5 Weird Questions Patients have asked me during my career as an OB Nurse - page 2

Nurses are teachers. We are always answering questions for our patients, no matter how strange they are. We do it in a professional manner, and never make the patient feel stupid. That being said,... Read More

  1. by   Semper_Gumby
    Re: #4, I used to work with an old-school LPN who was one of the postpartum nurses, and she would always refer (when talking to the patients) to "taking the needle out" of their arms once bloodwork came back good. Always boggled my mind and I am sure some of our patients were quite confused into thinking there was a literal needle in their arms.

    We did have an L&D patient remove her Cervadil because she thought she couldn't pee with it in...didn't tell the nurse until the next morning, of course.
  2. by   NotFakingit
    We do it in a professional manner, and never make the patient feel stupid. That being said, there are questions we receive in our daily work that make us wonder, “how is this person getting through life?”
    Yeah, people who lack very specific knowledge are the worst, right?

    Congrats, you win the enlightenment competition in which no one else is a participant. Want a cookie?
  3. by   prnqday
    You must love your job, working with babies all day.
    Don't steal my baby _ as I'm taking baby to NBN for hearing screens and other tests
    Is the baby "cumming". No that is white discharge often found in baby girls due to mom's hormones. It is definitely not what you think.
    Why is the baby crying ?
    The baby won't wake up to eat ( it's been 6 hours we need to wake the baby up)
    I can go on and on and on.
  4. by   angeloublue22
    I have to say before I became a nurse I also thought that the IV needle was left in the arm. I kept wondering if it hurt when they moved. LOL! When we first learned about IVs, I thought, "Oh, that's how that works."
  5. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from Semper_Gumby
    Re: #4, I used to work with an old-school LPN who was one of the postpartum nurses, and she would always refer (when talking to the patients) to "taking the needle out" of their arms once bloodwork came back good. Always boggled my mind and I am sure some of our patients were quite confused into thinking there was a literal needle in their arms.

    We did have an L&D patient remove her Cervadil because she thought she couldn't pee with it in...didn't tell the nurse until the next morning, of course.
    Back in the Dark Ages, we used to not have IV catheters. Needles were metal and were indeed left in the vein. Like butterflies for blood draws, only long-term. Like scalp needles, only long-term.
  6. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from cleback
    As a telephone triage nurse:
    "Can antibiotics make you go unresponsive? Asking for my husband."
    Yes. Like anaphylaxis?
  7. by   cleback
    Quote from Kooky Korky
    Yes. Like anaphylaxis?
    Or a neurological side effect, like from ertapenem. I think you mistunderstood my post though-- I was more worried that he was unresponsive at the time and she should've been calling 911, not me asking if the antibiotic was responsible.

    LIke every joke, it's less funny if you have to explain it.
  8. by   lorias
    Some of the questions have nothing to do with lacking knowledge in a particular area of study, but rather show a lack of knowledge in basic, general knowledge. We should be careful about thinking we are so smart though. That's the time when we'll say or ask something stupid.
  9. by   xoemmylouox
    I think some are taking this post too seriously.

    Doing PDN I would frequently get asked to 1-babysit the sibs, 2-do the family's dishes, 3- do the family's laundry, 4- clean the whole house (including the parent's & sibs' bedrooms). Uhhh nope, nope, nope, and nope.
    I wouldn't even know where to start with my other jobs.
  10. by   LibraSunCNM
    People...read the room. Also, read the first sentence of the OP: "This article is meant to be humorous." Lighten up.
  11. by   NotFakingit
    Quote from LibraSunCNM
    People...read the room. Also, read the first sentence of the OP: "This article is meant to be humorous." Lighten up.
    Where's the funny part? Is it when the OP chastises patients for not knowing specific medical info (IV is not a needle) from her high high horse? Or is it the "weird" things people say, like "Did I wake you?" or mistaking the nurse for a doctor? Wow, so weird! So funny!
  12. by   LibraSunCNM
    Quote from NotFakingit
    Where's the funny part? Is it when the OP chastises patients for not knowing specific medical info (IV is not a needle) from her high high horse? Or is it the "weird" things people say, like "Did I wake you?" or mistaking the nurse for a doctor? Wow, so weird! So funny!
    Congrats, you win the Florence Nightengale award while the rest of us mere mortals will continue on, groveling at your feet and aspiring to one day, be as angelic as you. Want a cookie?
  13. by   essT
    Quote from Elvish
    How much does the baby weigh? (Not weird in itself, but when I haven't taken baby off mom's chest yet it's hard to know.)

    Similarly, when are y'all gonna circumcise him? (Well, probably sometime after he's pink and breathing.)
    My favorite is when they're upset their 500g intubated dopamine dependent baby isn't circumcised yet.

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