Did you see this tweet from @WeCYPnurses yesterday morning?
I did and I have to admit my heart sank. I’m not a children’s nurse but I am a mum of 3 and one can only imagine how scared that poor little guy is! This tweet made me stop and think though, , it made me think about on my own practice. Hospital is a scary place and sometimes it becomes so “everyday” to us that we forget that. People are often unsure, nervous and even frightened .. whatever their age.
I hope that this photo is a staged shot but even so it tells a story – a story of a situation that escalated into something much more than it should have been. With a little patience, compassion, and reflection those health care professionals could have done this much better. There are times when we could all do better, and through discussion, reflection and courage we can share and learn and improve. Each one of those people in that room looks well intentioned – but it takes a reflective observer to see that their good intentions just aren’t working. Sometimes I think we need to stop, look around and say to ourselves “can I do this a better way?”
This tweet is definitely the tweet that inspired me the most today – not because of what it says or shows but because it made me, and others, take time out to reflect on our practice and what we would do. There was some really wonderful conversation that followed this tweet – and if you want to read it it’s HERE.
Thank you very much @WeCYPnurses – a thought provoking way to start the day.