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what would you say are the 5 worse things a patient can do while admitted in a hospital? 5 bad things that would make his/her stay worse than it needs to be and makes more work for the staff or makes... Read More

  1. by   SuesquatchRN
    1) Insist that I stop what I am doing to help you find your crack stash.

    2) Sign out AMA and fall on that badly fractured arm and come back again. CIWA and crack pipe all over again.

    3) At shift change whine that you haven't had a cigarette all day and it isn't fair. You won't let me start that IV until you've had your cigarette.

    4) Whine. Do. Not. Whine. I believe that you hurt. I can take one look at your {insert whatever here} and know that you hurt. But you flunked the drug screen, told me you "forgot" about the cocaine you used last week, and are now whining. I will give you every PRN med I have on hand. I don't CARE that you get high and I BELIEVE that you have a wicked high tolerance. But do. not. whine.

    5) I don't know if you mother had "that pill she takes in the morning."

    6) Your mother had a heart attack. Would you and the ganseh mishpocech get out of the room and let her sleep?
  2. by   UM Review RN
    1. Decompensating CHF'ers and/or COPDers.
    2. Patients who insist that they're going to vomit and then refuse to be NPO. After medication, they're found with a helpful visitor at their bedside, noshing on Burger King.
    3. Patients who refuse a Nicoderm patch, tell me they're having bookoo pain, get bookoo meds, then get up and walk downstairs to smoke. No hobbling, no grimacing, just a little drunken sway in the gait.
    4. Pillow fluffers. They drive me nuts too.
    5. Rude patients and/or relatives who threaten to sue the facility over such "harms" as not getting coffee with their dinner. I'm not fond of the new "treat the customer, not the patient" policy of hospitals nowadays, but it did give me a feeling that there is justice in the world when the CEO and the Head of Nursing were called in the middle of the night and had to come in to see this nutball, every time he called them. (What did you think would happen when you gave out your home phone number? duh!)
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Oct 21, '07
  3. by   EmmaG
    One of the few times I totally lost my cool...

    An alert/oriented, 30-something young man... I answered his call light to hear him scream out "MY BED IS ON FIRE!!!"

    Everyone within earshot ran to the room. I was first to the room, burst in and found him sitting up in bed surrounded by friends. He was laughing hysterically, and said "See, I told you they'd come fast for that!"

    I immediately stormed out, slamming the door as hard as I could but not before I heard one of his friends say "uh oh, you shouldn't have done that..."

    Called the supervisor up to speak to him, because I truly didn't think I could do so and keep my job.
  4. by   Pepper The Cat
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    One of the few times I totally lost my cool...

    An alert/oriented, 30-something young man... I answered his call light to hear him scream out "MY BED IS ON FIRE!!!"

    Everyone within earshot ran to the room. I was first to the room, burst in and found him sitting up in bed surrounded by friends. He was laughing hysterically, and said "See, I told you they'd come fast for that!"

    I immediately stormed out, slamming the door as hard as I could but not before I heard one of his friends say "uh oh, you shouldn't have done that..."

    Called the supervisor up to speak to him, because I truly didn't think I could do so and keep my job.
    Oh man - wouldn't you just have loved to be able to walk back in with an extinguisher and covered him and his"flaming" bed with foam!!
  5. by   EmmaG
    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    Oh man - wouldn't you just have loved to be able to walk back in with an extinguisher and covered him and his"flaming" bed with foam!!
    Trust me, I was tempted.
  6. by   EmerNurse
    1. Bring your baby in to the ER for a "fever" of 99.0 ("no, I didn't take his temperature but he felt hot") and forget to bring diapers, formula and other supplies for the baby, AND for the toddler who keeps running the halls.

    2. Leave your sick 1 year old lying on the stretcher with the SIDE RAILS DOWN while you sit in a chair yakking on the phone.

    3. Come in to the ER with a c/o vag bleeding but don't bring any pads (and it turns out to be your period a day late).

    4. ETOH of 246 and you get out of the stretcher and pee in the hallway - here come the restraints, sweetie.

    5. Call out NURSE!!! every single time anyone walks past your room, even though your nurse has been in there every 5 minutes and we all know it. Yep, we'll walk all the way around the floor to avoid passing your room.

    6. (What do you mean, only FIVE??) Family members who stand at the doorway or curtain and stop everyone who walks by to ask for something, or how long will it be, etc, ad nauseum...

    7. The parents in #1 who go into full-fledged hysterics when it turns out the baby needs an IV and blood work and blame US because we have to stick the poor thing. ARGH.

    Ok Enough.
  7. by   CRDBear
    [ Yes, I'm human and do sometimes feel annoyed or disgusted by some of the things I hear or see at work but I also try to remember that I am the nurse, they are the patients, I'm there for them, not vice versa. WWJD?[/quote]

    I have a feeling that Jesus WOULD NOT BE JUDGING US for venting to each in a supportive setting other RATHER THAN ACTING ON OUR FRUSTRATIONS TO OUR PATIENTS! - Vent thread=venting not jugding.

    Ok with that said...back to the original topic

    1. Family memebers calling to ask "How's my daughter/son"? (or back in my adult days "How's mother/father/ doing?" Please give your loved one's name because I am taking care of a few "daughter/son"s or mother/father's today and I want to give you information on the right one. Also, when you call...please have questions in mind you would like to ask rather than just silence in the background while I try to drag information out of you.

