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Nursing2015

October 2004, Volume 34 Number 10 , p 8 - 8 [FREE]

Author

  • MARYLOU FREUND LPN

Abstract

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(10)             October 2004             p 8 Back to basics [LETTERS]

FREUND, MARYLOU LPN

Morrisville, Pa.

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I was very interested in “RN Education: Readers Respond” (May 2004). Ironically, I received this issue the day after returning home from the hospital for surgery. During my recovery, I had severe back pain and received patient-controlled analgesia. The nurses asked me about pain every time they checked vital signs, but the pain persisted. Much later, a nurse suggested that a hot pack might ...

 

I was very interested in "RN Education: Readers Respond" (May 2004). Ironically, I received this issue the day after returning home from the hospital for surgery. During my recovery, I had severe back pain and received patient-controlled analgesia. The nurses asked me about pain every time they checked vital signs, but the pain persisted. Much later, a nurse suggested that a hot pack might help. It did, and I still thank her for her caring suggestion.

 

My point is this: Whatever level of training you have, please don't forget the basics in bedside nursing. A great nurse is created in these "small" things, not in the number of letters after her name.

 

-MARYLOU FREUND, LPN

 

Morrisville, Pa.

I was very interested in "RN Education: Readers Respond" (May 2004). Ironically, I received this issue the day after returning home from the hospital for surgery. During my recovery, I had severe back pain and received patient-controlled analgesia. The nurses asked me about pain every time they checked vital signs, but the pain persisted. Much later, a nurse suggested that a hot pack might help. It did, and I still thank her for her caring suggestion.

My point is this: Whatever level of training you have, please don't forget the basics in bedside nursing. A great nurse is created in these "small" things, not in the number of letters after her name.

-MARYLOU FREUND, LPN

Morrisville, Pa.