To think that nurses are incredible?

(24 Posts)
pseudonymity Sat 17-Oct-15 18:45:02

Never done one of these threads. I've just spent a night in hospital (first time ever, I'm fine thankfully), I'm so amazed by the nurses, and staff in general. They are so, so good. Endless reserves of patience, care, thoughtfulness, understanding, sensitivity, kindness. I spent a lot of time being aware of what they were doing in the night because there was a noisy/very unwell person opposite. I feel quite humbled and that I'm the last person on earth to find this out.

Fugghetaboutit Sat 17-Oct-15 18:52:01

Did they bring you cups of tea? smile

itsmine Sat 17-Oct-15 18:53:43

I'm glad you've had a good experience.

I've spent a lot of time in hospitals and ime unfortunately it is the exception, not the norm, when staff treat people with respect and compassion. They always seem to be stood in groups gossiping and moaning about their manager/off duty/xmas rota.

I accept not all, but as I say I'm a frequent visitor and I'm always pleasantly surprised if someone actually is pleasant, patient and kind. We should be able to rate wards on a 'NHS TripAdvisor', might make some of them pull their socks up grin

<disclaimer used to be a NHS professional, totally au fait with 12hr shifts and hard work, still managed to be nice>

Mari50 Sat 17-Oct-15 18:57:39

Yanbu to think the service you got was incredible but yabu to think nurses are all incredible.
I work in the nhs and it varies, some of the nurses I know are fab, some are lazy, some are horrible bullies. They're like the majority of folk, some great at their job, some mediocre and some should be sacked.

Gottagetmoving Sat 17-Oct-15 18:59:50

Many ARE incredible. Sadly, I have known some who are bloody awful.

pseudonymity Sat 17-Oct-15 19:00:01

Yes, yes, they made cups of tea! I did hear one person saying so and so hadn't done enough paperwork in the night.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sat 17-Oct-15 19:02:08

What about care assistants? Are we incredible too?

<needy>

RNBrie Sat 17-Oct-15 19:02:41

I agree they are amazing. I spent my first night in hospital with dc2 recently and they were amazing. No one brought me a cup of tea but one of them magicked up a cup of warm milk for dc. Endlessly grateful.

Sirzy Sat 17-Oct-15 19:02:45

I have met loads of amazing health care professionals - some awful ones too.

itsmine Sat 17-Oct-15 19:07:30

king ime I always find hcas do the kind caring stuff, while nurses brusquely treat patients as irritants <whilst sat on arses in the office having the interminable 'handover'>

yorkshapudding Sat 17-Oct-15 19:09:12

Thank you. Sincerely. Although I suspect you will get a lot of responses from posters telling you that you are wrong because they/their relative have had a bad experience.

There is good and bad in every profession. Unfortunately, Nursing is one of those jobs where people (not to mention the media) seem to decide we're all "angels" (boak) or we're all horrendous. But as a community nurse who was at her desk at 7am this morning on what should have been my day off, it's nice to feel appreciated, even if it is just by a stranger on MN.

SilverOldie2 Sat 17-Oct-15 19:12:18

I was in hospital for two months late last year and 99% of the nurses and care assistants were lovely and kind and did a fantastic job. 1% were unhelpful, caused me pain, were not kind and I breathed a sigh of relief on their off days..

I really don't understand why the 1% do such a job.

flowers to all the lovely nurses and care assistants.

brokenhearted55a Sat 17-Oct-15 19:16:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

swisscheesetony Sat 17-Oct-15 19:19:45

I was admitted around 1am weds morning. They offered me hot drinks and toast. Lovely. That was a rural hospital though - not a big busy one.

Sirzy Sat 17-Oct-15 19:21:54

Thanks for this thread, it has just reminded me to contact the hospital where Ds had an operation recently to praise the nurse who really went above and beyond the call of duty

Fugghetaboutit Sat 17-Oct-15 19:23:32

My grandfather was dying of cancer and one of the nurses (head nurse) was vile to him, an 88 year old man suffering. She jabbed him so hard with the needle he cried. He was terrified of them to the point where he begged my mother not to complain as he would be alone with them all night.

Luckily he was moved to a hospice to die and they were incredible.

My mother, who knew the chief exec of the hospital, called a meeting with the nurse and she denied it all. She had to do refresher training and was suspended for a while.

I have had really good experiences with nurses personally and with midwives. It really is like any other profession; there's arseholes everywhere but there's also lovely helpful people who want to help.

TheLambShankRedemption Sat 17-Oct-15 19:24:24

Some are fabulous, some are great, some are lacking.

Birth of 1st baby postnatal ward - diabolical
Antenatal ward for two weeks before 2nd baby - fantastic
Birthing suite both times - really, really good (bar 1 member of staff)

Same hospital, totally different experiences.

YAB both R and U unhelpful

Spottyladybird Sat 17-Oct-15 19:40:11

My DH is a nurse and is incredible. He works 12 hr shifts in a and e often without more than 15 minutes break, seeing all parts of society and treating them all equally.
They are overworked, understaffed and as with every workplace there are those who don't pull their weight.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sat 17-Oct-15 19:43:51

I did have to go to court as a witness when a hideous nurse build like a brick shit house launched an attack on an elderly bed bound resident.

She's now a cleaner in Sainsburys.

HackerFucker22 Sat 17-Oct-15 19:46:02

Only stay I've ever had in hospital was with DC1 (3 nights) and the nurses were absolutely amazing. Beyond words... and we had many of them whilst we were there. Probably 6 different dedicated nurses during our stay. DC was initially on hourly medication so we had a lot of interaction.

Lambshank do nurses work on antenatal wards? Isn't it MW's?

* Also MIL is a nurse. Not pediatric but she has been in the past and I have utmost respect for her.

HPsauciness Sat 17-Oct-15 19:46:16

You can leave ratings of wards in hospitals on the NHS website, I had reason to see the nurses and HCA in action in a ward recently and without fail they were all very active, worked all night long (no gossiping, the odd break) and really very efficient at their jobs. The NHS feedback does not allow you to name great nurses though, it was removed!

I think sometimes a negative culture can develop on a particular ward or department, conversely, if everyone is busy, doing a good job, caring with patients and held to a high standard, everyone does that. That's where the luck comes into it.

HPsauciness Sat 17-Oct-15 19:47:17

I should have said my review naming the general ward area was posted, but the names of individuals were removed, which is probably fair enough.

FindoGask Sat 17-Oct-15 19:50:22

My mum has just retired after a 40 year nursing career, spending the last 15 or so as a specialist in respiratory and palliative care. She has always been a grafter and took her job so seriously - it truly was a vocation for her. However she is pretty scathing about the cohort of relatively newly qualified nurses in her own hospital and says she would hate to be there as a patient.

Crazypetlady Sat 17-Oct-15 21:49:02

When I was on the post natal ward they were all lovely I could not fault them at all. One of them that came on my last day said I was more likely to be released if I got the coil the same day. She also said parents under 20 are more likely to have social services involved if they have a second baby.I had just had ds he was being monitored and the monitoring machines weren't working so it was stressful already.My ds did go grey though through lack of food as bf wasn't working out and only when he had to be whisked off did they agree to give him some formula. I found I had plenty of support from them though

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