Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED? - page 17

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. Visit  Altra} profile page
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    Quote from shoegalRN
    My biggest pet peeve?

    When there is a trauma going on, or we are dealing with a really sick patient (intubation) and someone who is in a room for dental pain X 2 months, or foot pain X 12 years or something like that comes up to the nursing station and says:

    -So, when is the doctor gonna come and see me?

    Me: I'm sorry, the doctors are busy with a really sick patient. We will get to you as soon as we can.

    -But I've been waiting (insert time here) and I was here first.

    Me: I understand you have been waiting to be seen for your (insert complaint here), but we have someone who is actively dying right now so that person is the priority.

    -So, it takes all those doctors to work on one person? How long is that gonna take? *with arms crossed*

    Me: It will take as long as it takes. And how would you feel if it were you in there actively dying or one of your family members and there is someone who has toe pain questioning how long is it gonna take to save your life? How would you feel?

    -But I was here first!

    Me: Please go back to your room. *walks away*
    I have a patented death stare/raised eyebrow look for these. I'll be marketing it shortly.
    mrsmamabear2002, Esme12, uRNmyway, and 2 others like this.
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  3. Visit  KentuckyNurseKim} profile page
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    Quote from FlorenceFrightengale

    Incubate? How old was this patient...still an egg?

    Sorry, I had to!

    As y'all were...
    Didn't even pick up on that! My OCD has failed me!
  4. Visit  Esme12} profile page
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    Quote from KentuckyNurseKim
    Didn't even pick up on that! My OCD has failed me!
    The auto-correct strikes again!!!!!
    Last shift we were getting ready to incubate a bad COPDer
  5. Visit  Hanginten247} profile page
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    Biggest pet-peeve: drunks choosing to pee all over the ER floor instead of using a urinal or bedpan, happens DAILY
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  6. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥} profile page
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    Quote from Hanginten247
    Biggest pet-peeve: drunks choosing to pee all over the ER floor instead of using a urinal or bedpan, happens DAILY
    Yeah, that.

    It was topped for me, though, when a 5150 poured his urinal all over himself.
  7. Visit  psu_213} profile page
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    Quote from hodgieRN
    Pts who say they have no past medical history, but are on 5 different prescribed medications.
    This is a pet peeve for me too. I go back and 'fill in' their PMH based on their 18 meds after they told me they have absolutely no medical problems.

    My other pet peeve is people not knowing what med(s) they take. I understand if they take a bunch of meds they may not be able to keep track of the names and doses of each one. However, sometime people are only on one med and the don't know what it is. "I take a med...it might be for diabetes...or blood pressure. Oh, I know, its a little round white pill." (Oh, thanks, now I know exactly what it is.) Anyway, if you don't know even the name of the med, how do you know the pharmacy gave you the correct med when they refilled your script?
  8. Visit  Roosterread} profile page
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    Quote from psu_213

    This is a pet peeve for me too. I go back and 'fill in' their PMH based on their 18 meds after they told me they have absolutely no medical problems.

    My other pet peeve is people not knowing what med(s) they take. I understand if they take a bunch of meds they may not be able to keep track of the names and doses of each one. However, sometime people are only on one med and the don't know what it is. "I take a med...it might be for diabetes...or blood pressure. Oh, I know, its a little round white pill." (Oh, thanks, now I know exactly what it is.) Anyway, if you don't know even the name of the med, how do you know the pharmacy gave you the correct med when they refilled your script?
    Or how about when they say, "it's all in my record" or "my wife (husband) has all that information" or "my doctor knows what medications I'm on". Your medication list may have changed because you haven't been here for 2 years, your spouse isn't here right now and your doctor has 500 other patients and its 2am on a Saturday morning. Some can't even tell you the name of their pharmacy. And then the admitting physician is mad because you can't give him an accurate med rec.
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  9. Visit  KentuckyNurseKim} profile page
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    At my facility, they even expect us to STOP WHAT WE ARE DOING and do everything we can to get that med list. Call the pharmacy and get a list faxed, call the MD, call home and have all 6,000 read to us over the phone. Like we have time for that?
  10. Visit  k-flo} profile page
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    Family member: "We have tried everything to get rid of his chest pains but nothing works! We are looking for someone who can help him!"
    Me to the pt: "I see you have nitroglycerin prescribed, did you take any?"
    Pt: "No"
    Me: "Have you tried dieting and exercise?"
    Pt: "No, no, no"
    That's like me saying I'd do anything to lose weight except diet and exercise. This patient will do anything to be healthy except following a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes there isn't a magic trick people, the key to good health is a healthy lifestyle.
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  11. Visit  blackvans1234} profile page
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    ED nurses that wear t-shirts instead of scrub tops

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    Quote from blackvans1234
    ED nurses that wear t-shirts instead of scrub tops

    What's wrong with wearing tshirts?

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  13. Visit  MikeShea} profile page
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    Maybe I haven't earned the right yet to comment on this thread; I'm only a student nurse at the moment.

    However I do have experience with ED's in my capacity as a volunteer EMT. I completely agree with who ever said rude pt's. I can put up with almost any amount on nonsense as long as you're polite or, at least, not rude (since manners are generally the first thing to go out the window when you're a 12 on the 1-10 pain scale :P).

    However, on the same note, I absolutely abhor miserable ED staff; nurses, doctors, administrators and everyone else. Granted, they are a minority but if you present to hospital with anything and if you meet 100 nurses and doctors and just ONE of them comes off as pained or dejected as you explain what's happened, that's all you'll remember. That ONE miserable nurse or doctor will make the other 99 look just as unpleasant in the pt's eyes and that's what he/she will tell his/her friends when they ask "how was the ER?"

    Now before I sound like I don't appreciate what nurses do, I understand perfectly well that we're all human and there are parts of every job that people hate and we all have bad days where we could be a little bit more understanding to colleagues and pt's. Lord knows I have a few. But again, as with any job, there are certainly some ED nurses and doctors who simply should not be there and I must stress that they are a slim, slim minority.

    Thanks for entertaining my musings. Hope to see you in the ED some day!
  14. Visit  psu_213} profile page
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    Quote from MikeShea
    However, on the same note, I absolutely abhor miserable ED staff; nurses, doctors, administrators and everyone else. Granted, they are a minority but if you present to hospital with anything and if you meet 100 nurses and doctors and just ONE of them comes off as pained or dejected as you explain what's happened, that's all you'll remember. That ONE miserable nurse or doctor will make the other 99 look just as unpleasant in the pt's eyes and that's what he/she will tell his/her friends when they ask "how was the ER?"
    I totally agree that working with miserable staff stinks. There is no reason not to be pleasant to coworkers, patients, EMTs, etc. I want the patients to be fixed (or at least feeling better when they leave then when the arrived--although this is often not possible). I want them to 'like' the staff that was caring for them...even if they don't appreciate said staff until well after the visit. However, I can't say that I am all that concerned with how they answer the question "how was the ER?" You can fill in the blank of "how was the ___?" with "restaurant," "resort," or "spa," and the answer to that question would be important. However, the ER is none of those things, despite the opinion of some patients that a visit to the ED is a spa day.

    While I agree with the vast majority of your post, I have to disagree with this one statement.
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