Favorite and least favorite diagnoses? - page 2

What are your favorite and least favorite diagnoses to work with? My favorite is DKA. Not sure why, but I think it's because the s/s, pathophys, and treatment all dovetail so neatly together like... Read More

  1. by   fiveofpeep
    My favorite diagnoses are ICH, SAH, etc. The best patients are the ones on neuromuscular blockade

    Least favorites are the combative ones, GI bleeds, and receivers of lactulose/kayexalate
  2. by   turnforthenurse
    Favorites: a nice MI, STEMI, SVT or a-fib with RVR.
    Least favorite: GI bleeds and lactulose/kayexalate recipients!
  3. by   canoehead
    Any patient who brings a family member who answers all the questions. Any family member who displays mindreading abilities. (PUNT!)

    Patients that sip slowly on liquid meds that I've warned them taste like horse dung, and the drama.

    Little old ladies that drop pills in the sheets and on the floor, and the five visitors who immediately jump in and start flapping bedclothes to help.

    Patients that NEED a warm blanket and a sip of water before initial vitals...someday I'll just leave to go get them and never return.

    I'm OK with most diagnoses, except constipation, because I could never get the knack of disimpaction. It's like picking up Jello with one finger, while the bowl screams.
    Last edit by canoehead on Jan 30, '12
  4. by   fiveofpeep
    Quote from canoehead
    It's like picking up Jello with one finger, while the bowl screams.
  5. by   jb2u
    Fav: ortho and lacs (splints and sutures!!!)

    I'll pass on: psych and OB/GYN (can't relate to either)
  6. by   SecondGenRN
    Favourite: cardiac and/or shock

    Hate: strokes
  7. by   That Guy
    Favorite - CP or SOA. I dont know why but I love anything repsiratory and cardiac.

    Least - When I recognize the name of the pt or 48 hours post ETOH withdrawl.
  8. by   fiveofpeep
    what's SOA? all I can think is sons of anarchy
  9. by   Footballnut
    Short of Air. I think someone got tired of calling patients SOBs

    I really like cardiac stuff and we do a lot of it. I have a bias against cyclic vomiting. I just hate hearing someone continuously heaving no matter what I do.

    Other than that I am up for almost anything. Look out sick people!
  10. by   BelgianRN
    In Dutch SOA is the equivalent of STD...
  11. by   al7139
    My Faves are a nice simple STEMI ( they are in the cath lab and no longer my problem within 45 minutes) and the female abd pains (suprise youre preggo) that just hang out with minimal interventions.

    Least faves are the "unfixables" (insert name of regular patient here) that expect drugs and breakfast every time they show up.... I tell them that if I havent eaten, they don't eat. They time their visits by the time of day and the MD who is working. Over it no sympathy.

    Amy
  12. by   ErinBSN
    I love my CP's MI's and CVA's. I don't like the "discharge" Urinary, or ETOH Withdrawls (had 4 this past week)
  13. by   Robublind
    Fav= any pt with a legit emergent medical problem
    Least= That etoh who just woke up but isn't sober enough to flush out the door. and
    The one with the family who is telling you how much pain the pt is in, "why aren't you doing anything about the pt pain?" and when you ask the pt "no Im fine, I don't want any pain meds"

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