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If someone is saying you are not listening, be more interactive. You say you use words and head movements, but are they the right kind? Bring her into your thought process. If she is new, then she can benefit from your wisdom and experience. Let me know if I am missing the point. When getting report I ask questions right in the middle of it after they say something. Make report a conversation. If they mention pain meds, ask when was the last one given and if it works for the patient. If they say in the history sleep apnea – ask did respiratory see the patient to get a CPAP set up for the night yet. If they say history of seizures, ask if the doc ordered their home meds and if seizure precautions were implemented in the room. If they mention a person falling and being found later on with a fracture – ask about urine output – some people dont think about rhabdo right away and might miss it. When someone has a fracture in general – ask about neurovasculars for the baseline. Ask stuff right away and they will know you are listening because you are engaging them. Plus, if they say they dont know, this is a good teaching moment for stating policy and reasons for implementing things. Turn the question around so that they dont take offense to it. Instead of why didnt you get equipment XYZ, ask do you think equipment XYZ would benefit the patient. I assume you are experience and know how to “nursetalk” like the example I gave above.

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