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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   adrienurse
    Okay, here's a good one. How about people who refuse to get up and go to the bathroom on their own because they are too inpain/tired/weak/dizzy to get up to the bathroom on their own, but they CAN steal an attends off the night cart, apply it to themselves, climb into bed, have a BM, and then ring the call light so that you can come in a change and wash them. GLAD I DON'T WORK THERE ANYMORE!
  2. by   kahann
    I work the night shift,had a patient in with exac/COPD. Aide goes in to take vitals, family member refuses vitals. I go in to assess pt., family member refuses assessment. Mom needs "to rest" and "shouldn't be disturbed". Documented what happened. Guess who would probably be the first to sue if anything happened? If Mom needs her rest, she can do this at home a lot cheaper!
  3. by   Dayray
    Someone asked if this happens to male nurses ..Ill admit that it doesent seem to happen to me as offten as my female nurse friends but it does happen enugh that I have a list of things I will and will not do goes soemthign like this.

    If you can walk to the nurishment room to get things that dont belong to you .....you can wipe your own butt

    If you can talk .....you can breath

    If you are able to hit the call bell before you have a bowl movment ..then you need to use a bedpan, camode or (imagine this) the towlet in the Bathroom 5 feet away from your bed. instead of in your bed

    If you call me more then 4 times in 1 hour to open and close your windows....Im going to throw you out of it the next time.

    If you can walk outside to smoke you can pull your own damn self up in bed.

    If you can hold it to (hmm how should I put this) shake it? then you can hold it to pee int he urinal.

    If I cant see your puplis its not tiem for your pain med

    I know I have others but thats all I can think of right now I do have a story though....

    several years back I had a littel old 90 some odd women. She was one of those that would call you to tell you she was about to poop in her bed. I told her that if she knew she was about to poop she could use a bedpan, so she called me after she had pooped form then on (about 5-10 times a night). pretty bad huh? well that wasent the bad part. The thing that really got to me was the way she would let me know to come and change her, she coudlent get used to useing the call light she would shout at the top of her lungs "Boy !!! come clean my bed" or if she did use the call light would say send "the boy in here he has to change me" Ive had other patients make me laugh when they ask for unreasonabel things but that was the one that really got to me =(
  4. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by kahann
    I work the night shift,had a patient in with exac/COPD. Aide goes in to take vitals, family member refuses vitals. I go in to assess pt., family member refuses assessment. Mom needs "to rest" and "shouldn't be disturbed". Documented what happened. Guess who would probably be the first to sue if anything happened? If Mom needs her rest, she can do this at home a lot cheaper!
    I would have called the MD right then and there! MOM could rest at home...then!

    No...I really would have called the Doc, and put the family member out! What nerve!
  5. by   Furball
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Okay, here's a good one. How about people who refuse to get up and go to the bathroom on their own because they are too inpain/tired/weak/dizzy to get up to the bathroom on their own, but they CAN steal an attends off the night cart, apply it to themselves, climb into bed, have a BM, and then ring the call light so that you can come in a change and wash them. GLAD I DON'T WORK THERE ANYMORE!
    Ya know...when I was 10, I almost died from peritonitis (ruptured appendix). I remember CRAWLING on the floor sobbing my eyes out in pain, severely weak as well, trying to get to the BR because noone was answering my call light. Like hell I was going to poop my britches....had SOME pride geesh! Where do these peoples' pride go?
  6. by   Brownms46
    Had a 47 old female in with CHF..serverly obese..and guess what?? She wore a depends!! Crapped in the bed...and I asked her why she didn't ask for the bed pan??? She stated...cause I don't like sitting on them things!!!.. I said well how did you manage when you were at home?? She said...I walked then...but I"M A LITTLE SWOLLEN NOW!!! HUH ??? She had trace generalized edema...was sating 97-98% on 2l/nc. No trauma...full ROM...in all ext!!!

    She also would have the nerve to ask you to PULL her up in bed!!! Right!!!
    Last edit by Brownms46 on Jun 13, '02
  7. by   ktwlpn
    Great thread! I remember fondly 2 families that dropped off Momma at Poppa's bedside every am.In the first case it was a LTC and Momma should have been the patient-she was Alzheimer's-her dtr would leave her all day on the weekends and go shopping,to a wedding,etc and think nothing of it.The old couple shared his meals-he(the resident)cleaned her when she was incontinent.The dtr must have confused our LTC with adult day care...The doc had to call the family and settle this one....The second pt was a retired doc-CTD and his family had gone against his stated wishes at every turn(this is Pa)His dtr dropped off Mother every am and went on to work-and Mother was older then God-I have since lost track of how many times we threw Mother into a wheelchair and ran her to the ED with CP.And babies crying and crawling on the dirty floors-(why not let them hang from the sharps boxes on the wall?) And roomsful of raucous visitors feuding with the other sick pts family.....I am in LTC now and really only have 3 butthead family members that visit regularly-but why do these people think it is OK to treat nursing staff like idiot slaves? I have seen co-workers and have on occassion myself been spoken to in such a rude manner-no one would talk to their darn automechanic in this way-it's ok to do it to me?I try to show to a few of them that certain behavior is not acceptable-if I am busy with someones loved one don't interrupt me-I am sure you would not want me to neglect your loved one if I were working with them and someone else interrupted their care.....Some folks are the stars of the show-The all " ME "show- All Me all the time.......they just don't get it.....but they do break up the monotony
  8. by   gr8nurse4u
    Originally posted by Shandy12

    And the patient who is "well-connected" and thinks that playing bridge with the administrator's wife immediately gives her special status.
    Lynda
    This reminds me .....

