Hello, everyone! I welcome you to the third episode of Doctor-Patient Palaver. Today, let’s nail a brief point on the hospital, its staff, and the patients. To many, the ‘hospital’ is never a place of attraction, and the sight and smell, utterly appalling. That’s pretty understandable. Notwithstanding, there are those whose daily survival depends on what the hospital or health institution has to offer, the patients, the doctors, the nurses, hospital attendants, laboratory workers, hospital gate men and even the security men all fall in this group. On another horizon, if the hospital must run effectively, there must be frictionless relationship between the staff of the hospital and its clients—the patients, who are a major reason for the hospital’s existence in the first place. DPP comes into play because of the dilapidating relationship between a hospital staff and his/her client. In Nigeria, commonly in the private and secondary health facilities, a patient’s mental description of a nurse is, that Aunty/Sister in white uniform who knows nothing other than disrespecting and raising bawl at her patient, well, don’t let’s forget there are male nurses around also. While on the other hand, the generally perceived mind-set of a nurse about her client may have been exaggerated, even though there are frequent cases of patient’s relatives not only verbally but also physically abusing nurses trying to care for their patients.
Kate Ibadin, a nurse from Edo state, Nigeria, shared her experience with me…
Few years ago, during the course of my training, I came in contact with a very aggressive patient. The patient had thyroidectomy done on her, and as a student nurse I was instructed to empty the drainage bag that was connected to the operation site for accumulation of pus and fluid. On attending to this patient, she was so aggressive and rained insults on me for no reason in the presence of her relatives and other patients, I felt so embarrassed and bitter to the extent that I thought of leaving the drain unemptied but my dedication to my job didn’t allow me.
Kate is a nurse by profession, from Edo state.
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Perhaps, some patients and their relatives show aggression because of the fear for the worse… physical, emotional, and financial exhaustion? Or death?
My take home question is, if—as nurses—my colleagues and I choose to carry out our duties irresponsibly because we think we would always get harassment in return from our patients and their relatives, then where have we hidden our Nightingale’s pledge?
On the next episode, Dr Niyi Marcus shares a ‘passionate’ experience with his patient. Do have a lovely new week.
I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly to pass my life in purity and to practise my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I aid the physician in his work, and as a missioner of health, I will dedicate myself to devoted service for human welfare