Dipex is a site that gives you a unique look into the world of nursing. The posts are narrated by myself, Nurse Megan, a former Registered General Nurse (RGN) with over 15 years of varied experience in nursing.
On each topic there is a little information about the medical conditions and the signs and symptoms of the disease. More than that, I hope to bring a little glimpse of the more humanitarian aspects of nursing and highlight each case study by an example of a patient, whose story and experience touched me deeply.
Nurses have received a lot of bad press over recent years. We have all read about, and some of us even experienced, substandard care and patients left neglected, in pain and frightened at the most vulnerable of times. All nurses are taught that patients should be treated with respect and dignity.
However, there are many daily examples of outstanding nurses and nurse practice. The press never write about the nurse who stays an extra 15 minutes every shift to hold the hand of a scared, confused old lady or listen to a student’s worries and fears, or the experienced night nurse who gently guides the new junior doctor into writing the correct prescription or ordering the correct procedure.
Furthermore, the pressures of the job, the working hours, economic issues and lifestyle involved with nursing has led to an increased rate of anxiety and depression issues amongst nursing staff. Indeed there is a specific term ‘nursing stress disorder’ that includes mental health symptoms associated with the 6 main anxiety disorders such as anxiety attacks.
There are many exemplary nurses who endlessly show kindness, understanding and compassion towards all their patients, even in the most adverse of conditions.
Posts on Nursing Topics
- Nursing the Charts
- The Difficult Doctor
- Nursing the Angry and Overly Demanding Patient
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Iris
- Nursing the Manipulative Patient
- Watch Your Back
- Palliative Care Nursing
History of the Site
Long ago in 2001 and 2002, DIPEx stood for: Database of Individual Patient Experiences. The old dipex.org website had some information about hypertension, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, it was all in flash format and was lost. Then in 2004 the site was redone, and was still about listening to recordings of patients talking about their experiences with various diseases. During that past, healthtalk.org was also DIPEx, and they are a UK charity, and also they are a member of a worldwide organization dipexinternational.org who research and publish individual’s experiences of various diseases and health related conditions. This website “dipex.org” is not associated with healthtalk.org or dipexinternational.org .
Through the years of my life, talking with my wife about nursing, I hear the good and the bad. Not everything is good about a career in nursing. I hope nurse Megan will write about some of the difficulties. Lots of things come to mind.
- Some doctors are obnoxious. Some doctors are dumb. Some doctors are inattentive to their patients and admit them to hospital, but then do very little. This makes things very hard for nurses, and ultimately, patients.
- Some patients are obnoxious. Some patients are dumb. Use your imagination or take a look at Nurse Megan’s top tips on dealing with angry, overly demanding or the manipulative patient.
- Some patients have obnoxious and dumb family members. It’s particularly galling when rude family members get loud, angry, threatening, physically intimidating, writing complaint letters, and so on.
- Some hospital administrators are obnoxious and some are dumb. This situation is all too common. People get promoted to their level of incompetence and can go no higher. Hospital policy is sometimes stupid and inexplicable. Sometimes it’s wasting tons of money, wasting the effort of nurses, demoralizing. I hope nurse Megan can write about that.
- Data-entry. I think nursing has been changed by computers and paperwork. “Charting” is an activity nurses do, A LOT. It’s putting data into computers and into the paper patient’s chart, which is a binder of papers about the patient and their lab test results. Gradually, nursing charting has become like checkboxes for a multiple choice question, over and over and over. This may be fine for the slightly OCD amongst you but the length of these data-entry tasks has gotten longer and longer over the years, and now so much useless data is being collected, that nobody actually looks at. Nurses are doing all that data-entry. This is dis-heartening, isn’t it? A job that should be about directly being close to patients, has turned into a job of being away from patients, close to computers and paper forms, to get burdomsome data-entry done. Nurse Megan examines this issue in her Nursing the Chart post.
I want to thank Dr. Halls for giving me the space to post my writings about diabetes. I was a diabetes teaching nurse in Iceland for 10 years. Some of my pages about diabetes have links to sell things, which of course it totally up to you to do or not, but I just wanted to mention, that Dr. Halls hasn’t reviewed these. He doesn’t get any benefit or give any endorsement, he’s just helping me out by hosting the website content for me.