Who will speak

As I sat in the emergency room last week, I became acutely aware that patients need an advocate, someone to stand up and say, “wait that’s just not right”.

  “I am the Lorax.  I speak for the trees.  I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues” (Dr Seuss, The Lorax).  Now patients have tongues, of this I don’t argue, but people don’t always understand all the lingo.

 Ok, I’m done talking in the Seussical rhyme.  However, it is true.  I sat for over an hour in a room where no one came to check on me, no one came to check my vital signs…no one came at all.  I eventually got up and left that very same hospital that I am employed by and went on to file a complaint.

 “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,  Nothing is going to get better.  It’s not” (Dr. Seuss, The Lorax). 

 Okay, so I wasn’t completely done with Seuss.  There is so much truth there though, if we don’t get involved in the system, it wont ever get better.  

Nurses, take time to see your patients, listen to them. 

* Doctors, your patients all have something to tell you, please listen to them. 

* Patients, don’t settle for mediocrity, stand up for yourselves and if you can’t hire an advocate.

 So, today I ask this question: Who will speak for the patients?

 

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2 thoughts on “Who will speak

  1. We have to advocate for ourselves and our patients/clients otherwise no one else will. They don’t know the lingo, you’re right. And thanks for stopping by my blog. Nurses need to keep on blogging!

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