What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?? - page 19

Nurses that are brilliant but do not know the difference between contraindication and contradiction!!!!!!!:rotfl: :rotfl:... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The nurse who came down 4 floors' worth of stairs, into a BREAKROOM while i was ON LUNCH and made it CLEAR that i was on lunch, to tell ME that her pt. had diarrhea all over the bed, floor, etc. I get upstairs (after my 30 minutes) and the pt. is sitting on the bed, poop everywhere, while the nurse was checking out her Birkenstock order.

    (This happened this afternoon, i have an appt. with my NM about this incident tomorrow, for which i also wrote an incident report on, BECAUSE this was a HUGE violation of pt. safety!!!)
  2. by   critcarenurse16
    Quote from talaxandra
    Thanks - feeling much better after four days off, particularly as (isn't this always the case) the ward has been dead quiet since I left. Fingers crossed it stays that way over the weekend
    Now it's my turn to have a bad night. I came on to three pts and within an hr was down to one. Not the way to start a night. I hate losing patients--- it really stinks!
  3. by   critcarenurse16
    Pet peeve #11

    Nurses who do not clean up their own messes. Came on to a sink FULL of rusting utensils. Other nurse said "its the next shifts job to clean them" What the h*ll??? I have enough children at home to care for. And what nerve to say THAT!
    :angryfire
  4. by   Nitengale326
    Quote from ccu nrs
    ok at the risk of ticking some folks off here is another one, although i am sure none of the smokers on here would do this.

    smoker taking 3or4 smoke breaks a day then complaining about not having time to get things done and staying over and making ot

    smoker asking you to watch their pt while they "go out real quick" and they have a dirty pt and they leave knowing the pt is dirty or on the bedpan.

    smoker asking you to watch their pt and just saying oh he is stable, and you check to find out they are hypo or hypertensive and crashing, or better yet a one to one balloon pump and they don't even mention that it is a balloon pump pt.

    smoker taking 3or 4 smoke breaks and a 45/min lunch because after they eat they go outto smoke.


    sorry like i said i am sure none of the smokers who puruse this board do these things it is just a few things i have run into.
    i am so so sick of these smokers. i worked in long term care for nearly 20 years and it is much worse there than in the hospital (from what i have seen so far) but i still see it some. the nurse i relieve is a smoker. she can't document her pain assessments, care plans or patient education sessions because "she doesn't have time" . 8 hour chart checks are not completed, orders not taken off but is waiting at the door with her purse on her shoulder everynite at 10:45 and she is usually reaking of stale smoke.
    when i did long term care we had a "team" of supervisors, mds coordinators, educators, (all non-floor duty nurses) that would do a "code 34" over the intercom. within a minute or two here they all would come down the stairs or elevator and head out back to the smoking area. and these were not short breaks... 15, 20, 30 mins and then wanted to take lunch!!! evening shift believe it or not was worse. our supervisor would latch onto the smokers, (she didn't like to be out there alone) she would fire one right after the other up. guess who got to answer the phone, meet with families, docs,... whatever while she was away from her desk. the rn on skilled/subacute with 30 patients and 1 cna. oh the things i wished on those women.... not nice... not pretty!!!
  5. by   Nitengale326
    Quote from Nursie30
    1. Corporate...nuf said
    2. Cold food
    3. Nurses eating while feeding residents
    4. Not toileting residents
    5. CNA walks in room, turns on light, pulls sheet back, 1 swift move resident is from bed to w/c, all done by scaring the hell out of them.
    6. Lack of privacy for residents, not pulling curtain, pushing resident down hall only in towel
    7. Having All residents in bed by 6pm
    8. Start getting residents "predressed" when they come in and then have them all up by 3 or 4pm
    9. Skipping rounds
    10. When they do rounds, forgetting pericare and oral care
    11. Families that are way to involved and need to get lives
    12. Families that are waiting for them to die, to get the money
    13. Shower aide that can do 40 showers in 2 hrs or less
    14. No nail care, oh we don't cut their toenails the podiatrist does that
    15. Walking down the hall and seeing a resident being pushed by an aide going faster than the speed of sound, hair flying behind them.
    16. Pulling a gerichair backwards
    17. Turn off the IV or feeding while dressing resident, but then don't let you know
    18. Applying a nitro patch to find that the resident already has 3 stuck all over his chest and back
    19. Resident comes back from hosp with FC, and nurse doesn't D/C it when there is no Dx for having it
    20. I knew I could think of at least 20 pet peeves...........lol
    But, I haven't worked in over 7 months and can't find a job, I miss all of it.......lol

