I know I’m supposed to be doing my challenge of opening up more on my blog but, I had to take the time to do a mini-rant regarding “some” of these nurses I keep encountering.
The other day,I was at an extended care facility.
There is a patient at the facility who has pancreatic cancer.
Needless to say, he’s in a lot of pain.
So much pain that, the man was literally moaning,groaning and calling for Jesus to take him.
He’s a hospice patient so, he has morphine that he can take for the pain.
I tell the nurse to give him his scheduled morphine.
She tells me, “oh,he’s always complaining and whining for that morphine”….
are you shittin’ kidding me?
The man has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
He’s unable to walk because his testicles are the size of basketballs,
and his legs are so full of fluid that, if you touch them,
the indentation stays there for 30 seconds.
Now, I gotta tell y’all a lil secret about me in the work field.
My personality isn’t a really rosey one.
In fact, people tell me that, I’m like Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy…
or like LaDonna on Treme.
Tough personality, blunt attitude…I get that.
I’ll take that charge because, I’m only like that when I need to be.
Like when a nurse stands in front of me and tells me that a patient with stage 4 pancreatic cancer is
complaining and whining for morphine.
I think nurses (and doctors too) sometimes forget that,
these are REAL people…
with REAL problems,
and REAL pain.
Becoming jaded in the healthcare profession is one of the worst things that can happen.
Because you lose empathy…
and compassion is next thing out the door.
Nurses don’t have to care about patients as if they’re family members,
but if the patient is in pain,
give the damned patient the meds.
It’s not your call whether or not the person is “whining for morphine.”
Your morals,values,feelings,etc. don’t come into play.
If the order is there…
follow the frigging order.
Cuz one day, it could be you or someone you love,
lying in the bed…
whining for morphine.