ER Pet Peeves - page 9

Omigod, i was just browsing through another forum that listed pet peeves. It was so good, but so big. I was trying to browse through for ER stuff. It's great!!! Let's start our own!!! ... Read More

  1. by   Gypsyvega
    1. Visitors who approach the front desk and say "My mother/wife/brother/sister/iguana is in the ER and I need to see them...then stare at you waiting for you to pull out your crystal ball and say "Ah yes, your eye color and strong noseline tell me you must be related to the patient in room 5, please go back and get in the way of the nurses along with the other 50 people who jumped the security door and are milling around uselessly"

    2. Nurses who think that its possible to throw yourself in front of a stampede of drama queen family members jumping the security doors. Its YOUR patient, YOU tell them why they cant hang out there. Or get the security gaurd. (Yes i know he is 12yrs old and underpaid, but thats what hes there for)

    3. Going outside for some fresh air and watching a new patient walk in upright and laughing with thier family/friends, only to come back inside and see them doubled over moaning about the wait time.

    4. Computer Illiterate nurses who call the census desk because there is no tech support on the night shift. These are usually the same ones who think the paperwork on thier drugged-to-the-teeth-in-ER pt with a bellyache takes priority over the guy with the subarachnoid bleed and the coding NICU premie. Or maybe in general just people who dont know that at night there is ONE clerk for the whole of the hospital and barely have an idea of how their own job works let alone anyone elses.

    5. Pts with supposed migraines laying in the dark #itching loudly on their cell phones about how long it takes to get a pain shot then insist "please, dont speak so loudly" when you ask them important questions.

    6. Pts who think if they sneak out the backdoors we cannot charge them for their visit (even though we have thier name, address, social, cell number and name of their firstborne child) Because they never signed the paper giving permission to treat.

    7. Pts who threaten to sue the hospital because their stitches are infected and it must be that "RSV/Avian Flu/MRSA/West nile/floccinoccinihilipilifacation" and not the fact they havnt bathed in a month.

    8. Pts who come in with whatever the news says is "going around" this week and then actually get mad when you tell them its not West Nile, just a plain ol case of viral meningitis.

    I could go on and on i think..lol But i think the thing thats gets us all through isnt the dozens of morons, but rather the few, the grateful, the truly ill....
  2. by   AmandaBrittainy
    my top 10 -
    1. The person that got arrested for doing something illegal who now magically has chest pain or is suicidal and needs to come to the er.
    2. The bum who spent all his SSDI on booze who now has no place to stay who is suicidal or has a new complaint when you try to discharge them for clearance of the prior one.
    3. The drunk that PD doesnt want to do paperwork on and throw in detox who is now in my hallway for the ever popular emergent alcohol intox.
    4. Baby - crying, enough said.
    5. people putting bedpans in the commode - they usually explode onto the floor when the patient has filled them with something.
    6. Having to sit through an ER meeting every month to learn about how bad of a job were doing and by the way you have a few more duties at the same pay rate for 4 years.
    7. The ER doc who will look at anyone and tell you to do this and that on this patient - hello - can they read the assignment board?
    8. The fact that there is an accessible vending machine in the ER lobby.
    9. Pts that come in and need socks or diapers/formula/
    10. The fact that everyone else you work with can get away with murder and you tow the line and get written up for so much as an unapproved abbreviation in the middle of a code!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. by   AmandaBrittainy
    oh and the admissions rep that calls to tell you there is a toe injury outside - the patient was ever so thoughtful to make sure we knew they had cardiac history
  4. by   AmandaBrittainy
    How about - I need to eat because Im a diabetic - did anyone tell these 300 pound 5 foot people where alot of insulin resistance stems from?

    Quote from Aneroo
    I'm almost afraid to post these, just b/c of the "Well I did this one time, and you shouldn't think this" responses...Oh well. Never stopped me before.

