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As an RN for more than 50 years I have seen a lot of approaches come and go. One thing is for sure: Today’s patients do not have a primary care provider. Physicians take 15 minutes to discuss problems with patients. If RNs aren’t trained to pick up on missed symptoms and given the time and resources to initiate the nursing process and develop trusting relationships with clients, healthcare in this country is in real trouble.

There is so much incorrect information out there. People erroneously feel they are getting answers online when they have been skimmed over by healthcare providers. I had to literally drag my mom’s physician into her room to view symptoms I was reporting and to force an evaluation of over-medication.

— Gail Odahowski, RN
Chicago

By | 2014-08-11T00:00:00-04:00 August 11th, 2014|Categories: Nurses stories, Your Stories|0 Comments

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