- Study in JAMA: family practice docs who used humor w/ pts had fewer lawsuits filed against them; the result didn't hold true for surgeons #
- ck out the Colonoscopy Song (video) on the JNJ homepage–a nice little ditty http://www.journalofnursingjocularity.com #
- Going to see Triple Espresso–just what the dr. ordered! http://tripleespresso.com/ Hope I don't bust my stitches–too funny! #
- Tnx for the FF# @RNLor @Adia_01 @SteveCarran @Nurses_Educate #
- Tnx for RT @doctorlinguist @bellizzima #
- When one breeds an angora rabbit with an Easter Bunny is that a cross hair? #
- What's invisible and smells like carrots? The Ether Bunny #
- is looking for examples of humor & motivation (w/ customers, staff, students, family…) Any/all examples are welcome Karyn@KarynBuxman.com #
- @TriplEspressoMN Tnx for the follow. I am a rabid fan & recommend you to all! I've now seen so many times I might be able to stand in! #
Archive for April, 2010
Dear Nurse Marge,
What do you do when you get a CNR — a crazy nurse relative? This person shows up to visit their Mother or Sister or Great-Niece’s Best Friend’s Babysitter’s Mother, and they not only tell you everything they think you’re doing ‘wrong’ but they give the patient medical advice that might be accurate on Planet Completely Insane but not on Earth. These people drive me NUTS but you can’t be rude.
Freaking Out in Fresno!!!!!
Dear Freaking Out,
Chill. There’s a secret to handling these people, and I’m going to tell you what it is.
Treat them like they’re your colleagues. Right now, I guarantee that you work with a nurse who maybe doesn’t have the most up-to-date, accurate information about every specialty under the sun. Maybe one or two of them are convinced of things that are completely wrong. Maybe your work place is completely different than mine, but I have at least one colleague who thinks reality is a nice place to visit, but has absolutely no plans of staying.
You have to tactfully, efficiently handle these people, and they’re not even stressed to the eyeballs about the sick person laying there in the hospital bed. I mean, they could be, depending on the patient and the situation, but they’re not personally involved in, the way the CNR might be. So tap into that skill set, and remember that we’re all people too.
Or, failing that, ask them directly what kind of nursing they did. Then at least you’ll know what you’re dealing with. A wide range of people self identify as nurses, and you want to know if you’re dealing with a retired school nurse or the volunteer who was in charge of stocking the emergency first aid kit at Vacation Bible School for four weekends in a row.
If that doesn’t work, run screaming from the room. It’s an amazingly useful technique for so many situations!
Horoscopes just for Nurses!
Nervous about a new responsibility, Aries needs to take a deep breath and remember: this is not the first time you’ve been nervous, but you’ve made it every time thus far.
You have to be able to care for yourself, Taurus, before you can care for others. Steal a moment to stop, breathe, center, and then it’s back to full speed ahead.
You will be hounded for medical information by everyone you know and their best friend as a ‘bug’ sweeps through the town. If you can hold out until Wednesday before informing every one they have inflamed hypochondrial glands and a severe case of Iwantddayoffitis, we shall applaud your self restraint as a work of art.
Relationships issues outside of work make the calm, peaceful surroundings of the ER at full throttle on the busiest night of the year seem a welcome respite. Hang in there; this too shall pass. Kind of like a kidney stone, but not as fun.
The patient who was ‘once a nurse!’ turns out to have answered phones in the animal hospital while volunteering in high school, many decades along. Learn to take your lack of surprise at this news as a mark of sophistication, and not an inarguable sign of burn out. It’s better that way.
Minds are like parachutes, true, Virgo. They only work when they are open. But in one critical way minds are unlike parachutes, and you WILL get in trouble if you try to throw them out of an airplane. Especially if they’re not yours!
Does a hypochondriac want to have their ache and eat it too? Your week is full of tough questions, Libra, but relatively few terrible puns.
Not everyone is a complete idiot, Scorpio. Sometimes, parts are missing!
Search the hospital directory for the psychiatric chiropractor, Sagittarius. That’s where you can send folks to have their attitudes adjusted!
No gift quandries for Capricorn: you already know what to give the man who has everything. Antibiotics!
Attempting to add more veggies to their diet, Aquarius remembers that chocolate is made from cocoa beans and is, hence, a vegetable. There will be much rejoicing, and salad will never be the same again.
Never iron a four leaf clover, Pisces, but especially not this week! You don’t want to press your luck!
Star Charts by Suzanne LaBarne are for Entertainment Purposes ONLY!