What Baffles You? - page 5

by GundeRN

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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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    Quote from ellaballet
    When a patient puts the call light on to raise/lower the head of the bed. Umm. I understand when the patient has seizure pads, is confused, etc. But if you're pretty mobile and able to push the call light, shouldn't you be able to push the up/down button on the side rail?
    I agree with this most of the time, but some of the beds we have it seems people have to be able to bend their arms at a weird angle to reach the buttons, which many cannot do. Our bells are on a cord tied to the rail, so the bell is reachable to the buttons aren't -- but only on one style of bed.
    VivaLasViejas likes this.
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    Quote from GundeRN
    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 just because it is in your mouth. I think the universal sign of I'm done please remove the straw should be to stop sucking on it and open your mouth! I have had a few people have to catch their breath and make comments about me giving them too much! What? I don't get it.
    The thing I don't understand is why is someone who is willing and able to pick up a glass of water, hold it and use a straw completely unable to lift the incentive spirometer or hold it to their lips?
    blondy2061h, Wise Woman RN, Roben, and 1 other like this.
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    When our victims of violence sneak in cell phones and tell people who aren't on their visiting list (they get 3 fixed visitors) where they are located in the hospital. If I was shot or stabbed I don't think I would want everyone to know where I was located!
    lunar79, IowaKaren, GrnTea, and 3 others like this.
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    I'm baffled when hospitals eliminate CNA's, implement a slow and outdated computer charting system and assign RN's to doing breathing treatments instead of RT's and then tell you incremental overtime is unacceptable and a sign that you are a bad nurse.
    BirdylouRN, Tina, RN, lorirn58, and 21 others like this.
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    Quote from amoLucia
    Another baffling question - why do folk 'ooh & aah & oomph' when they sit down or get up when they have aches & pains? It's not like making the noises make them get well.
    I'd love to hear from you when you're 66 and still working as a nurse. My mother did it; said I would never do it, but catch myself. Especially when I have to look for something under the bed on my knees and can't get up unless I jump into downward dog
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    Oh yes, I forgot. What doesn't Medicare pay for flu shots? Shot down at pharmacy totally armed with Parts A, B and BlueCross, Blue Shield! Why don't they not pay for 99 year olds to die in tertiary medical center? No sweat off me because I could afford the $31 but what are others going to do?
    BirdylouRN and hikernurse like this.
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    I did not go to your house and bring you to the hospital, you called the squad. I did not tell the doctor you were suicidal, you threatened to kill yourself if sent home from er. So tell me again why it is my fault you were placed on a 72 hr hold, admitted to the psychiatric unit and can't sign yourself out????

    Happened twice to me today!
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    Can't understand why COPD patients which just got off the ventilator want to smoke. Today one patient was able to get hold of his personal belongings and lighted one, while having a 6L O2 mask on his face...!
    LakeEmerald and applewhitern like this.
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    Why parents of my child patients are refusing vital signs..you are in the hospital right?
    applewhitern and hikernurse like this.
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    I wonder about a patient who, on third shift, will get himself out of bed, in his wheelchair and down to the nurses station to scream at me about the aide not emptying his urinal all night. Something doesn't add up there.
    Tina, RN, lorirn58, cardiacfreak, and 13 others like this.


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