Ever had a patient or family members fire you? - page 4

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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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    i've been "fired" a few times over the years. even the nicest, sweetest, most compassionate nurse i know has been fired because she "wasn't nice to me." i was fired for "lacking compassion for the family" -- a complaint that was probably true because the husband walked around sipping from a travel mug full of jack daniels all day and had threatened us all with his 9mm handgun. nevertheless, i was the only icu nurse on who could also do dialysis, so i took the patient anyway and security stood by in case the husband attempted to make good on one of his many threats of bodily harm.

    i was fired because "i don't want that fat blonde (bad word meaning female dog) near me." i didn't take that one personally as i had barely set foot in the room and hadn't even managed to get my name out before the sister claimed i was discriminating against the patient because she was black and asked for a new nurse. there wasn't a nurse of the preferred color (and gender) on that day, so they had to make do with a redhead. (a skinny redhead.)

    and i've seen patients "fire" every nurse that wasn't caucasian. i'm blonde -- but he fired me when he found out my husband was hispanic.

    it's been my experience that people who want to hand pick their nurses usually get below par care because they're so obnoxious that whatever nurse they haven't fired doesn't want to go near them.
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    No, never lucky enough. I'm the one that always got pulled into the fray because difficult family members seem to like me. If there was a difficult family, my name was usually besides their loves ones name.
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