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When the Patient is a Nurse

Posted by Lucille on January 24, 2016 at 10:20 PM

A surprising number of the patients and families I've worked with have been clinicians themselves. It's a special experience to work with them because I can tell they see themselves in me, and they invite me to step outside the role of therapeutic presence and share a bit about my own experience.

I got to watch a dressing change of one such patient last week. I prepared myself to keep my face neutral as the dressing was removed. After the clean dressing was in place, the patient looked up and said, "I know that's probably the biggest wound you've seen by a lot, so tell me honestly. What did you think?"

I grinned. "Honestly, it looks fantastic. There was blood but no pus or discharge, no odor, lots of bright red granulation tissue, and fresh scar tissue that tells me it's a lot smaller now than it was before. You're healing great!"

She grinned back at me and said, "Now that's a nursing answer if ever I heard one," and her whole family offered me high-fives.

I left the floor glowing.

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