What Baffles You? - page 35

by GundeRN | 73,653 Views | 377 Comments

So I have come across this a few times. I am holding a straw to a persons lips and they drink and drink and drink and pretty soon they are waving their hands for me to stop. Stop what?! You don't have to keep sucking on the straw... Read More


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    Nurses that call the attending asking what they should do after they woke up a patient at 3AM to force feed them their PRN Ambien.
    T.H.R.N. likes this.
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    How come I can be trusted to pull all kinds of drugs, including narcotics...
    But I cannot have keys to central supply to get more briefs or Foley kits?
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    People that can't come to terms with their loved ones condition and want ridiculous measures taken to prolong life. IE: Jahi McMath case
    nrsang97, not.done.yet, and Christy1019 like this.
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    How come I can be trusted to pull all kinds of drugs, including narcotics...
    But I cannot have keys to central supply to get more briefs or Foley kits?
    The black market for incontinence products is insane, didn't you know?

    Sometimes I think it might be considering the commercials for the cath kits!
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    Patients who claim they want to go home but refuse to be independent.
    patients who complain about their IV site but refuse to a new IV start

    The patient who is doing well post op. Pain controlled with oral meds, doing their IS etc. Visitors arrive and suddenly they need IV pain meds, they can't pick up their own cup, nausea sets in and they just put on a big show.
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    Quote from Lil'mama
    Patients who claim they want to go home but refuse to be independent.
    patients who complain about their IV site but refuse to a new IV start

    The patient who is doing well post op. Pain controlled with oral meds, doing their IS etc. Visitors arrive and suddenly they need IV pain meds, they can't pick up their own cup, nausea sets in and they just put on a big show.
    YES! to all of these. Especially the IV start one. If my IV site was burning, I think I'd rather deal with another needle stick than constant pain!
    nrsang97 likes this.
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    Patients who are in so much pain and demand a bed pan. Then 30 minutes later (no other meds given) the doctor says they're being d/c'd. Patient is up changing into their own gowns walking to the bathroom and asking when am I taking this iv out...
    canoehead, 0.adamantite, nrsang97, and 3 others like this.
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    This is a great thread. I'm so glad I'm not the only one suffering these patients. The patients who are totally capable that needs butt wiping all of the sudden really baffles me. Patients who asks for massage surprises me and I still don't know how to graciously refuse that task. I oblique sometimes to those with legitimate pain and no family but others I feel are just abusing me.
    Fiona59 likes this.
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    Some patients just baffle me altogether. Recently, I had a patient, 22 year old male, fully A&O. I was told in report that he had spent the day making demands and ordering people around. When patients behave that way with me, I tend to ignore the behavior and that often kills it. I didn't have that problem with this guy but he was obviously an attention seeker. The entire shift went okay with him until right at the end. He asked for IV pain medication, I went to get it and upon walking into the room, he has blood all over his hands. When I inquired as to the source of his blood, he said "I pulled this bandage off my neck and now it's bleeding". In fact, he had pulled his jugular line out. He claimed he didn't realize it but I call BS. The line was about 8 inches long. He knew what he was doing.

    I got his neck bandaged (which he didn't want me to do) then we got him cleaned up and he immediately asked again for IV pain meds. Guess what buddy? You precluded that for now!
    sapphire18, nrsang97, BrandonLPN, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from sammiesmom
    This is a great thread. I'm so glad I'm not the only one suffering these patients. The patients who are totally capable that needs butt wiping all of the sudden really baffles me. Patients who asks for massage surprises me and I still don't know how to graciously refuse that task. I oblique sometimes to those with legitimate pain and no family but others I feel are just abusing me.
    I just say, "Sorry, that isn't something we do." And then change the subject.
    not.done.yet and Fiona59 like this.


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