It’s the Grady experience, Day 3, but it’s really our group’s second day appearance at the site. Gone are my first day jitters. I’m not really sure what I had expected on the first day. I guess I held my breath when we walked through the ER because I expected to hear loud screams of doctors asking for atropine and dramatic yells of clear. I expected scenes of evisceration like some gore movie from Friday the 13th or loose prisoners. All these silly imaginations have settled, and in its stead, I see physicians, residents, administrators, technicians, and patients milling about in the cafeteria. I even see construction crews ready for the day’s job. I can look outside the cafeteria window and see the backlog of traffic and hoping that someone has not gotten into an accident and isn’t himself on his way to Grady. It is a typical day at a hospital.
Today, we initiated our project. After a brief planning session. We broke apart in teams. Each team spoke to different groups, patient, administrators, technicians, and nurses. We started with our 10 questions that may trigger other questions, but we allowed each interviewer to let the interviewee to direct the course of the interview. We did manage to interview most of the nurses and technicians and many of the Spanish speaking patients. Many of the English speaking patients were in the middle of treatment and were asleep, so we respected their time and let them rest.
After the interviews, we discussed how we were going to compile the information and decided we would compile the information into an excel spreadsheet and we would determine how to quantify it later. We also determined that we would read other journal articles.
We also begin another project, which is to determine the menu for Friday’s Good Samaritan project. We are trying to make sure we provide good sustenance as well as provide a hearty meal. We want to provide dignity as well. We have thrown out ideas, and we decided that we were going to provide something warm.
As the day closes, my hope is that this little seed of a project good provide something that shows both the nurses and the patients that there is respect and honor in what they do…that they are not forgotten, and that we are all hopeful.
Liezl de la Cruz