Sunday, March 2, 2014
Writing the Nurse's Note
The nurse said I should use wording such as "The patient cursed" or "The patient was verbally abusive." I disagreed. These are generalizations and conclusions that are not for the nurse writer to make; rather, the reader is to reach the conclusions set up by the writer.
I hate reading "verbally abusive." That does not tell me what the patient did. It tells me how the nurse felt, which is not relevant. With the crowd I work with, it is very easy for them to feel abused by a sidewards glance, lack of enthusiasm to see them in the morning, not dropping everything and giving them your undivided attention.