Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED? - page 21

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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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    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*
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    Pts who come in for chest pain and then disappear to go outside and smoke.

    Pts who say they have no past medical history, but are on 5 different prescribed medications.

    Pts who say they are allergic to morphine because it makes them "sleepy."

    Pts who play their IPOD out loud.

    Pts who request an ambulance to take them back home.

    Family members who walk around and stare at other pts.

    Family members who are asked to leave the room for a minute and stand right outside the curtain.

    Family members who lower the HOB on pts with a bleed.

    Family members who "faint" and magically bends their knees, sit on their butt, slowly roll on their back, while never touching the head to the ground, as the arms spread all the way out to mimic the crucifixion of jesus christ.

    Family members who come get you because something starting beeping 3 seconds ago. You don't have to tell me it beeping. That's why it beeps.

    I hate it when I enter a room and then everyone immediately stops talking and stares at you as you draw blood.

    My biggest pet peeve...the one that drives me absolutely insane...When a pt has a fever, the family member drapes 3 blankets on them. You take them off, explain to them that it only makes it worse, you explain that the shivering is not because they are cold. Then, you leave, and they put the blankets back on. It's the only time I really raise my voice.
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    Had one time when a homeless man called EMS due to chest pain. They brought him from the other side of town. As they pulled into the bay and opened the back doors he jumped off the stretcher and ran as fast as he could out towards the street. We retrieved the pt and asked why he did that.

    Pt: I just needed a ride over here. I have a birthday party down the street at my friends place. I don't have anymore chest pain. Can I go now?

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    but you can sedate it...
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    People who come in and dictate their care. "I want you to draw a cholesterol level, don't do a chest X-ray, I need at least 4 mg dilaudid, I'll go outside and smoke if I won't to, I have abdominal pain because I'm hungry-bring me a sandwich" my personal favorite is...I know I have ( fill in the blank) because I looked it up on the Internet.
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    I really wish there were like buttons on these!!!!
    turnforthenurseRN and Altra like this.
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    Quote from KentuckyNurseKim
    Last shift we were getting ready to incubate a bad COPDer
    Incubate? How old was this patient...still an egg?

    Sorry, I had to!

    As y'all were...
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    Quote from JessiekRN
    "When are they going to move her out of the hallway and into a room?" What I actually say: "let me speak with my charge nurse and see what I can do. I apologize we're very busy today. I know being in the hallway is difficult".What I would like to say: "Never. You're in the hallway cause you aren't that sick and I'm saving my rooms for ppl who actually need them".
    When we're packed to the rafters, I actually tell people in the hallway that they don't want want to be the patient who qualifies for a room tonight. Seems to work.
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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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    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!


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