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When his nurse comes back, we all chat together about his love of motorcycles and cooking. Helen responds to our suggestion to go home, put her feet up... she says, I'll have a cup of tea and watch our birds in the garden. Please share a meaningful moment of learning from your professional life.
Bedside Matters… You can just tell… His nurse is like a good neighbour. ment on his big blue eyes and I see a Within a few minutes, Helen has him She greets anyone who steps up to his sparkle of response to the personalized smiling and she pulls a photograph out cubicle in the intensive care unit. She compliment. of her purse. smiles at me, a dialysis nurse, who is I begin the procedure, set the “This is Jim with his beard. He’s had coming into her neighbourhood for a machine prescription and document his a beard for the 17 years we’ve been few hours to treat him. vital signs and computer readings. together.” That’s a clue to her level of caring for All is beginning well. A good start is She draws me into the circle. patients. She is welcoming to me, as a a good predictor of what is to follow. When his nurse comes back, we all colleague. She offers me a chair, catches up with chat together about his love of motorcy- She introduces herself and offers me her charting. cles and cooking. a report on his condition. Concise and One hour into the filtering and fluid Helen makes sure we understand Jim relevant. removal of dialysis, his visitor comes. as a person. Makes us see how much she I approach him. Although he needs Her name is Helen. His nurse comes to loves him. How much they love life. assistance from the ventilator to help him stand beside her, tells her he has been So when she goes home, she can trust breathe, he surprises me by being awake. awake all morning and will be glad she is we’ll do our best for him. His eyes are open. He is not sedated, like here. This morning she can do that. Helen many people need to be, in order for him Helen asks if the results of the CT responds to our suggestion to go home, to stay still and let the machines do their scan are back. She touches Helen’s arm put her feet up… she says, “I’ll have a life-saving work. He cannot speak and says, “You have a visit and I’ll go cup
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