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He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.

Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Nursing Tips: Good Ideas from a Patient’s View

****Important guides to life*****
If it doesn't look right it probably isn't
Don't eat anything bigger than your head
It can always get worse
Speak less and say more
Old age and treachery can always overcome youth and skill

I’ve seen some great nursing tricks in the past couple days. I’d like to pass them on. Maybe some professionals will read them and think about integrating them into their practice.
Anyway, I had a nurse come in my room and say, “Hi my name is Laurin, as in Laurin Bacall, but you might be too young for her. Maybe Laurin Hill, but without the Y.”
That caught my attention. What a great idea to associate her name with something! I actually remembered her name. I brought it up to another nurse I saw to gadge her reaction, and she thought it was great too!
We were very silly and decided she was Chris, as in Chris Chringle, for the season. That will be remembered.
This will help ease the stress on patients when they can’t remember their caregivers name. Make it easy to remember. Make it stick somehow.
Another idea I brought back from my pediatric rotation. To have someone small drink 8 oz., use measuring cups. Line them up and have them drink all eight like shots.
Viewing the liquid in this manner is less intimidating. Measuring cups feel like “sips” and the patient feels like they’ve accomplished something with each completed cup.
Big jugs of water just make me frustrated and overwhelmed.
With medicine cups, even if what I’m drinking tastes bad, I can pretend I’m in college. I definitely drank worse then. I definitely drank it fast too.
I can pretend I’m somewhere else, somewhere fun, where I’m enjoying myself.

1 comment:

emjay. said...

I am definately filing these away :)