In the health care field, we often refer to patients as “nurse-patient.” But what does that actually mean? What does it mean to be a patient? That’s a question I get asked often, and I recently had a patient who was a nurse-patient for five weeks. This patient was a woman who had an eating disorder and was in a hospital for a mental health evaluation, and she was still quite ill.
The person I see this patient as was the nurse who prescribed her medication. She was the one in charge of her care, and I think this nurse-patient relationship was important because she was able to listen to her patients, make sure they were taking their medication, and help them stay on the road to recovery. But I also think it was important because it provided her with a new, more-relaxed approach to caring for her patients.
I think if you’ve ever had a nurse tell you, “Your child has been having a really bad attitude lately, and you should be talking to your doctor about this,” you know how important it is to maintain a good balance between what you tell your doctor and what you tell your patients.
A lot of people are concerned about the effects of sedation on their patients. But I don’t know if the effects of sedation on your relationship with your doctor are as important as the effects on your relationship with your patient. Sometimes, a good patient will be more upset that you talk to your doctors about their child’s behavior than they will be that you talk to your doctor about your child’s behavior.
There are a lot of people out there who take care of their own children. If the parent is a bad parent, sometimes it is best to just take the child off the parent’s case. But it is possible for a good parent to be bad, too.
I know not everyone thinks this way, but the study that found that you were more likely to be arrested and incarcerated if you were a parent than if you weren’t a parent points in the same direction. I have a personal story to share. When I was a teenager my parents decided to move to Utah to be closer to my mother. I was happy to go along, but my parents were unhappy with my choice. I did what I thought was best for my family.
As a child I spent every day working on my homework. I loved it. I loved the feeling that I was doing something creative and important. But I was really unhappy about my parents’ move. I wanted to move back home. My mother was a single parent and living on her own. I wanted to be a part of her life.
My mother said I always wanted to be a part of her life, so I did what I thought was best. I moved back.
So I did what was best for me. I stayed in school. I did what I thought was best for me. And I went on to graduate and become the most amazing nurse I could have possibly imagined. I have been told many times that I am the most self-aware person I have ever known. I have been told that I have this incredible sense of empathy for other people. I have been told I have incredible depth in my life.
I believe that you can’t truly control how you feel, because feelings are not like a car or a boat or a plane, they are not fixed. They are fluid and can change over time. I recently read a great quote by Dan Pink, in which he said, “Feeling is not sensation.” This means that your feelings are not the reality of your feelings. They are not what is going through your mind. They are not the way you imagine them to be.