What not to say / do while you are in the ER... - page 5

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  1. by   RNin92
    Quote from cyberkat
    If they're young and healthy why are they in the ER?
    Exactly my friend!!!



    This particular person kept saying...

    Why are they taking that old guy first...he's gonna die anyway!

    (Her boyfriend...presenting with abd pain, for two months.)

    I had only been in the ED a short time at that point...you learn mighty fast though!

    Would you like to sign your AMA form now?
  2. by   edib1
    Quote from RNin92
    Exactly my friend!!!



    This particular person kept saying...

    Why are they taking that old guy first...he's gonna die anyway!

    (Her boyfriend...presenting with abd pain, for two months.)

    I had only been in the ED a short time at that point...you learn mighty fast though!

    Would you like to sign your AMA form now?
    Talk about wanting to just tell someone to get the hell out. People forget that they will soon be old like that to and hopefully they will not get sick all the time. I love the ED so much but I really hate some people. I understand that people mare nervous and dont know what the hell is going on, but come on. I remember that I had this 11/f c/o n/v and I felt bad because she was vomiting alot, everone in the world was either having an asthma attack or a heartattack, it was so busy I had no where to put her. Her mother thought that it would be a good idea to sit her right by the entrance doors, thinking that would get her in faster. I had to tell her numerous times to please move your daughter away from the door. Finally after 2 hours and calling me numerous names, I brought them back. Her mother was still cussing me out when I left and went back up to triage. I think it was like 2 weeks later and was working part time teaching a medical assisting program, can you belive that her mother was one of my new students. HAHAHAHA You know the first thing I said was people make sure that you always respect each other, we all know that people dont like to be treated badly when they are doing thier job:chuckle This is the kind of thing that happens when you live in a small town
  3. by   nursedawn67
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    How about the ones that say "I'm not going to be a pt here anymore!"

    Well, boo-hoo-hoo, baby.


    Here is where the nurse says, "let me help you get dressed sir" while thinking "don't let the door hit you in the a**!"
  4. by   RNin92
    Heard a good one today...

    One of our FF...
    Today's visit was the 4th this week (it IS only Friday!)...
    Son (20 something) has had 30 visits in 2 months...
    Mom has had 14 ...

    Mom was in today...came in for HA...given Motrin and Phenrgan...
    OHHHHH MY she was NOT happy!
    She gets discharged and says...
    "I'm waiting until 830 when the next doctor comes in."

    Now...how does she know the shift change times? I mean 830 is not your usual shift change time.

    So the doc comes out and say...NO doctor here is going to give you narcotics! God Bless Him!

    Soooo...does she leave?

    No...sonny boy says..."I'm having a migraine. Will the doctor give ME the narcotics?"

    You have GOT to be shi**ing me!!!!!

  5. by   veetach
    Geez, have they got guts or what? Honestly, I think some of these people think we are stupid. We have FF's who come in and before they sit down to wait to be triaged, ask what doc is working. If it is one who wont give narcs they go ahead and leave!!
  6. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from edib1
    SHE A BIG OL BLACK GIRL.
    gotta say something here.....I find this statement offensive. smacks of racism to me. I don't see what her being a woman of color had to do with anything. :stone
  7. by   Uptoherern
    I could see how some "lay" people would be offended by our comments..... but hey.......sometimes you gotta laugh or go completely insane. We had a double drowning yesterday........17 yr old trying to save, died. Another elderly female with spontaneous splenic artery rupture was flown out to a level one. It is impossible not to be rather callous when asked by someone in the er for a sore throat "why is this taking so long? I've been here for THREE HOURS!".

    I told her............we've been trying to comfort the family of a 17 year old, who died trying to save the life of a young woman. (HIPPA be damned!!!!!)

    Her response........a meek "oh, I',m sorry"...........
  8. by   AlaskanRN
    How about the agressive, intoxicated, early 20 something male brought in by PD. Placed in four points. When asked to give urine, says yes if we undo his hands...obviously not, but I will assist you in directing yourself to the urinal. After digging through several layers of clothes, getting Mr. Happy in position, and telling him to go ahead, he looks up at me and asks me if I'll play with it?!? After another round of this...and 3 liters of fluid, he tells me he ain't giving a sample and there's nothing I can do about it! Well, much to his dismay, you should never say that to a cranky old ER nurse going into hour 13. He learned that if the base of the penis is held in a tight enough grip, all bucking will cease so as not to rip said member off at the root. And BTW...urine sample WILL be be given...lol
  9. by   Uptoherern
    here's what not to say when you are the nurse manager of the ER..........."we need to be more warm and fuzzy to our patients" (actual quote). I almost had to say that old joke...........what's the difference between an ER nurse and a bulldog? .................................................. .................................................. ....................................lipgloss! HA!
  10. by   teeituptom
    Quote from AlaskanRN
    How about the agressive, intoxicated, early 20 something male brought in by PD. Placed in four points. When asked to give urine, says yes if we undo his hands...obviously not, but I will assist you in directing yourself to the urinal. After digging through several layers of clothes, getting Mr. Happy in position, and telling him to go ahead, he looks up at me and asks me if I'll play with it?!? After another round of this...and 3 liters of fluid, he tells me he ain't giving a sample and there's nothing I can do about it! Well, much to his dismay, you should never say that to a cranky old ER nurse going into hour 13. He learned that if the base of the penis is held in a tight enough grip, all bucking will cease so as not to rip said member off at the root. And BTW...urine sample WILL be be given...lol

    Here comes the foley
  11. by   RNin92
    Quote from veetach
    Geez, have they got guts or what? Honestly, I think some of these people think we are stupid. We have FF's who come in and before they sit down to wait to be triaged, ask what doc is working. If it is one who wont give narcs they go ahead and leave!!
    Leaving would have been a bonus!!
    We could not get them to go!!!!!



    These people are the most frustrating.
    I know they have the coping skills of a flea.
    I know they have extremely limited reosurces.
    We have given them every resource known to man...

    Outpatient social worker set up medications to be brought to their apartment
    Family Services set up counseling
    Meals delivered daily...free

    And they STILL KEEP COMNG BACK!!!

    They did NOT get their narcs though (YEA)

    :uhoh21:

    Ok...I will try to stop venting...
    Thanks
  12. by   z's playa
    Quote from RNin92
    Leaving would have been a bonus!!
    We could not get them to go!!!!!



    These people are the most frustrating.
    I know they have the coping skills of a flea.
    I know they have extremely limited reosurces.
    We have given them every resource known to man...

    Outpatient social worker set up medications to be brought to their apartment
    Family Services set up counseling
    Meals delivered daily...free

    And they STILL KEEP COMNG BACK!!!

    They did NOT get their narcs though (YEA)

    :uhoh21:

    Ok...I will try to stop venting...
    Thanks
    I left once because they kept pumping me full of steroids for a migraine AFTER 4 different kinds to no avail. I never asked for narcs but felt like shooting myself I got such bad adverse reactions so I left Against Doctors Advice. I'm sure they thought I was holding out for narcs though.
    Coping skills of a flea? Nope, just felt like they were making me sicker.
    Last edit by z's playa on Mar 27, '04
  13. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from erdiane
    I could see how some "lay" people would be offended by our comments..... but hey.......sometimes you gotta laugh or go completely insane.........
    coping through humor is one thing....a comment that is outdated and sounds uneducated/racist is another... :stone

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