I think a lot of people get asked what do you do or while at work (if you work with customers/clients) get asked a standard set of questions based off of the answer. I am here to share with you some of the common questions I field as a nurse. I am sure some other nurses will agree!
Hey, I have this rash…is this serious? This question is part of an age old misconception. People think because we work in healthcare, we can make assessments based on incomplete information. Nurses aren’t the only victims. Mechanics get asked all the time to diagnose car problems…based on a few sounds. I wish we could just say well bring it on over and I will take a look at it…for a fee. But we can't. That is what the ER is for.
My light has been on for hours! Where have you BEEN?! What I wish I could say: you are low on my priority list because two other people had more urgent emergencies and you were needing something that my patient care technician could have gotten you, but instead you insisted on me, the nurse. The answer I will give you: I am so sorry, I got here as fast as I could.
Why are there such long wait times around here? Well in a hospital is a patchwork of different departments, different units, different management systems, doctors, nurses, technicians, labs, and a pharmacy, all coming together to care for you: the patient. I know you are worried about you, but I am too, problem is, it is not only you. We will let you eat as soon as the results of your procedure come back.