posted on Dec, 4 2011 @ 04:39 PM
While it's on my mind I would like to speak on the subject of TV Vs. real life in a hospital.
The things 90% of medical shows show the doctors doing. All of the "caring", and listening, and spending hours of quality time with sick, sad
people, etc... Nurses do that, not doctors. yes there are really cool docs out there that will do it on occasion, but they are rare diamonds indeed.
Doctor do not run lab tests, they don't even collect specimens, lab techs, and nurses do. Doctors do not give medicine, nurses do. Doctors spend 10,
or 15 minutes in your room talking with you, then come out of the room, and if they are smart ask our opinion, and then go write orders for the
nurses, and other ancilliary staff to perform. Then they go play golf while we clean your butt, hold your hand, cry with you, and work up a hellacious
sweat saving your life, when we run a code on you.
Coding someone, doing CPR, ACLS protocol etc... is not much like on TV. Chest compressions, and bag/mouth ventilating is hard work. We do it in 2
minute shifts if there is enough people. If there isn't(most of the time) we just do it 'til we nearly pass out. Chest compressions will break the
patient's ribs if they are done correctly. You never hear the "snap, crackle, pop" on TV. This is why we don't really want to rescusitate your 95
year old great grandmother. We will turn her into a big pile of goo, and her quality of life will really reek for her last few days on earth, as the
number of people who walk out of a hospital after a code is very low. So when the TV shows a guy being coded, and in the next scene his is just fine
talking, and "all better" that's total BS. He is in pain, and probably wishing we had just let him die. CPR hurts, and it hurts a lot.
The other thing on TV is medical wards are always serious, and dramatic like a soap opera. Not so, this is our job, just like yours. We cannot get
super emotionally attached to everyone that comes in. The other nurses you work with become like family. Sometimes that family is disfunctional, but
we have each others backs when it gets serious. We have spats, and cliques, and office politics just like everyone else. Don't expect the nurses, and
staff at a hospital to be all heroic, and super-sensitive like on TV. Yes we are supposed to be sensitive, and professional, and for the most part we
are. We also have our private times, and moments together to maintain sanity. So if you are bulldogging a nurse around, and over hear something you
shouldn't, don't take it personally, and don't make an issue of it. You have no perspective on the issues, and we have a right to vent, and we do
it with others who understand. I have said out loud in a break room full of other nurses "I wish that mean son-of-a-b**ch would just die
already!!!!" did I mean it? In the moment... of course I did. Would I actually do something to make that happen? Not in a million years. I am human,
fallable, and have a bad attitude sometimes. Just like you.
Sometimes the unit is BORING. We like it that way. It means we have done our job well, and that everyone is doing OK. We even pull pranks, and get
the patients involved if they want to. We had a patient hide in the bathroom, and put a skeleton in his bed this halloween, and had a new nurse go
"assess" the patient. It was a riot. We love having fun with people too. As I said healing is holistic, and we do care, but we also have to maintain
our sanity. We don't bring our "A" game every shift, but we really try to. It is more than a job, it is a calling, but it is still a job at times.