    2. On that same token - please designate one family member to call and ask for updates. Also, please understand I cannot give out information about your neighbor/friend/cousin twice removed ect because of HIPPA. Either call the family or call the person directly....you may not want to "bother them" but I can't help you!

    3. Please don't pee or poop in anything other than a bedside commode, bedpan, urinal, toilet or brief/diaper. Trashcans, drinking cups, the floor, the bed or the flowerpot are not acceptable alternatives.

    4. Please don't do drugs during your pregnancy and then ask why your infant is in the NICU either because he/she is early and sick or withdrawing and screaming. You know the answer as well as I do.

    5. Please don't expect the hospital to furnish you with all the infant essentials to take you through the first two years of your baby's life. We can get you in touch with the proper people who can but we can't send you home with cases of diapers, formula, blankets, ect. At some point you need to recognize that this is you child and adjust accordingly.

    Thanks for the great topic :spin:
  8. by   EmmaG
    Quote from CRDBear



    1. Family memebers calling to ask "How's my daughter/son"? (or back in my adult days "How's mother/father/ doing?" Please give your loved one's name because I am taking care of a few "daughter/son"s or mother/father's today and I want to give you information on the right one.
    Pet peeve of mine, too.

    I was sitting engrossed in a chart late one night when this woman came up behind me and screamed, "WHERE'S MY MOTHER?!?"

    Scared the crap outta me and my immediate thought was that a patient had wandered off. Turns out that this person was the daughter of a visitor--- who wasn't even a family member of the patient.

    I hate people.
  9. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    Pet peeve of mine, too.

    I was sitting engrossed in a chart late one night when this woman came up behind me and screamed, "WHERE'S MY MOTHER?!?"

    Scared the crap outta me and my immediate thought was that a patient had wandered off. Turns out that this person was the daughter of a visitor--- who wasn't even a family member of the patient.

    I hate people.
    Laughing myself silly!
  10. by   talaxandra
    Quote from TrudyRN
    I don't know if you've ever had surgery but, even if it's not been done under general anesthesia, one usually feels weak and woozy post-op. Also, fear plays a big part in the life of a post-op patient. And don't forget pain.

    I'm kind of stunned by the lack of compassion and understanding of human nature and of the hospitalized patient's experience I'm reading in so many of these posts. I think we need to try to put ourselves in the patient's place so we understand how hard it is being a patient. Yes, some people are totally gross or rude or stupid. But many are also just scared and uninformed. We are there to take care of them and teach them, not get angry at their ignorance or crudity. Yes, I'm human and do sometimes feel annoyed or disgusted by some of the things I hear or see at work but I also try to remember that I am the nurse, they are the patients, I'm there for them, not vice versa. WWJD?
    I think the point is that not all patients are actively unpleasant, wilfully combative, deliberately thoughtless, unfoundedly entitled, malevolently crude, or just plain vile. We've all looked after desperately ill patients who have all the grounds in the world to complain but are appreciative and pleasant, and patients who are throughly disagreeable for the joy of it.
    I don't think anyone here is saying that this is the case with all their patients, and I'm sure that the vast majority of us take patient pain and suffering into account. And I think that, although we may bemoan the demented fecal artist, we all see the difference between that and someone who's fully capable of appropriate excretion but choses to urinate on the floor but can't be bothered.
    I think it's lovely that you're always able to put the needs of your patients first. I'm there not just for today's patient but those in the coming weeks and years - and if I'm to stay in nursing and defer burnout, I'll insist on appropriate language and behaviour from those capable of it - be they patients, relatives or fellow health workers.
  11. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    I guess I was reading this as, what are the five worst things that a patient can do as an inpatient in terms of his progress or comfort....

    I'd say #1 would have to be to tolerate pain or other symptom without telling anyone. Increased stress slows recovery and makes for some pretty crappy quality of life.

    I'll have to think about the other four.
  12. by   ERRNTraveler
    The 5 worst things a pt. can say/do in the ER (in no particular order)

    1. Piss, poo, vomit, or spit on staff
    2. Tell the nurse "I'm having a seizure"- um... if you can tell me that, then you are not having a seizure...
    3. Complain about the wait when you are there for a sore throat or other minor problem that you've had for 2 months.....
    4. Complain to the front desk clerk or triage nurse when someone who is sicker than you or who is actively trying to die is brought back first.
    5. Complaining about how much it hurts to have an IV put in when you're complaining of pain that's a "10". If the IV hurts more than your HA, abd pain, chest pain, etc, then your pain isn't a "10".
  13. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from trudyrn
    i don't know if you've ever had surgery but, even if it's not been done under general anesthesia, one usually feels weak and woozy post-op. also, fear plays a big part in the life of a post-op patient. and don't forget pain.

    i'm kind of stunned by the lack of compassion and understanding of human nature and of the hospitalized patient's experience i'm reading in so many of these posts. i think we need to try to put ourselves in the patient's place so we understand how hard it is being a patient. yes, some people are totally gross or rude or stupid. but many are also just scared and uninformed. we are there to take care of them and teach them, not get angry at their ignorance or crudity. yes, i'm human and do sometimes feel annoyed or disgusted by some of the things i hear or see at work but i also try to remember that i am the nurse, they are the patients, i'm there for them, not vice versa. wwjd?
    i must admit to being a bit stunned by the lack of understanding and compassion for our peers exhibited by some members of this board. this is a vent thread. if you don't want to participate because you find it ignorant and crude, annoying or disgusting please feel free not to participate. but please remember that venting helps keep us sane. this is not a teaching thread!

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