I wish I had a nickel for........ - page 3

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   bunrab
    Repat, you are so right!!! That was my 4th admit today, "I gave the list to the doctor downstairs".
    Since I'm on the unit, not the ER, I have the luxury of simply asking the pt (after they say "the purple pill for my stomach, the white one for water, and the pink one for my nerves") what's the name of the pharmacy where you get your prescriptions filled and calling their pharmacy to get the correct info.

    I also love it when they tell you "My doctor knows all that stuff" when it's Friday night 11:00 pm and of course the doctor's NOT IN HIS FREAKING OFFICE YOU MORON!
  2. by   Ruby Vee
    Prescription meds lists are bad -- I've met lots of male patients whose wife actually carries HIS list of meds in HER purse; never met a female patient whose husband carries HER list of meds in HIS wallet!! One of my other faves is the disappearing POA. Patient is intubated and SO wants to know how he's doing. Of course, with these new HIPAA laws, we aren't allowed to tell the SO. (Even if -- and this is not always the case -- she's (or he's) the only one claiming to be the SO.) "But I have Power of Attorney." OK, so let's see it. "It's in his old chart." Yes. Like I have the time to go pawing through various volumes of old charts to locate a probably fictious POA!
  3. by   Lilith
    How about, "I'm tired of waiting and I'm just here for the morning after pill. Is it okay if I come back some other time?" Um,...define "okay."
  4. by   teeituptom
    I wish I had a nickel last night for every Drama Queen that came in

    Last night could have been a thespian special

    Got to love them DQs and DKs also
  5. by   RNin92
    I wish I had a nickel for every "Yahoo" that says...

    "I'm gonna sue you if you do...(fill-in-the-blank)"

    Yea...just be sure to spell my name right on the subpoena...I HATE when people misspell my name!!!
  6. by   MrsWampthang
    for every woman who comes in with "spotting", LMP was approximately 4 weeks prior, but had a positive home pg test.

    for every patient that comes in after being treated by their family doctor, but isn't any better after only two days on ATBS.

    for every patient that gets a complete work-up by an over eager ED doc despite the fact that the patient is one of the regulars in the ER and is never found with anything wrong.

    for every patient that comes into ER having vomited once, or had one episode of "blood in their stool."

    for every patient that gets mad when they don't get admitted because we don't find anything wrong with them.

    for every patient that has a doctor's appointment but just doesn't want to wait that long so comes to ER for the "quicky cure."

    for every non-english speaking patient that comes in without an interpretor and expects us to figure out what is wrong with them.

    for every patient that comes in and gets mad when they don't get the medication they want.

    for every patient that thinks N/V/D for twenty four hours is a medical emergency.

    for every teenager that takes a tylenol overdose to get attention.

    for every patient that comes in SOA that reeks of cigarette smoke.

    I could go on and on.......

    It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood!

    Pam
  7. by   teeituptom
    Welcome to the wonderfull world of the ER
  8. by   z's playa
    If you all hate or dislike or feel this way from working in the ER, why don't you just quit and go work in an different area? Seriously! Stop hogging all the fun.
    Last edit by z's playa on Mar 27, '04
  9. by   RNin92
    Quote from z's playa
    If you all hate or dislike or feel this way from working in the ER, why don't you just quit and go work in an different area? Seriously! Stop hogging all the fun.
    then what would we do for entertainment value?

    :angryfire

    lighten up my friend
  10. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from RNin92
    then what would we do for entertainment value?

    :angryfire

    BWAAHHHAHHAHHAHHAHH! omg. you soooo funny
  11. by   z's playa
    Quote from RNin92
    then what would we do for entertainment value?

    :angryfire

    lighten up my friend
    Why are you :angryfire ? It was a completely natural question to ask when anyone complains about their job. When I start working as a nurse, I like to hope I'll be able to change areas if I get frustrated with another.
    This being said with a smile by the way
  12. by   RNin92
    Quote from z's playa
    Why are you :angryfire ? It was a completely natural question to ask when anyone complains about their job. When I start working as a nurse, I like to hope I'll be able to change areas if I get frustrated with another.
    This being said with a smile by the way
    I guess it was meant more "devilish" than angry fire!!


    And there is a BIG difference between venting and complaining.

    I LOVE being a nurse...and ER nursing is the best place to be. But, if we cannot vent about the stupid and/or painful sh## we see and have to deal with...look out suicide rates.

    The frustration is with the healthcare system in general, across the nation, that fosters many of the problems we are talking about here.

    So I repeat over and over the serenity prayer...
    And then I log on here!
  13. by   Uptoherern
    wish I had a nickel (or 1 penny,for that matter) for every patient who can not wait to get into the ER for their non-emergency complaint. Then, once they are in the back, keep bugging you about how long till they can leave. !

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