The nurse who broke protocol~

Because I am a nurse as well as an urban gardener, I want – no, I need to reblog this.

Back Porch Sheep

And here you will read the true story of a nurse who broke protocol.

I held the bloody hand of an HIV+ patient without gloving.

About three weeks ago.

I was walking down the hallway when I heard yelling.  I hear that a lot, I work in behavioral health.  So I checked what was happening and saw the patient with blood on her clothing and on her hands and I knew she was HIV+ and I didn’t know the source of the blood.  I approached her anyway and got her to sit down with me and then I took her hand.  And none of this happened because I’m a hero nor did it happen because I’m stupid or because I don’t know about precautions.  It happened because I’m a nurse.

Just like the times I’ve peeled off my glove to do a difficult IV start so I could get a…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

    Oct 16, 2014 @ 14:17:02

    Thank you for sharing this and yes, our prayers go out to the people who are suffering and dieing of ebola as well as the caregivers who are exposing themselves. See you tomorrow. Hugs, Karen

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