Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED? - page 23

by Whts_Ur_Emergency? 63,139 Views | 264 Comments

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

    Can you share why?
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    Quote from funfunfun550
    I chart what they say and if it is over 10 I leave it blank and make a comment
    THEN I FLAAC score their pain(typically its a 0) and make sure to write a note in the interdisciplinary not as to summarize my findings...very useful if behavioral med gets involved...
    Hi, new to nursing here...Could you expand on this more, practicularly the note in interdisciplinary and behavioral health? Thanks!
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    Quote from blackvans1234
    ED nurses that wear t-shirts instead of scrub tops

    Just be glad its not a tank top, like Carol from ER.
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    I think a big pet peeve of mine is the sense of entitlement some people have. People will roll right through on an ambulance and ask for some slippers and something to eat before I've even gotten them undressed, oh and did I say their pain is 12/10 while they are talking on their cell phone! Uuuuuugh!
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    Quote from nrsecarolyn
    ask for some slippers
    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.
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    Quote from nrsecarolyn
    I think a big pet peeve of mine is the sense of entitlement some people have. People will roll right through on an ambulance and ask for some slippers and something to eat before I've even gotten them undressed, oh and did I say their pain is 12/10 while they are talking on their cell phone! Uuuuuugh!
    It's universal. I love it! Plus Hi my name is... "Hey can you give me something for pain too? And a pillow?"
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    Quote from sserrn
    Please don't lose any sleep about what I chart or don't chart. ;-) My point was, if a medication helps your pain, it can't be a 10 anymore, considering 10 is the maximum.
    Lol I do the same!! That damn chart, no one understands!!
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    Without sounding as if I am on a high horse, how do you know the pt doesn't have "real" seizures without running an EEG, and even then you don't always get a true picture of what is going on? Both my daughter and I have epilepsy and our seizures couldn't be more different. She has generalized seizures whereas I have both complex partial and simple partial seizures. I do have a post-ictal period after complex partials but usually not after the simple partials. It might help to get a seizure specialist to run a seminar on types of epilepsy, proper treatment, etc. and it should be an epileptologist. Not just a neuro. And those "fake seizures" are a true medical disorder, and should be treated with a Psych visit. As for the patients having them, 90% of them truly believe they have true seizures. Very, very few of us who are truly epileptic will even come to the ER unless where we are in status epilepticus or we had a particularly bad seizure last night, somehow got tangled in the covers and lost our ability to breathe, have been saved by a family member and we need someone in the medical profession to assess us, especially if we are having frequent seizures and are afraid of SUDEP.Just because we have seizures, we are not blithering idiots.
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    Responding to Jan 3 by murse636i dont know how no ED nurse has mentioned this yet..two of my biggest peeves are "seizures" you know that ones that can verbalize they are having a seizure during it, or are able to follow commands, and are never post ictal, hypertensive, or tachycardic. ive come to the conclusion that seizures are the adult equivalent to "temper tantrums" 4 year old throw hissy fits, middle age adults throw seizures. ive stopped many seizures dead in their tracks with the ammonia smelling salts....idiots, like do these people honestly think the medical professionals are going to be fooled. or the political correctness MDs use to cover their ass "i have non epileptic or pseudo seizures" i try my hardest not to laugh when i hear that.


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