VIP Patients...A rant - page 2

So I went to work the other night and the charge nurse approaches me with this look that says, "I'm going to lay some BS on you." She tells me that we are having a VIP patient come to the floor (he... Read More

  1. by   Headhurt
    Quote from Bipley
    Question, if you were the nurse... exactly how would you compromise my family member's care because a VIP was another of your patients?
    I don't care who you are, what you do, how much money you make...everyone gets the same care, dignity, and respect from me. I was the nurse in question, and I wouldn't allow my very sick patient to be disrupted because someone wanted a better window view. If that labels me a troublemaker, so be it.
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I wouldn't allow my very sick patient to be disrupted because someone wanted a better window view.
    Exactly.
  3. by   lpnstudentin2010
    i hope the ONE time my parents put up a fuss for a private room we were not percieved as wanting VIP treatment. I had just had surgery, and for those of you who do not know my surgeries are for benign plexiform-neurofibromas on my right orbit (so they do an insition across the top of my head from ear to ear), and my roomate was crying VERY loudly or watching tv loudly (they had also brought in an additional tv for the parents to watch something else), so there I was, a day out of cranio-facial surgery and all this noise. My head was killing me. so my parents insisted on getting me moved to a private room. all other times (four other surgeries) i have happly shared a room with someone else.
  4. by   LPN1974
    Personally, I wish they could just make all hospitals with smaller but private rooms for everyone.
    When I had surgery, I had a roommate who made noises all night long. I could not get any sleep. She had people coming in and out, making racket, and her visitors were using the bathroom and leaving it dirty, urine on the toilet, etc, where I had to use that bathroom.
    I complained about it, and the staff did clean it, but I think that's something that shouldn't be allowed....visitors should not use the patient's bathroom.
    I asked to be moved to another room, and eventually was, and the room mate there was quieter and I got more rest.
  5. by   Eric01
    I work in the burn unit of our local hospital in Halifax, NS. It is on the fourth floor, immediately below ICU and the OR, and several floors below the heli pad. There are two entrances to the floor, plus one stairwell. Our unit has two large private rooms, and two semi-private rooms (not counting the plastics beds around the corner) that are monitored, and can take vents. The burn unit beds are rarely full. Rumour has it that when President Bush was finally visiting Halifax post 9/11, our unit was scouted out to accomodate him in the event that he needed emergency medical care. Apparently our unit could meet almost any forseeable medical need that he might have, yet was the easiest to secure from a Secret Service point of view. He never came, but I wonder how many of our other patients would have been disrupted for his sake.
  6. by   Super_RN
    My opinion is if you want to suck up to VIPs then that is your choice, but all my patients are VIPs. And that statement is not to anyone in particular, I just mean people in general. I am not going to give outstanding care to one in particular just to give another meager care. Sorry, not happening.
    :Snowman1: Super
  7. by   Bipley
    Quote from Headhurt
    I don't care who you are, what you do, how much money you make...everyone gets the same care, dignity, and respect from me. I was the nurse in question, and I wouldn't allow my very sick patient to be disrupted because someone wanted a better window view. If that labels me a troublemaker, so be it.
    Right... a VIP wouldn't change a thing. So what is the issue?
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Bipley
    Right... a VIP wouldn't change a thing. So what is the issue?
    Because , as apparent in the OP. some do not feel this way, helping to create the problem.
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    Wow, how unfair for the non VIP patient
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    VIP patients should NEVER change a thing. But if management MANDATES they be treated "with special care" then their presence changes a lot, in many units. EVERYONE should be a VIP in the way of nursing care. Security issues are SEPARATE.

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