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

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... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    Jan, that's what I call free entertainment. Just let her twitch, she'll get tired eventually.
  2. by   SionainnRN
    This happened yesterday, a pt complaining at discharge about how long everything took. Yeah it took a long time, and you were stuck on a gurney in the hallway cause we were PACKED! You saw how many pts we had, how we were running around, and I'm sorry but you had a UTI it wasn't life threatening. Grrrr! We try to do everything for everyone, and can only do so much. I can understand if we're sitting on our butts eating bon bons, but come on!
  3. by   thelema13
    "My kid is having an asthma attack, I've been giving him nebs all night and nothing worked."

    Even though the child's K+ levels are WNL, and I can smell the cigarette smoke from outside the room. Liars.
  4. by   cmbuckley
    Press Ganey Score
  5. by   cmbuckley
    You are a Registered Nurse not a transporter. If all your peers agreed to not transport and wait for the transport person there would be delays all the time and management would have to address the transportation issue and not have RN`S doing ancillary work.
  6. by   cmbuckley
    Open plan ED`S so that the patients (ESI 3,4 + 5) can see the (ESI 1 + 2) patients. Have seen it work many times when there are multiple trauma`s from 1 incident so it spills out on to the main ED (Trauma Rooms full) these patients with non acute/non life threatning complaints stop complaining.
  7. by   Sassy5d
    When I came to ER (just finished up my 3 month orientation start of Dec.) I knew people came to ER for the smallest complaints. I had NO idea so many people came to ER for FOOD. Regardless of complaint, they all want fed. That's my big peeve.
  8. by   SNB1014
    Quote from Poochiewoochie
    Aren't you supposed to chart what the patient says? If they say 10 that's what you're supposed to put down, not "eyeroll" and put down what you think it is.

    .....are you my former critical care instructor lurking? urgh cmon
  9. by   Sassy5d
    Oh ya and tin out of tin pain (spelled wrong on purpose to emphasize) chest/abdominal/back and you can't even start them triaged because they start demanding: I need a blanket, the telephone, a pillow, those footy socks, something for pain, something to eat, a taxi voucher, how long is this going to take. The turniquette is too tight, why don't you get discovery channel?

    Oh another fav.. Women coming in for vaginal problems knowing they will get a pelvic exam and they bring all their small kids.. Really??
  10. by   emtb2rn
    Probably already mentioned but mine is "i can't swallow pills" and they're over the age of 6. Seriously? How do you eat? And yeah, that's what i ask them.
  11. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from nurseladyk
    I literally want yell at people when I ask them to rate their pain 0-10 and the tell me 12, 20, 50, whatever....I said 0-10, 10 is the worst people!!!! Not that big of a deal, but it drives me nuts!
    More than that, I'm irritated when people start using fractions.

    I already believe that 0-10 is much too fine a scale but then they start breaking out halves and quarters. Um, OK...

    I think about it in quartiles... none, a little, some, a lot... that's sufficient for what we're doing particularly given most PRN orders either say "for pain" or "for mild/moderate/severe pain."

    The decade scale is silly and a decimal scale is completely absurd.
  12. by   psu_213
    Quote from emtb2rn
    Probably already mentioned but mine is "i can't swallow pills" and they're over the age of 6. Seriously? How do you eat? And yeah, that's what i ask them.
    No kidding. I understand that we have some horse pills, and I am willing to give them a pass on that. Sometimes, though, the pill is tiny and I have a 30 year old choking, gagging, and asking for a bucket. Maybe not a pet peeve, but very annoying.
  13. by   psu_213
    So basically every pet peeve listed here has been about patients, and I agree with the vast majority of them. However, I wanted to mention one that deals with fellow ER staff.

    We all have annoyances with certain docs. There are some the move really slow--we will have patients who have been there for an hour and they are only seeing 3 patients. There are docs that take forever to give dispositions--all the lab work, rad test, etc. are back, the patient is sitting there getting antsy, and the doc is not doing anything to get the patient out the door. There is the doc that orders every possible lab, a scan, and then does an LP....for knee pain (OK, so the last part was a bit of an exaggeration, but I think you know what I mean).

    Those just irritate me though, they are not real 'pet peeves.'

    The pet peeve: staff (particularly non-licensed staff) who question the competency of the doctors. The doctors went to med school for 4 years. They had 3 years of an intensive EM residency. With a very few exceptions, they know more than I do and I darn well know that they know more that the techs and secretaries do about emergency medicine. Despite this, these situations have happened (names are changed to protect the innocent/guilty):

    1. A doctor who is one of those docs known for ordering a gazillions tests for a simple CC calls the ID doc after such a workup. Based on his conversation with ID, the patient is going to be admitted with a dx. of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. One of the techs (one of the real obnoxious know it alls) says: "oh yeah, look at that. Leave it to Dr. Smith to make up some diagnosis like that just to make it look like he knows what he is doing for once." Uh, excuse me? Dr. Smith did not "make up" this disease (plus it was ID that 'gave' him this dx.) and Dr. Smith, although he is not my favorite doc, knows a heck of a lot more than you do.

    2. Tech: "oh, we have to work with Dr. Harris today. She is such an idiot." Me: "Karen, I really don't think it is appropriate to call her that. She is good at what she does." Karen: "No, I don't like her. She is unsure of herself. She is an idiot."

    3. Pt with left sided neck pain, no chest pain. Tech: "Why did Dr. Gold order an EKG? She is not having chest pain. This is just ridiculous. I am going to email Mary (our NM) because I am so tired of doing EKGs on all these people who aren't having heart attacks. This person I fine, I'm not doing this EKG."

    4. Secretary to the charge nurse: "I refuse to work in that section today." Charge nurse: "Why? What is the issue." Secretary: "Dr. Williams is back there. He orders all these silly tests, makes me call doctors for no reason and really just doesn't know what he is doing."

    (This is already a long post, so I will spare you all the details of the conversations that followed with the individuals who said these gems. Of course they are also the ones who, when you ask them to be more respectful towards others, say "but I have a First Amendment right to free speech." Ugh...not worth getting into that one!)

    And it goes on and on. I'd hate to hear what they say about nurses behind our backs.