"Send my girl down here now"...(Please.....) - page 5

I was writing a progress note today on a cardiac step-down unit when my concentration was shattered by a booming voice coming through the patient-call system. An 60 y/o gentleman (for lack of a better word)exclamied, "Send my... Read More

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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Jason-ACNP:
    [B]"Lets get something straight! This person is a highly respected RN within this hospital, and she is not AND WILL not be addressed as your girl! It is clear that she is of no relation to you! Secondly, THIS IS NOT A FIVE STAR HOTEL! You can and will ambulate on your own!! That means that when you have to go to the bathroom, get a magazine, or scratch yourself, YOU WILL BE THE ONE WHO DOES IT AT THIS POINT IN THE GAME! These nurses are not your handmaiden, and they are NOT at your beck and call. Each nurse cares for 12 patients with very little assitance, and every patient on this floor is in far worse shape than you are! Am I absolutey clear?!
    Now before I catch hell for that, let me say this. [Q]

    You wont catch any hell from me. You took the words right out of my mouth! Theres a time & a place when they just need to be said. I havent been fired yet for similar exchanges & insisting on being treated as a professional & with the respect that my position deserves. Id love to hear administration try to explain firing you for stopping a pt from abusing an RN. What is of concern is that the RN didnt do it for herself & someone else had to speak up for her. But congrats for doing it so well & for showing the rest of them how.

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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Joanm:
    [B]Did anyone see Jay Leno last night? One of his "jokes" was that he had seen on CNN that there was a nursing shortage. And we can't do without nurses, because without nurses there would be no more porn movies. [QUOTE]

    hes done that more than once. Last yr he was bombarded with letters from nurses for another degrading "joke". Even THAT turned into a joke & he has merely increased his nurse "jokes" after that instead of knocking it off. On the other hand, around the same time, David Letterman featured his MDs AS WELL AS his nurses on his show & said that without nurses, he would be dead.

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