I know this is a crazy question, but I'm curious.

  1. Here's the question: If any one of you had just saved someone's life whatever the case may be, after it was all over would you sneak away quietly without anyone knowing, or would you take the credit? Believe it or not, I'm a pretty shy person, so after the danger was past I would probably disappear quietly. What would you folks do in the same situation? Like I said just curious... Warrior Woman.
  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   passing thru
    It depends on whether I'm likely to receive a big reward $$$$$$$, FAME, my ''' 15 MINUTES OF FAME""..... ACCOLADES, A MEDIA SHOT/INTERVIEW......





    ""Yeah, it's me baby, I'm the one who saved him !!!!""

  4. by   majrn
    Just like you warrior woman I would fade into the scenery. I am not about money or recognition for trying to do what any decent human being would do.
  5. by   RRMLPN
    Same here, would take great satisfaction in just knowing i helped. that's all the recognition i need.
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I don't really like to "toot my own horn" but it feels pretty good to hear good things from other people.
  7. by   P_RN
    I'm a shy one too. It's like a mitzvah.....do something just for the sake of doing it. Not for recognition.
  8. by   ptnurse
    I would just fade away too. The satisfaction of knowing that I did a good thing would be enough.
  9. by   alwaysthere
    Its my Job...
    Its always been what i *know* in my heart I should be doing...
    Why should I try to have any more recognition for doing what I love than the fact that I know I gave someone a second chance and they know someone out there gave them a second chance?
    I would fade away
  10. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    Last summer, I was going to work and came up on a lady having a seizure in her car.(Thank God she was able to put it in park) There was a couple there who wanted to help but were unsure of what to do. I had the lady call 911 while the man with her helped me get the car seat in a reclining position.

    As soon as the ambulance arrived and I told them what I had observed, I was outta there!

    Not quite saving someone's life. But when the family was asking the EMTs who had helped, of course they knew me from work.(small town...1 ambulance service) They gave them my first name and my work #. They sent me a lovely flower arrangement. Although I coulda KILLED the EMTs! lol

    I didn't want recognition for something that seems so basic to me......helping someone in need.
  11. by   nimbex
    Okay, here's a long one, sorry in advance.

    Neighbor pounded on the door "I think (bebe) is dead. I run over, sure as s****, warm, not cyanotic except for lips, I start one person CPR without protection., Surrounded by elderly folk, have 'em call 911.

    Now, understand, I'm an ICU RN. I have monitors, Iv's crash cart, respritory therapy, peers for back up..... now I'm alone.

    Have neighbor call 911, this village idiot demands to speak to me.... hell I'm the only one rescustating!!!!!, I shout into the phone, get an ACLS ambulance and other words, I can't type here.

    Well 911 operator thought I was the village idiot and sent the fire company!!! I identified myself as an ICU RN, was in my 16TH CYCLE, ALONE!!!!! They threw supplies at me, no IV's, no meds, just a (store defribrillator), well, she was in asystole... didn't help.
    The fire company called a ACLS ambulance, god love them, cycle 18, they showed up.

    saying "continue CPR".... well one man CPR, come cycle 18 is useless, I was exhausted, I even had to plead for them pararamedics to hold her head..... while I provided resue breaths

    long story short.... DOA.

    SHould she had survived, I would not want anything to do with this. I walked home next door and threw up from exhaustion.

    THe fire company and ems were worthless pieces of crap, DId the best I could, but felt I could have saved her, "if only.......''

    So While I don't have a success story for you, I know that every patient I see in the ICU that went down at home, and still has brain function is a pure miracle.

    And I am a very strong advocate for all nurses to cary protective devices, I chose to put myself at risk, in hopes of saving this woman, but how many of us will make the same choices, and how many will be prepared?

    Don't want the fame, just wish to be forgotten, when the next one goes down.
  12. by   cwazycwissyRN
    To be involved in "saving someones life" make me feel humble. I slink away. Maybe because someone once told me, if we take the credit for saving some ones life, we also have to take the credit for someone who dies.
    We go through the motions, do the best we can, but I feel the outcome is in someones hand that is far greater than I.
  13. by   betts
    INTEGRITY is doing the RIGHT thing even if no-one is watching.
  14. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Hubby and I watched a car wreck and flip before our very eyes a couple of winters ago.....hubby, afraid car would explode, went and pulled the girl from the wreck...me, afraid she did something to her neck had her come sit and I stablized her neck....ambulance and tow company show up, I turned over the reings and left.....I went through a period where I wanted to toot my own horn as passingthru said but found out that it really did nothing and it never really mattered in the end. Sometimes at work, I wish that the nurses in my unit (myself included) would get more recognition for our skills and quality nursing but in the end, it is the silent satisfaction that you did a good job and your patient either goes on to recover or passes in relative peace and all you get is a few quiet, unannounced words of praise from the doc or family......sometimes that is more than enough. I think I would rather just fade into the sunset as a warm memory rather than sit in the spot light. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.