There are a lot of flaws/defects of public hospitals here in the Philippines. The ward is dirty and there are insects inside the rooms, the walls are very dirty with blood, dust on the floor with hair and small pieces of paper and plastics, then it is very hot inside, really! The patient’s belongings are, most of the time, messed up. Broken windows, door knob that is not functioning, inadequate bed, poor ventilation and many others- – these flaws should be corrected because having these would make the patients condition worse; this kind of environment would cause infection, disease, or may harm to others. Even if public hospitals are lacking in resources, they should maintain the environmental cleanliness. Where are the janitors? They are being paid just for nothing; they should maintain the cleanliness of the room.
In public hospitals, I notice that registered nurses and even trainees tamper the record of the patient, especially their vital signs. Look, it’s 10 AM in the morning but in the TPR Sheet, vital signs are plotted already until 2pm. This action is very unprofessional and doesn’t follow the hospital’s policy. What a shame. They write the interventions they have done on the nurse’s notes even they didn’t really accomplished that particular intervention/procedure. They do not practice the right way of giving medications and also they do not usually explain to the client what they are doing.
Most public hospital nurses do not treat the patient right.Look, the patient is sick and then you are going to shout or raise your voice!? What do you think the patient would feel? They don’t have the capacity to pay or let’s just say that they are poor but that doesn’t give you the right to disrespect your patient. Nurses are being paid by the government so they should comply with the hospital’s policy. Think, most patients have slow comprehension especially when it comes to medical issues so don’t assume that he/she will understand you fully as you explain; you should instill to his/her mind what you are talking about.
Nurses took their oath and they have vision and mission. They should follow what is right and if someone practices or do things wrong, be a model to him/her even he/she is your superior. I don’t care if you’re a doctor, head nurse, or what position you have in a particular institution or hospital, you SHOULD and you MUST do what is right!
As a student nurse, it really hurts me a lot when I see my patient in a dirty, hot, smelly room (poor ventilation), when I see her being shouted by the nurse, treating her unfairly, and seeing my patient’s chart being tampered. It hurts me every time I encounter nurses of our society doing the wrong ones and not what is right, when they do not comply with the hospital’s policy, and when they are just yelling and eating at the nurses station. It hurts me when they discriminate patients through their actions. Are these the knowledge and skills they’ve learned for the past 4 years of their life in school?
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