What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?? - page 14

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  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    People with chest tubes hooked to suction who are royally peeved that they can't pick up the Pleur-Evac and go outside to smoke. Well, if you would like to avoid being told "no" then keep the 10 inch knives out of your brother-in-law's reach.
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Nurses who refer to the aide as "my servent". This happened the other night, and trust me, it didn't fly over too well
  3. by   ~Anne~
    One of my biggest pet peeve, ( even tho its not very big) is when visitors come out of the room with the water pitcher in their hand....wandering around for 5 minutes until they find the first nurse they come a cross .... saying .."oh can you fill the water pitcher its warm " ....... totally oblivious that the nurse is running to do something else...totally oblivious that this probably isnt even your mothers nurse... and then makes a face when you tell them that you cant get it right now cuz u have someone having chest pain..... LOL....as if water is an emergency .... besides why do you think they put call bells in the room??????
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Here's another: Nurses who think that the unit secretary is also their personal secretary.

    "Oh call my husband, tell him to pick up bread" "Find out when the dry cleaner closes"

    I am all for doing favors for people, i realize everyone's busy. But SHEESH!!!
  5. by   SnowymtnRN
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    Here's another: Nurses who think that the unit secretary is also their personal secretary.

    "Oh call my husband, tell him to pick up bread" "Find out when the dry cleaner closes"

    I am all for doing favors for people, i realize everyone's busy. But SHEESH!!!
    HOLY CRAP! i've NEVER heard of someone doing that! SHEESH talk about LAZY! lol
  6. by   beckymcrn
    My biggest pet peeve.

    Residents who think they know what they are doing!!!

    or when a resident says Isn't that the nurses job?? :angryfire
  7. by   gwenith
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    People with chest tubes hooked to suction who are royally peeved that they can't pick up the Pleur-Evac and go outside to smoke. Well, if you would like to avoid being told "no" then keep the 10 inch knives out of your brother-in-law's reach.
    Back when people could smoke in hospitals - we had a patient try that - it was fascinating to watch the smoke coming out of the suction bottle.
  8. by   care bear
    So many pet peeves so little time...

    Pet peeve #1: Working with nurses who just dont care about the patients. They are more interested in going to work to socialise, to make personal phone calls, to disappear off the ward for various reasons etc

    Pet peeve #2: Nursing staff who repeatedly turn up for their shift late. They just dont care that other people would like to hand over their patients, finish their shift and go home. No they just couldnt be bothered to interupt their life to come to work on time like everyone else.

    Pet peeve #3: Working in a hospital where the phrase "its not what you know but who you know" applies. If you arnt friends with certain people on the ward or in administration/management you just dont exist or matter. Those who are get special favours such as certain shifts or good rosters.

    Pet peeve #4: Patients who just dont listen to your advice. You try and educate them about their illness, medication, lifestyle changes etc and they just take no notice.

    Pet peeve #5: Patients who think doctors are God.


    care bear RN
    Last edit by care bear on Apr 3, '04
  9. by   berry
    changed .
  10. by   unknown99
    My biggest pet peeve is hearing another nurse or an aide say "Well, that's not MY patient..." I hate that!!! :angryfire
  11. by   Midwest4me
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    Years ago, in another city I was working with an NA who felt the entire JOB was beneath him. (According to him, he had been a physician in Zimbabwe but was forced to leave for political reasons and as soon as someone somewhere got over their grudge against people of his race, he'd be a physician again.) Meanwhile, he was employed (and I use that word rather than the word "working") as a nursing assistant. He used to take his vital signs by ESP. But that's another story.

    One night I went to empty a urinal in a patient bathroom, but when I went to open the door, a hand inside the bathroom stopped the door, holding it open just far enough for the urinal to slip through. There was my NA, sitting on the patient toilet, masturbating. I was so shocked, I just stood there, speechless. The hand reached out, took the urinal, emptied it and handed it back -- all without missing a stroke. http://allnurses.com/forums/
    http://allnurses.com/forums/
    Well, that beats my story but I'll share it.
    One of my biggest pet peeves is rudeness from CNAs: within the past week I've had several rude statements made to me by a male CNA(who by the way is alienating many of the female CNAs as well). Yesterday he came up to me at the end of the shift as I called him over and said to me"What's up dude?" (I'm a female). I said to him: "I'm not a DUDE--please don't call me that." He says to me: "You can't tell me what to say. I"ll say whatever I want." then walks away. This was in front of other CNAs who were gathering their assignments...and dropping their jaws in shock....Today after several reprimands on his attitude/teamwork(due to a short-staffing situation this a.m.), he says "I think this is a racial thing!" I immediately responded "This is NOT racial at all. This is about teamwork." (Later I find out he has used this 'racial' excuse from time to time with other aides in the past). I've had several female aides in the past week come up to me and complain about this CNA's attidtude, "hiding out", flat refusal to help others, refusal to abide by a pt's request to get a cola(paid for by the pt--and the CNA supposedly tells another aide "that pt doesn't need another cola--he's had one already")!! The aides who have complained about this male aide have indeed already submitted their complaints to the DON....
    By no means do I think I am better than the CNAs but I do expect courtesy/respect at work. I would never think of treating a co-worker or a supervising RN that way. I'm amazed such behavior could continue to be tolerated in this environment with the attitude he has shown a number of staff....I told my husband about the situation tonight and he said to me :"makes you wonder how he is really treating the pts behind closed doors if he treats staff so poorly."
  12. by   Midwest4me
    Quote from grandma rn38
    nurses that walk out in the middle of their shift, when you are already short hand.
    I can well imagine that would be highly frustrating. It seems to me that would be considered "abandonment" and therefore illegal. I've thankfully never been on a shift when that happened....my heart goes out to you and others who've had to shuffle responsibilities to cover for those of the errant nurse who left!
  13. by   aurora_borealis
    Oh do I have many, in no particular order:

    1) The family member comes to the nursing station saying "Mother needs a blanket" (or whatever.) Okee dokee, glad to oblige, but who the hell is "Mother?"
    2) Family member who has the audacity to actually enter another patient's room to tell me that "Mother" needs something, and then gets annoyed when I ask them to please leave the room.
    3) When I check VS on a patient, and a visitor asks me to check theirs also. After all, they say, it will only take a minute. More often than not this escalates as everyone wants their pressure taken also, Like I have nothing better to do.
    4) The patients who refer to me as "my girl." I ain't your f***ing girl.
    5) Visitors who ask me to fetch them a cup of coffe, and when I tell them where they can get it for themselves, as in 10 yards away, they feel put out. I ain't your f***ing waitress.
    6) Patients and/or family members who totally disregard what I say and demand to talk to their doctor.
    7) Patients who refuse all tests and procedures. Excuse me, but just what the hell are you here for, anyway?
    8) Pysicians who order "turn patient q 2hours" or "suction prn" Golly gee, really? Who knew?
    9) Physicians who patronize me.
    10) Physicians who won't listen to me because I'm "just a nurse."
    11) But my biggest pet peeve is nurses who won't contradict, question, or confront a physician. In other words, they don't advocate for their patients. I was fortunate by both attending a nursing school that had long ago dismissed the "nurses are handmaidens" mentality, and was mentored by one of the best nurses I've ever known. She instilled in me that the patient, not the M.D. was the priority. So many nurses are afraid of confrontation, apparently believing if the doc orders it, well then, it must be right. Sometimes I feel like I was educated on another planet.

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