Other Thoughts on Hospitals
My post on a new hospital being built-in my neighbourhood got me in contact with some of you my precious blogger friends. Molly, a nurse from Maine has a blog called “Shallow Reflections” and she wrote:
This sounds like an intriguing design and I hope you do a follow-up on how things are going after it is open for a while. I have become very negative about hospitals in my career as a nurse, having seen basic care deteriorate over the years and prices soar. No other industry could get away with this. I have a hard time even visiting someone in the hospital and I worked in one for over 25 years. Guess I got my fill ofthe place!
Reading her comment I suddenly saw my past hospital experiences passing as a film in my mind. I am a nurse myself but after a few years, I realised that I couldn’t continue working in the wards. It became too stressful to meet the many needs of the patients while acute situations would appear suddenly day or night. This year it’s forty years ago that I made the change and prepared to study to become a health visitor. I loved that for many years until even that became too mentally hard for me and I retired.
The film in small glimpses
- Before I even trained to become a nurse I worked in a nursing home as a cleaner in my holiday. I witnessed helpless and stiff people being shuffled around in their beds and similar helpless people being spoon fed in a far too fast manner.
- At the children’s hospital where I had spent my first two months, I also trained as a nurse and worked before taking the education as a health visitor I witnessed that the infants got their bottles on their own drinking their milk held up by a rolled up blanket. The helpers could manage many babies at the same time and keep the pace of the feedings and have plenty of time for themselves in between eating, smoking and be drinking coffee.
- Training as a nurse the head nurse would be angry at me if I spent too much time talking to the patients.
- At the hospital near my home as a child, my dying father was treated well but many patients around him were in great needs. They seemed to lack family members to speak up for them.
I believe that a high standard of service for the patients depend on so many things. The ethics of the staff and a good leadership. Some staff members will always try to do the best for their patients but others will seek their own comfort. A good leader should see this and get rid of the bad employees.
A review from the old hospital where I trained to become a nurse in 1970s