Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED? - page 3

by Whts_Ur_Emergency?

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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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    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)
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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?
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    Buses also do not give change .
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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!
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    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
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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.
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    Quote from Pets to People
    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?
    Sure, the $20 could be all she has.
    The phone could be turned off.

    Alternately, the patient could have been yammering on her cell phone making a hair appontment drinking a $4 coffees, complaining of 12/10 pain.

    I'll give the nurse the benefit of the doubt on his/her ability to assess the situation. Part of our job is to read between the lines. I have insisted on giving a patient a cab voucher even though he assured me he had the resources to get home. He probaly did, but in my judgement, he could have put that $10 to good use. He accepted it graciously. Nobody would have criticized me for doubting the pt's claims, and reading vetween the lines. He was a proud man, who I managed to help without injuring his pride.
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    Quote from Pets to People
    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?
    And I should have just ignored the carton of cigarettes in her bag? Maybe it was almost empty and the $20 was already allocated to the next pack...
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    My biggest pet peeve is the constant complaining about the wait in ER. Hello, this is the ER. Whatever made you think it would be a quick in and out? Let me push that STEMI out of the way so you and abdominal pain can get right in. Do me a favor first, and throw that cheeseburger and chips away. It's hard to believe you've been vomiting all day when you are chowing down on a burger in triage. If you have to wait, its good news, you aren't dying!

    My second biggest pet peeve is the people who go on and on to yes or no questions. Question: Are you allergic to any medication?" Answer: "Well, one time I was at my neighbors and bla bla bla.... it is a yes or no question! Yes or No
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    To piggy back on the wait time pet peeve...

    The patient's who actually WAIT for 6+ hours in the ER to be seen. Sometimes I understand why, but when someone waits for 6+ hours to be seen for an ingrown toe nail then asks for narcs to go home with, that drives me crazy. If you're still alive after 6+ hours, you dont need to be in the ER.

    My favorite conversation in the last month after ingrown toe nail extraction:

    Pt: "motrin wont TOUCH my pain."

    Me: "well, you just had a piece of your toe nail removed. It's going to be painful. But luckily you have prescription strength Motrin which will help with the swelling, which will minimize the pressure on those nerve endings. And with the decrease in swelling, it will really help with pain. Besides, how would you know if it's getting better if you're masking the pain with the strong stuff? *SMILE*"

    Pt: "I can't function like this!"

    Me: "Well, you REALLY can't function on narcotics. It messes with your cognitive processes amongst other things. Did you know you could get a DUI if you were taking narcotics and driving or riding a bike?"

    Pt: "Fine, I'll just go down the street to the other hospital. they always give me the narcs."

    Me: "ok."
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