    1. "You should have it in your records." Although modern tech has brought us far ahead, we're not yet connected with every doc's office in the county.
    2. Lady comes in for foot pain (via EMS, of course), with her gallon ziplock bag of goodies that includes vicodin. Have you been taking your medicine? Well no Sh*t sherlock, of course it's gonna hurt if you don't take your meds!
    3. Person in triage who leaves w/o treatment after waiting an hour. Said they didn't want to wait that long, would come back around 3am when it was less busy. So um, that means you're gonna go BACK thru triage and registration, no guarantee we aren't busy, and you're still gonna be in pain the WHOLE time!
    4. "I'm out of my pain/antipsychotic and just moved here, haven't found a new doctor yet". Don't you think you should have thought of tha BEFORE you ran out of your medicine? We're not a pharmacy.
    5. "Momma hasn't eaten all day". Well, your mother is on a machine to help her breathe- that's a bit more important than food right now. Secondly, your mother weighs 400 pounds. I don't think skipping a meal is gonna starve her! Thirdly, I haven't eaten all day either.
    6. People who snap their fingers or yell "Hey you!". Im a person, I'm your nurse. I can handle you hollering "Hey nurse", but barely. You will get called out on it if you yell "YO!" towards my direction. Treat me with respect if you expect the same.
    7. After the doc has been in to see a patient (here for a toothache at 1am) and already told them what meds they're getting a script for, I'm giving d/c instructions and they say "I can't afford the medicine". Could you have told the doc that when he told you this?
    8. "I couldn't get to the store to get my BP meds"- How did you get here? "My friend brought me" And your friend couldn't take you to get your medicine? Silence....
    9. Fake anxiety attacks
    10. EMS that is stationed 20 minutes south that gives you two minutes warning on a code blue. The driver also has access to a mike, let him call the hospital while you pound a chest.
    11. The teen c/o abdominal pain that is getting mad she's not gonna be out in time to order chinese food.
    12. "I'm here for a pregnancy test"- Well, here's a buck and change. The dollar store sells them now.
  5. by   Vikingkitten
    Some of my Favorites:
    "I take a little white pill for my blood" (don't you want to hand them the PDR and tell to call you when they find it!
    The ventrillouquist- When you ask the pt. a question, his wife answers and you never see his lips move!
    No, I don't know what your Doctor in (name the city across the country/ state) told you.
    Walgreens and other Pharmacies have lots of things for what ails you.
    The non-local family members who haven't seen Grandma for years, and demand you move Heaven and Earth to cure them. I guess they still want to be in the Will!
    Emergency Department- Primary Care 24/7! Payment Optional!
    Thanks for letting me vent. "And now, for something completely different!"
  6. by   XB9S
    Quote from Gypsyvega
    floccinoccinihilipilifacation"

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    I'm gonna use that one!!!!!!!
  7. by   ERbunny
    Here's my take on why we are never completely happy campers in the ED...and I agree with all the pet peeves..here goes..and yes, despite all this , I still love ER nursing....

    ER nurses can't stand those poor ill-educated folks who come in for the stupidest of non emergencies. Neither do we like those well -educated folks, because, gee they may actually know themselves and their health better than we do. And we reeeally don't care for the rich--they proably do have lawyers, and when they threaten to sue may actually mean it. And heaven help the middle class, for there we see ourselves , and it's scary how vulnerable we are.

    After 30 years of ER nursing, I sometimes feel like the only people we like are ourselves and our co-workers, warped senses of humor, aching bones, and all.....hmmm, I think I better start a thread on what we like about ER nursing or everyone will think we are really crazy, it they don't already..Best wishes to all !!
  8. by   rgroyer1RNBSN
    Patients eating when they have abd. pain!!!!!!!!!!

    Supplies not being replaced!!!!


    Crazy docs!!!!!!!!

    People wanting me to numb them for an IV!!!!!!

