Friday, June 2, 2017

Reader Letter: Nurses are not to blame

I worked as a staff registered nurse for 42 years in a general hospital. After reading Evelyn Shreve’s letter about the fact families must care for patients, I felt for all the hard-working nurses she was condemning.
So many nurses go home exhausted after working eight- or 12-hour shifts, sometimes missing breaks or lunch to give continuing care.
Yes, nurses do use computers. This is the mandated new way of charting. Yes, patients sometimes do need the assistance of the family because, over the years, nurses have lost the help of orderlies, IV nurses and supervisors.
The condition of patients over the years has required more care since the less ill are sent home for home care as the number of RNs decreases.
I have worked with many dedicated and caring nurses.
Kathy Suchiu, Belle River

Published on: May 28, 2017 | Last Updated: May 31, 2017 2:41 PM EDT