This is a good read and a very important topic. I have been a critical care nurse for over 20 years and I tell you most of the ICU doctors and nurses I know have advanced directives. I will not spend my final days tortured in ICU with no hope of survival. Do any of you realise how much money is wasted trying to save the the already terminally ill. In fairness to our ICU doctors they try to get families to stop the madness but people just torture their loved ones because they can’t make the decisions to withdraw care. Everyone no mater how young or old should have advanced directives!
The 1:20 AM Howl (by Flapweb)
Doctors are smart. Registered Nurses are nice.
Suzanne Gordon, an award-winning journalist and author, believes registered nurses have a responsibility to create a better understanding of the registered nursing profession, overcoming the notion that nursing is simply about caring.
Gordon presented at the NLNU 23rd Biennial Convention during a full-day session on the Clarity Project. Gordon has spent half of her 42-year career writing about nursing and health care, and she’s beyond excited about NLNU’s Clarity Project. Why? Gordon believes registered nurses are misunderstood and undervalued, and that’s exactly what the Clarity Project is trying to change.
“Has anyone said to you, ‘you’re so smart, you should become a doctor?,’” Gordon asked delegates. “Well, that’s the problem. We need to show people what nurses really do. Nurses are there to save your life, not be nice. Nurses save pain and suffering, and they save money in the process. Nurses are there to rescue you, to rescue you from illness and from the risks and consequences from treatment of illness, which is sometimes worse than illness itself. Registered nurses prevent complications. They prevent things from happening.” Gordon challenged delegates to think about the whole notion of prevention. “What happens when you prevent a UTI, or a coronary embolism, or you prevent a fall?” asked Gordon. “What happens when you prevent something is nothing. You can’t see prevention. When you prevent something, nothing happens because you did something to make that nothing happen. “
Every nurse should read this!
This patient was positive for flu. After a hard battle he died this am. Our first flu fatality this season. MICU is getting hammered this holiday season it’s just crazy busy.
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