    I work in a hospital where they actually use "VIP" rooms. When I first heard about it ... I was appalled.

    (me) "Do you mean to tell me that because this is Mr. SoAndSo from the hospital board that I get to place him in the VIP suite, cater to his every whim IMMEDIATELY no matter how insignificant or low priority, while placing all of my other (sicker) patients on the back burner?"

    Isn't this way of thinking a little out-dated? Management has made it clear that this is what is expected for their chosen VIP's. Thankfully, our nurse manager occasionally takes care of them personally. It just doesn't seem right to me. This line of thinking goes against every nursing grain in my body.

    Comments anyone?
  9. by   live4today
    originally posted by gr8nurse4u


    this reminds me .....

    i work in a hospital where they actually use "vip" rooms. when i first heard about it ... i was appalled.

    (me) "do you mean to tell me that because this is mr. soandso from the hospital board that i get to place him in the vip suite, cater to his every whim immediately no matter how insignificant or low priority, while placing all of my other (sicker) patients on the back burner?"

    isn't this way of thinking a little out-dated? management has made it clear that this is what is expected for their chosen vip's. thankfully, our nurse manager occasionally takes care of them personally. it just doesn't seem right to me. this line of thinking goes against every nursing grain in my body.

    comments anyone?
    actually, i worked on a vip unit once at the umc-charleston, sc where patients were treated like royalty. the vip unit was the tenth floor of the medical center. as soon as the elevator doors opened up, the atmosphere was much like a very expensive hotel with a concierge to boot! heck...i could have checked into that medical center on the vip unit and felt like i had gone on vacation for some serious r&r it was so nice. :chuckle

    i did feel sorry for the patients on the other floors as their accomodations weren't so fancy. as a matter of fact, the other floors sucked big time! old equipment, junky hallways, noisy atmosphere, typical hospital floors, etc. hard to believe that one floor made the others look like hobo city.
  10. by   gr8nurse4u
    I'm trying to picture myself as one of those VIP's. How in the H*** do I justify grand accomodations for myself as a patient. Sure it's nice for me, but I'm in the business of getting repeat customers. If I stick a patient on one of those floors that isn't quite so grand ... will they return to our hospital when their child/mother/father/etc. needs care? Wouldn't the hospital benefit more by putting some of the money used for our VIP accomodations into improving the "poorer" units?

    You also have to wonder if the VIP's are doing such a good job running the hospital .... why the "regular" floors are not good enough for them.

    LOL. I can picture the VIP's all hospitalized in their own little Hilton on the top floor with all floors below vacant because they weren't willing to make the sacrifice.
  11. by   aj1973
    Hehe, this thread is cracking me up...and it's all so true. I've met all of these patients and then some in 4 years of ortho nursing. I love the young guys who are5 min back on the ward from surgery and want to go for a smoke. Lots of nurses argue with them 'til they are blue in the face, but I just say "go ahead", and then have a little giggle when they come back looking decidedly green and telling me they threw up in a rubbish bin outside Now, I too am a smoker, but I'm sure I wouldn't want one straight after anaesthetic!!
    yes, I too have had lots of guys ask me to hold their urinal for them, but there has got to be a point where you draw the line at your 'nursing duties':chuckle I also refuse to wipe the rear ends of lazy overweight women, I've made a couple of post-op hips cry telling them that, but hey, who's gonna wipe your ass for you at home sweetheart?
    It really makes you wonder sometimes doesn't it?
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by gr8nurse4u
    LOL. I can picture the VIP's all hospitalized in their own little Hilton on the top floor with all floors below vacant because they weren't willing to make the sacrifice.
    My hospital has a unit like this on the top floor. Reserved for hospital big wigs, local celebrities, and newsworthy patients.

    Of course, it shares a floor with psych, and I think that's soooo appropriate!

    Heather
  13. by   catlady
    Originally posted by aj1973
    I also refuse to wipe the rear ends of lazy overweight women, I've made a couple of post-op hips cry telling them that, but hey, who's gonna wipe your ass for you at home sweetheart?
    It really makes you wonder sometimes doesn't it?
    Yes, it makes me wonder why you bothered to go into nursing, since you apparently haven't got the compassion of a gnat.

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