“Talk to the family, include the family,” the textbooks admonish us. But they don't tell us how. How direct can you be? What are the words you use when you talk to a family whose dreams have been smashed in an instant?
Nurses at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, tell us their solution in this month's Nursing Grand Rounds.
Sharon Ferrance Porter, RN, MSN, clinical nurse specialist, coordinated the Nursing Grand Rounds. Participants were: Primary Care Nurse Madeline Goldberg, LVN; Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Don Buck, CRC; Physical Therapist Steven Dickoff; Orthopedic Surgeon Tim Lowry, MD; Social Worker Margaret Mendez, all from Brackenridge; and Physiatrist Rodney Simonsen, MD, from Shoal Creek Hospital. The patient, Brian Keller, and his mother also participated.