razz wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:22 pm
Andrew Pohlman wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:28 pm
For the money. I continue in this profession for the money. I was a computer professional and at the time of the dot com crash, I needed a new job or profession. Nurses were needed at that time, so I went back to school and changed professions. I am now a Nurse Educator at a state prison. I'm here because they accommodate my physical injuries, else I cannot imagine choosing to work at a prison hospital, even as an educator.
SO I started out with money in mind, but I discovered that I actually have human compassion. I did have to change my thinking patterns from computer engineering to human care models. But here I am teaching nurses how to be nurses after starting by only seeking a good paycheck.
Can you tell me about a time when you knew that you (or you and your team) provided a remedy?
Too many to count. After all, easing pain and saving lives is what nurses do on a daily basis!
And by "remedy" I assume you mean the overall outcome was positive. Some scenarios are convoluted and would be a chapter in a book!
The easiest scenario is when a cardiac patient went into arrest. My start of shift assessment showed his pulse to be really weak, or "thready" as we say. I had a hunch something bad would happen based upon that one criteria - and it did. When I found him unresponsive, I hit the code blue button, started compressions, delegated to someone to get the crash cart. By the time the cart arrived, there were 3 of us taking turn doing compressions and bagging. We hooked him up to the monitor and found Vfib (ventricular fibrillation) - a classic shockable rhythm. We started giving drugs per protocol, and after the 3rd shock, we got pulses. So we saved a life doing what we are trained, and paid, to do. At the time, it ruined my day, and felt like a lot of extra work. Then the family met with me a few days later and gave me high praise for saving "grandpa". Not so much for the old geezer, but I felt great that I participated in making that family very happy.