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Old 05-15-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Love, Epicenter
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Hey, I have a question for you guys.

You're in the hospital and the nurse comes to assess you or give you meds, are you okay with him/her teaching about the meds and what she's doing at that moment? Or would you find her teaching you about your health, meds, and wellness as her coming off as a know-it-all?

What would you want?
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Hey, I have a question for you guys.

You're in the hospital and the nurse comes to assess you or give you meds, are you okay with him/her teaching about the meds and what she's doing at that moment? Or would you find her teaching you about your health, meds, and wellness as her coming off as a know-it-all?

What would you want?
The best nurse I ever had walked into the room, introduced herself, made some pleasant small talk during her assessment, then said "I dont believe in pain, so let me know if you're having any discomfort" before she continued her rounds.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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That is what they are supposed to do. Doctors delegate that job to them.

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Old 05-15-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Love, Epicenter
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The best nurse I ever had walked into the room, introduced herself, made some pleasant small talk during her assessment, then said "I dont believe in pain, so let me know if you're having any discomfort" before she continued her rounds.
For clarification, you prefer that they DON'T do teaching while doing the assessment? Or would you rather it flow like a regular conversation?
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Love, Epicenter
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That is what they are supposed to do. Doctors delegate that job to them.

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*shakes head* Not really. But I think I see what you're saying.

That being said, I know sometimes I am reluctant to do teaching while assessing a patient or while the patient is having a conversation with me about their illness because I don't want to come off "superior" or like a "know it all"? But I do want to do my job to educate the patient.

So you'd be okay with me (the nurse) teaching you as the need arises? For example you say during our conversation, "Oh I don't take my insulin because of all those bad side effects" and I say, "Side effects only happen to some people some of the time and not all people all of the time?"

I want to know this because I want to be as effective as possible.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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In that situation I prefer that my nurses "know it all" and share the info.

Just by you asking the question I doubt that you will come across as a "know it all" in the negative sense.

Just remember, everyone is different. 90% may appreciate and 10% may not like it. You can't please everyone.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Love, Epicenter
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In that situation I prefer that my nurses "know it all" and share the info.

Just by you asking the question I doubt that you will come across as a "know it all" in the negative sense.

Just remember, everyone is different. 90% may appreciate and 10% may not like it. You can't please everyone.
Thanks for this response Mikala. Very direct.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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Doctors neither know nor have time for the teaching. Nurses are much better st it. I used to work on a neuro-rehab unit and nurses did it all.

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Old 05-15-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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This is where assessment comes in. If I am a patient, in pain from surgery or sick from chemo, the LAST thing I want is some nurse to start giving me patient education on my meds.

This is probably better done on discharge day, as meds can be adjusted during a stay...why educate on meds that may change? But in discharge planning comprensive medication reconcilliation and education is appropriate. Along with additional assessment, does paitient need medi-planner or other device.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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I welcome education from nurses who care for me, especially if I am starting a new medication. I probably wouldn't want much education on something I'd been taking for a long time, but it might be nice to be asked how I feel the medication is working, if I'd experienced side effects, if I had any questions about it, etc.
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