Ever had a patient or family members fire you? - page 3

by KeepItRealRN

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Just curious to read a few stories from nurses who have been fired from the bedside. Patients and family members use very different criteria than we do to determine who is and who is not a good nurse. In the interest of full... Read More


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    Quote from imintrouble
    Yes I've been fired by a pt/family. I count that one of the luckiest days of my life Every other nurse who cared for the pt envied me my good luck.
    indeed, it is good luck to be 'fired' by a problem patient ...
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    I had a pt fire me last week because I didnt have air freshner for his room.

    He was in the ER, and the only one in the room.

    He also fired me again, after I told him there is not another nurse who can care for him at the moment, because there are two emergent situations going on (traumas). He then told me I was gonna pay for his cab ride home and when I told him I will not, he said "well, I'm gonna call my lawyer". I then said, "with all due respect, you can afford a lawyer, but not a cab ride home?"

    He then asked to speak with my supervisor. I told him she is tied up in a life threatening situation right now and is not able to speak with him at the moment. He then said, "I'm gonna report you for being rude to me, what's your last name?" I told him I am not required to give my last name for security reasons.

    The attending doc was outside in the nursing station laughing his head off. This pt had been a complete jerk and a-hole to the staff his entire 4 hour stay.

    Needless to say, he left the ER with only a bus pass. Gave me the side eye as I directed him to the waiting room.
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    Had a pt and his wife that wanted to dictate the dose of medications (sometimes a little more than prescribed and sometimes a little less.) I repeatedly told them that I could only give what was prescribed by the md and that it was out of my scope of practice to change it. Finally, they said that they wanted another nurse. I had a timed medication that needed to be given, so I asked them if they wanted me to give it or did they want to wait for the other nurse, but that it might be a while for her it get to them. They said yes for me to give the med and I asked them why they wanted another nurse.

    They told me that they wanted another nurse to give them the medications the way they wanted it. I tried not to laugh when I told them that ANY good RN is not going to change the dose given without a doctor's order. They then told me "Oh in that case we'll stick with you". GEE THANKS!!
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    I have been fired from a handful or two of rooms. I consider it a wonderful thing! I don't have to deal with you, even better!

    One time I was coming on shift with 2 patients. Separate rooms, you couldn't see one patient from the other room. Patient A was a new admit from the OR that the other nurse had just settled in and barely started on propofol. Patient B was actively desaturating.

    I started my shift off in Patient B's room. Patient's A's daughter (who was a nurse, supposedly) was IRATE that Patient A was restrained. I wasn't about to go in and d/c restraints on an intubated patient, who I haven't assessed, who JUST started on the propofol. No way. And I also was not going to pay attention to Patient A's daughter when Patient B was having an emergency. The daughter was standing there yelling that she wanted me to print out the policy immediately. I explained (between runs to the supply room for the other patient) that at this point, it was my judgement call and I would remove the restraints when I able to determine it was safe.

    Patient A's wife fired me from the room for not unrestraining her mother when I felt it was unsafe to do so.

    ..... Patient A extubated herself a few hours later when the new nurse removed the restraints per the daughters request and have to be emergently reintubated.

    .... That being said - the new hospital I work with does not allow nurses to be "fired" from rooms unless there is a serious, major, major issue. The rationale is that the family does not get to determine ICU staffing. The charge nurse decides who has the best skill set for each patient and that is that.
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    I've been fired from Dementia pts, left the room and came back 2 minutes later to have them tell me all about the "horrible Nurse" who was in earlier and how glad they were that I was taking care of them cause I was thier favorite Nurse!
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    Quote from gentlegiver
    I've been fired from Dementia pts, left the room and came back 2 minutes later to have them tell me all about the "horrible Nurse" who was in earlier and how glad they were that I was taking care of them cause I was thier favorite Nurse!
    LOL...Got to love those old folks...
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    Quote from gentlegiver
    I've been fired from Dementia pts, left the room and came back 2 minutes later to have them tell me all about the "horrible Nurse" who was in earlier and how glad they were that I was taking care of them cause I was thier favorite Nurse!

    LOL...this is how I get "fired" at work. Cute!

    We have family that try to dictate staffing. It doesn't work as easy in LTC when you only have one or two nurses for 50 or so.
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    At my clinic, a few of the pts try to dictate the care, meds, etc that they receive...our doc is not in the best of health, and thus we try to minimize his stressors.

    He has informed patients many a time, and given the staff leave to as well..."If you 'fire' Angelfire, you fire me, too, I won't see you anymore. She continues the treatment plan I approved, she WILL NOT change it without my approval, and she is here because I hired her. Therefore, I trusted her. If you don't trust her, you don't trust my judgement, so why would you want me to treat you?"

    Love my doc. I just wish there was a way, as others have said, to 'provoke' firing so we could weed out some of our heartsinkers.
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    Yes, thank God! The patient was critically ill and terminally disabled, and cared for by his wife at home (poorly I might add). She had her own way of "nursing" that included smearing Crisco on his butt (not making this up) among other things. She even wrote out her own sliding scale insulin doses. When I wouldn't play along she "fired" me. I was so happy I could have kissed her. She tortured the few staff members that she allowed in there for six weeks. (Management should not have allowed her behavior, but I don't work there now for good reason).
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    I was fired again tonight because a resident did not like the snack that I had given him. I told my CN that I was going home because I was just canned and we had a good laugh over my predicament.
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