Eat Before You Get Here! - page 2

WHY is it that as soon as people step one foot into the ER, they suddenly are overcome with hunger and thirst? Now I can understand if the patient is admitted and has been there all day and has eaten... Read More

  1. by   renerian
    It never bothered me but then I worked oncology so I was glad to see anyone eat.

    renerian
  2. by   NYCRN16
    Not only do they all want to eat as soon as they get there, they have to pee!

    I know Mrs. Family Member, it is ridiculous that YOU cant get a hot tray of food at 3 am..I am sure that if I place a call to dietary, they would be happy to get out of bed and make you some food.

    Please Ma'am, feel free to disconnect yourself from your monitor and IV lines and walk yourself to the bathroom even though you are having chest pain and are on a nitro and heparin drip. It's OK, I wouldnt like to use the bedpan either. :angryfire
  3. by   z's playa
    I started a thread that told my story of what happened to me when I didn't want to bother the nurses for a cup or glass of water. AAACKK! I almost got spanked for going to get it myself and I wasn't a pt!!!!! Damned if you do and damned if you don't. :chuckle
  4. by   judy ann
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    I am outraged. I CANNOT believe that your ER does NOT have a meal waiting for your guests, or a McDonlad's in the waiting area! :roll
    Denver Health (Denver General Hospital) has a McDonalds in the lobby, or had one the last time I was there. I do not know, however, who paid for the food.
  5. by   rjflyn
    We actually have a Wendy's attached to our hospital caffeteria. All we had in our ED is lousy turkey sandwhiches and juice. I always strongly hinted it was in the pts best interest for the family to go get them something- didnt hurt that food wasnt my priority and the fact when i told them this it may take me awhile to get the food for them

    Rj
  6. by   RNin92
    And here I always thought that hospitals and ERs were to help people with their healthcare needs...

    Who knew it was for EVERY convience known to man!!!

    He#*, I could've skipped out on ACLS, PALS, ECRN, TNC, etc. and just bought in on a fast food franchise!
  7. by   purplemania
    As a floor nurse we get the same problem, but also in REVERSE. People will "move in" to the room and bring coolers of beverages and snacks of all kinds. Beside turning the room into a pig stye, many times the patient's diet does not permit those foods so it is a struggle for them to watch others eat/drink. When they discharge they leave a huge mess!
  8. by   cnyrn
    The pts families will raid the staff only kitchenette on the floor, stuff their pockets full of saltines, grahams, peanut butter and all the little condiment packets they can grab.
    The patient is usually npo.
  9. by   heart queen
    Just last night I was fumed because all our diabetic late night snacks were "missing". So I posted a sign on the fridge that said ..

    "Attention, fridge only stocked once a day in the am, If you are taking a patients sandwich.. you are taking a patients sandwich!"

    The charge nurse took it down, coustomer service ya know :imbar , have to have our priorities straight.
  10. by   Nur_1996
    I think they can use their foodstamps for McDonalds can't they??? Worked in a ER for years, so I can really relate to this post. O.K so am I school nurse now, kids come into the clinic c/o belly ache, then tell me 10 minutes later, I need to go now because its time for lunch! They are starting early! :chuckle
  11. by   CHATSDALE
    Terra Rn When I Have To Go To Your Er Please Advise I Am On Adkins Diet And I Prefer Fresh Cooked Over Microwave Saute Lightly And Season To My Taste Thank You
  12. by   NurseRoy
    In Baltimore the order is Pain meds, Bathroom, Food and Drink.
  13. by   zudy
    One of our FF got mad at me because he always ate the same thing every time he came to the ED(Cheeseburger w/ pickles and mayo only, fries and a Dr Pepper) One time he came in and he got a Coke, and no cheese on his burger. He put on his call light, had me come into the room to tell me that he wanted an other tray ordered, "And this time get it right." :angryfire

    I believe I said something to the effect of possibly he should go to Burger King the next time he wanted things his way.

    So much for winning points with the "clients".

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