I wish I had a nickel for........ - page 2

I wish I had a nickel for every time a patient presents to the ER with an extensive list of medications, that of course doesn't have the list with them because we have it "on file". HELLO!!!!!!!... Read More

  1. by   Rain
    When in triage, "How much longer...I was here before them and they got to go back before me"

    When pt's are in the ER for abd pain n/v/d yet they eat and drink from the vending machines while they wait in the lobby.

    Letting kids run, crawl, etc all over the ER without anything on but a diaper-then parents state "i just don't know why they are sick"

    Any type of pain, etc lasting more than a few weeks...could you not have gone to the doctor?

    Also, tooth pain--"I broke my tooth this morning but didn't want to bother the dentist" So now they are in the ER on a Friday night for this tooth (that wasn't even broken)

    When a code is going on, pt asking "how much longer" and trying to watch the code when you have told them to stay in their room a hundred times

    Parents who bring their children into the ER in the middle of the night for stupid reasons-I'm sure the kid always actually get sick from the germs in the ER

    After the pt has been in the room for 2 seconds and they want to know when they will be admitted
  2. by   Rain
    AND FINALLY...
    If I had a nickel every time a nonemerency patient took the ambulance into the ER while the sickest -ready to code pt- drove themselves in--I wouldn't be working ever again!
  3. by   nursemaa
    Quote from Repat
    I'd like to have a nickel for every patient I get up on the floor who has pages of home medications, who brought the list with them, gave it to the people in the ER to copy, sent it home with family so it wouldn't get lost. Is the copy with the paperwork - NEVER!!
    OOh, I hate that! Someone writes "see list", but there is no list to be found!! Then when you ask the patient what meds they're on, they look at you like you're stupid- "They copied my list and put it in the chart..."
  4. by   teeituptom
    I like the ones that bring in their entire med record along with xrays and cts and mris with them......


    I like the ones who bring in their letters from their private MD stating they need 200 mg demerol and 50 of phenerga
  5. by   missmercy
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    I'd like a nickel for evey pt who has answered "none" when I ask them what surgeries they've had.

    Just had this happen a couple of weeks ago. I said to the pt "But what about your limb amputations and your colostomy?"

    "Pt answered "Oh yeah. I guess that was surgery."
    OK! That is too funny!! "I guess those were surgeries?!" HEE HEE HEE!

    I had a new amputee admitted to a rehab unit -- when the aide was weighing him --he said "I weigh 135 lbs" The scale said "115" He said How weird is that?! Just last week at the doctor's office I was 135 -- how do you lose 20 ounds in a week -- then he realized that between the dr visit and this admission he had had his right knee amputated above the knee. He was just cracking up! HMMM! "Think I'll go with a bit less drastic weight reduction plan next time!"
  6. by   petiteflower
    Well, there's always the positive samsonite sign.
  7. by   nursemaa
    Quote from petiteflower
    Well, there's always the positive samsonite sign.
    OK, I'll bite- what is a positive samsonite sign?
  8. by   teeituptom
    they come with their bags already packed to get in
  9. by   missmercy
    good :chuckle - very good!
  10. by   MrsWampthang
    Quote from Rain
    AND FINALLY...
    If I had a nickel every time a nonemerency patient took the ambulance into the ER while the sickest -ready to code pt- drove themselves in--I wouldn't be working ever again!
    I think every ER nurse would be rich if they had a nickel for every critical patient that drove themselves! :chuckle

    ITA!

    Pam
  11. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from petiteflower
    I wish I had a nickel for every time a patient presents to the ER with an extensive list of medications, that of course doesn't have the list with them because we have it "on file". HELLO!!!!!!!
    I do see more and more patients that carry a list though.
  12. by   teeituptom
    And those who come in with their 20 and 30 page computer generated medical histories.

    At least they usually say thats a copy for your medical record
  13. by   z's playa
    How hard is it to just plop them all into a baggie? That's what I do.

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