Being on the opposite side of the bedside can be challenging.
When you go from being the caregiver to the one being cared for, how do you want to be treated? Better yet, how do you want to be spoken to?
It’s a real hot topic for many healthcare professionals, not just nurses. I’ve discovered over the course of my education that physicians have many of the same concerns.
When your physician needs to discuss your care, how do you want him or her to speak with you? Do you want him or her to spell everything out? Or can he or she talk to you as if you are colleagues? We all know that physicians speak to us very differently when in “work mode.”
When the physician assumes the wrong approach, it’s amazing the reactions you can get.
Those who are spoken to in “work mode” get offended that the physician might not be telling them everything. Those who choose to have everything spelled out for them get offended that the physician may be misjudging their education and knowledge level. Either way, we get offended!
If you were one of the offended, would you stop the physician and ask him or her to approach you differently? Or would you ride it out?
I think I’m a middle-of-the-road kind of nurse. I want things spelled out for me, but as they are being spelled out I think subconsciouslyÂ I’d be offended (it makes no sense, but that’s how my mind works).
I think we as healthcare professionalsÂ over-analyzeÂ the playing field when it comes to wearing the “patient” shoes. Going from being in control to being controlled makes us a tad uncomfortable.
I’m willing to admit to the control theory. I hate not being in control–especially when it comes to my health!!
What about you–would you prefer to be spoken to as a layman or a colleague?