Thursday, January 17, 2008

The limits of providing patient comfort

Lots of necessary, yet often tedious information today in orientation. Small moment of amusement when one PowerPoint indicated some definition of nursing at the hospital as something like outstanding care with a personal touch. So of course I whispered to my friends, "But not, you know, too personal."

Which reminds me of a story a nurse told me. I won't go into the details, but the moral is even if the patient is alert, oriented, and quite handsome, do not assent to his request for a "massage" with full release. Also, don't giggle about it with co-workers the next morning cause you will all get fired for being highly unethical and really stupid in addition to cheap and tawdry. I can't recall an Aesop fable that covers this lesson so perhaps I should write one substituing otters or squirrels for the people. Wombats? Ooh, I can illustrate it with tasteful linocut prints!

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