|A Day in the Life of a Male Nurse By Egbere Onyeka Barnabas by Peter(m): Sat Nov 2021 01:03am|
Being a male nurse doesn’t come without its stigma, but I’m here to say proudly that there are more benefits to being a male nurse than drawbacks. This is a look into my job and my life.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MALE NURSE
It’s 6:00 on a Thursday evening and the alarm on my phone wakes me up from a deep sleep. I completed my wake-up ritual; put the coffee on, take a shower, have some “breakfast” and away I go. I arrive to the hospital and report to my third night shift to end this weeks 3/3 nights. After receiving the report, I begin to think about which patient I must attend to first. As a nurse with seven patients, I’ll more than likely be having my hands full.
I proceed to enter my patient’s room, and begin my initial survey; “Room looks clean, patient is not in distress, patient is well groomed, and sitting up in the bed with family at bedside eating their dinner.”
With a quick knock on the door, I slowly push the door open and look in. The patient hurries to sit up and says to the family, “Lets clean up, the doctor wants to come in.”
“No ma’am, my name is Eric and I’ll be your nurse tonight. How have you been feeling since your surgery?”
“Oh, I thought you were going to be my new doctor, I seen so many doctors since I have been in the hospital.”
I continue with my nursing assessment, gather vitals and then quickly step out of the room to chart; now onto patient number 2, I think to myself, grab my sheet used to take notes on during report to prepare myself with this patient’s history. Again, with a quick knock on the door, I present myself. The patient is laying in bed in bed talking on the phone as I enter and can hear: “Oh dear, sorry I have to hang up the phone, the doctor is here and he has to talk to me, I’ll call you right back. So doctor will I be having my surgery tonight?”
“I’m sorry ma’am but my name is Eric and I'll be your nurse for tonight.”
The remainder of the shift continued to be smooth, which is a rarity. Nightly medications were given.
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