Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED? - page 9

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  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from DoeRN
    I was sent to work in the ER at my old hospital when they were severely short. I was in triage and had a woman come in saying she thought she was pregnant and needed to find out. I looked at her and no words came out of my mouth. I took a deep breath and I repeated what she said and my first comment was do you know how to use a home pregnancy test? She said she didn't have money for that. But yet she had a Gucci purse and shoes and a real expensive looking coat. I was floored. This was my very first ER experience as a nurse and I can't believe some of the nonsense that comes to the ER.
    Welcome to our world......we see stuff like this ALLthe time!!!!!
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  2. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    This is more of a coworker pet peeve. I've been getting kids back all night with obviously fake triage vitals. The 19m old with a triage hr of 60 and respers of 16? Uh....if that was true, why weren't they rushed back for some stat interventions? Interesting that when I went in the hr was in the 140s and the baby was breathing around 34.

    If you're going to fake normal signs at least know what's developmentally appropriate, for heaven's sake.
  3. Visit  DeBerham profile page
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    c/o abd pain while sucking down pringles... seriously now.
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  4. Visit  SionainnRN profile page
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    Hands down biggest pet peeve is parents who don't control their kids. Loved the mom who's 5 yr old was hitting and kicking the gurney for no reason then rolled his eyes at me when I explained what I was going to do to him (flu swab). She just laughed and thought he was being so cute. I called him out on the eye rolling...you do not act that way towards an adult. Heck I've had a cute little 7 yr old thank me while crying after giving her a pcn shot in the thigh! Sadly the good parents are few and far between in the ED.
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  5. Visit  smoup profile page
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    I'm not a nurse yet but please don't jump on me. I DO work in the ER in registration and can relate to almost everything in this thread.

    Patients with attitudes. Some patients are just rude and mean, cussing out EVERYONE, doctor included. You came here for help, why the attitude?

    DEFINITELY the wait issue. We told you it was going to be a 4+ hour wait and it hasn't been an hour yet. You can leave if you want but the other hospitals are probably just as busy and you will go to the bottom of their waiting times.

    People who exaggerate being sick in order to get to the back sooner. Screaming about how you can't breathe when your sats are 100% is not getting you to the back any sooner.
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  6. Visit  MBrickle profile page
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    Quote from DoeRN
    I was sent to work in the ER at my old hospital when they were severely short. I was in triage and had a woman come in saying she thought she was pregnant and needed to find out. I looked at her and no words came out of my mouth. I took a deep breath and I repeated what she said and my first comment was do you know how to use a home pregnancy test? She said she didn't have money for that. But yet she had a Gucci purse and shoes and a real expensive looking coat. I was floored. This was my very first ER experience as a nurse and I can't believe some of the nonsense that comes to the ER.
    Reminds me of L&D when a new parent went on about not being able to afford formula - as s/he talked on a new iPhone and toyed around with an iPad. Priorities.....
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  7. Visit  psu_213 profile page
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    Quote from smoup
    People who exaggerate being sick in order to get to the back sooner. Screaming about how you can't breathe when your sats are 100% is not getting you to the back any sooner.
    I run in to pts. that know that "chest pain" are the magic words that get you immediately transported to a tx area. So they come in the N/V/abd pain. They see how many people are in the waiting room. They wait 30 minutes to get to triage. Then at the end of the triage they throw it that "oh, yeah, I have this feeling like an elephant is sitting on my chest."
  8. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    When pts say "oh I dont have to pay for it". It takes every ounce of restraint not to say, "no I pay for your dumbass to come in for a nausea that you got after closing down the buffett".
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  9. Visit  smoup profile page
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    Quote from psu_213
    I run in to pts. that know that "chest pain" are the magic words that get you immediately transported to a tx area. So they come in the N/V/abd pain. They see how many people are in the waiting room. They wait 30 minutes to get to triage. Then at the end of the triage they throw it that "oh, yeah, I have this feeling like an elephant is sitting on my chest."
    Yeah, we get that sometimes, though not as often as you'd think.

    Narc seekers as well. Oh, you're allergic to all pain medication, EXCEPT narcs? Really? And then as soon as they find out they aren't getting any, leave.

    Non-custodial parents who bring in their kids but don't know anything about them, whether their shots are up to date, their doctor, sometimes even the kid's address. Seriously??
  10. Visit  psu_213 profile page
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    Quote from smoup
    Narc seekers as well. Oh, you're allergic to all pain medication, EXCEPT narcs? Really? And then as soon as they find out they aren't getting any, leave.
    Tell me about it. I do realize that there are some people who are allergic to things other than narcs. However, the people who can "just" have dilaudid is way out of proportion.
  11. Visit  JBudd profile page
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    Currently? The shortage of Droperidol!!

    Or the "newer" docs who ignore all of us who explain this particular person is NOT to be getting any narcs from us: per their PCP and the care conferences that were held about them. There is a plan in place, stick to it!

    The patients who come in and before they get registered want to know which doc is on duty.
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  12. Visit  Berkley, RN BSN profile page
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    When I floated to our ED, we had a young girl come in with her mother for a upt. Well, right after that, we had a MI come in. We all were in the room with the patient, and as I was going back the mom was at the desk demanding we see her daughter. I told her it would be a bit as we have a patient in room 2 that needs to be seen right now. Then, the girl comes over to the room, pushes through the flight crew as they are walking up demanding she is seen and how she's waited forever on us, and how horrible we all are and cursing like crazy. Luckily the ED manager was there and he took care of it. She finally left but not without griping on her way out the door. I can't make this stuff up.
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  13. Visit  smoup profile page
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    The people who think the ED is a hotel. Can I have a blanket? A pillow? Some water? Food? All this in the WAITING ROOM, as well as in the back.

    Seriously???
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