Seriously?!?!

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    Time for another vent thread. Today's topic is: "You're here for what? Seriously!?!?!"

    32y/o m, hx htn, vs wnl, cc is "chest pain for about 1 second 4 hours ago", no current complaints.

    Crossed my mind to give him a forearm shiver. Then he'd have something to complain about...
    canoehead, mrsmamabear2002, poppycat, and 13 others like this.

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    This is why I couldn't work ED, especially triage...

    "What happened? Dude, there is NOTHING we can do for you. You have precious moments left, man. Go out and LIVE!"

    I'd be fired almost immediately, for sure. I'll stick to MedSurg!
    pseudomonas, sharpeimom, HikingEDRN, and 29 others like this.
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    I lasted 30 days in the ED. I couldn't wrap my mind around some of the complaints.

    Patient:"I think I'm having an allergic reaction, to a medication".
    Me: " When did you last take the medicine"?
    Patient: "Seven years ago when I had my son".
    Me: Stood there with mouth open.
    pseudomonas, nrsang97, jtmarcy12, and 28 others like this.
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    That is the beauty of nursing, we all have our place. Not everyone is cut out for every specialty. I'm sure some ED nurses would never do ICU,medsurg,OR,OB and etc.
    wheeliesurfer, nrsang97, jtmarcy12, and 8 others like this.
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    I think my favorite was the girl who came by ambulance (no lie) because she was 18 weeks pregnant and her breasts were leaking. The best part was that she had an entourage FOLLOW the ambulance to the hospital. You mean that one of them could not have brought her in since they obviously had a car?? EMS needs to be pulled from an EMERGENCY for colostrum leaking from your breasts??

    I also appreciate people who come to L&D and KNOW they are getting a vaginal exam but have not washed in at least a week. I will NEVER understand that.
    barrymedic, nrsang97, jtmarcy12, and 16 others like this.
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    Quote from DebblesRN
    I think my favorite was the girl who came by ambulance (no lie) because she was 18 weeks pregnant and her breasts were leaking. The best part was that she had an entourage FOLLOW the ambulance to the hospital. You mean that one of them could not have brought her in since they obviously had a car?? EMS needs to be pulled from an EMERGENCY for colostrum leaking from your breasts??

    I also appreciate people who come to L&D and KNOW they are getting a vaginal exam but have not washed in at least a week. I will NEVER understand that.
    Regarding not washing, I'm with you, sister. I worked in L&D for years. I know that it's hard to be fresh as a daisy when you're pregnant. But for heaven's sake, if you know you're going to the doctor or the hospital (and it's not an emergent situation), then BATHE!!! I'll never forget the time I put a scheduled cesarean on the table and looked down only to see mud balls between her toes and, well, basically socks of red mud. I asked why her legs were so dirty. "I decided to go for a walk before I came in this morning." And you couldn't put on shoes? Or at least utilize a hose before getting in the car?? Who thinks bringing mud with you to the OR is a good idea? I've also encountered green slime when doing a preop abdominal clip on someone for a c-section. I expect some odor and discharge from pregnant va jay jays, but not from the lower abdomen.

    The dumbest complaint I ever heard (good lord, how does one choose that honor? there are so many!) is a patient who showed up in triage c/o "the baby is moving too much, it's annoying." And what, pray tell, would you like for ME to do about that?

    The worst one associated with an ambulance ride? 3 am triage arriving via ambulance from another county (of course, as to be expected, she was followed by at least 6 relatives who came by private car) with a c/o "yeast infection." I asked if she knew that she could buy monistat over the counter. "Yeah, but I'd have to pay for that." I woke the doctor with that nifty little report, and got an order: Discharge after 20 minutes of reassuring fetal monitor tracing, patient may buy monistat over the counter. He didn't even come out of the sleep room to see her, he said he was afraid he'd start yelling.
    LTCnurse11, nrsang97, besaangel, and 26 others like this.
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    he he--yeah--if you have jiffy store feet--you need a shower. With soap. LOL
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    Quote from DebblesRN
    he he--yeah--if you have jiffy store feet--you need a shower. With soap. LOL
    LMBO! We call it Walmart feet here!
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    Before I tell this story it's important to know I am a man and on the larger side, 6'1. I have a beard. The usual night nurse is a very attractive lady in her early 30's.
    I used to work part time at a tiny rural hospital ER that was across the street from a state prison. One morning (like 3AM) they brough in an imate who had stood on his sink, put his hands behind his back, and dove head first into the floor. He sustained a beautiful head lac and they brought him over to us. He was covered in blood of course and as I was getting the site cleaned up so the NP could suture it I asked him why he had dove into his floor. He looked up at me and said:
    "Well last time I was here the nurse was MUCH better looking!"
    barrymedic, nrsang97, Crazed, and 52 others like this.
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    0445: I was out for a walk, saw the hospital and thought "it's been awhile since my last check-up." No Acute Complaints.
    By ambulance: sprained ankle yesterday, seen in urgent care and given splint and analgesia, did not take same or even OTC meds "it still hurts."
    nrsang97, opossum, maelstrom143, and 3 others like this.


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