Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED? - page 11

by Whts_Ur_Emergency?

Id have to say my biggest pet peeve is when someone hands you a medicaid card as they pull it from their Louis Vuitton handbag with bling on their hands after having rolled up to the ER in their Mercedes Benz! After that I'd say... Read More


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    No, we won't call the surgeon on call to come and give you surgery TODAY for your "chronic" back pain.

    And the kid next door with the asthma flare up who can't breathe and we are now putting a tube down his throat takes precedence over your chronic back pain. Yes, it takes ALL those doctors and nurses to "save his life". So, stay in your room and if you come out again bothering staff during a REAL emergency, we will call security. Better yet, we'll let the parents of that kid deal with you street style.

    Get over yourself.
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    The first time any patient bangs on my door to hurry me along....wait, make that the NEXT time it happens, I'll deal with them the same way I dealt with the last one that did it. They are no longer allowed in the clinic, and any patient that witnessed the ensuing throwdown ( and whoall else they told) has better sense than to ever pull a stunt like that again.

    I don't do entitlement.
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    Quote from ecerrn
    My second biggest peeve is other nurses that take things from my rooms without telling me...especially stock....if you are out, go get a handful from the stock room, its not that much farther away....and don't take my IV pumps when I'm expecting a stemi in a few minutes. Grrrrrr.
    I have several pet peeves of my own, but the flip side to this one is nurses HIDING pumps in the cupboards in their rooms, then I run around the ED looking for a pump for something necessary (nitro, heparin, cardizem, etc.), and they don't know where one can be found!
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    Quote from SMARN
    Not sure what my biggest pet peeve is but here are a few:

    Def get annoyed by women who come in for a urine hcg.

    Ppl who come in around 0500 with "back pain x1 week" and one of the first things out of their mouth is "...and I'll need a work excuse".

    Pts who complain of pain 15/10. I have told my patients before that I would never want to have pain 10/10 b/c I would have to be on death's door. And I thought kidney stones were bad!!

    Parents who bring their kids in for fever but never checked the temp at home and/or didn't give any meds. My ER is just down the road from Walmart and most of our pts have to pass it in order to get to us. Really? Is our motrin magical?

    Pumps - where the heck do they go?!?! Why can we never find any pumps in the ED and yet the floors have them stockpiled? Ugh, just return the darn things and we'll bring one up with the next pt who is admitted.

    Doctors who try to weasel out of discharging the pt. It's what you're paid to do. Go talk to the pt and tell them their results. Do not give me the results and ask me to pass it on that they are all neg and the pt needs to follow up with their PCP.

    That's all I can think of for now...I've had an easy week so all the normal peeves are not in the forefront.

    Magical? Naw...they just want us to see what the tempature REALLY is! Then there are those who can't afford a thermometer or OTC motrin, but they can afford an ER visit. OOOPS! My bad! I forgot that an ER visit is FREE!
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    Quote from DoeRN
    I was sent to work in the ER at my old hospital when they were severely short. I was in triage and had a woman come in saying she thought she was pregnant and needed to find out. I looked at her and no words came out of my mouth. I took a deep breath and I repeated what she said and my first comment was do you know how to use a home pregnancy test? She said she didn't have money for that. But yet she had a Gucci purse and shoes and a real expensive looking coat. I was floored. This was my very first ER experience as a nurse and I can't believe some of the nonsense that comes to the ER.
    Welcome to our world......we see stuff like this ALLthe time!!!!!
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    This is more of a coworker pet peeve. I've been getting kids back all night with obviously fake triage vitals. The 19m old with a triage hr of 60 and respers of 16? Uh....if that was true, why weren't they rushed back for some stat interventions? Interesting that when I went in the hr was in the 140s and the baby was breathing around 34.

    If you're going to fake normal signs at least know what's developmentally appropriate, for heaven's sake.
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    c/o abd pain while sucking down pringles... seriously now.
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    Hands down biggest pet peeve is parents who don't control their kids. Loved the mom who's 5 yr old was hitting and kicking the gurney for no reason then rolled his eyes at me when I explained what I was going to do to him (flu swab). She just laughed and thought he was being so cute. I called him out on the eye rolling...you do not act that way towards an adult. Heck I've had a cute little 7 yr old thank me while crying after giving her a pcn shot in the thigh! Sadly the good parents are few and far between in the ED.
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    I'm not a nurse yet but please don't jump on me. I DO work in the ER in registration and can relate to almost everything in this thread.

    Patients with attitudes. Some patients are just rude and mean, cussing out EVERYONE, doctor included. You came here for help, why the attitude?

    DEFINITELY the wait issue. We told you it was going to be a 4+ hour wait and it hasn't been an hour yet. You can leave if you want but the other hospitals are probably just as busy and you will go to the bottom of their waiting times.

    People who exaggerate being sick in order to get to the back sooner. Screaming about how you can't breathe when your sats are 100% is not getting you to the back any sooner.
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    Quote from DoeRN
    I was sent to work in the ER at my old hospital when they were severely short. I was in triage and had a woman come in saying she thought she was pregnant and needed to find out. I looked at her and no words came out of my mouth. I took a deep breath and I repeated what she said and my first comment was do you know how to use a home pregnancy test? She said she didn't have money for that. But yet she had a Gucci purse and shoes and a real expensive looking coat. I was floored. This was my very first ER experience as a nurse and I can't believe some of the nonsense that comes to the ER.
    Reminds me of L&D when a new parent went on about not being able to afford formula - as s/he talked on a new iPhone and toyed around with an iPad. Priorities.....
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