Ever had a nurse or doc as a patient? - page 6

So... how bad was it? And while you are at it, ever BEEN a patient? How bad were you? :chuckle Com'on... be honest!... Read More

  1. by   kadokin
    Quote from juliebean4u
    Wrote laxative protocal he thought he required, along with what he thought the other patients should have. Wrote himself an ativan order when he was feeling "edgy" or irritable. Wrote orders for PSYCH EVALS on the patients he couldn't get along with. His daily ambulation turned into doing "rounds" on the other patients, who all thought he was crazy. Hey..at least he got the exercise! He really was a cutie
    :chuckle Bless his heart!:chuckle
  2. by   kadokin
    Quote from JennRN&Mom23
    I've noticed that too. The worst family members I have dealt with were nurses. I never really understood that either. You would think they would be more understanding but they just seem to expect more of us.
    Speaking from personal experience, when it is your family member who is in a life or death situation, you just can't be detached and objective. And if you are in the healthcare field, you know just enough to ask b*ttloads of annoying questions and question everything that is being done. We've seen what can happen to people in the hospital and it is frightening! Sorry:imbar
  3. by   kadokin
    Quote from Sabrina's Mommy
    When I worked in Assisted Living there was a physician who was there due to an inoperable (spelling?) brain tumor. He was really past our limits of care, but the family brought in hospice to take care of him. He was a wonderful man and I still think of him with much admiration for what he went through.

    I took care of one of the VP of Nursing at our hospital and everyone was like "Wash your hands, she's so and so...It's like, "Don't you always wash your hands and take standard precautions?" Apparently not if they need to remind people to do so! It is always frusturating when people are always like "She's so and so... a VIP", I am sorry, but I treat all my patients like VIP's not just the ones who work at the hospital or who are Dr. ________'s mom. C'mon people! Treat everyone like a VIP!
    Right On, Sabrina's Mommy!
  4. by   P_RN
    Usually I asked to be in a different hospital than the one I worked at. I can honestly say now I don't work, but even when I did, I never said I was a Nurse.....if they pressed the issue I'd say "yes I work at xxx hospital-I clean up there." (It's the truth-no?) Darned health insurance was self-funded before Blue Cross.

    I'm a difficult patient I think. Leave me alone. Give me my meds. I don't like visitors so if you work with me don't visit. Put the sheets on the foot of the bed and I'll make it when I feel like it. If I want pain med, please bring it.

    I have had doctors, an attorney-general, a US Senator, a championship Boxer, a mayor, lots of nurses, and a few society matrons. Some of the nicest were "VIPs" and some of the nastiest were too. Mostly they are just frightened people and they deserve the very best we can give.
  5. by   RoxanRN
    Quote from Sabrina's Mommy
    I took care of one of the VP of Nursing at our hospital and everyone was like "Wash your hands, she's so and so...It's like, "Don't you always wash your hands and take standard precautions?" Apparently not if they need to remind people to do so! It is always frusturating when people are always like "She's so and so... a VIP", I am sorry, but I treat all my patients like VIP's not just the ones who work at the hospital or who are Dr. ________'s mom. C'mon people! Treat everyone like a VIP!
    Definitely one of my biggest pet peeves is when a hospital big-wig or MD get preferencial treatment. Would I as a regular staff nurse get the same kind of treatment?? I think not.
  6. by   CoffeeRTC
    Quote from bmoore1973
    i had a retired md once with demtia, you had to call him by dr not mr or his first name. several times in the night i caught him in other patients rooms trying to "check on them" it was the craziest night. he was so quick as far as leaving his room, i took a quick break and another nurse was supposed to check on him while i was off the floor and when i came back it took me 15 minutes to find him, he was in a patients room talking to them about their problems. it was very comical!
    Right now I have 2 nurses that run the 3-11 Shift in my LTC. Once a nurse..always a nurse. Follows me around during med pass, love to review new orders with me and will occasionally do a bed check.
  7. by   MamaTheNurse
    I've had docs as labour patients - let me tell you, having a baby levels the playing field - these ladies couldn't have pulled attitude if they wanted to......

    both of these docs also had physician husbands - one of them (husband) fell asleep during his wife's labour and when she realized that, she yelled, very loudly, "Get your dumb a** up and do something useful for me!" and then he just sat at the bedside, staring at her, waiting for her to tell him what to do!!! :chuckle :chuckle

