To: all government hospitals and all private hospitals located in the Philippines
"I was stabbed 14 times at the hospital where I work. I survived, but not everyone is so lucky" "Dr Michael Wong is telling his story to campaign for better hospital security." (Essay Source: The Conversation) https://theconversation.com/i-was-stabbed-14-times-at-the-hospital-where-i-work-i-survived-but-not-everyone-is-so-lucky-82824
SENTIMENTS OF A NURSE #respetargamay #justice #buhaynurse
1. When you buzz / have complaints and I do not come right away, it's either I am attending to a patient bedside, or I am assisting a doctor during his rounds, carrying out his orders or admitting a patient. Do not storm into the station like you are my only client.
Unlike special areas like the Intensive Care Unit where the patient ratio is 1:1 , ward nurses IDEALLY cater at least 5 patient each. However, in the Philippine setting where there is usually shortage of staff, the ratio reaches up to 2: 70 or more. In an 8-hour shift, the nurse on duty tries to balance and manage her time as she caters numbers of clients with different needs and health priorities. She tries to juggle activities such as administering medications, carrying out doctors orders, admitting a patient, and other nursing procedures all in a day of duty.
2. Do not fret nor lurk around the station trying to threaten me to attend to you immediately. I shall attend to you once I finish attending to a PRIO patient's health needs.
3. We are humans too.
No matter how tough we look on the outside as we try to save lives every single day, we get exhausted too. So bear with us a little. A day of putting up with every patients whim, and performing tiring nursing activities, also wears us off.
4. You do not own this hospital. Please do not act like you do.
5. We respect you, but please respect us.
6. When I insert an IV and I do not get it on the first try, I feel terrible. I am sorry, but sometimes veins are very fragile/sensitive and would bulge on the first try.
7. Trust us and we shall trust you.
Ma'am/Sir, I have spent 4 years in nursing school learning everything I could about health, caring and the like. I passed the board exam even spending sleepless nights reviewing just to be sure i am capable of being a Registered Nurse. I know what I am doing.
I love my license and I care about my job as much as I care about you and your health.
8. I do everything within my power to help you. Please help yourself.
9. Smile. It costs you nothing, but to us it means everything.
10. I am a nurse Ma'am/Sir and I have a clear statement of my duties and responsibilities and I know them. I am not your slave. I am a Profession.