The July 7 episode of ‘HawthoRNe’ brought more examples of Christina Hawthorne, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, spending an unrealistic amount of time on direct patient care when compared to the average CNO. The fact that the show’s portrayal of an executive-level nurse doesn’t ring true, at least in this regard, is a big, fat con, but a pro is that the storylines are getting more interesting.
In one case, the left arm of a female patient was black with infection after a prior motorcycle accident. She had already undergone hyperbaric treatment without success and was taking antibiotics, thanks to faked urinary tract infections, to try and stay one step ahead of disaster. The ER attending physician immediately recommended amputation, despite the patient’s pleas to save her arm, to avoid bone infection and death.
Nurse Bobbie, who herself has a prosthetic leg, took patient advocacy to an extreme. She lied to get another physician involved, one who wouldn’t amputate immediately. When Dr. Wakefield, the chief of surgery, finds out, he brings Hawthorne up to speed and sternly reminds her and Bobbie that the patient’s life is at stake.
It shows strength of character that Hawthorne’s first inclination isn’t to stick up for one of her nurses, no questions asked. She tells Bobbie that only a patient can request a second opinion, and to be a solid advocate, she needed to give the patient some serious straight talk about getting used to life without an arm. "And if you’re not up to it," said Hawthorne, "I’ll find someone who is."
Meanwhile, new nurse Kelly is still feeling lost. On a search for supplies, she ends up in the hospital’s basement, eventually – yes – in the boiler room, where she discovers a wandering patient.
"I’ve been at this job for 2 months now, and I just seem to be getting worse," Kelly laments to the man. But she soon navigates both of them back into the cafeteria, and gracefully handles a mild lecture from nurse Candy. She may have been lost, but it seems like this nurse will find her footing in time.
How about you? Did you ever get hopelessly lost in the hospital during your early nursing days?
Read a recap of the previous episode here, and watch complete episodes here.