This is so interesting. I'm going to Pay It Forward to you....
I had a patient the other night in TOM unit and he was the most kind PATIENT I have ever met...I mean he was really sincere about all of the things he had said to me.
Just when I thought the shift couldn't get any worse I walked into his room and he said, "Your name is Melissa, right?"
Perplexed I said, "Yes it is." (with a big smile on my face because I had only 1 1/2 hours left in my shift and now he's asking my name?)
"Good!," He said, "I told my wife just now on the phone that I wanted to write a letter to the administration about you." (my heart sank, what did I do now?) "I've been here for four days and you have been the most kind and informative nurse I have had so far. I just wanted to say thank you."
Then he said something I should have kept in mind these last couple of days, "My dad use to say to me 'Don't say anything unless you have something nice to say.' To me that always had a negative meaning. (He's right I think most of us feel that way) But now I think 'If I have something nice to say I should SAY it!'
So I do. Thank you, Melissa."
That lovely man nearly had me in tears. I think its something we should all think about, including myself. (Man, this would be a good story to send to the Chiken Soup for Nurses people!)
Thank you Brian for putting things into perspective for us.
Thank you all Administrators for backing him up.
Thank you Allnurses.com members for being who each and every one of you are.
my Allnurses family!
PAY IT FORWARD......