Dr. Oz Nurses’ Secrets: Nurse tell their 5 biggest health secrets revealed; Nurses tell us what to do for itching, burns and hangovers with their secret at home remedies. In this segment Today on Dr. Oz nurses from around the country share their secret remedies for common ailments. You can be the health expert at home with these five easy treatments for treating common conditions. So ask a nurse and learn a secret!
Dr. Oz said that if thou think doctor’s have all the answers, well think again. Many times they don’t, it is the nurses that just might have the answers your looking for that could save your life.
At the New York Presbyterian Hospital there are 4600 hard working nurses and today part of the studio audience was nurses who said nurses are the forefront of patient care, they are with the patient all day so they know what the patient needs and wants. Nurses are you primary caregiver, not your doctors, they monitor you 24/7 minute to minute and provide you counselling, coaching and whatever is the needs of the patient. Without nurses, doctors wouldn’t really know what was going on with you.
Nurse Donna Cardillo says if you want the best care while in the hospital, the number one rule you have to follow ” We know that the fewer patients a nurse has to take care of, the better the outcomes and fewer complications for that patient. In an ideal setting, a nurse had 5 or 6 patients to care for in a regular medical surgical unit would be great. In a critical care unit it would be 1 nurse for 1 -2 patients. But the hospital has to take into consideration how sick those patients are and the experience level of the nurse. The more qualified nurses’ at the bedside the better it is for the patient.”
Secret #2 – Nurse Nate Barkley Patients never tell the whole truth – “We know that people don’t always tell the whole truth.” When someone says ‘I have a couple of drinks a night’ we hear: “I drink twice as much as I told you” – ‘I smoke a couple of cigarettes a day’ – “We hear: I smoke a pack a day.” ‘I exercise a couple of times a week’ We hear: “I rarely exercise.”
Tell the truth for best possible care a nurse can give you, they are not judging they just need the whole truth. Let your doctor and nurses know all the medications you take along with all the supplements no matter what. Just carry a simple list in your wallet so you will have it all times.
Holy Rae Stone: The third nurses’ secret to saving your life is “When a nurse says you should consider getting a second opinion it’s really a code. Through years of nursing she has seen nurses suggest to patients to get a second opinion because they have been concerned with what the doctor suggests for the plan of care. When a patient says I don’t understand what the doctor wants me to do, or I am not so sure that’s the right treatment, it’s my job to be their advocate and that could include getting a second opinion so that they can be sure they are doing the right thing for themselves. I can’t be worried if I am going to bruise the doctors ego, I have to do what is right for the patient.”
Dr. Oz said there are 3 things nurses say to look for when choosing a doctor;
1. Look For A Doctor That Has A Full Schedule – He must be doing something right, he has a following and must be respected
2. Look For A Doctor That Shows Subtle Signs Of Safety – It’s things that they do that let you know that they are putting your health care first. Little things like are they washing their hands before they touch you, cleaning off the stethoscope.
3. Look For A Doctor That Are Open To Non-Traditional Methods Of Healing – If a doctor bulks at methods such as herbs, oils, massage and the like, then they are not open to that for you, then that is not allowing you to include everything that might be right for you, doctors need to know there is more to healthcare than just medicine.
Nurse Jennifer Chakin The fourth nurses’ secret that could save you life – There Are Good Times And Bad Times To Talk To Nurses – Bad times to talk to nurses is at 7:00 A.M…Change of shift, they are updating the next shift on patient care which could be you. The next bad time to talk to a nurse is 10:00 A.M. – It is the standard time for medication delivery…to prevent medication error.
Good time to a nurse is 3:00 P.M. – three p.m. is a good down time to speak to a nurse as a patient or for a family member to speak to a nurse to get the plan for the next 24 hours.
Paula Jean Greer The 5th Nurses Secret That Can Save Your Life – “You have to ask us on how to make your test and injections less painful” – “If you are allowed to brink water before blood tests drink about 3 glasses of water before time so it is easier for the nurse to find your veins, don’t come dehydrated. Some people who need their blood drawn, or IV’s started, that if you asked the nurses we could provide you with a numbing by putting some cream on make it less painful.”
“For intestinal exams or sugar tests where you need to drink the really sweet drink, the colder anything you have to drink for your stomach test, colonoscopy test or your sugar test get it as cold as humanly possible it goes down much quicker and much easier
Dr. Oz Nurses’ Healing Secrets
Healing secrets you can do at home thanks to Dr. Oz’s nurses today!
Nurses Remedy for Cuts and Bruises: Cabbage
Next time you don’t have anything in your medicine cabinet to clean out a wound, try using cabbage. Nurse Paula Jean Greer uses this leafy vegetable to removing unwanted fluids from a cut or scrape. To get the best results, wrap a refrigerated leaf over the injured area with gauze to cool and clean on contact, and make sure to redress the wound regularly.
Nurses Remedy for Colds: Salt Water
Often, colds last so long because your body can’t get all the germs out of its system. That’s why Nurse Jennifer Chaikin uses this simple remedy to get her family back on its feet. Mix 3 teaspoons of kosher salt with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 quart of water. Stir until the ingredients dissolve. Then, using a bulb syringe, gently squeeze the hypertonic saline solution into one nostril as you tilt your head to the side over the sink, letting the liquid exit through the other nostril. For kids, use this solution without the pressure of a bulb syringe; try a dropper instead. This home remedy is especially great for those who suffer from chronic sinusitis.
Nurses Remedy for Hangovers: Pedialyte
We all know the best way to prevent hangovers is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. However, sometimes, water alone won’t do the trick. That’s why Nurse Holly Rae Stone suggests drinking Pedialyte to prevent those morning headaches. This drink is a great way to replenish your electrolytes and rehydrate your body after a night out on the town.
Nurses Remedy for Mild Burns: Whole Milk
The next time you have a mild burn, try running whole milk instead of tap water over the area. The proteins and lipids in the milk promote healing, so the condition of your skin will improve faster. Nurse Nate Barkley suggests soaking a towel with milk to make a cold compress; hold it on the injured area for around 15 minutes. Make sure to wash your hands and the towel afterward to prevent bad odors.
Nurses Remedy for Itches: Mint Tea
For itchy skin you shouldn’t scratch, try applying mint tea to the affected area. The menthol in mint has both anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mint also contains muriatic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory that is easily absorbed into the skin. To try this secret home remedy from Nurse Donna Cardillo, boil 2 cups of water and steep one ounce of dried mint leaves. Then, let the tea cool, and saturate a clean cloth to use as a compress on the itchy skin.