You just happen to walk by a room and see an elderly patient teetering and ready to say hello to the floor. You swoop up. steady them and avert a fall.
You notice a very slight flush on your patient’s face. By instinct, you stop the transfusion and check vital signs. Sure enough, she is just about to become symptomatic.
One night shift, your oncology patient, who has almost no platelets, gets a visit from her husband. Somehow you have a hunch that they plan to have sex. You gently explain her condition and why they need to wait. His thankful response for you telling them, in time, makes her love him even more.
You spend your lunch break visiting with a depressed patient. For him, having a chance to talk and be heard infuses new hope into him. You return to work feeling infinitely happier than if you had eaten a meal.
Your combative dementia patient becomes calm and engaging when you play her era music for her. You then are able to successfully feed her and administer her meds as well.
Your DNR patient begins his trip to the other side – and suddenly the family makes him a DE patient (Do Everything!) You ask them if they are sure – explaining reality and making sure they can handle it. They snap back to their senses, and they decide to honor the patient’s wishes.
Through it all – vomit and diarrhea on your shoes, having to keep calling other departments and doctors, having to take yet another interruption (with a still-full bladder), IV’s that blow, specimens that get flushed, getting two admissions at once, and all the rest – you rock.
What does it feel like to be a superhero nurse? You may not think that way about it – but consider that by your actions above, you prevented: a hip fracture, a potentially life-threatening transfusion reaction, hemorrhage with heartbreak, suicide, starvation and dehydration, and certain torture.
Now, what do you say? Put on that cape, superhero nurse! You deserve it!
BTW – this cape can actually be found for sale on Etsy!
Here is something cool to stick on your mirror or car window: SUPER HERO NURSE RN Registered Nurse 4.5″ (color: WHITE) Vinyl Decal Window Sticker for Cars, Trucks, Windows, Walls, Laptops, and other stuff.