I decided to write about my experience with one of our frequent flyers. This patient is not a fan favorite and behaviors are labile – ranging from sedated and practically comatose to threatening. The morning my observational coaching session was scheduled, I had the pleasure of being assigned to a pod in which this patient was placed. Instead of approaching him with the no nonsense ‘this is how it’s gonna be’ attitude (which we often have to take – establishing expectations and boundaries) I decided to inhale / exhale and clean the slate and do a kill’em with kindness approach.
Well, I can honestly say in the 5 years of caring for this patient I had my best experience with him. We engaged in pleasant conversation, laughed and established expectations and we were able to discharge him home without any
inappropriate threatening eruptions – all in all (I think ) a very successful clean the slate. So what I am going to do from here on out – no matter what my previous experiences were with our frequent flyers I am going to clean the slate and start off on a fresh tract erasing any preconceived notions / expectations based on our previous encounters or hearsay from my co-workers.
– As told by Candice, an Emergency Medicine Registered Nurse (RN)
- From Darkness to Hope
- Light Up the Sky and Change A World!
- “She didn’t change me but helped bring out my best self. They held up the mirror to show me my strengths and I saw my magnificence”
- “No matter what my previous experiences were, I am going to clean the slate and start off on a fresh tract”
- “With very little effort I was able to create a ‘change of world moment’”