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'It’s time to tell the public that nurses are not maids'


I regularly find the attitude of patients is that I am there to do absolutely everything for them as they lie in bed 'getting better' and find myself telling patients that they will not 'get better' just by lying there, and whilst they have two good arms and legs they should use them. I don't think it comes across as rude, it is about making the patient aware that we are promoting their independence, not being nasty, and that if they truly need help they will receive it but that I am not prepared to bend to their every whim and hold the glass to their mouth as they drink because they are too lazy to do it themselves, and they think that is entirely what my job consists of.

Posted date

21 February, 2012

Posted time

7:06 pm