    I've also taken care of multiple nurses and I was a patient myself for 2 vag deliveries - I behaved byself in spite of the fact that 12 hours of one of my labours was back labour! I also had a vag hyster and a posterior repair (thanks to my boys who inherited their father's pumpkin head!) and the only special treatment I asked for was to have one of my friends circulate during the case and since I'm Chatty Cathy on Versed, I requested to be put out immediately, before I revealed some of the secrets that I know about various staff members and the physician who was to operate on me! My surgeon had a med school student with him who was totally shocked when they went to prep me and saw the sign I had taped above the surgical site-to-be saying "Men at Work"!
  8. by   mitchsmom
    My very first patient in clinicals was a 30 year nurse with metastatic ovarian cancer. My first shot that day, too!! Eeeekk ... but she was super nice and patient with me. I was just concerned about her & her condition.
  9. by   jeepgirl
    Well,
    I haven't been a inpatient as a nurse yet - the closest I have come is the ER. When I was in the ER, I had three of the nurses come in (shoulder to shoulder) and timidly ask me... "Is ___ your mom?" I said yes... my mom's a shift coordinator on a very busy unit who has been working at the hospital for 100 years. They were like... "OMG, we love your mom, she saves our butt every weekend when she works!" No "Oh... you're the nurse from peds..." or anything about ME... they just saw my name and knew my mom. It was funny and I told my mom the compliment.
    I am expecting... I work maternal / child, so I may be delivering on our sister unit. Eek! I know I will be up everyone's rear end about my labor (OMG was that a decel???!?! How's the heartrate?) and about my baby after it is born (did you wash your hands at least five times before you touched my baby?!?!?). Has nothing to do with them (overall, they are great)... it's all about me and my being totally paranoid!
  10. by   pannie
    I was admitted twice to a hospital in "the city". I worked in a hospital about 50 miles away. Both times I got a fruit basket from the administrator/CEO. I thought they'd been a mistake since I didn't know Mr. XXXX and really didn't recognize the name. I questioned it and was told "No, it's your name right here." The second time it happened, it dawned on me to ask my internist. HE checked the VIP box on my admission! I just couldn't help laughing, but it entailed one more "thank you" note each time. The staff couldn't have been nicer but I think it had more to do with the diagnosis (ovarian cancer at age 32).
  11. by   Ruby Vee
    years ago, i took care of an rn with a brain tumor. she kept thinking she was at work and trying to help. one night when i was in a code, she "helped out" by making my midnight med pass for me. shudder! i'm not sure what she gave to whom, or why anyone would take pills from a "nurse" wearing a patient gown -- or even if they did. but everyone lived through the night and i didn't lose my job.

    as for me, when i woke up in the recovery room after my surgery, the old man on the next cart was confused. he was yelling and trying to pull out his iv. i extubated myself and climbed over my siderails to "help." i thought i was at work. so i can understand why the lady above was passing meds!
  12. by   MamaTheNurse
    Quote from pannie
    I was admitted twice to a hospital in "the city". I worked in a hospital about 50 miles away. Both times I got a fruit basket from the administrator/CEO. I thought they'd been a mistake since I didn't know Mr. XXXX and really didn't recognize the name. I questioned it and was told "No, it's your name right here." The second time it happened, it dawned on me to ask my internist. HE checked the VIP box on my admission! I just couldn't help laughing, but it entailed one more "thank you" note each time. The staff couldn't have been nicer but I think it had more to do with the diagnosis (ovarian cancer at age 32).
    A "VIP box"? what is that and is that a common thing or are we missing the boat up here and VIP's are falling through the cracks and not getting full service at my hospital?

    on a serious note, that is a pretty serious diagnosis - how are you doing now? well, I hope..................
  13. by   MamaTheNurse
    Quote from ruby vee

    as for me, when i woke up in the recovery room after my surgery, the old man on the next cart was confused. he was yelling and trying to pull out his iv. i extubated myself and climbed over my siderails to "help." i thought i was at work. so i can understand why the lady above was passing meds!
    extubated yourself? ouch..................................:uhoh21: :uhoh21: :uhoh21:

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