Eat Before You Get Here! - page 5

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   obeyacts2
    Our local ER has a Movin Mocha (starbucks type place), so we can get all the foo-foo coffee drinks and snacks we like. Sure beats vending machines. So, last time I was waiting at the ER with my MIL (has diverticulitis) I kept myself flying on caffeine. Seriously, I did notice that lots of the other families/pts had McDs or BK while waiting. I thought it was humorous that no matter how sick some of the male pts were they seemed to be able to ambulate to the TV that had basketball on, versus the one that had cartoons on (at 7 in the evening)


    Laura
  2. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from TiffyRN
    Not that I blame you guys at all . . .
    But the ER nurses at my previous hospital always promised the patients they would get fed when they got to the floor. Of course most of the admissions came right after shift change since they had been holding during shift change which meant they had missed dinnertime from the cafeteria and the snack shop wouldn't open for another hour and a half.

    That or the infamous, "But I was told that I would get pain med, when I got to the floor".

    When they had pain med orders in the ER but none valid for the floor..and it will be 60 - 90 minutes before pharmacy will put the order in from the floor since it is Not an Emergency.
  3. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from career2

    If you really feel this way about your patients you need to find another line of work.
    And people wonder why there is a shortage of intelligent, competent, compassionate individuals wanting to work with the Public as Nurses??????
  4. by   career2
    Quote from caroladybelle
    And people wonder why there is a shortage of intelligent, competent, compassionate individuals wanting to work with the Public as Nurses??????
    The bottle neck is the nursing schools. Here in CA the salaries have gone way up. Many people are trying to get into nursing. We want to help the patients and YES we want the high pay. However I will have to be a super-competitive to get one of those rare slots in a nursing school.

    Clearly, there are systemic problems with the health care system. The patients -- even the crazy, egocentric, welfare cheats that you seem to get -- are not the ones responsible for your low pay and bad working conditions.
  5. by   career2
    Quote from caroladybelle
    That or the infamous, "But I was told that I would get pain med, when I got to the floor".

    When they had pain med orders in the ER but none valid for the floor..and it will be 60 - 90 minutes before pharmacy will put the order in from the floor since it is Not an Emergency.
    I noticed that. The narcotics etc. just keep coming in the ER then no more meds after your admitted. Oh well.
  6. by   ERNurse752
    Awhile back I discharged a pt to home. There were cans of pop on the counters, crumbled crackers and goldfish on the floor, etc. But there was also a can of vienna sausages on the counter. Half of one was still left. It looked rather like an amputated finger, I thought.

    I transferred the sausage and its juice to a specimen cup. One of the other nurses had a pt earlier that night with a partially amputated finger. Went up to her, held up the cup, and said, "Hey, wasn't that guy's finger supposed to go to the OR with him?" hehehehehe
  7. by   ERNurse752
    Career2:

    I think most of of don't mind getting food for people with "legit" problems, like a fracture (although you probably wouldn't have been allowed to eat anyway due to possibility of surgery),or a parent with a sick child admitted to the hospital. It's the people who come to the ER all the time for hangnails, chapped lips, sore throats, and the infamous abd pain/nausea/vomiting who treat us like food servants.

    This is a forum where people can come to vent and to share humor - it's all in good fun. We obviously can't say these things at work, so we share them here.
  8. by   Stitchie
    Quote from ERNurse752
    Career2:

    I think most of of don't mind getting food for people with "legit" problems, like a fracture (although you probably wouldn't have been allowed to eat anyway due to possibility of surgery),or a parent with a sick child admitted to the hospital. It's the people who come to the ER all the time for hangnails, chapped lips, sore throats, and the infamous abd pain/nausea/vomiting who treat us like food servants.

    This is a forum where people can come to vent and to share humor - it's all in good fun. We obviously can't say these things at work, so we share them here.
    Exactly. I'll even go get the tray if the caf is closed for someone who really needs to eat, but most come in w/families and the families are the ones who need to take some responsibility for the patient's -- and there's a Subway right around the corner!
  9. by   Mat Price
    Quote from oramar
    Have noticed people with psycological problems have the worst kind of eating habits. Again and again have had them tell me they fast from the time they get up in the late in the morning untill early or late evening when they start to binge. At that point they stuff themselves continously with unhealthy foods untill they finally sleep which is usually between 2 and 4am. They then get up the late the next morning or in early afternoon and start the whole thing again. People who are mentally and physically healthy have completely different eating and sleeping habits. When a person tells me they live like this I know they got problems.
    OR they are a nurse ... well i gues your right
  10. by   DOCS RN
    Ever try just saying "NO"? You don't work in a restraunt. The family is not your responsibility. The patient yes, if it near a mael time or a true diabetic.
  11. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from career2
    The bottle neck is the nursing schools. Here in CA the salaries have gone way up. Many people are trying to get into nursing. We want to help the patients and YES we want the high pay. However I will have to be a super-competitive to get one of those rare slots in a nursing school.

    Clearly, there are systemic problems with the health care system. The patients -- even the crazy, egocentric, welfare cheats that you seem to get -- are not the ones responsible for your low pay and bad working conditions.
    I have made no comments about welfare cheats, crazy patients, low pay whatsoever in this Thread.

    And few Nursing Schools has nothhing to do with the stats of a large percentage of new Grads quiting within 1-2 years post graduation.

    There are more than enough nurses in this Country that it has no shortage. Just most of them refuse to go back to work as Nurses because the pay is not acceptable for the conditions.
  12. by   maturner
    My favorite is the noncompliant type II with a BS of 356, CC of N/V for who cares how long, and abd pain rated 10/10 who has to eat because they "have diabetes."

    rn"Didn't I just finish telling you not to eat until after we finish evaluating your Nausea and Vomiting" pt"It looks like a long wait and I have diabetes. And, its okay I am drinking diet coke!" rn"Yea, thats great but what about the king size candy bar, Cheetos, and Double Whopper your washing down with it." pt "I think I am feeling better now but I want to stay a little while to make sure my N/V doesn't come back" rn "You're kidding me right." pt -slack jaw, blank stare(you know the look) "how long is the wait going to be." rn"Seriously, you're kidding me! I forsee a wait of not less than the remainder of my shift!" pt "Then can I get a taxi voucher?" rn"You're wearing your bus pass around your neck!" pt"Ohhhh, the wait for the bus is to long" rn"Yea, but not nearly as long as your wait to be seen in my ER."
  13. by   career2
    The comments were not from you but they were on this thread. There have been comments about mental illness and various forms of government assistance.

    Pay here is over $40/hour for an experienced RN. Thats close to a six figure salary if you work some overtime. How much money does one need even for a really hard job? My sister actually makes less than $40/hour as an MD. She seems pretty happy. She took less money to work in a clinic for poor people. Maybe you could get out of the hospital and find an RN job with better conditions.



    Quote from caroladybelle
    I have made no comments about welfare cheats, crazy patients, low pay whatsoever in this Thread.

    And few Nursing Schools has nothhing to do with the stats of a large percentage of new Grads quiting within 1-2 years post graduation.

    There are more than enough nurses in this Country that it has no shortage. Just most of them refuse to go back to work as Nurses because the pay is not acceptable for the conditions.

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