We need to educate the public about EVERYTHING our job entails. They truly don’t understand… I’m an ICU nurse… I do much more than wipe butts and feed patients… I assess my patients ALL shift, I critically think, I educate patients, family, and doctors, I deal with all the complaints and the verbal abuse, I sympathize and hold my patients hands, I clean them and feed them and turn them, I protect them from pressure ulcers, skin breakdown, and infections from invasive lines, I advocate for them, I’m the patients voice when they can’t speak, I titrate medications and look for even the smallest changes in their status so I can hopefully save their life, I’m the code blue team and the medical response team when patients decompensate on the floors, I document every hour the patients intake, output, drips, etc, I run CRRT on the sickest of patients, I walk family members into the room and softly explain everything in the room to decrease their stress just a little, I draw blood and monitor labs, I am a team mate with the rest of the healthcare professionals needed to care for patients… I’m a nurse. WE are nurses and WE do all these things and this is still not close to our ENTIRE job description.
We need to educate the public about EVERYTHING our job entails.
September 22, 2015