How does someone become a urology nurse
They do not prescribe medication and do not carry a scalpel. To this end, nurses look after the patients up close. Around the clock. They encourage courage, ensure our well-being, support us with personal hygiene, assist with treatment and yes, they also save lives. We gave nurses from all over Germany the opportunity to speak openly about wishes and annoyances. About what you as a patient should know, why TV series have so little to do with reality and how you, as a loved one, can help your loved ones get better soon.
You should know that
“Yes, you have to be afraid of getting an infection in the hospital. I advise everyone not to shake hands with anyone. Not even the senior physician. Most germs are transmitted through the hands. "
Sarah *, Munich, has been a nurse for ten years
"We sisters are obliged to remind the doctors again and again that the hospital stays are not too long."
Anja, Hamburg, ward manager in internal medicine
“Less staff, less time, more germs. Short changeover times are also important in the operating theater. A reasonable intermediate cleaning and, above all, waiting for the disinfectant to take effect is often neglected. You drive the next patient into the operating room, even though the floor is still wet. "
Thomas, Berlin, specialist nurse for anesthesia and intensive care medicine
“I try to treat everyone equally. But the saying is correct: as one screams into the forest, it echoes out. I try to be factual. But because of the heavy workload, one is sometimes irritable. Then the tone suffers. "
Jana *, Munich, in the profession for twelve years
Not pretty, but true
“In all honesty: if we can't get along with a patient, we talk about it in the nurses' room. It is clear that he is only treated as a matter of routine and that he can get rid of extra wishes. "
Gabriele, Berlin, ward nurse in cardiology
“I can't always say: It'll be fine, we'll fix it. We're not a car repair shop, we can't fix everything. "
Katrin, Lower Saxony, nurse in an outpatient clinic for cardiological emergencies
“To put it badly: A ventilated, artificially fed patient is a good patient. It's quiet and hardly does any work. "
Monika *, Munich, has been working in the intensive care unit for nine years
“We laugh a lot, sometimes we also make fun of patients. Of course, behind the closed door in the nurses' room. Sometimes that has something of self-defense: This is the only way to survive difficult times and crazy patients. "
This is how you ensure good care
“Please always be honest with us. That can be vital when it comes to your health! "
Larissa, Hamburg, has been a nurse for ten years
“Please take the courage and speak out about your fears. Only then can we really help you and respond to you properly. "
Andrea, Hamburg, nurse on a palliative care unit
“Patients should ask about pain medication as early as possible. On a pain scale from one to ten, this means: At four you press the bell, otherwise we will not be able to control the pain so easily. "Klaus,
Berlin, station manager in urology
"If you have weak nerves and easily fall over when you take a blood sample: Please tell me beforehand. Then we'll do it lying down. "
Stefanie, Hamburg, nurse in a rehab station
“If you are a little shy, it's best to find a nurse you trust and tell her if something doesn't suit you. Always be kind, but stand up for your rights when you feel badly treated. Don't let yourself be put down to anything. In an emergency, change the clinic. "
What we can't stand
"There are patients who mistake the hospital for a five-star hotel."
“It annoys me immensely when the patients say: Sister, I haven't had a bowel movement for three days. For a lifetime they eat too little fiber, swallow laxatives and destroy their intestines. And in the hospital they make a fuss because there is no bowel movement. Of course we give them something when it's necessary. But you really don't have to make such a drama out of it. "
“You can't believe how often patients complain about the food. I can not help it. I'm a nurse, not a cook. "
"You get used to everything. Disgust is part of it. Those who have a heart attack often have no control over their excretions. I don't blame anyone for this. I find it worse when someone comes for an examination unwashed, with unbrushed teeth and in dirty laundry. "
"I don't like patients who come in, be cocky and say, 'I'm private". "
Katrin, Lower Saxony
What makes us happy
“When I get an echo of how my work was, that you felt comfortable with us. By the way: personal words are often even more beautiful than small gifts. "
"I am happy when patients honor our work and sometimes thank them with a letter or a card."
“When I go to a party and tell them I work in the intensive care unit, people are curious and full of admiration. 'I could never do that,' they often say. "
Which really annoys us
“In all honesty, I'm not at all satisfied with my salary in relation to the workload and the strenuous night, shift and weekend shifts. What we deserve is not appropriate for the tough job. "
"For me, the peak of unkindness is reached when someone tells me in the face that they will only take instructions from the doctor."
“The fact that patients simply do not want to take responsibility for their own health annoys me very much. Heart diseases, as we see them in cardiology, often come from an unhealthy lifestyle. And then these people lie with us and complain that nobody cares about them, nobody does anything for them. "
Where we push the limits
“The more basic care the patient needs, the more money the clinic gets. So we nurses are encouraged by the nursing service to classify patients accordingly. If the patient is bedridden, but still able to wash himself after a stroke, for example, the cross is still made with the whole body washing. "
Hanna *, Berlin, nurse in a department for internal medicine
“You can't say that out loud: We don't skimp on painkillers for seriously ill patients whose end is imminent. We'd rather take a really high dose than let them die in excruciating pain. For me, a bearable end is in the foreground. I owe that to the patient as a person. "
The truth about doctors
“We often miss anesthetists in the operating room. Independent anesthetists are then temporarily hired. For some, as a nursing staff, you have to take over the supervision because they don't know their way around - or you get the impression that they lack the qualifications. "
“I would much rather be a sister than a doctor. They have a huge responsibility and at the same time they are so pressed for time that they only have a few minutes a day for the patient. We work more holistically, closer to people. "
“We nurses are more routine than some doctors when it comes to medical procedures. I would always rather have a nurse draw my blood before I let a doctor practice on me. "
Gertrud, Berlin, in the profession for more than 40 years
What we want
“My husband is a carer, I'm pregnant right now. We got to know each other on the job. If we both work shifts in the future, we will not be able to look after our child. The early shift starts at 6 p.m. and the late shift ends at 9 p.m. No crèche and no kindergarten are open that long. What is so difficult about setting up services from eight o'clock? "
Corina, Munich, in the profession for 15 years
“Make sure you take responsibility for your body, for your healing. We do everything for you, but it is even more important that you do everything for yourself. "
"Whining is okay, you are sick and therefore with us. But not all the time, please - how else am I supposed to know when you are really bad? "
"Because I am helping you with the care, that doesn't mean that you can touch me."
Susanne *, Stuttgart, sister in neurology
"Please don't use your name on me. Those days are long gone. It's just a matter of respect. "
Katrin, Lower Saxony
Good advice to loved ones
“When five or six family members come to visit, surround the patients for hours and then bring a picnic basket with odor-intensive 'delicacies' - I get too much. Dear relatives, a clinic is not a place for a day trip!
Kerstin, Berlin, sister in a clinic for obstetrics
“Relatives are the patient's advocates. Do not underestimate how important you as a visitor are not only for the patient, but also for the nurses and doctors. "
“I find relatives who constantly doubt our competence angry. Many call the ward room several times a day and criticize the care. We really do our best, but with your annoyance you are robbing us of the time to do it. "
Like in the movie? Oh no!
"Hospital series on television are outrageous and far removed from reality."
“All doctor series have little to do with reality. We never have endless time to chat, we don't blaspheme so much, and jokes or even everyone with everyone, we don't have that. "
Katrin, Lower Saxony
* Name changed by the editor
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