Had a pt in our hospital for about 6 months, 3 months in our ICU. His sister was, quite possibly, nuts. She would take pictures of the patient while he lay in bed, sedated on the vent. She would take pictures of us nurses while we were trying to care for her brother. She had a tape recorder and taped things we would say in the room. She would ask for a stethoscope so she could do his q4h assessments because she didn't believe we were doing it well enough. She would stand over us while we did peri-care and dressing changes, critiquing the whole time, saying it was not good enough and wanted to do it herself.
Or how about the patients who come down from the floor with aspiration pneumonia. The MINUTE they are off the vent, the family demands food and water. They scream at you when you explain why this is not a good idea at this point in time without a swallow study.
Or the family member who works down in the same hospitals OR, comes up to visit her mom during her break in her work scrubs
, and refuses to gown/glove up even though her mom has VRE and C.Diff. We called her boss. She was not changing scrubs after she returned to the OR.
Oh we get plenty in the ICU!!