    Oh one more........Calling family member, telling them the patient has taken a turn for the worse, family member asks, how long, should we come on out or do you think it will be awhile..........
    spoken like a true long term care nurse... been there done that burned the *******' T shirt!!! God love ya... but you left out a biggie.... The day the inspectors roll in the door you have total caos... The social worker is pulling your applesauce off the med cart because she can't see the date and the activities director FINALLY pulls the trouble residents in to do something besides wander the halls!!!
  6. by   Nitengale326
    oh and supervisors and mds coordinators and DON and ADON come out and help pass trays ... can't let them get cold! Give me a break!
  7. by   Justus
    Recently hired, spent 3 hours reading the "Employee Handbook" in the breakroom. I can honestly say I was not lonely, EVERY nurse was in there with me to smoke or chat or best of all feel me out as to whether I'm gonna "telll any of this". Patients cursed at, doors slammed in their faces, med carts left OPEN in the hall...I could go on...I went to the Administrator the next morning and explained to her exactly WHY I would not work in her facility.

    :angryfireNote...all "nurses" included 4 MTs that will not begin there first class for 2 months and 1 CNA there were no other supervisors, RNs LPNs etc.. They were reprimanded. GIve me a Break!
  8. by   erroridiot
    Seeing regular full time staff bumped to evening or night shift and bringing in contingent staff to work day shift because "The contingent will only work days.".
  9. by   Su360
    Nurses who take their time dispensing Rx for pain and who have an attitude

    about it....eg.."He can wait".... :angryfire



    Quote from traumaRUs
    Oh oh - pet peeve - well, I hate to sound like Pollyanna, but at the moment I can't think of anything! I am very fortunate right now to work with an incredible group of nurses
  10. by   nurseunderwater
    [QUOTE=rn500]Oh - one more... I work in OB, and I just love it when a pt asks for pain med, and when I am about to give it they ask "WILL THIS HURT THE BABY?"
    ???????????????????
    Yes, it's going to kill your baby, that's why we give it to you!!!
    Or maybe I should say...
    WHAT??!! Your're PREGNANT?? For God's sake why didn't you tell me????? I can't give this to you, it's poison!!!QUOTE]

    OMG!! :roll: :chuckle
  11. by   KacyLynnRN
    The families that come and find you because "Mothers thirsty and needs a drink" even though you have explained to the patient and family 1,000 times that day she is NPO...
    Family members who throw a fit because they haven't spoken to the Dr, they don't know what is being done, etc. etc...demanding I call the Dr....the Dr. comes up 20 minutes later and the family is down in the cafeteria getting snacks...
    I have actually had a patient's family member COME INTO another patient's room while I was cleaning a bedridden pt. up and poke their head in and tell me their family member wanted something (and it wasn't urgent)...
    Family members who take up the entire room and when I need to get in there to provide care for a pt., will not even move out of my way so I can get to the pt...
    Oh, I could go on and on all day long! I used to work night shift and the only thing I miss about it since being on day shift for a year is the lack of families on nights!!!
  12. by   RainbowzLPN
    My pet peeve: Nurses who will be in a pts room hanging an IV, giving meds, etc. The pt will ask to be put on the bedpan, or something simple like that (& the pan is in the BR or in the bedside table). The nurse will leave the room, & search all over the floor to find the aide, & call back to the other nurses' station to find you, just to say "Can you come up & put so & so on the bedpan?" GRRRRRRRRR..... One of the nurses' did this to me one night. I was going to another room to help a nurse with a code brown, & this nurse came out of the room next to us, & asked me to do it. I just stopped & looked @ her & asked her what she was doing. She responded with a stutter "I'm busy" . Me= "Well, so am I". The sad thing is, if I or other nurses didn't do these things, they wouldn't get done. <sigh>
  13. by   chaosRN
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by KacyLynnLPN
    [The families that come and find you because "Mothers thirsty and needs a drink" even though you have explained to the patient and family 1,000 times that day she is NPO...
    Family members who throw a fit because they haven't spoken to the Dr, they don't know what is being done, etc. etc...demanding I call the Dr....the Dr. comes up 20 minutes later and the family is down in the cafeteria getting snacks...
    I have actually had a patient's family member COME INTO another patient's room while I was cleaning a bedridden pt. up and poke their head in and tell me their family member wanted something (and it wasn't urgent)...
    Family members who take up the entire room and when I need to get in there to provide care for a pt., will not even move out of my way so I can get to the pt...
    Oh, I could go on and on all day long! I used to work night shift and the only thing I miss about it since being on day shift for a year is the lack of families on nights!!!

    /QUOTE]

    I completely agree with you. I work in CVICU where the families aren't there all the time :hatparty: !! I would go crazy if they were!! I too have had a family member come into another pts room to tell me that their loved one wanted something nonurgent :angryfire .
    Another peeve is when a nurse gets an admit & gets no help admitting the pt because the others are too busy chatting at the desk! :angryfire

    I guess the families keep our job a little more interesting!

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