welcome to the hilton...please dont forget to tip your waitress - page 25

i have no idea where the er is getting these people from but i wish theyd send them back...lol they are sick..yes...but for goodness sakes! i cant raise the head of my bed (i can however use... Read More

  1. by   Vikingkitten
    Quote from PhantomRN
    Patients rarely appreciate all the work we do for them so, Is it any surprise that nurses leave the bedside in droves?
    :angryfireThat is only the second most popular reason that Nurses are leaving the profession; the number one reason is a**hole Doctors!:angryfire
  2. by   rnmomtobe2010
    way to go nurses...get em in line!!
  3. by   DaretoDreamRN
    I was the triage nurse one day..31 year old male wrote that he was having severe excruciating CHEST pain 10/10..underneath the triage paper he wrote..
    "CALL MY CELL PHONE DIRECTLY WHEN ITS MY TURN (443XXXXXXXX), IM EITHER AT THE CAFETERIA OR IM TAKING A SMOKE BREAK"

    I KID YOU NOT!!!!
    Last edit by DaretoDreamRN on Jun 9, '08
  4. by   trudlebug
    Quote from LizzieJ
    I was the triage nurse one day..31 year old male wrote that he was having severe excruciating CHEST pain 10/10..underneath the triage paper he wrote..
    "CALL MY CELL PHONE DIRECTLY WHEN ITS MY TURN (443XXXXXXXX), IM EITHER AT THE CAFETERIA OR IM TAKING A SMOKE BREAK"

    I KID YOU NOT!!!!
    OMG!
    Hey, that gives me a new thought: Maybe we should hand out those light up coasters like they have at restaurants!
    wait, another thought - we should add the gratuity to the bill!:chuckle:chuckle

    (sorry, it's late and I'm getting a little silly)
    g'nite :zzzzz
  5. by   Vikingkitten
    Quote from nurse-lou
    You wouldn't happen to work at the Cleveland Clinic would you? They get Saudi Arabian princes coming in for whatever top of the line treatment. As these people have $$$$$ and no insurance then the Clinic gets paid the big bucks. They will close down an entire floor for ONE Saudi Arabian oil King!!! Plus these pt's give the nurses really expensive gifts! I heard one gave the staff Rolex watches!

    At my hospital, had a pt demand to leave AMA! But the family member refused to pick him up! I called the On Call MD about this and he said (while laughing), "oh, so this is a hotel now. Make sure you turn his bed down and put a chocolate on his pillow!" Yeah, like the hospital has THAT kind of money!

    Have had pt's stay for weeks, such as the one I mentioned in an earlier post, he's still there, the doc switched the antibiotic BACK to IV! So the wife got her way!! His wife has had her mail forwarded to the hospital!!! He's been there over a month now!

    Another has his own private caregiver, a very wealthy patient he is, family wants to make sure that the staff is doing our job!!! He's been in the hospital for over 3 weeks!! I mean. come on, this is a hospital, not a respite home for the aged!!!!

    Sounds like something similar that happened to me in a rather large hospital in St. Louis. Had a "Saudi Prince" show up for a liver transplant for alcoholic cirrhosis (I thought Islam forbid alcohol ). Took it from a pt. on the waiting list for years; there was quite a scandal about it for some time. Of course, that pt. wasn't able to pay cash for the procedure, plus donate mega-bucks to the Research Foundation. Anyway, an "aide" showed up at my apartment (I was travelling at the time and just filling in on the Transplant team) with a very expensive watch , too, and a request for the kind of car I was interested in! Of course, had to refuse (almost killed me!) and got all kinds of attitude from his "people" because I refused ("as if you are too good to accept a gift") and then had to explain to them that it wasn't kosher (or halal) to accept gifts. Leaves me wondering if the other staff did, since they were so put out that I did:stone.
  6. by   Vikingkitten
    Quote from Cherybaby
    Fran...*LMAO* YES...exactly like that!!! *snorts*

    Here's another one that I ran into today...this one was a REAL winner!

    I get a mother on the phone. Her precious baby boy (mind you, "baby" is 23 years old and quite capable of using the phone...*L*) had surgery on his hand (tendon laceration) on 10/21. The doctor told him his ONLY restriction was that he cannot drive, so long as he is on Percoset. So, we write him a note...patient cannot drive so long as he is on narcotics for pain post surgically.

