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Make your intuition work for you

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Ever get a hunch about a patient’s condition but can’t put your finger on why you feel the way you do? Perhaps it’s the way a fellow nurse reacts to your proposal, or a strange feeling that your supervisor isn’t happy with your charting. Not everything can be worked out with a pros and cons list. Much of working with people is following your intuition.

And not only do our bodies have a powerful language all their own, they’ve also got quite a lot to say about what we should do in certain situations. You know how this is, especially when you have to make a judgment call in a life or death situation!

Want to learn to use your nursing intuition to your advantage in your career? Check out these work-related examples of times when your stomach might sour or your body tenses, and learn how to uncover your natural intuitive abilities just by listening to your body’s physical cues.

Hospital Gossip
Speaking Up in a Meeting
Choosing or Changing Your Specialty
Going to HR

First, dealing with hospital gossip…

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  1. I had a strong feeling one night approx 7 years ago in a small rural hospital on the med-surg unit . This patient was in for azotemia. He was hemodynamically stable and the only thing that was “out of sorts” was his cognition which goes with the territory.
    I went out on a limb and called his doc about 1am on this gut feeling that this patient was circling the drain. I anticipated a butt chewing because I had nothing on paper to go by.
    He was obviously very skeptical and just said if I started to see any clinical signs of deterioration to call back.
    So after that phone conversation, I continued to do 15 min checks because of this gut feeling. My co-worker was understanding how I was feeling and was hoping I was wrong but was starting to feel the same way. On my 45 min. check post phone call , I walked into the patients room to recheck v/s and see if I was missing something and I witnessed his “arrest”.
    Because I was in the room when it happened and proper ACLS algorihthyms, we saved this patient’s life that night. He went on to live a few more months and succumbed to liver failure. but not before he had the opportunity to say good bye to his family.
    And after that incident, I bonded very much with that doctor, and he believed and took serious every phone call I ever made to him in those dreaded early hours. This was one of those “remember when” ‘s !

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