Friday, 25 May 2012

Lyrics with meaning


All they know
Is when we fight
They never see us in the loving times
What do they know
They don't know
A thing

And they don't know
How laughter flies
Only the stories
Most of which are lies
What do they know
They don't know
A thing

How can you understand
A love so strong
When you never shared that with someone
And when all the lies are dead and gone
We'll still be here
We'll prove them wrong

Cause they don't feel
Your touch at night
The way your head falls in the morning light
What do they know
They don't know
A thing

How can you understand
A love so strong
When you never shared that with someone
And when all the lies are dead and gone
We'll still be here
We'll prove them wrong
Cause all they know is how to criticize
They'll never take a chance in their own lives
What do they know
They dont know
A thing
And all I know
Is they don't know a thing

Westlife - what do they know
what do they know by westlife, i think sometimes may sum up the Hospital / public relationship, especially the hospital media relationship. and the same could be said for most other jobs out there. unless you are actually a nurse, you properly have limited knowledge of what we actually do. and even then, even in between different departments and specialities the role of a nurse changes significantly. the press like to paint the the picture of lazy nurses, who sit around and do nothing and do not want to talk / feed / wash patients, and i can tell you, this is further than the truth you can imagine and let me tell you, i sit down for about 1 hour per 14 hr shift... this hour is also known as break time.  
i can only speak for time on PICU as I've never actually worked else where, expect as a student, but 99% of the time we are run of our feet, and don't physically stop, we are constantly thinking about everything and caring for the patient. now if you think i look after 1 patient which consumes all my time as they are so ill they need someone there continuously. then its hard to imagine how a nurse looks after 4 - 5 patients per shift on the wards, for example, it may take 15mins per iv and 10 Min's per lot of oral drugs depending on what they are. and say the patients are on these 4 hourly. that's 25 Min's per patient. or just under two hours, ie half the amount of time, now add in observations, dressing changes, suction and everything else a nurse does.. where exactly do we have time to 'sit and do nothing'? we are nurses, honestly want to do everything possible for th patients including have those chats but sometimes time is against us.

rarely do the press write about when things have gone right in the nhs, and hardly ever pass comment on the positive aspects and outcomes nursing have on the patients conditions. they never see the good side. just always focus's on the bad, yes things some times go wrong but we do everything we can to prevent this from happening. but the media like to focus on this, ie ' they only see us when we fight [going wrong] and never in the loving times [going right].

the other key line too this song is. 'We'll still be here We'll prove them wrong' - by which we always carry on, regardless of what happens, we keep coming in and carrying on doing what we do, well prove to everyone hat we are good and we will keep on, why? because we want what is best for the patient and their family's. because after all, they are always the most important people on the unit.

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