By Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser Latest Reply 2012-06-10 19:48:17 -0500
Started 2012-06-09 12:48:10 -0500

Never thought of it this way…

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-10 19:48:17 -0500 Report

When my hospital incarceration occured it was 5 weeks in Jan and Feb with several batches of eager new nursing students. The days 1 or 2 students were assigned to provide my care I was almost smothered in attention. They all were still under the watchful eye of seasoned professionals. So glad it wasn't during the July newbie rush.
Each were so eager do play wound care nurse I had to be very insistent that when my regular nurse was not working absolutely no wound care was to be preformed. I wished I had a recording to play for them saying "Please, go and reread my chart." I only hope they learned that the patient may just happen to know what is going on and to listen to what the patient has to say.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-10 18:05:29 -0500 Report

I worked at a teaching hospital and know that this is when all the new interns are turned loose to test their knowledge and the patients are their guinea pigs. Also involved are nurses and social workers, physical and occupational therapists.

I have had the misfortune of being in the hospital during this time period and I prayed for a miracle and was ready to run out wearing the hospital gown. First thing in the morning you wake up to a sea of faces of fresh faced interns who have not yet developed the art of listening. They will ask the same questions repeatedly. I told them you each have one question and if the question has been previously asked I will not answer so pay very close attention to the questions asked and my responses.

The staff doctors are just as bad. I was on the table waiting for my yearly exam when in walks the doctor and 12 interns. The doctor had the nerve to ask if they could observe. I said only if hell freezes over twice and we have a snowball fight. I told them to go have a cup of coffee or go over their notes until this is over.

This is also the best time for misdiagnosis, improper procedures, excessive ordering of test to occur because students are allowed to see some patients and report back to the attending physician who has to review all they do as well as see other patients. At all cost if possible go to the hospital September 1st when school starts again.

Type1Lou 2012-06-09 18:39:27 -0500 Report

Interesting article Tom! Thanks for sharing. I guess I'm lucky that my hospital stays weren't in July!

pixsidust 2012-06-09 14:43:55 -0500 Report

Thanks Tom. Having worked at a huge teaching hospital, the inexperienced also run multiple unnecessary tests just to be sure
when the hand of experience is good with one. You are billed for each one. Working there they would admit to each other when it was just a learning curve issue

re1ndeer 2012-06-09 13:19:32 -0500 Report

Good article. I just realized after reading that most of the "new doctors and nurses" just graduated from college. And they have to learn on somebody. But, I know I don't want it to be me (at least until they have a little more experience.).

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-09 13:18:57 -0500 Report

Wow, I'll have to make sure to remember that!! I never gave it any thought like you, but was lucky enough to only have 1 bad hospital event in the past, but in April.