• I am a nurse, I would like to know how you feel your nurses can better your care either in the hospital or an outpatient setting?

    Asked by Rebecca123 on Monday, November 26, 2012

    I am a nurse, I would like to know how you feel your nurses can better your care either in the hospital or an outpatient setting?

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    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Hi Rebecca. I had a wonderful nurse while I was recovering from my hysterectomy. She realized I had a weird sense of humor and took enough time to figure out "how to deal with me". I'm a smart aleck. She could work w/that! Another nurse who I only had for 1 shift, I scared the XXX out of because she didn't try to figure me out. The nurses at chemo I like the most are the ones who treat me as a person and not just as a patient. I don't need them to know ever thing about me, but I'm more than just my chart. I hope that makes sense and helps. Don't need them to be my best friends, but I do prefer them to be friendly. And I do try to make it easy. Even if I am sarcastic, I also always sincerely thank whoever is changing an IV in chemo or helping me to the bathroom while I was in the hospital. I figured it was easier for the nurses to be nice to me if I was nice to them.

      almost 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      At Texas Oncology, you talk to your nurse more than the Dr. My Dr had a nurse who was my main contact any time I called with a problem. I also had an infusion nurse. Both were FANTASTIC!! Especially my infusion nurse. I saw her more than I did my Dr. The best thing a nurse can do for a patient is to treat them like they're the most important thing at that moment. It makes all the difference in the world. Never dismiss anything a patient says. I told my infusion nurse, Barbara, that I didn't like they way she flushed my port. She made all the adjustments I asked her to make regardless of how ridiculous they were (and believe me, looking back, they were ridiculous) . If you're there for your patient, the rest is a walk in the park.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      My infusion nurses were fantastic. I did, however, have a nurse who told me I probably got cancer from eating grilled foods. This is not something I want to hear after surgery to correct my reconstruction, while she is taking my vitals and administering meds at 4:00 a.m. Well, I don't think it is an appropriate comment ever, but especially right after surgery.
      Other than that, my nurses were all good to me, took good care of me and were compassionate. You definitely see the nurses way more often than the doctors so it helps when they treat you right.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Rebecca, In the hospital it would be nice if the nurses could arrange to minimize visits in the middle of the night. I have always found that hospitals are the worst place to get rest, particularly after surgery when you most need rest. I Like others have had wonderful Infusion nurses and I have not always bee the easiest to deal with (vomiting and port issues). I try and treat them like one of my family and share doggie pictures with then when they have time. It is noce when the interaction is not so much about cancer but like with a friend.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Thank you for asking the question. That would be a good question to ask each of your patients. I appreciated when the nurse, inpatient or outpatient tried to work on my schedule as well as hers, not her agenda only. I asked my infusion nurses to slow down the premed Benadryl to 5 min insted of 2 min. Made a world of difference for me and in the end, I don't think they missed the extra 3 min.
      Just be present to the person you are assisting.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Well, for myself, the big thing was when the nurse spotted my anaphylactic shock reaction, stopped the infusion, and got the EMTs pronto. That covers a lot. :-)

      Reading what others say here, it seems that there isn't enough discussion with patients about ways to deal with side effects and complementary therapies. The nurses in my treatment center did try to tell me, and others, what was available, but it sounds like other patients at other treatment centers are left in the dark.

      It's all about quality of life. It isn't just about getting the drugs into the patient efficiently. Patients are people, too. If there is some way you can make those you deal with comfortable--both in the treatment center and afterwards--that would be good.

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      The nurses have almost always done a great job here. I think the best advice is the golden rule. Remember that there's a human being in the bed or chair, and treat them as you would like to be treated if it was you in the bed or chair. That seems simple, but there are some people who don't seem to remember that.

      almost 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I was blessed to have a caring nurse while in the hospital -- she had the skill to be professional yet warm which made me feel like a valued human being instead of just another patient. Of course, I would have liked a quieter night without all the "wake-ups" -- but that is the hospital routine. My infusion nurses were absolutely amazing. They became my family in the "cancer world" - they understood my journey and took time to encourage and support me. Their genuine warmth, friendliness, caring attitude and professional guidance were an absolute necessity in my battle. Taking time to be genuine in your attitude and care is recognized by the patient and is conducive to their effort to maintain a positive and strong attitude. My mother was a nurse - my sister taught nursing - my son, my daughter, my daughter-in-law, my granddaughter, my 2 nephews and 3 nieces are all nurses in varied fields --- I just love those Nurses!!!!!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      The nurses rock!!! I wish they would have more responsibilities. My oncologist was very very neutral about a port, it was the nurses that advocated for it. They also seem to be more on top of how to deal with some of the side effects of chemo. One of the nurse oncologist gave me a prescription for ladiocain to use over my port before my sessions, as she said "no reason to have more pain". My oncologists are great but the nurses have more time to treat me as whole person not just my cancer.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      The nurses at the UNC Cancer Center are the best. They know their job. They give me the information I need and also respect the knowledge I have. The doctors are also the best. However, the hospital is the only good part of UNC. (I'm a Dukie.)

      almost 5 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      For the most part my nurses were amazing, they were patient and caring and understanding.
      I only had one nurse that decided to give my chemo via drip instead of the pump that I had been getting and it made me terribly sick. I think if the patient wants anything a certain way and it is possible, it slhould be done that way.

      almost 5 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I can totally relate on both sides. I am a nurse but also a cancer patient. I know that patients see the nurses more than the doctor does. And I worked the night shift, which I hated to wake patients during the night, but we have to check and make sure things are okay. Sometimes it takes more than just seeing someone sleeping to see that they are okay. I've had patients with extremely high blood pressure needing immediate intervention sleeping peacefully. But by getting their blood pressure, I was able to see that they were actually in crisis. That's only one example, and it doesn't happen often, but you never know when it will happen. Hence, the frequent checking, especially after surgery.

      The nurses in the Cancer Center have been wonderful, treating me more as a casual friend than a patient. They still give me all of the information I need about the treatments and their effects, but they are friendly and focus on me while they are with me. An important thing is for us to feel that we are important and so are our feelings and the things we talk about. They don't interrupt me to answer their phone if it rings, they wait until I am done. I don't think that it is because they know I'm a nurse, because I see them treat others with the same respect. The other staff have treated me with dignity and respect, which is what I ask. Everyone is helpful, informative, and friendly.

      almost 5 years ago

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