I am a Nurse for 4 years and working as a Nurse is not an easy task. Every day in the unit seems like a battle ground---dealing with patient's illnesses as well as their out-of-the-world demands that don't fit in your job description. Things like: busted lights, television that doesn't work, lappies that can't connect to WiFi, parking tickets and how to validate them, specific food your patient wants to order for dinner, blah, blah, blah… TALK ABOUT MULTITASKING!
AND sometimes, that extra service is what they would complain about not the work you do as a Nurse---> Assess the condition of the patient, Give medication right on time, Carry out the Doctor's order for the patient, Refer health problems and status of the patient to the Physician blah, blah, blah... But what can we do? The customer is always right…RIGHT?! =D
And being a Nurse means we are the frontliners of the healthcare profession because we are the ones who are constantly dealing with the patients and their family.
On the lighter note, I would like to share some of the Medical Malapropism committed not only by Nurses but other healthcare professionals. These are actually seen on patient's chart but I will assure you, no patient was harmed during the writing of these medical malapropisms.
During a very busy, toxic duty, these are what we need to lighten the mood. JUST FOR LAUGHS! =p
"Medical Malapropism is the usually unintentional humorous misuse or distortion of a medical term or phrase; especially: the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context."
INTRATHECAL METHOTREXATE UNDER SEDUCTION-seducing the patient or the doctor? haha! Should have been: INDUCTION.
BOTH LEGS ARE SWALLOWING (swollen, she means…)
THE PATIENT HAS PAIN IN THE RIGHT FOOT, BILATERALLY (???)
PULSE EQUAL AND REACTIVE TO LIGHT
THE PATIENT IS STATUS POST 7 MONTHS OF KNIFE WOUND ACCIDENTALLY SELF-INFLICTED TO THE LEFT HAND.
THE INFANT WAS THEN TURNED OVER TO THE ANESTHESIOLOGIST, AS WELL AS THE NURSE.
"OLD TIMER'S DISEASE" (ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE) makes sense right? =)
In love with GANCICLOVER (antiviral medication spelled as ganciclovir)
And what about this?
IMMUNITY CENTER (was thinking of AMENITY CENTER) was dedicated too much on her work, eh?
DO YOU HAVE A MEDICAL MALAPROPISM TO SHARE? ANYWAY, LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE. =)