Your least favorite patient. - page 8

Whats your least favorite type of patient to take care of in the ER..... Mine would have to be the drug over dose....had one on my last shift the treatment is pretty much the same What we normally... Read More

  1. by   back2bRN
    Least favorite pts:
    -LOL who are nice to your face but really demanding (I really hate to bother you, but... {insert multiple complaints/requests})
    -Anyone who comes in starting at triage with "Well this really isn't urgent but I was in the neighborhood..."
    -Those who in spite of educating that your "emergency"(sore knee for years, sore throat for minutes+ NVS,CTAS 5 )really isn't still insist on seeing a doctor b/c "I'm here anyways"
    -Those who outright lie to me at triage or when I take them back
    Actually anyone who has that "I'm entitled" attitude.
  2. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I dislike adult patients that are whiney and needy. I honestly had a 32 year old male the other night with a little belly ache that brought his whole adult family to the ER, including his mommy and he was crying!!! SUCK IT UP!!!!!!!!
  3. by   Rohan8
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  4. by   NO50FRANNY
    Least favourite patients: The two patients whom I charged with assault this year while trying to look after them (I am 5"3 and weigh 50kg), the older narcotic seeking paedophile whom I triaged to the waiting room who got his father to ring the director of ED to make a formal complaint that I was sarcastic and judgemental (I was neither, and I have witnesses), the borderline pd pt. that called me a *&%$#ing mole when I asked her nicely to sit in the waiting room after she manipulated her way into a bed (I had a humeral # who needed it), the four naughty, needy, mean elderly men who made my new grad cry in short stay last week (boy did they cop a spray from me), the I have a cut finger and now that I've waited an hour I have chest pain pt., passive aggression, cultivated helplessness, patients who present because they are hungover, the doctor (from a different department) who phoned triage and told me to fast track her husband please because we have small children and both have to work in the morning- um, insulting, unethical and entitled much?, the guy who brought in his girlfriend wearing his volunteer paramedic cap and telling me she is tachycardic- it's not sunny at this time of night mate- why the hat?, the patient who pulled a gun on our respiratory consultant who we are still obliged to treat when he OD's (for the literally hundredth time) and requires intubation, anyone who says they are dizzy when they clearly aren't (I actually told one if they thought they were going to faint, give me a wave and lay down on the waiting room floor) that was a busy night, man flu and especially early 20's man flu with mum in tow, patients with the alert "not to be assessed / treated by a female", the patient (seeking) who attacked the ambulance officer when I asked him to take the pt. to the waiting room after giving him orals, then threw an IV trolley at another patient, the seeker that made loud and continuous racial slurs and foul comments to one of our loveliest (Korean) doctors (he was truly upset all night), patients who use the emergency department as "one stop shopping", dependent personalities, narcissistic personalities, the anti-social personality pt. who terrifies all the nannas with their behaviour, young people who think that 1 day of vomiting and diahrroea warrants a trip to an Emergency department, young people who get drunk, fall over, sustain a small laceration then call an ambulance with the excuse that they couldn't drink drive (heard of a taxi?), patients who swear in front of elderly people, patients who work in health care who should know better, pts with family that do the stand / stare / hover thing, patients who take absolutely no responsibility for themselves, their health or their actions hmmmmm how about.....


    PATIENTS WHO ARE NOT SICK!!!!!! I feel better now, had a bad bad night.
  5. by   BostonTerrierLoverRN
    The patient that tells the Doctor what their diagnosis is,

    What medications they will be needing,

    Whether or not they will need an admission to the hospital(and how many days),

    and "While I'm here, could you run these labs, I read that blah, blah, blah. . .,

    Oh Yeah!!!, that's not what I read on WebMD!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   brainkandy87
    I think the only patients I really just can't tolerate are alcoholics. Give me a drug addict or a suicidal patient or a vag bleed any day over an alcoholic. They're like one giant combo of *******, needy, wimpy, and whiney. Add in the variable that many are FF's and it makes for quite an annoying experience.
  7. by   Rohan8
    What is an FF?
  8. by   Rohan8
    Ohhhhh Frequent Flyer. Gotcha
  9. by   Altra
    Yep ... all of those.

    Wishing you a better night, NO50FRANNY.
  10. by   LittleMissSunshine10
    1-The patient family that comes in daily for non-emergency problems: Sore throat, cough, zit.
    2-Drunks.
    3-Psychs-The angry ones.

    I'm learning we all have the same "least liked patients" list.
  11. by   brillohead
    Quote from LittleMissSunshine10
    1-The patient family that comes in daily for non-emergency problems: Sore throat, cough, zit.
    I've got TWO zits right now.... does that mean I get fast-tracked to the ICU? LOL
  12. by   shoegalRN
    My least favorite pt is the psych pt who decided to self medicate on PCP and now ends up in 4 point mechanical restraints with a spit helmet.

    I don't care what kinda drug a pt takes, at least be quiet, lay down, and enjoy your high without trying to attack everyone in sight.
  13. by   brainkandy87
    Quote from shoegalRN
    My least favorite pt is the psych pt who decided to self medicate on PCP and now ends up in 4 point mechanical restraints with a spit helmet.

    I don't care what kinda drug a pt takes, at least be quiet, lay down, and enjoy your high without trying to attack everyone in sight.
    Wow, self medicating with PCP. Epic. I've yet to see a pt on PCP. Part of me wants to just to see how intense they are, but part of me wants to not ever have to try and put a pt on PCP in restraints.

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