Absence of Manners

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    i'll admit to being somewhat cranky today, and this is a vent. this is only a vent. please do not accuse me of being mean to or mistreating anyone i'm venting about! but i swear, people's parents neglected to teach them manners!

    the hospital cafeteria has wifi, and i know that you're bored waiting for uncle zeke to get out of surgery. it's great that you can sit in the cafeteria with your laptop and surf the net. however when lunchtime comes and you're not eating, just surfing, please get up and go somewhere else so that all those people standing around with trays full of food and peering around for an empty table can sit down and eat!

    didn't your mother teach you that it's rude to sit in front of grandma, who is npo for the or, and eat your tacos or fried chicken? grandma can't eat and she's very hungry. please go somewhere else to eat your bagful of fast food and come visit grandma when you're done.

    poppop had surgery, he's getting diuresed, his mouth is dry and all he wants is a big glass of water which he cannot have. it's rude to sit there and slurp on your big gulp in front of him.

    i know you're a brand new np and all, and very proud of your degree, your knowledge base and your new prescribing priveledges. you would look every so much more professional, though, if you weren't chewing a big ole wad of gum with your mouth open and snapping, cracking, popping and blowing bubbles!

    yes, the intensivist is slow, he's boring and he's old fashioned. it's excrutiating to watch him tackle the keyboard on a cow. but that's no excuse to be on the other cow shopping for stilettos during rounds! nor is it cool to be texting your husband, your best friend, or your husband's best friend instead of paying attention to what the nurse has to say.

    i know you graduated from man's best nursing school last month and that therefore you think you know everything. but please, i'd rather have you ask what you think is a really stupid question than try to give blood through a d5w carrier, use ffp as a carrier or push dilantin through tpn. and it's really not cool to give the 20 meq of kcl iv push, either!

    i know that you think 15-b's 20 or so relatives who average two teeth and thirty-two tattoos each are immensely entertaining. i might think so, too, if i could get past them to take care of the patient. we have rules that state only two visitors at a time -- please enforce them. if you let all and sundry hang out in the patient room eating their kfc and drinking their big gulps (see above) and then i tell them they need to follow the rules about no food, no drinks and only two visitors at a time, i become the mean nurse. that's not fair!

    i appreciate that you're 30 years younger than me and ever so much more good looking than i ever dreamed of being. that does not mean, however, that it's cool to roll your scrub pants down to your hips so that your thong pokes out the top even when you're not bending over. nor is the push-up bra that's spilling the girls out your v neck very professional, either!

    please hang up the cell phone so i can assess you. please get off facebook -- you're sitting in my chair and using my computer and that's just not cool. and please, if you work here, come and help me clean up poop even if the packers are winning in the next room!
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    Goodness. Did we have a bad day? Or, (with all that), a bad month?

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    LOL. Nice!
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    I work Oncology and the number of people that bring smelly food into a chemo pts room and in front of them (when the pt has been wretching and even if they weren't, they are on a liquid, lactose free diet for 2-3 weeks) astounds me.
    ChristaRN, OCNRN63, blueheaven, and 5 others like this.
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    RUBY, I feel ya and am right with you. Yesterday I had a patient tell me he was not wearing any bracelet, hadn't in 4 days and I dam straight give his meds, we use ID and pill scanning system. When I told the charge she rolled her eyes because I was upset as she watched birthing videos. The nurse I gave report had him the night before and said oh yeah I just put a bracelet on the computer. PCC was the only one who agreed with me there was a problem.
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    Vent away, Ruby. It's sad that people are so rude and selfish at times. How unfortunate that people need to be told to take food out of room, quiet down, shut off the tv, move out of the way, etc. They don't seem to get it isn't about them but the actual patient in the bed. They are in the hospital and need care and rest. Yeesh.
    Michigan, ShifraPuah, Otessa, and 1 other like this.
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    i know you graduated from man's best nursing school last month and that therefore you think you know everything. but please, i'd rather have you ask what you think is a really stupid question than try to give blood through a d5w carrier, use ffp as a carrier or push dilantin through tpn. and it's really not cool to give the 20 meq of kcl iv push, either!
    wow!
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    Quote from grandmawrinkle
    goodness. did we have a bad day? or, (with all that), a bad month?

    it wasn't that bad a day -- but once i got started venting, i was on a roll!
    GODfavorsme!, walomom, Ginger80, and 10 others like this.
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    During my peds rotation, I had a huge family bring Olive Garden takeout meals for everyone into an NPO child's room. I felt terrible for that kid
    sharpeimom and Not_A_Hat_Person like this.
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    I'm with you on the gum chewing! I hate, hate, hate the sound of gum smacking, the look of gum rolling around in someone's mouth etc, etc etc. I'd rather have to go and deal with an exploding colostomy that listen to the sound of someone chewing gum!
    harleyz, Fiona59, Otessa, and 3 others like this.


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