Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED? - page 2

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  ecerrn} profile page
    5
    Yeah, that is a big pet peeve...treating the patients perspective...now how am I supposed to do that....especially if that perspective is sort of irrational. Sometimes I would love admin to try it themselves. I can't be whatever you want me to be...otherwise maybe I'd make alot more money in a different profession. My sane patients give good feedback, but when you get a three page letter written in crayon how lousy the nurse was...I mean, how can you give credence to that sort of complaint? Laughing. How can you even ask me to explain it? I'm not real happy with the way admin is going...it's like they have no brains...or experience dealing with the public. That is my biggest pet peeve...learn to read between the lines admin.
    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.
    nrsang97, shamrokks, canoehead, and 2 others like this.
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  3. Visit  VICEDRN} profile page
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    My pet peeve is the customer service garbage where we give the patient whatever they want. Pt c/ o ankle pain, no swelling noted, nothing on X-ray but insists she can not walk and needs crutches. Why do we give these people them? Ugh.Same for the mvc people who turn their completely negative exam into a major drama. "Oh! Doctor says I can't go back to work for days." Or... You asked for an excuse For work and got it.
  4. Visit  Candogirl} profile page
    9
    I'm sure you've all expeienced this one . . . "My pain is a 10/10 (while texting) and I need 8 mg Dilaudid and some phenergan and benadryl . . . IV push only, not pills." I love it when they think they can place a medication order. Nothing yells more loudly "Narc seeker" than this.
    NYC68, funfunfun550, JustaGypsy, and 6 others like this.
  5. Visit  shoegalRN} profile page
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    The ones that get me?

    The homeless that have an entitlement attitude, upset because they missed curfew for the homeless shelter and EXPECT the ER to provide them a place to sleep, with no medical complaint what so ever.

    I've had my share of these pts in the last week, and I tell them no, I will NOT put my signature on any paper stating you were seen in the ER so you can show you were here. It's not required nor is there a law that says I HAVE to. Your discharge papers will show the time you checked in and the time you were discharged. If you leave prior to being seen by a doctor, you will NOT get discharge papers and that's too bad. It is NOT the ER's responsiblity to provide you with somewhere to sleep for the night because you missed your curfew for the homeless shelter due to your shenagians. Next time, plan accordingly and be in by curfew. It is not the ER's problem you have no where to go.
    uRNmyway and Du3du3 like this.
  6. Visit  Du3du3} profile page
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    ecerrn... wat is a stemi??
    Im a 4th year student and i want to work in the ER...
    Im studying in Palistine and i might have a chance working in America... but that word just got to me since its not used here :/
  7. Visit  brillohead} profile page
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    Quote from Du3du3
    ecerrn... wat is a stemi??
    Im a 4th year student and i want to work in the ER...
    Im studying in Palistine and i might have a chance working in America... but that word just got to me since its not used here :/
    What is a STEMI? : Code STEMI
  8. Visit  Esme12} profile page
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    Quote from Du3du3
    ecerrn... wat is a stemi??
    Im a 4th year student and i want to work in the ER...
    Im studying in Palistine and i might have a chance working in America... but that word just got to me since its not used here :/
    ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction
  9. Visit  psu_213} profile page
    5
    One specific example of a general pet peeve of mine:

    Pt (who was there for the 3rd time for the same busted tooth, still yet to see a dentist): "I need a bus pass to get home."
    Me: "We don't give out bus passes...is there someone who can pick you up?"
    Pt: "I don't know...I need to use a phone."

    At this point I direct her to a phone where she whips out here smart phone to look up her friends' phone numbers

    After the phone calls: "No one can pick me up...are you sure about the bus pas?"
    Me: "We don't do that."
    Pt: "Is there somewhere I can get change for this for bus fare." (as the pt flashes me a $20 bill)
  10. Visit  Pets to People} profile page
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    Quote from psu_213
    One specific example of a general pet peeve of mine:

    Pt (who was there for the 3rd time for the same busted tooth, still yet to see a dentist): "I need a bus pass to get home."
    Me: "We don't give out bus passes...is there someone who can pick you up?"
    Pt: "I don't know...I need to use a phone."

    At this point I direct her to a phone where she whips out here smart phone to look up her friends' phone numbers

    After the phone calls: "No one can pick me up...are you sure about the bus pas?"
    Me: "We don't do that."
    Pt: "Is there somewhere I can get change for this for bus fare." (as the pt flashes me a $20 bill)
    Ya'll need to start thinking out of the box...I've been in this girls shoes before...that $20 could be all she has for the next week, two weeks, month to use for food, bus or whatever. Just because someone has a twenty doesn't mean there is more where it came from. And did you not consider that her phone is turned off cause she does not have the money to pay the bill, so she can't use it for calls but she can still use the address book?
    KaroSnowQueen and GradyGramNot like this.
  11. Visit  Trekfan} profile page
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    Buses also do not give change .
    GradyGramNot likes this.
  12. Visit  glutton4punishment} profile page
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    1. The general lack of responsibility that people have for their own healthcare. Somewhere, somehow, people (generally speaking) feel that they should get free healthcare. I don't understand this. This is America, like it or not, we are a capitalist society. Your healthcare is not free.

    2. Patients that get all ****** about the wait time. Actually, this should be #1. OMG. What is so difficult to understand? You are in the EMERGENCY department. The only time you will not wait for several hours is if you are a trauma. So be thankful! If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, "how long will it take?" AAAAAHHHHHHH.

    3. When the friends or family members start telling me about their own ailments. So annoying.

    4. Crazy people and drug addicts. I know, i know, you think i'm an a-hole. I just don't empathize with them. I try to change myself, i really really try. I just feel like a lot of these people need a good spanking.

    5. Babies that die.

    Thanks for reading my vent. I love my job!
    JustaGypsy, whichone'spink, LalaJJB, and 1 other like this.
  13. Visit  TRUtraumaRN} profile page
    3
    Everyone needs to watch the videos on YouTube if you've not seen them. Try searching for "how we would like to talk to patients" because they are most amusing and so true! There are a bunch of other animated videos along with that one
    nrsang97, BowenNarrow, and BabyRN2Be like this.
  14. Visit  psu_213} profile page
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    Quote from Pets to People
    Ya'll need to start thinking out of the box...
    You're right...I need to think outside the box so I can work the system too. Hopefully I get far enough where I get the nurses on here to support me so I don't have to work and their tax dollars can supply me with a cell phone.
    jmll1765, JDougRN, applewhitern, and 5 others like this.

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