    Mom calls me today and says...I need a note for my sons college, stating why he hasn't gone to school. I asked her...well, why hasn't he gone to school? She said, because he cannot drive on narcotics. I asked (tactfully) wasn't there someone available to give him a ride? She said (nastily) NO. She also wanted me "backdate" the note to BEFORE the 21st (pre-surgical) for the days he was having pain. I told her I could not do that because we have no documentation of him being seen prior to the 21st. She said (and I quote here)

    "Well, you KNOW he cut his arm open on the 19th!!! You KNOW we went to the emergency room...you KNOW he had his arm casted there until we came to the surgery. Don't you also KNOW he would have pain???"

    (Yeah lady...he has pain. YOU, as a mom) :angryfire

    Yes ma'am, I understand all of that, however, perhaps it would be better to get that particular note from the ER. I will be happy to write you a note for your son for the 21st forward that he could not drive to school.

    Mom is now ******...and puts dad on the phone (like it really matters to me whose angry voice I hear...the answer is still NO! *L*) I explain the same thing to dad, but did at least acquiesce to putting "Patient was having post surgical pain and could not attend classes". I ask dad...is that agreeable to you? He states, yes it is...and when can we pick up the note?

    I told him...I will write it now...you can pick it up as soon as you'd like.

    He says to me...now get this...

    GREAT!!! I will send "Frankie" up there right now to go get the note.


    *long pause on my end*

    "Um, Sir? The reason we were writing this note is because Frankie is not supposed to be driving, remember???"

    Click. Phone went dead in my hand...dad hung up on me.

    Can you say "BUSTED????"

    Where oh where do these people come from?????
    Apparently there STILL isn't enough Chlorine in the Gene Pool!:angryfire
  7. by   Natkat
    It happened to me yesterday. A patient came right out and called a nurse the waitress.

    I was putting a patient on dialysis and he was asking me about if we were going to change the dressing on his surgery site. I said "I'll take a look at it once I get you on."

    He said "the other waitress said she would change it but I thought I'd ask" then caught himself and said "I mean, nurse."
  8. by   AngelfireRN
    Quote from Natkat
    It happened to me yesterday. A patient came right out and called a nurse the waitress.

    I was putting a patient on dialysis and he was asking me about if we were going to change the dressing on his surgery site. I said "I'll take a look at it once I get you on."

    He said "the other waitress said she would change it but I thought I'd ask" then caught himself and said "I mean, nurse."
    I would have responded with, "Of course you know your gratuity just doubled. We'll just add that to your tab."
  9. by   november17
    Quote from RNIAM
    a patient should be encouraged to do for themselves what they can. This can be done with kindness and compassion. This does not have to be mean spirited and nasty.

    That's a basic nursing principle. The foundation of my practice, as a matter of fact.
  10. by   10MG-IV
    Quote from Marie_LPN, RN
    I'd like to strap a tip jar to my butt then (on the front would interfere with lifting.)
    I'll put mine in my DD cleavage.
  11. by   10MG-IV
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I have no problem assisting buttwipers who CAN'T. It's the buttwipers who CAN but just want to get out of it that **** me off.

    I cannot tolerate family and visitors who want us to cater to THEM when it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain we are shortstaffed and extremely busy.

    The requests for coffee bug the hell out of me. I direct them to the waiting room. They ask us to store food for family in our fridge. They ask us to store BREAST MILK for them in our fridge. Now....we aren't even allowed a fridge for US to store our lunches...so where do these people get off?????

    And what are women with infants doing hanging around our MRSA infested floor? Then they have the gaul to expect us to store their breast milk (and provide a private place for them to pump) and we have to fetch it for them on request too......GRRRR.

    I know, I'm old and burnt out....but people just have no manners today in the hospital, I swear....I NEVER encountered such 'entitled' patients, families, and visitors as I do these past 5 years or so.

    Gotta blame the media and the hospitals for portraying nurses as service workers.....
    Sing it! and Ahmen sister, but you know I noticed the change in the way nurses were treated when....... are you ready for this....... when we as RN's stopped wearing a WHITE UNIFORM AND CAPS.......
    OMG did I say it...... Yes.... I did and SOME of us oldies got together and decided the cap and white uniform had alot to do with RESPECT. Why?.... Talk amongst yourselves. ... but times change and I wear scrubs (pj's) to work too, but some days I wish I had on my whites and a cap. there is something about it that makes people back down. like, who argues with a Nun in a Habit.
    Can you tell the hospital was run by the Sisters of Charity? this might be a whole new thread.
  12. by   mskate
    perfect patient... intubated, paralyzed, with a foley and a rectal tube, a peg tube that will never clog, 100lbs soaking wet and no family or friends.
  13. by   FireStarterRN
    Quote from mskate
    perfect patient... intubated, paralyzed, with a foley and a rectal tube, a peg tube that will never clog, 100lbs soaking wet and no family or friends.

    How sad. That sounds like a sad scenario to me.

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