Too funny... - page 3

We had a pt come to the ER at 0300 b/c she wanted a urethral dilation... :rolleyes: The charge nurse told her that the ER doctor can't do things like that, and that there was no way she could get... Read More

  1. by   RNCENCCRNNREMTP
    Andrew

    (or as my admissions department calls me "The Great Satan")
  2. by   ERNurse752
    Originally posted by RNCENCCRNNREMTP
    Andrew

    (or as my admissions department calls me "The Great Satan")

    Darn, and I thought I was the only one! :roll
  3. by   Scis
    Glad to see that this problem seems to be across the entire country. Consistency is so comforting. Charging for ambulance service? Varies state-to-state, but in most, the people abusing it are the ones with no resources, on charity care, etc. and they won't pay bills sent to them anyway. Regular, insured people with MI's, CVA's in evolution, they're the ones taking private transportation to the hospital. Gotta change! I think if we charge even $5.00 per head on-the-spot ('cause they NEVER come alone, always with an entourage) the non-urgent frequent flyers will find something else to do with their time.
  4. by   ERNurse752
    We had a guy with no insurance come in by ambulance around 0400 for a sore throat.

    He talked on his cell phone the entire ride over, and the medic couldn't get him to answer any questions (why he didn't MAKE him get off, I don't know...), he got to the ER, said he wasn't able to talk b/c his throat hurt so bad...acted like a jerk the whole time he was there...the doc wrote him a rx for PCN VK, and he then threw a fit b/c we weren't going to give it to him for free...he actually said, "Why can't I get anything for free!?"

    Uh, excuse me, your $500 cab ride over here will be free, the ER bill will be free...what more do you want!!!!????
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    And down here, you wouldn't believe the number of oldsters we get who drive themselves to the doc's or the ER after having syncope, seizures, or CP!

    Come to think of it, you wouldn't believe the number of oldsters we have who still think they can drive.....
  6. by   AngelGirl
    The above accounts demonstrate a simple lesson in 'Manners."
    Some people have them, others don't.

    Those who drive themselves to ER, in spite of an H&H of 3 & 9, are usually the same ones who will let you take their place at a public phone booth to make a call, and even lend you the money. They simply put others' needs first. (Obviously to their own detriment at times!) And they just don't want to be a bother.

    The demanding leeches. who continually suck dry our public resources, are LOOKING FOR ways to be a bother. They are often obnoxious and expect to be served NOW!!!!!!!!!! They have no manners.

    I think a certain amount of their attitude is a mix of envy and self-pity. They look at us and think "Educated, rich and lucky" They think that we as nurses got the breaks they should have gotten, (had money to go to school and now live an easy lifestyle) (huh?)

    The truth is that we simply took the initiative and got our batooties into the classroom and studied long and hard to get where we are today. I went on welfare with 2 little kids to take the LVN to RN Bridge Program. We lived on $604.00/month, and appreciated every dollar AND every benefit. So, I know what CAN BE done if one sets his/her mind to it.

    Of course, I wasn't trying to buy cigarettes or beer out of that money!

    So, seeing that we now are the "Haves" and they are the "Have-nots" these wayward, arrogant non-self-providers find ER the perfect place to exercise some control over us. They use their bullying ways to show their superiority over those who got the breaks that they didn't. :angryfire

    With regard to their arrogance, I think to myself, "What wasted talent! Give up the cigarettes and beer (and who knows WHAT other addictions!) and put yourself through school. With a little guidance, you could reroute that attitude and fit right in as an Administrator!" (JACHO Inspector?)
  7. by   eldernurse
    We had one come in by ambulance the other day for "hives" of all things. Then, when we gave her body creme (that she could have bought in a grocery) for her dry skin, she wanted social service to find her a way home. Of all the nerve!
  8. by   flashpoint
    People have a lot of nerve, don't they? It just amazes me when people call 911, scream at the medics for taking so long to get there (with a 2 minute response time), have every possible lab and x-ray done for their vague problem, and sign out AMA before getting any results. LOL. Yesterday we had a lady come in becasue her ileostomy dressing needed changed and she was just so tired of doing it, she thought she was "entitiled to have someone else do it for once." She then complained about the three hour wait becasue we had two CVAs and a code come in while she was waiting. I know that things that seem small to us are a BIG deal to our patients, but come on...even my five year old knows there is a difference between someone who is dying and someone who just doesn't feel well!
  9. by   AngelGirl
    cot jockey...

    ONLY a three hour wait? with 2 CVAs and a CODE, you did really well. We've obviously had much longer waits. When people complain to me about the 4 hour wait, for something that should have been seen in a clinic, I say, "Really?! WELL! we're doing better than I THOUGHT we were!"


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  10. by   AngelGirl
    cot jockey...

    ONLY a three hour wait? with 2 CVAs and a CODE, you did really well. We've obviously had much longer waits. When people complain to me about the 4 hour wait, for something that should have been seen in a clinic, I say, "Really?! WELL! we're doing better than I THOUGHT we were!"


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  11. by   AngelGirl
    cot jockey...
  12. by   AngelGirl
    one MORE time,

    I think I'm hitting the tab button and sending off my message as yet unfinished! :chuckle

    Recently, we had a woman come in by ambulance, who had taken ALL of her OWN Prozac and Vicodin, then started on her HUSBAND'S presriptions. She downed Norco and Haldol and Ativan....to name a few. (Imagine life in THAT household!)


    Once the charcoal was given, UTOX obtained, along with other labs, and (she was still alert, speech unslurred!), she looked up at me, the oncoming shift nurse and said,

    "What is THIS! I've been here 4, 5, 6 hours! How long's this going to take? I oughta be home by now!!"

    I just smiled and patted her arm, thankful that this was the beginning of my shift when I still had patience with people in her condition. Then I called in the security guard who was posted at the foot of her bed to explain to her what to expect AFTER she was medically cleared.

    Later, when the guard turned his back, the patient took the opportunity to pull out her I V. She then insisted that we given her something for her nerves before she was transported to Mental Health at another hospital (Our unit was full). And was upset that it wasn't going to be given IV. :blucry1:

    Go figure.

    I get frustrated looking for rational thinking in irrational people.
    Must remind myself that I can't fix them.
  13. by   Shamrock
    :roll :roll

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