While I was accompanying a senior student on her morning assessment rounds, I heard her questioning an elderly gentleman about his bowel movements.
“Did you have a bowel movement yesterday?”
“Yes, ma’m, I did,” he replied.
“And was it good for you?” she went on.
He did not miss a beat. “Why, yes, it was.”
Not how I learned to assess bowel movements, but I gave her points for creativity!
Fran Janowich, RN, MSN
A Student Nurse will spend an entire shift trying to re-orient the patient.
An Experienced Nurse will chart that the patient is disoriented and restrain them.
A Student Nurse spends 2 hours giving a patient a bath.
An Experienced Nurse lets the CNA give the patient the bath.
A Student Nurse values the chance to ‘work with the whole family.”
An Experienced Nurse avoids the entire family.
A Student Nurse always answers their phone.
An Experienced Nurse can’t find their phone on their days off.
A Student Nurse wants everyone to know they’re going to be a nurse.
An Experienced Nurse doesn’t let anyone know they’re a nurse.