Friday, June 11, 2010

Nurses your best bet if hospitalized


Every time I have been hospitalized, the nurses were the saving grace. Oh, sure, we have run into a few Rachits, but usually they at least know who you are, answer questions, speak to you in English, and eventually come when you call.

In our local paper, the Arizona Republic, William Hermann interviewed Marilynn Blankenship a nurse at Baywood Banner Hosp since 1984.

Some tidbits:

Blankenship's first job 43 years ago was in Maine. Thirty-five beds. To give people their meds, she would walk over to a duck pond where the patients sat out in lawn chairs.

Now, she says, it’s more diverse, more languages involved.

Most patients are on meds—40 yrs ago, no.

Nurses now are more empowered to interact with doctors (I remember my dad having a fit when a nurse dared say anything.) Nurses no longer have to stand when a doctor approaches the nurses station.

Banner is very good about advancement, she says. There are leadership classes galore.

Training of nurses is now more complex, too. But nurses had more clinical training in the past. Now they come to the hospital with more book learning and must be watched over by older nurses for at least six months.

Computer learning also takes a lot of continuing education.

I remember my Cherry Ames books. Makes me nostalgic. Then I never became a nurse or doctor. Go know.

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