Funny looks...

  1. Ever gotten any funny looks from people outside the health care industry from your conversations? I was in the vet's office last Saturday with my litter of puppies and my co-worker came to meet me because he was buying one of them and wanted to get him that day. I had been off work for a few nights and he'd been working the last three nights. The last night I worked, we had a really bad code and the lady was really bad off by the time our shift was over 4 hours later. I asked him how everything had been at work and he started telling me how crazy things had been, bed so-and-so died, yeah, that lady in bed so-and-so that y'all coded died, etc. The waiting room was full and noisy, but it suddenly got quiet and we realized everyone was listening to us and looking at us really funny. We shut up quick and thank God they called us back about 2 minutes later.

    Anyone else had this experience?

    Thank goodness I didn't have one of my hospital t-shirts on!
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I prefer to refrain from such heavy work-related convo's outside my job. I like the separation between work and home/friend life to be VERY VERY stong. It truly saves my sanity and prevents burnout for me. Hey it is not everyone I speak for, but that is just me.......
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I too, try to leave work at work and home at home but I HAVE been known to chat about work outside the job.
    Once we had a party here at the house with a bunch of my nurse friends and we were talking away about wounds and gangrene and maggots and having a good ole time when we suddenly realized the non nursing folk were getting grossed out.
    Now we have a "no talking work" policy at any party we have.
    We somehow find other things to talk about.
    -Russell
  5. by   Furball
    I learned my lesson at a combo family/work get together (I know, crazy idea) Anyway, my poor sister in law had to run to the BR to hurl after a very descriptive conversation about a pt's unsuccessful suicide attempt (gun) that blew his face off. I felt terrible.
  6. by   CATHYW
    In my LPN training, one of my instructors told us that we were never to discuss a patient's condition within earshot of others (cafeteria, hall, restaurants, etc.) because someone could put 2 and 2 together, and whammo! A breach of confidentiality case!

    It has never stopped me from chatting about all things medical, but I sure am careful about when and where I do it!
  7. by   OrthoNutter
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I too, try to leave work at work and home at home but I HAVE been known to chat about work outside the job.
    Once we had a party here at the house with a bunch of my nurse friends and we were talking away about wounds and gangrene and maggots and having a good ole time when we suddenly realized the non nursing folk were getting grossed out.
    Now we have a "no talking work" policy at any party we have.
    We somehow find other things to talk about.
    -Russell
    I went 'home' to visit my mum and since I don't get back very often, she decide to throw me a BBQ with the family, a few of her friends and some of my old workmates. One of them got absolutely tanked and when we were serving up the steaks and salad and getting ready to eat, she made the comment that the salad dressing reminded her of emptying sputum cannisters.

    Forget the guests being grossed out, I was the one running for the loo! :imbar She thought it was hilarious because she was considering saying it looked like sperm, but thought that might be inappropriate, not knowing about my one and only bodily fluid vice. :chuckle
  8. by   canoehead
    Having a down and dirty conversation about all the stuff that happened during your bad night was totally inappropriate in a crowded waiting room. They were all probably thinking- what if it had been MY grandfather that had coded and they were *****ing about it??? And giving all the gorey details of how he died to everyone within earshot??


    If I had been there I wouldn't have given you a look-it would have been lecture.
  9. by   thisnurse
    we really do have to be careful. non medical ppl listen to EVERYTHING we say. i was surprised to find that i was so interesting...lol
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    I was telling my office assistant (who is non-medical) that one of the patient's at an LTAC was "circling the drain" - she thought that was a horrible thing to say! I have to remember not everyone thinks so "colorfully" as we do.

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