I’ve always believed it’s a good idea to be nice to nurses. And doctors and other medical practitioners. Because they have to see and deal with a lot of the ugly side of life. And death.
But especially be nice to nurses.
Just imagine having the job of caring for people who moan and groan. And complain and gripe. Sometimes it’s an 8 hour day. But other times the work days can be much longer.
And nursing is a job that includes recording medical history and symptoms. Nurses also have to collaborate with a team to come up with a patient care plan. Plus, they speak up for patients who have a hard time expressing their issues to doctors.
Then, they have to keep an eye on patients’ progress. And record any changes. Oh yeah, can’t forget how nurses have to manage meds and treatments. And operate medical equipment.
They even have to run diagnostic tests. And explain to patients what they’ll need to do to manage illness and get better. And that includes knowing how to support and advise.
So, you can see why it’s important to be nice. Right?
But here’s another point of equal importance.
Nurses need to be nice to patients.
Because, in spite of what you see and deal with all day, each patient is dealing with a unique set of circumstances. You don’t know what pain they might be experiencing that won’t register on any of your medical equipment.
And each person you tend to is another opportunity to show how much you love your neighbor as yourself. In other words, if you wouldn’t want something done to you, don’t do it to others.
The reason I bring it up is because my mom just experienced what appears to have been a stroke incident. And she’s currently in the hospital near her home in Kansas.
But my mom doesn’t tend to follow my be nice advice.
In fact, she can be a little hard-headed when it comes to doctors and nurses and hospitals. And since this stroke incident didn’t appear to cause any serious visible problems, she still has plenty of “attitude” about being at the mercy of her health providers.
And when I say “a little hard-headed,” I’m practicing my understatement skills.
So, when I call to check in on her, I hear a lot of less than flattering talk about her jailers. And a lot of “I gotta get outta here” talk.
Plus, knowing that her family can’t even come inside to visit her adds insult to injury. And, on that part of it, I’m in total agreement.
But it’s not the nurses’ fault. Or the doctors’. But it will be at least partially their fault if they allow this “pandemic” to become the so-called “new norm” with no regard for mounting evidence. If they don’t start standing up for liberty and truth, then they’re part of the problem.
And then it’s time to not be so nice.
And then, mom will be ahead of the curve.
Be nice…be nice…
Be willing to pay the price
Be nice…be nice…
It’s really not so hard to just be nice.
(from “Be Nice” music for kids)
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