things that drive me nuts...care to add??

  1. Things I can't stand in nursing: (just a vent)

    Spelling/pronouncing the names of drugs incorrectly. Example, last week, i corrected a MAR that read "Phergan Suppitory" instead of phenergan suppository.
    I hate when people call vicodin "VICODAN"
    i hate when people call phenergan "PHENERGRAN"
    i hate when people call risperdal "RISPERIDOL"
    and then put this on the MARS.

    i hate when people write on a MAR "Lotrisone Cream to affected area". can't they be kind enough to tell the rest of us where the affected area is??

    I hate being called "waitress" YES IT HAS HAPPENED!!
    I hate when people put the call light on, only to go in their room and they ask me for the remote, which happens to be 6 inches in front of them. Alert, oriented people, who just think they're in the Hilton vs. the hospital.

    and that's all i can think of for now.
    anyone care to share their vents with me???
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   HyperRNRachel
    i hate when people write on a MAR "Lotrisone Cream to affected area". can't they be kind enough to tell the rest of us where the affected area is??

    Yes, I hate when a powder or cream is on the MAR but there is no reference to where the affected area is. Should I just apply it from head to toe and call it a day?

    Rachel
  4. by   Kelly_the_Great
    I had a patient call on my voice mail once and ask for a refill of her "hydrococo-puffs" in reference to her generice vicodin: hydrocodone/APAP...lol

    She was being completely serious too!
  5. by   HappyNurse2005
    Spelling/pronouncing the names of drugs incorrectly
    how about names of diseases? Saw on a kardex once, in the pt history "general herpes" instead of "genital herpes"

    It bugs me when the doc gives the pt their own prescriptions. Hello! I need those to write up their discharge paperwork. Most docs put them right inside the front of the chart b/c they know we do that. you know how dumb it looks for me to ask the pt " so did the doc give you any rx's"? like I don't know whats going on.

    mini vent.
  6. by   Jen2
    I hate when ED patients order take out from their cell phones while they are in a treatment room. Not joking last night I was in triage and the pizza guy shows up, I was like none of us ordered pizza. He gave the name and it was a patient that I had triaged earlier for back pain that had to bring thier entire family with them. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whew I needed that.
  7. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Quote from Jen2
    I hate when ED patients order take out from their cell phones while they are in a treatment room. Not joking last night I was in triage and the pizza guy shows up, I was like none of us ordered pizza. He gave the name and it was a patient that I had triaged earlier for back pain that had to bring thier entire family with them. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whew I needed that.
    Jen,

    Why is it some families act like the ED is a family gathering place?

    I remember when I used to work in ED long, long time ago. We'd see relatives come in like it was th' baby's 1st Christening. And it'd be th' same families, over & over again. Maybe niece this week, grandma next and uncle th' week b4.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I could see the family reunion trotting in the ED if someone's on their last leg, but when little Bobby had green snot as the complaint, and there's 9 people that come in with him and his mom, i've always wanted to say "Thank y'all for INCREASING the risk of passing this on to others."

    One that i've seen a few times "Mersa" or "Mercy" for MRSA. "Pt. has mercy" Sure.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    And i'm STILL trying to figure out where the "Prostrate" gland is!
  10. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Duh! I'm slow. This thread is in reference to clinical personnel's misspelling.

    Somehow, I was thiking it was that of lay person's...lol

    That is truly sad, comin' from what is supposed to be educated persons. Esp. things like mercy in place of MRSA, general vs. genital!
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    That is truly sad, comin' from what is supposed to be educated persons. Esp. things like mercy in place of MRSA, general vs. genital!
    Sad thing is, it's not the nurses or the doctors, or even the unit sec.'s that are spelling this way.

    And what bothers me about when that happens at my job, heck, if certain words are spelled wriong, whose to say the same people (the ones that work in case postings) aren't going to put the wrong side and site down on the schedule!
  12. by   tampabaylpn2rn
    no, i HAD to add two things that drive me nuts, not spelling/pronounciation related.....
    at my job, the nurses' smoking area is the same area that the patients' smoke in!!! So i can't even have 5 minutes to myself!! They come out to the area to ask for pain pills! Oh it's frustrating.

    i also used to work in the ED overnights, and i will NEVER EVER understand why people HAVE to come to the ED in the middle of the night with a minor injury (twisted ankle, toothache, etc) and upon asking them "how long has this bothered you?" they say "oh, about 4-5 weeks"!!!! i just don't think i could work in the ED again, unless it's trauma, things like that made me lose my mind!

    also, people who ask me for OTC meds, and after i explain that i still need a dr's order for something like Robitussin, they have a family member go next door and buy it at the store and then they sneak it in.
    that has always irked me.
  13. by   unknown99
    Doctors who think they can treat nurses like dogs...
    Co-workers who whine or complain the whole time they are at work
    Nurses who do not answer call-lights because they feel that is strictly for the aides to do
    Someone who says "It's not my patient" without further explanation
    Getting an admission at change of shift or at lunch time
  14. by   Sapphy
    OK I have a few.... starting with all those spelling errors I see on MAR's...We had one unit secretary who wrote Hydrocortisone 5/500 q 4hrs prn on the MAR.... ummm try hydrocodone..... I would have just chalked this up to being a newbie mistake if just a few days prior she hadn't been acting all high and mighty saying "I have an associates degree." and if she hadn't gotten all peeved when I would not redline the order as it was.

    Here's my biggest pet peeve.... and this is no one's fault and there is really nothing to be done about it... but why oh why does every patient want a pain pill or have to pee at change of shift and then get PO'd when it takes a little longer.

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