Regis's view of nurses - after open heart surgery - page 4

I don't normally watch TV in the mornings, that is when my son gets his fix:rotfl: However, hubby was off Friday, so I went to the gym earlier than usual. Tuned my headphones in to Regis and Kelly... Read More

  1. by   TazziRN
    Quote from RNsRWe
    That's a little off your post, but comes to mind: that people think the hospital is staffed full of MDs just waiting for their callbell, to answer questions and such. Had a patient and family on Saturday night who were demanding to talk with specialist about misc nonsense (because THEY had missed the doctor on the last visit that morning!). Were shocked that it was just us nurses that would be caring for Darling Patient, all without the help of said specialist
    Patients don't realized that it's the nurses who often keep the doctors' nuts out of court. Sometimes I get so sick of hearing the gratitude expressed by pts to their doctors when it's the nurses who do all the hard work, like calling at 3 a.m. and saying, "No, Dr. God, this patient really can't wait until morning. You have to treat his K of 2.0 now!!!"
  2. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from TazziRN
    Patients don't realized that it's the nurses who often keep the doctors' nuts out of court. Sometimes I get so sick of hearing the gratitude expressed by pts to their doctors when it's the nurses who do all the hard work, like calling at 3 a.m. and saying, "No, Dr. God, this patient really can't wait until morning. You have to treat his K of 2.0 now!!!"
    LOL about the nuts-in-court comment

    Yep, ain't that the kicker? I do call docs when it really can't wait. I don't call them when it really can. The new admit hollering in pain who hasn't been ordered any danged pain meds for a hip fracture (duh), that idiot gets the 2am phone call. The pt who "needs to talk to his doctor" about diagnostic tests, he's gonna wait until the doc shows up again, or HE can call the MD's office during hours.

    I think pts many times do think of us as "saving" the doctors, but in the same manner that the stereotypical housewife "saves" her husband: making sure his laundry is done and the insurance payments are made on time. They don't have a clue that we aren't their wives or first assistants, either, and don't call all through the night just to update them on those patients! I actually had a patient who said to me (at midnight), "when you talk with the doctor again, no hurry, sometime later tonight, just ask him ____". LOL! Sometime tonight? How about I'm not talking with him about you at ALL!

    But I digress

    I don't know what Kelly said about nurses, and not sure it matters all that much: the same people who listen to a talk show host and take what he or she says about it either way aren't much interested in the facts, really. It's nice to hear a positive spin (Regis) but doubt very much that their viewers' base of knowledge has really been improved upon
    Last edit by RNsRWe on Mar 26, '07
  3. by   muffie
    Quote from nrsang97
    I am glad that Regis said that the nurses are the ones that are there for you. He is telling the truth. Maybe Kelly is eating her words. I think if more shows did segments on what nurses do and the education they have, then the public would have such a different view of what we do. I have had it with famlies that say that is the way its done on ER or Grey's Anatomy.

    I did have a doc thank me for all my work with my patient on last Wed.. I came on and had to get the pt from CT. The doc was down there with the nurse.. Brought the pt back and the orders started flying. Inserted NGT and placed to LIS. Suspected perfed bowel. Within the first 2 hours we intubaed her, changed her A-line. Gave multilpe fluid boluses. Stabalized her and sent her to surgery 1 hour later. Received the pt from the OR and gave more boluses and meds. Hooked up wound vac since pt wound wasn't closed and needed to keep draining. Kept having to call him and get orderd for Ca+ replacements and other reasons. I made the pt go from purple to pale (big improvement), Pt was stabalized by morning and I was suprised to have the doc thank me. I feels really good to be thanked for all your hard work.

    Marie I too think that about many who dye their hair blonde. I wonder if they became stupid from bleach poisoning.
    what a busy shift and awesome job

    i'm going to say thank you too

    thank you
  4. by   RNDreamer
    I have a family full of nurses and CNAs. I currently work as a Home Health Aide (not easy finding a CNA position, like I thought it would be, but i still love being an HHA) While, I admit, shows like ER and Grey's Anatomy do not properly portray a nurse's role in the care of patients, I don't think that does much to discourage the thought of becoming a nurse. Otherwise, there would not be that mad dash to nursing schools all over the country! MOVE OVER, I'M GOING IN!!!!!!!!Just received my acceptance letter from Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus, but hope to be accepted and enrolled in Pace University's Accelerated program. I'll see you guys in the nursing field!
  5. by   mrsituation
    http://www.nursingadvocacy.org/news/...gis_kelly.html
    Hi y'all and here is my 2 cents....I just went to the site and thanks for the update; I usually don't watch those kind of shows simply because of the drama that they procreate, now whatever minute amounts of respect that I had for Regis & that "Pneumo-cephalic" kelly has been lost. I cannot condone using humor and disrespect to gain an audience and eventually inflate your pocket book. The Nursing profession is an honorable one and I for one am offended as should be the rest of the nursing world. I also know that everyday people watch that show and are guided by those inflammatory remarks conveyed about the nursing profession. As a male Nurse, I find the remarks offensive; as a Female Nurse I would be Outraged!!!
    Last edit by mrsituation on Jan 13, '08 : Reason: typo
  6. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from nursesaideBen
    A lot of people don't realize that it is the nurses and CNAs that are on the unit around the clock, it's funny and kinda sad that some of our patient's families are shocked when we tell them "No, I'm sorry, it's 2am and we don't have a Dr. on the unit to see your mom because she feels gassy." lol

    I know I am a weird case because I have had so much medical stuff...I realized when I was 8 that it was nurses that really do more for the patients.
  7. by   Valerie Salva
    Quote from anonymurse
    Yah, well maybe they feel they have a little patching up to do:

    http://www.nursingadvocacy.org/news/...gis_kelly.html
    That's what I was thinking.
  8. by   BinkieRN
    I thought Regis had open heart surgery several years ago?
  9. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from BinkieRN
    I thought Regis had open heart surgery several years ago?
    He had it last year, this is just an old thread.

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