AJN, American Journal of Nursing
December 2002, Volume 102 Number 12 , p 25 - 25
© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 102(12) December 2002 p 25 Inseparable: Bending the rules, preserving a vow. [FEATURES: Reflections]
Olbrych, Dawne De Voe MSN, RN, CNS
Dawne De Voe Olbrych is an instructor at the Ellis Hospital School of Nursing in Schenectady, NY.
Reflections is coordinated by Veneta Masson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I met the Krauses on a Wednesday about 9 pm after Mr. Kraus had been admitted to the cardiac ICU. He was elderly and balding, and he had pale blue eyes that looked tired and frightened. Its been a long night, huh? I asked as I adjusted the O 2 tubing and snapped on the cardiac monitor leads.
He nodded, and then spoke in heavily accented English, The pain in my chest was like a vise. It is better now. I am tired. He paused. My wife? She is afraid. I can see her soon?
Absolutely, I replied, and assessed his vitals before going to look for Ms. Kraus in the waiting room. She was slender and petite, with reddish blond hair. She and I talked as we walked the short distance from the waiting room to her husbands room.
My name is Dawne, I said. Im a registered nurse. After you leave, Ill take care of your husband until 11 pm, when the night staff comes on.
I will stay here. She tightened her grip on the straps of her purse.
You can stay while we get him settled, I said. He has no pain now. I explained his status to her. This monitor gives us a picture of his heart beating. A nurse watches it all the time. Ive listened to his heart, and his blood pressure is normal. He has oxygen in his nose and an iv for fluid. Our visiting hours are from 1 pm until 8 pm, but you can stay for a bit as we get him settled. ...