Pet Peeves - page 3

What is your pet peeve? With everything a nurse has to deal with in a day, the one thing that gets on my nerves is someone who takes the garbage bag out of the can but doesn't replace the liner. It... Read More

  1. by   sjb2005
    Quote from BamaBound2bRN
    My biggest pet peeves:

    1. Wife drinking the last of the milk then putting the empty jug back
    in the fridge.
    2. Wife using my razor.
    3. My wife not answering to my girlfriends' name.
    4. Dog drinking my last beer.
    I love your pet peeves. I got a good laugh. We used to have only one cabinent for pots and pans. I could tell whenever he put the pans away. Sometimes I thought he booby trapped that cabinent just for me. I'd open the door and the pans would fall out on my toes, followed by jumping around and some cusing. After awhile I got smarter and learned to back up before openning that door. LOL
  2. by   etcrn
    Quote from shellyjellybelly
    What is your pet peeve? With everything a nurse has to deal with in a day, the one thing that gets on my nerves is someone who takes the garbage bag out of the can but doesn't replace the liner. It makes me psycho. How bizarre is that?

    my pet peeve is when I'm working triage people drive up to the door and say they can't get the patient out of the car-----How did they get in the car??
  3. by   CoffeeRTC
    Lack of common sense.

    Dirty rooms
    Rooms with enough linnens in them to stock the whole floor
    Old food sitting around on tray tables.
    The diry beds cover up thing.....got a stain...just throw a sheet or pad over it.
    Smelly trash cans.

    By biggest.....poor colostomy care.
  4. by   rogramjet
    --Walking into a room to find 2 boxes of large gloves, 3 boxes of medium gloves, and a nice big EMPTY box of smalls.

    How about walking into a room and only having small gloves. That doesn't work for us guys. It seems that those who stock gloves think that everyone's hands are their size.
  5. by   PennyLane
    1. no small gloves

    2. housekeeping will clean the room, but when you get a new pt and go to attach them to the monitor, pulse ox, etc. there's dried blood on the cables.

    3. no thermometers anywhere, and when you do find one, they're no probe covers

    4. pt comes back to room from a test, you hook them all back up, IVF running, BP cuff on, etc etc and right before you leave the room they ask to get up and use the bathroom. grrr.

    5. nurses who take a gazillion smoke breaks during their shift, so they're not around when they get a new pt, and someone else ends up working up the pt. for them

    6. charge nurses who haven't had an assignment in so long they think it's fine to hit you with 3 new total care/critically ill patients back-to-back (as they then saunter outside for a cigarette). Sure, I can be in 3 places at once to assess/clean up/get line and labs/EKG/medicate/chart on 3 new patients all at the SAME TIME
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    2. housekeeping will clean the room, but when you get a new pt and go to attach them to the monitor, pulse ox, etc. there's dried blood on the cables.
    Our housekeepers aren't allowed to clean monitoring machines and cables.
  7. by   hipab4hands
    Quote from etcrn
    my pet peeve is when I'm working triage people drive up to the door and say they can't get the patient out of the car-----How did they get in the car??
    LOL- I work with medical clinics. I have pt.'s calling insisting that the clinic has to send out an ambulance for them, because they are "too weak to walk to a car or taxi". When I tell them that it's going to cost them up to $1000 for a non urgent ambulance to come get them--all of a sudden they get cured. It's amazing how they instantly get better and decide they don't need to see a dr. after all. Or, somehow they'll some how manage to get a friend to take them for a clinic appointment.

    My other pet peeve occurred last night. A doc left instructions with his patient to call the nurses , and that we would look up the lab work and tell the patient , whether to start or stop his meds. I had to tell the patient that this was outside our scope practice. I had to send a "nasty gram" to the doc and let him know that he was responsible for looking up his patient's lab work and providing instructions--not me.
  8. by   DusktilDawn
    Other units that "borrow" equipment such as our doppler, and never return it or pick apart our new equipment "shopping" for parts.

    Ditto on the patient you spend 15-20 minutes on getting comfy and then they tell you they have to go to the BR.


    2. housekeeping will clean the room, but when you get a new pt and go to attach them to the monitor, pulse ox, etc. there's dried blood on the cables.
    Our housekeepers aren't allowed to clean monitoring machines and cables.
    When a patient has been discharged, housekeepers don't strip the bed, and they seem to relish copping a hostile attitude towards the nearest RN specifically (NEVER the CNAs), irregardless of how busy (ie: your on the phone with the doc over an unstable patient), over this task that takes less than 1 minute to do. The big pet peeve here: overhearing them bragging amongst each other on their break about how they all "tell off" the "LAZY & INCONSIDERATE" nurses.
  9. by   PennyLane
    Ok, will have to look into my hospital's policy on cleaning the cables. At my old hospital they did clean them...and I'm by no means knocking our housekeepers. I just hate seeing that dried blood after the room's been cleaned, regardless of who did the cleaning.
  10. by   CoffeeRTC
    biggest peeve.....no follow thru. Nursing is 24/7. I can leave one weekend and come back in next weekend and the same issues are still sitting around.
  11. by   Chaya
    relative of patient comes out to the nurse's station on our (36 bed!) unit and says "SHE" wants to get back into bed or wants to know if "MY DAD" has had PT yet. I just bite my tongue, then say "Which Dad-we have quite a few?".
  12. by   madwife2002
    Quote from DusktilDawn
    Have quite a few pet peeves myself:
    1. Empty paper towel dispenser, that will still be empty the following night. Ditto on the soap dispensers and TP. :angryfire
    2. Beginning my shift with clean-up and bedchange, arrive at the linen hamper only to find no linen bag there. :angryfire
    3. The octopus known as IV tubing and electrical cords. Also having to contort yourself to reach the inaccessible plug, you'd think someone would have thought to put them at waist level in an easily accessible spot. :angryfire
    4. All of my patients never having water when I do my first med pass. :angryfire
    5. The stock room that is not stocked, me running high and low to find what I need. :angryfire
    6. Full urinals displayed prominently on every male patients overbed table and the CNA has just done a VS round. :angryfire
    7. Patient rooms that are dangerously small, in fact so small that it is a danger to both patients and staff, you cannot open the BR door without it hitting the FOB. :angryfire
    8. Patients arriving on the unit, no report, no notification. :angryfire
    9. Shoes sticking to the floor, your patient who has been there a week tells you they've never seen it washed. :angryfire
    10. Despite calling repeatedly for medication from pharmacy and still not getting it no sooner than 4hrs. :angryfire

    Essentially what it boils down to folks is lack of:
    1. Professionalism
    2. Pride in a job well done
    3. Initiative
    4. Basic common courtesy.
    My God,

    it sounds just lkie the UK :chuckle
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I always liked the people that would call, ask to speak to "mom" and would get annoyed when you asked for "mom's" name.

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