Fess up! How are you as a patient!

  1. Hello everyone!

    I was reading through some postings and was thinking, how are we as a patient and how would you rate you as a patient, "Excellent", "Good", "Fair", or "Poor".

    Although I am not obnoxious and rude, but I do what to know the whens, whys, how longs, are you sure, type of information.

    I have encounter rude or not so friendly staff members, which of course, includes nurses. What gets me most is when I am told by the nurse, " I will be right back!" and the patient "right back" is different form the nurses "right back", therefore, it would help ease a patient or to get them from "causing" an "up-roar", to give an estimate time or at least send someone in to tell the patient so and so has not forgotten them.

    Other than this, I rate myself as a "Good/Fair" patient.

    Come on now, how are you as a patient?


    StephanysGetaway
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  2. 44 Comments

  3. by   Brownms46
    :chuckle...I think the nurses when I was in the hospital had my number....and put me in my place real quick...:chuckle!! I was an excellent pt., as I never called to have anyone do anything except for my PCA Mso4!! In fact...I think they probably would have given me what for if I had given any trouble. One nurse came in at nite, and gave me an IS..and said.."you do know how to use this right?" I said yesss...and she said.."If you don't , I will be back to show you.." :chuckle.!! I must say that I had refused an IPPB tx that was ordered earlier, and two nurses came down the hall, and let me know that if anyone got taken care of it would be me......I said..."I'll be good"
  4. by   GPatty
    I think I would be a good patient. I'm not a very good mother of a patient though....my 22 y/o daughter is in the hospital as we "speak" and I am constantly checking her over and checking her IV tubing....
  5. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by Julielpn
    I think I would be a good patient. I'm not a very good mother of a patient though....my 22 y/o daughter is in the hospital as we "speak" and I am constantly checking her over and checking her IV tubing....
    :chuckle - don't feel bad, Julie, I am guilty of similar. When my best friend was in the hospital I did the same thing. At one point, she was talking to me and I was distracted checking her pleuravac, she looked at my stomach area and shouted "MY BEST FRIEND, DEE! ARE YOU IN THERE? FIGHT THE NURSE! DON'T LET THE NURSE TAKE OVER! GO AWAY FROM THE CALL LIGHT! GO AWAY FROM THE CALL LIGHT!". :roll
  6. by   Brownms46
    "MY BEST FRIEND, DEE! ARE YOU IN THERE? FIGHT THE NURSE! DON'T LET THE NURSE TAKE OVER! GO AWAY FROM THE CALL LIGHT! GO AWAY FROM THE CALL LIGHT!".



  7. by   nursejws
    *knock on wood* I haven't been admitted to the hospital in...well, I can't remember. But I would like to think I was a good patient.

    When my Dad was in the hospital, and couldn't speak for himself, we asked a lot of questions. Not annoying questions, we just wanted to make sure he was comfortable, and what this and that might do. For the most part we let the dr's and nurses do their job. I totally preferred the nurses and his oncologist and neurologist over the other dr who made the rounds and kept telling us to take him off the vent when he was making progress and had no idea what his history was, or seemed to care. During that time we all met in the morning to discuss what happened the night/day before and what was the goal for the day. It was weird too, 7 kids, wife, neuro, oncologist, and about 7 other dr's (interns) all crammed in his room, or the waiting room.
  8. by   BernieO
    I was a patient for 7 days in Feb for DVT and mult PE. I was supposed to be on Bed Rest but those bed pans are not compatable with comfort. So I snuck to the Bathroom & of course got caught. My nurse was firm when he told me to stay in bed. I called my internest up from the room and had him give an order for BRP. That was the only rule I broke while hospitalized. I tried to be a compliant after that. I did however always ask the results of my lab tests and what rate they were setting my Heparin drip. Being on the bed looking up is not easy.
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    I've never been admitted but I DO like to be taken care of....I think I'd be a good pt.
    As long as I was treated with respect I'd do fine I think.
    -Russell
    I'd like to see cable tv too.
  10. by   NurseDennie
    I haven't been in hospital since my younger daughter was born. I've been having a lot of doctor's appointments and tests lately, and I THINK I'm a good patient. I try to pay attention and understand what's going on and what's expected of me, and I'm VERY compliant.

    What else can they ask, right?

    Love

    Dennie
  11. by   live4today
    Well........I've been a patient numerous times in my five decade lifetime, and MOST of the time, I was a good patient. However...I recall one time in particular that I was NOT a nice patient, but I wasn't a nurse then so I didn't understand "where my dang nurse was half the time when I really really needed to see her!"
  12. by   ceecel.dee
    Never been a pt at the hospital I work at, but my darling son, at 5yo had his T&A there and all were wonderful to all of us! (He even got special treatment in OR with baloons made of gloves and assortment of OR paraphanalia as souvioneers as well as pics! It was actually a GOOD experience for him (thanks to the staff on THAT DAY). Perhaps plenty of T#3 helped with that.
  13. by   adrienurse
    I recall at the age of 9 reqiring 5 nurses (and my mother) to hold me down to give me an IM. I don't intend to let that happen again (but there are no promises).
    I can see myself being a bit of a difficult case. Mostly because I don't plan to let any detail about my condition escape without my understanding it.
    There are times though when it's perhaps not wise to disclose that you're a nurse. I've had a doctor treat me as if i were her assistant -- asking me to carry my chart back to the receptionist, expecting me to schedual my own follow-ups etc.
  14. by   P_RN
    Mostly I behave.

    However ONCE the staff really screwed up my care, and I called my hubby to come take me home. He did and I was HOME for two hours and they had NOT missed me at all. My doctor finally called me at home -(mainly to talk to my hubby but I answered the phone)- and convinced me to return.

    Otherwise give me my pain med, my routine meds, leave the sheets outside the door and LEAVE ME ALONE. I'll let YOU know when I need something.

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