Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED? - page 19

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  psu_213 profile page
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    Two more related ones I just thought of:

    Pt: "What is my blood pressure?" Me: "136/66." Pt: "I don't know what that means. Is that any good?" Ugh, then why did you ask.

    or

    Pt: "What is my blood pressure?" Me: "158/86." Pt: "Wow! That is really good for me." Me: "Actually that is still fairly high, make sure your PCP rechecks it soon." Pt: "No, that is really good. I'm usually around 180/90." Me: "Well, over time this blood pressure can take a toll on your heart, brain, and kidneys." Pt: "Nope, it's good for me...actually its too low!" (ugh) "Can I have a ginger ale before I go?"
  2. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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    Pts who tell me over and over how hungry they are, and then become angry when I tell them I've no food to offer them.

    The vast majority of people are perfectly able to go many hours, and even many days, without food and suffer no ill effect. A substantial portion of my patients could benefit from it, in fact.
  3. Visit  cjcaet profile page
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    Quote from psu_213

    We had someone ask for slippers for her husband (the pt). The nurse went in the closet in the room and got them. The nurse went back in later only to find the wife stuffing her purse with several pairs...is there anywhere else in public that people can get away with that? Do people go to a restaurant, go to the 'waitress station' and steal silverware? Nevermind, I don't think I want to know the real answer to that one.
    The answer is yes, knives, silverware, salt shakers, condiment bottles, pretty much anything not nailed down.
  4. Visit  floridaRN38 profile page
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    I have many pet peeves. One is "I am hungry let me have a turkey sandwich ". Meanwhile this loser just walked trough the doors complaining of belly and and or vomiting

    Second pet peeve. Oh and this is a big one! When a patient walks in and says "I took a pregnancy and I'm be vomitin like all day. ". I just want to smack the crap out of the pregnant woman
    Last edit by Esme12 on Feb 28, '13
  5. Visit  Sassy5d profile page
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    "I've been having this 10/10 belly and back pain x's 2 days. Go through all the stuff. Get the work up. Ur constipated. Best part, she knew it. Think you could have mentioned you couldn't poop? Then complain cuz I tell you to take some milk of magnesia?

    *edited to add: insulted that I wasn't giving her IV morphine ect ect for her pain. Cuz she hadn't pooped in 2 days.. And she was young! No history of chronic constipation. No narcotic use ect. Grrr
  6. Visit  lagalanurse profile page
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    I have two of them (at the moment).

    When pts have that beloved abdominal pain and report nausea too--and the spend the whole time spitting into a bin. Really? Spitting? It doesn't make me think you are sicker.

    When the doc won't give you any more pain medication and they get mad at ME and start treating me like I'm keeping it from them.

    Oh and I guess I have a third too. Pts that do the huffing and puffing--right in my face! Again, it doesn't make me think you are sicker of you blow in my face with your moaning.

    Ughhhhhhh. It was a long day.
  7. Visit  lagalanurse profile page
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    Ok I have another one. I'm beginning to really dread pts with abdominal pain. I can't even tell you the last pt I had with that complaint that actually had something wrong with them. And then they pitch a fit when we tell them nothing is wrong with them. I would like to give them the following discharge instructions--"next time you get a tummy ache, chug a little Pepto and sit on the toilet until it resolves itself".
    I mean--at least TRY to take a good poop or something before you take an ambulance to the ER.

    I know I'm beating a dead horse.....
  8. Visit  KentuckyNurseKim profile page
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    Quote from lagalanurse
    I have two of them (at the moment).

    When pts have that beloved abdominal pain and report nausea too--and the spend the whole time spitting into a bin. Really? Spitting? It doesn't make me think you are sicker.

    When the doc won't give you any more pain medication and they get mad at ME and start treating me like I'm keeping it from them.

    Oh and I guess I have a third too. Pts that do the huffing and puffing--right in my face! Again, it doesn't make me think you are sicker of you blow in my face with your moaning.

    Ughhhhhhh. It was a long day.


    Duh. You know we nurses are too stupid to know the difference between spit and vomit. Gosh. Can't you SEE how sick they are? Smh...
  9. Visit  hodgieRN profile page
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    OMG! I hate it when they spit! They say "nauseated" and then hock back and spit in the emesis basin. I understand doing it after you vomit b/c it in the mouth, but if you are just spitting and growling...gimme a break.
  10. Visit  ImKosher profile page
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    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    A patient experiencing a real seizure wouldn't respond to a sternum rub for one thing (atleast not during a grand mal). Or simultaneously carry on a conversation.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
    One would also not simply open one eye to see if anyone has noticed them violently shaking in the wheelchair.
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  11. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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    From tonight: A grown man screaming when I put a 20 in his AC... screaming.

    I had another man screaming, literally, from the pain in his arm... maybe a mild cellulitis... The attending finally said, "Sir, I have people with their whole arms cut off who don't scream like this. You need to stop now. I'll be back when you can control yourself."

    Hooray for attendings with the cajones to stand up to jerks.
  12. Visit  lagalanurse profile page
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    Another one from yesterday. A pt who opened the cabinet, got a bedpan, put herself on the bedpan, poured the urine into a specimen cup and then called me to say it was ready. I was like, "ma'am, the bathroom is next door. You don't have to use a bedpan. I can help you get to the bathroom." she told me she was too weak and when she has to go, it needs to be quick. I told her that she really needs to try and get to the bathroom instead and there really was no reason to use a bedpan if she was able to actually get up and get it herself.
    She made me want to bang my head against the wall.
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  13. Visit  lagalanurse profile page
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    From tonight: A grown man screaming when I put a 20 in his AC... screaming.

    I had another man screaming, literally, from the pain in his arm... maybe a mild cellulitis... The attending finally said, "Sir, I have people with their whole arms cut off who don't scream like this. You need to stop now. I'll be back when you can control yourself."

    Hooray for attendings with the cajones to stand up to jerks.
    OMG. I had one the other day that I nicknamed *ussy boy. He was 22 and screamed like a little girl when I removed the tegaderm. He was literally in tears. Really????


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