Daily Prompt: Sin of Supposition


vintage nurseThe Golden Rules

In my nurse training I remember being introduced to  role modelling from mentorship with senior nurses with miles of experience. This modelling included examples that have stayed with me some 20 years later. The first rule of nursing I was told by my ward sister was “never assume anything.” The golden rule. “Don’t assume the nurse on the early shift has done all the dressings, she was busy and may have missed one patient through no fault just a busy ward. The observations have been done, go check, a patient may have not been at their bedside and the nurse in all good faith was going to go back to them later”. This golden rule will ensure a patient is well cared for. The second rule passed down to me was, that there is no such thing as “basic nursing care”. I learnt that a bed bath is not a task just to wash someone. A nurse on performing this personal care will also assess the patient holistically. For example, she’ll offer the patient a drink before they start and ask if they have had breakfast, first observation, assessing nutritional intake and swallow reflex. On preparing the bedside with the person’s toiletries a discussion on their usual routine, their choice of change of clothes, observation, patient choice, can they make decisions. Undressing the person, assessing their mobility and movements, skin condition, pressure areas, leg movement, speech, the list goes on. So as you can see there is nothing basic about care. My belief is that nurses were trained to be acute in their observations.


8 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Sin of Supposition

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  5. As a fellow nurse I couldn’t agree with you more!

  6. Great reɑd! Full support frrom me.

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