Ok, disclaimer---37 days left of school for me, but have some nagging questions.
During my ED round we had a female patient who was a drug seeker. Complaining of abdominal pain when no cause was found. Dr did every work up imaginable and was quite patient with her. Problem? She brought her 8 year old daughter into the ED with her and every 10 min her daughter would come to the nursing station and say, "My mom needs her nurse" or "My mom is in pain, can she have medication?" finally, after repeatedly tending to the mom (I wasn't her nurse, but I have kids, so I felt bad for this kid) and escorting the daughter back to the room the daughter came out, put her hands on her hips and said, "My mom is in pain, we have been here for hours and you are doing NOTHING for her"...to make this trip the daughter was nearly run over by paramedics pushing a gurney, a tech pushing a tall cart with linens and nearly tripped a few nurses carrying meds or food. I finally blew a gaskit and sternly explained to the little girl she could NOT come out of that room or she would get hurt by someone pushing something. I took her back to her mom and sternly explained that mom has a call button, she can call her nurse if she needs something but she needed to stop sending her daughter out or her daughter may actually get hit by something or hurt someone else on accident. Mom started to argue with me and say, "I am not sending her out" at this point I turned around and left, found the nurse and told him what happened. Found the DR and told him what happened (he was a cool Dr and was already aware that she was a drug seeker). Mom was a piece of work, let me tell y
In school we are repeatedly told, "pain is what the patients say it is" BUT on the floor, all she got was motrin and she was sent home with motrin. She stated pain was 10/10, but I guess in a students mind motrin doesn't cover 10/10. I'm ok with what was done for the mom (she was there about 10 hours total.)
What do you guys do in this situation? I'm more concerned about the kid. Was I wrong? No one said I was. No one said anything bad about what I did, I"m just curious. And I feel so bad for this little girl. She may grow up thinking medical personnel are horrible people if this is what mom does to her.