider that what we thought to be okay, may not to others. We don't make conslusions on our side alone. There's always the other side of the story. Be kind always and you will not go out of track.

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