Question from a nurse
Hello all. I am an ICU nurse that is taking care of a deaf patient for my shift. I wanted to ask a few questions from you guys (and gals). I had an interpreter for the first few hours but they go home at night. First, is it considered rude to talk to another person in the room as my patient can not hear what we are talking about? I think of myself, I would think it is rude if someone talks about me instead of to me if I was standing right there. Second, I showed the patient how he can call me if I am not there (and told the person answering the call button to just call my phone if his room goes off). I have a bunch of sheets of paper to write messages to him and I turned the closed captioning on the TV. I learned a few simple sign language gestures from online. Is there anything else that can make his stay more comfortable? Has anyone been in a hospital and been scared or annoyed by something that happened (I would rather learn from someone else's expierences). Thank you for any feedback!
Matt Cohen, RN