5. Being Polite Goes a Long Way

Polite Patient

When speaking with your nurse, keep in mind the good manners your parents taught you. The misery of being sick or recovering from surgery can tempt you to behave like a whiny, demanding child. The term “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” applies here. Being kind, polite, and respectful shows your nurse that you respect and value him or her. While you may expect professionals to provide good healthcare no matter the disposition of the patient, politeness goes a long way toward easing your hospital stay.

4. Be Concise

Keep It Simple

Your nurse doesn’t want to rush you when taking your history or determining your symptoms. However, the limited time allotted for each patient makes it helpful if you can be clear and concise when listing your concerns. To make the best use of your time, arrive at your appointments with a list of pertinent information to relay to the medical staff. Additionally, it can be helpful to have a list of questions you would like answered. Carrying a list of your current medications is beneficial if you are on several medicines or have difficulty remembering the names of your medications.

3. Nurses Are People Too

Stressed Nurse

When you are sick or uncomfortable, it can be easy to forget that your nurse is a living, breathing person. Just like you, nurses are human beings with worries, burdens, and problems of their own. Caring for others, whether it be in an office or in the chaos of an emergency department, can be stressful, tiring, and even heartbreaking. You should not have to suffer rudeness or disrespect. However, it may help to remember that your nurse could be experiencing a bad day too. A smile and a kind word may help raise your nurse’s spirits.

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