Patients Rights vs. overly demanding patients - page 3

Where do you draw the line? I had a very demanding patient who would sit at the nurse's station and holler out that he wanted his BP taken while I was scrambling to get all the fingersticks done.... Read More

  1. by   leslie :-D
    that's one of dh's zingers thrown at me during a fight "all you do is wipe arses"....sadly and pathetic to say, i think he partially believes that. i refuse to even dignify that with a response. :stone
  2. by   RN-RD
    How many times have I wanted to say "I am your nurse. I am here to save your butt not kiss it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  3. by   RN-RD
    I forgot to mention in my above post that when I worked in the ER I wanted to say many times "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part"
  4. by   mscsrjhm
    It is especially irritating to have demanding family members- "Mom needs a drink of water"- when the water is 2 foot from their hand.
    I have less frustration with demanding patients then with the demanding family members.
  5. by   nursemike
    I used to attend a church that practiced foot-washing among its membership, because Jesus did it. I was too young, at the time, to participate, but my father said it was kind of a great ritual--profoundly humbling and very intimate.

    Hope I didn't imply that "butt wiping" was the be-all and end-all of nursing, especially as this is still a field I aspire to. Technically, wiping butts is still beyond my scope of practice at work, though I've done it a few times at school.

    On the other hand, I will say that personal care, including butts, is a pretty fundamental part of nursing. Sometimes the distinction between nursing and medicine isn't what docs can do that we can't, but what we will do that docs (sometimes) won't. In other words, I would never cite wiping butts as a way to disparage nursing, but rather as one of its glories--sort of.

    BTW--the very first time I did peri care was on an older gentleman who, when I explained afterward how I would roll him to one side to change his bedding, then roll him back, said, "OK, but wouldn't it be easier if I just got up and sat in that chair?"

    Still working on those assessment skills.
  6. by   Altra
    Quote from nursemike?
    BTW--the very first time I did peri care was on an older gentleman who, when I explained afterward how I would roll him to one side to change his bedding, then roll him back, said, "OK, but wouldn't it be easier if I just got up and sat in that chair?"

    Still working on those assessment skills.


    As a student I SOOOO understand this - you're so eager to DO something, ANYTHING, that sometimes that gets in the way of common sense.
  7. by   LPNtoBSNstudent
    This had me cracking up. I can just picture it. LOL. Another classic.


    Quote from nursemike?
    BTW--the very first time I did peri care was on an older gentleman who, when I explained afterward how I would roll him to one side to change his bedding, then roll him back, said, "OK, but wouldn't it be easier if I just got up and sat in that chair?"

    Still working on those assessment skills.

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