Pet Peeves

  1. 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?
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  3. by   TNRNMAN
    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?
    The one that comes to mind right now is not running contols on POC monitors when they plainly say QC due now, that drives me into a rage. If I need a stat Blood Sugar and the one stat BC the machine allows has been used by a lazy, nurse that would not run the QC then I have to waste 10 min do the (blank) QC while my patient suffers. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I hate that most.:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire I have others but I feel so good after this vent that I think I will call it done Thanks. I hate patient neglect by nurses too but there are not enough firey faces for that topic. Good Day
  4. by   Kristiern1
    My pet peeve in nursing is "chaos". I hate tangled telemetry or monitor wires. Tangled unlabeled IV tubing and messy cluttered tray tables
  5. by   sjb2005
    Oh, I am sooooo with you on that. Like when your patient is diaphoretic and in the middle of a seizure. The machine needs to have the control check done. Oh, so sorry MR/MS patient.
    Love to help you but.....That's when your nursing instinct takes over and steps in....OK, now I have to make a decision....Pressures that could be avoided......
    Quote from TNRNMAN
    The one that comes to mind right now is not running contols on POC monitors when they plainly say QC due now, that drives me into a rage. If I need a stat Blood Sugar and the one stat BC the machine allows has been used by a lazy, nurse that would not run the QC then I have to waste 10 min do the (blank) QC while my patient suffers. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I hate that most.:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire I have others but I feel so good after this vent that I think I will call it done Thanks. I hate patient neglect by nurses too but there are not enough firey faces for that topic. Good Day
  6. by   sjb2005
    Big Big Mess! Can I follow you after your shift is over? I cannot focus until the tangled web is straightened out. A major patient hazard. Especially when I worked IMC. Multiple IV lines, monitor wires, O2 tubing, catheter tubes,G-Tubes...On and on. All tangled and the patient has to get out of bed ASAP and toilet. Momma Mia.
  7. by   krob0729
    [font=book antiqua]not only do i hate unreplaced trashbags, but what is definately worse is when you go to take out the trash sack from the med cart and it is still attached to the roll of bags. now you have to try to hold a full bag and tear it from a roll while the bottom is bulging...uuuggghhh!!!!
  8. by   krob0729
    oh, i almost forgot...what about nurses that don't restock the med-cart and you spend half the shift walking back and forth to the med room to get meds, so your med-pass takes twice as long...
  9. by   sjb2005
    what a major pain. been there.
    no matter what excuse anyone has....you can make time for these simple tasks.
    Quote from easttxlvn
    oh, i almost forgot...what about nurses that don't restock the med-cart and you spend half the shift walking back and forth to the med room to get meds, so your med-pass takes twice as long...
  10. by   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.
  11. by   Morning-glory
    I hate seeing urinals on bedside tables!! There has got to be a better way. Would you want pee on your kitchen table? Of course not. But here we are picking full urinals up off the tables that are used for these patients for all thier meals, left over snacks and water glasses being pushed out of the way for a full bottle of pee!!! GROSS!!!

    I'm also annoyed by meds ordered q6h in the same patient getting q4h meds. Just bugs me that they can't line them up to be on the same schedule. I hate waking people up unnecessarily.

    As others have mentioned, there are many more, but I've said enough for now!!

    Time for me to get to bed.

    Have a good day all.
  12. by   cre8tivRN
    When you hear your IV pump ringing just as you come on shift, and you go into the room, only to find it sucking air. When you go to put a new bag up, it still thought there was at least 200+cc left in the old bag.
    Why do they do it? It doesnt take a rocket scientist to hang a new bag and punch in 1000 volume to be delivered!!!!!!!!
  13. by   misschelei
    Oh lets see I just got off work so this could be dangerous :wink2:
    Full sharps containers
    No gloves in room
    Overflowing garbage and linen receptacles
    Unused tubing draped over the pole with uncapped ends
    Nearly empty drips with no replacement on the way
    Anything less than perfect waves on the monitor (unless there is a good reason of course)


    And last but not least................IV locks that don't flush because the IV is no good especially when it is charted off neatly every two hours as intact.
  14. by   askater11
    Quote from Jacquie RN
    I hate seeing urinals on bedside tables!! There has got to be a better way. Would you want pee on your kitchen table? Of course not. But here we are picking full urinals up off the tables that are used for these patients for all thier meals, left over snacks and water glasses being pushed out of the way for a full bottle of pee!!! GROSS!!!
    I'm with you on that one!!! Last time I worked my alert and oriented patient insisted his urinal stay on his side table. Yikes when I first walked into his room I saw his breakfast next to it was his urinal. I explained why I wanted to move his urinal but he insisted the urinal stay on the table.

    The man was one of the nicest patients I've ever had but every time I entered the room....I'd see that urinal and cringe!!!!

    I have pet peeves but too many to list!!!!

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