    Drug seekers!!!!!!!
  9. by   Natingale
    Doctors who abuse CatScans

    Patients who abuse ambulances

    Patients who need ambulances but go through triage

    CNAs that sleep during the shift - Having to use the loudspeaker for every little thing because theyre always m.ia.
  10. by   Dragonnurse1
    Along this line: 3am drunk male looking to go upstairs to see his babies mama who is currently in labor and does not know first or last name. True story
  11. by   Dragonnurse1
    Quote from student4ever
    or who tell you they have a high pain threshold and it takes x amt (enough to kill a horse) to get their pain under control.
    OK some of you do not yet have enough life experience to be a RN in the ER. I worked my last day March 12, 2003 9:30AM during CPR recert when I had a very adverse reaction to latex (or the corn starch powder) I spent several hours in my own ER for the 1st hour sucking on updrafts, epi, steroids, and pepcid glaring at the intubation tray opened and ready for use. But for 9 years prior to that date I learned many things as my age crept up - bad gall bladder, carpel tunnel x2, herniated cervical disks with 3/4/5 fused, high bp, diabettes, repeat neck surgery with history of migraines until found reglan. For years I had to go to ER for migraines, after a while I would just walk to nurses desk and whoever was working asked me for meds 100mg demerol 50mg phenergan and 100mg pentobarbital. I could drive home, cook something for kids and about 1 hour after shots given I got sleepy. Now I have herniated L1,2,3 plus unknow growth on one spur at l5 nothing helps not meds (last demerol shot never took) not rest need to see neuro guy but afraid. Now allergic to all metals except platium, also allergic to neoprene, formaldhyde carba mix, generally anything with bio-chemical base and don't forget the foods I can no longer eat.

    Remember - never ASSUME anything because you will make an ass out of u and me.
    Also this: Karma works so beware of how you treat others with these complaints because one day it could be you.

    Sorry for the rant but it is like the first night the new residents are in the ER. I would remind them that their ER rotation could be nice or it could be hell...it just depended on them.:stone

    my biggest pet peeve - staff that did not pull its own weight at work no matter what reason they had.:angryfire
  12. by   nursebrandie28
    **home med sheets!! i hate those things!!
    ***people complaining about the wait!! especially when they treathen to leave!! (go ahead, make my day)
    ****vag discharge for 5 days....and the boyfriend is in the room after they just had relations!! :0(
    *****stuck tampons that females cannot find
    ******working with all males so you get stuck with all the pelvic exams!! ;0(
    ***flu swabs
    ***inpatient er patients because the floors have no beds!!

    okay...those are my pet peeves!!
  13. by   canoehead
    Quote from Dragonnurse1
    OK some of you do not yet have enough life experience to be a RN in the ER. I worked my last day March 12, 2003 9:30AM during CPR recert when I had a very adverse reaction to latex (or the corn starch powder) I spent several hours in my own ER for the 1st hour sucking on updrafts, epi, steroids, and pepcid glaring at the intubation tray opened and ready for use. But for 9 years prior to that date I learned many things as my age crept up - bad gall bladder, carpel tunnel x2, herniated cervical disks with 3/4/5 fused, high bp, diabettes, repeat neck surgery with history of migraines until found reglan. For years I had to go to ER for migraines, after a while I would just walk to nurses desk and whoever was working asked me for meds 100mg demerol 50mg phenergan and 100mg pentobarbital. I could drive home, cook something for kids and about 1 hour after shots given I got sleepy. Now I have herniated L1,2,3 plus unknow growth on one spur at l5 nothing helps not meds (last demerol shot never took) not rest need to see neuro guy but afraid. Now allergic to all metals except platium, also allergic to neoprene, formaldhyde carba mix, generally anything with bio-chemical base and don't forget the foods I can no longer eat.

    Remember - never ASSUME anything because you will make an ass out of u and me.
    Also this: Karma works so beware of how you treat others with these complaints because one day it could be you.
    REGLAN cured your migraines?? You so lost me there.

    And no one, no matter what they tell me, is driving with a demerol/phenergan/pentobarb cocktail. Would YOU let someone drive after taking that?

    Allergic to anything with a biochemical base- that includes everything on planet earth. How are you with Kryptonite?

    OK it may all be true- but if someone came into your triage room and told you that, tell me you wouldn't make sure you had a clear path to the exit incase they exploded.

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