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Bed Number Ten Essays

Importance of Understanding, Compassion and Empathy in Patient Care

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Lying in a hospital bed feeling, sick, scared and helpless, the only comforting thought is supposed to be knowing that when you need something, a nurse is there to help you. You ring the call bell for assistance in going to the restroom and no one comes. You ring the bell again, and still no one comes. You ring it for the third time and a voice comes over the speaker, "I will be back in a few minutes, I have some things I have to finish up". You need to get out of bed right now, and you can’t do it alone. Now, on top of everything else, you’re feeling alone and frustrated. If someone doesn’t appear soon you will have to deal with embarrassment and shame. On top of being sick, look how many other things a patient may have to go through just…show more content…

The physician started immediately talking about a lumpectomy or a masectomy. He told her that the spots she had were just the right structure to be malignant. My mother came to my house crying, confused, and a total mess. Two days later she went to see a surgeon about having a biopsy done. This physician had an entirely different attitude. He proceeded to explain to her that these spots could be many things, that it didn’t necessarily mean cancer. He told her to have the biopsy, and they would discuss everything else after they found out for sure what they were. There was an instant change in my mother’s outlook. She was more positive about the whole thing, she wasn’t crying constantly, and she was the happy mom that I knew before she talked to the first physician. It turned out that both spots were benign. After all of that, my only thoughts were that the first physician should have had a little bit more consideration for my mother and thought of her more like a "human being" with feelings than just another diagnosis.

As a nursing student, we are taught from day one that we must show empathy and consideration towards our patients. In the book, "Bed Number Ten", there were many instances where the patient was put aside and qualities such as understanding and compassion did not exist. In this book, the patient’s name is Sue. She is suffering from a disease called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. This disease consumes the entire body. The only functioning part

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Running head: BED NUMBER TEN REFLECTIONThe novel Bed Number Ten was a glimpse of the sad reality the nursing field unfortunately consists. As I read through the pages about the shameless neglected care from a nurse, all my thoughts running through my mind were disturbed from the images I naturally imagined. From my different experiences as I Certified Nursing Assistant, I sadly encountered similar scenes that the character Sue had to go through, and after reading this book, it gave me a deeper perspective on how I can appropriately give care and be aware on how to adjust myself tovarious situations. In the nursing program, our instructors constantly emphasize the 5 C’s of Caring in order for us to naturally apply this to our nursing practice. It disturbs me so much to see nurses possibly treating their patients this way, because there are thousands of other job positions to choose from that does not involve patient interaction. As a nursing student, providingcare and learning to remember that you are the advocate of your patient under a sensitive state of their health is the reason why I continue to stay in this field. In this paper, I will compare and contrast the issues discusses in the book to another article I read related to communication on an ICU patient. The research article, Nurse and Patient Characteristics Associated with Duration of NurseTalking During Patient Encounters in ICU, that I read upon after reading the book was a study to

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