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?