You experienced ED nurses will get a kick out of this..... - page 2

You may recall that one of my last posts was concerning how patients were being treated by the other ED staff. Well, I've been in the ED now for 2 whole months. I promised myself that I would NOT... Read More

  1. by   JeanettePNP
    I really don't get all the stories of ER abuse. Who wants to spend all day (or all night) in an ER? My couches at home are a lot comfier and I get to choose what I want to watch.
  2. by   nurseangel47
    I would like to take this opportunity to say a hearty and heartfelt, THANK YOU! to all you talented ED nurses! My SO had blocked posterior circumflex artery back in the summer, had an MI, I headed to ED after giving him aspirin and one of my BP pills, (his BP was elevated) and the ED nurses were on him like white on rice, but with very graceful, if you will, choreographed and meaningful purpose, to get him stabilized, properly diagnosed, sent to CCU, etc. I was very much impressed, even tho' I'm a nurse myself. I just could not do what you guys/girls do! I take my (nurse's) cap off to you in professional awe :bowingpur ...again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!
  3. by   grammyr
    We all should remember that since we can't cure stupid, jusst consider these people job security.

    Had someone tell me once that no matter which ED you work in, the same 100 come in over and over and over and over, then get on a bus and go aggravate some body else.
  4. by   Nursonegreat
    Quote from ChayaN
    I really don't get all the stories of ER abuse. Who wants to spend all day (or all night) in an ER? My couches at home are a lot comfier and I get to choose what I want to watch.
    i dont work in an ER but being devils advocate...perhaps some of those people dont have couches, let alone ones that are comfy....and perhaps they dont have a TV or have a wife who wont let go of the remote. dont assume everyone has the riches we call couches and TVs.
  5. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from Nursonegreat
    i dont work in an ER but being devils advocate...perhaps some of those people dont have couches, let alone ones that are comfy....and perhaps they dont have a TV or have a wife who wont let go of the remote. dont assume everyone has the riches we call couches and TVs.
    Are you saying that the ER abusers come to the ER because they find the surroundings there a lot more pleasant than their own homes? Sad.
  6. by   Nursonegreat
    i dont know why the abusers go to the ER...sure it could be possible thats its better in an ER than their surroundings and its definitly sad, but dont think everyone has it as good as we have it and the things we can afford, thats all
  7. by   hogan4736
    it's ignorance that fuels most ER visits...

    it has nothing to do w/ couches, creature comforts, or whatever someone's home life is like...
  8. by   hogan4736
    98% of all Americans have a TV...

    They all came in to my ER this holiday weekend...
  9. by   gonzo1
    I love my frequent flyers. Great job security and great stories to tell family and friends. You have got to view the job as entertaining or you will drive yourself crazy. There are a million reasons why people come to the ER for stupid things and I'm sure bad couch and no remote are just one of many. Still I would never trade my ER job for any other. Where else do you get to work so closely with the MD, see so much, work with all ages and dx, all walks of life. No middle of the night calls to MDs. If a pt is crashing you yell 10 ft out to your ER doc. Mine are all nice but one. Great ratio.
    I love my ER.
  10. by   EmerNurse
    Quote from hogan4736
    it's ignorance that fuels most ER visits...

    it has nothing to do w/ couches, creature comforts, or whatever someone's home life is like...
    Someone said this once in another thread... that it's the "fix me NOW" entitlement aura in this day and age. No one wants to wait for ANYTHING - they're entitled to what they want and right now! I don't feel good.. fix me now!

    Had a young lady come in last night round 1am for "stuffy head, headache, feels bad" for 2 days. "Did you take any medicine?" I politely ask. "No" is the answer. "Are you an idiot or can I show you where the cold meds are in Walgreens?" I do not say but WANT to. She was still waiting when I left this morning at 0730. At least she didn't whine about the wait. Oh btw - we had SIX ICU holds in our small ER.

    Gotta love it!
  11. by   Aliakey
    Quote from Nursonegreat
    i dont work in an ER but being devils advocate...perhaps some of those people dont have couches, let alone ones that are comfy....and perhaps they dont have a TV or have a wife who wont let go of the remote. dont assume everyone has the riches we call couches and TVs.
    I agree with ya!

    Had an elderly patient in the other day with complaints of nausea, and her adult sons were with her. Since I'm new to the ER, one of the nurses told me that this patient is here any time the weather goes sour with the same c/c; EMS explained that the mother's home stands no better than a few leaky sheets of plywood on 2x4s, and there is no heating or AC. At the ER, she gets a full meal and a few hours of a comfortable environment.

    I've lived in a similar condition in my worst days of life, so had some empathy for her situation. Well, my feeling for her *sons* all changed when I wheeled her out to the lobby after being discharged. One of her sons pulled around in a nearly new shiney, loaded, red Ford pickup... and yep, it *was* his (I made a comment about how nice he kept that pickup looking, asked how long he had it, etc. just to test my theory). Grrr! So while their mother lives in a clapboard house, the sons are enjoying their comfy luxuries?

    Grumble. All I can do is think that on the day of death, everyone has to answer to what less-than-nobel deeds they have done in their life. The only way to keep my sanity (if I have any left, lol!)
  12. by   NoMoreStudying
    I'm not experienced but my favorite is the people who come back 1-2 hours later. lo and behold, they still have gastroenteritis! No, they haven't tried any of the meds, but it won't go away!

    Charge says, so seriously, "That's it! who didn't use their magic wand?!"

    I also love the people that come to you in triage and say "Fine, I'll go out to the curb and call 911."

    "Okay, but they'll bring you right back here and now you'll be at the back of the line wasting the 1(2,3,4) hours you've already waited."
  13. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from ParrotHeadRN
    You may recall that one of my last posts was concerning how patients were being treated by the other ED staff. Well, I've been in the ED now for 2 whole months. I promised myself that I would NOT become a mean ED nurse. Well.

    I am pretty sick of people in general at this point. So, lately I've been pretty pi$$ed off at work, and am feeling most people are jackasses! I told one of my coworkers that I don't think I can work ED because I'm mad all the time. She just laughed and said I'd be mad for a while, then I'd just think it's funny. I'm hoping that part comes soon.


    ....

    OTOH, the other night we had a chest pain come back, definitely an AMI and I was part of getting him better! That was awesome!!! That's what I want to do, NOT be a clinic for people that just don't get it. After reading posts here, I know that ED abuse is everywhere, so I know I'm not alone in feeling this way, just new to it. I hope I can balance myself soon. I can hear myself getting shorter and shorter with people. I really don't want to be that way, but good GRIEF sometimes these people deserve it!

    PH
    This is why I or my family have to be near death before we dare to drag ourselves to ER. And for those times when it was my family you were a part of rescuing, I absolutely thank you. I could not work in the ER without two BP meds and a tranquilizer on board.

    Hope it gets better for you, and please take comfort in the fact that one save can negate 10 frequent flyers or 1 annoying family member, the way I see it.

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