What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?? - page 20

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

  1. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    *When the phone rings and the caller asks, "How's me dad?"
    Mmmmmm, well. "Name? Or have you forgotten?"

    *The smack head who has no pain threashold because he's pumped his non-existant veins full of s**te for so long, given himself a painful abcess from injecting himself in the wrong place and screams his "rights" for DF118 and is generally a nasty abusive person.
    "If you want some painkillers, you can start by talking to me to me nicely instead of being nasty and abusive"
    "Ooeerr......sorry nurse."
    Of course I NEVER say that to a patient who has just said, "Get me some f*****g painkillers! Where's me f*****g temezepam?"


    *Lazy nurses who sit around whilst everyone is busy and ignore buzzes and actually seem to not enjoy "hands on" nursing care and will do everything humanly possible to get out of it.

    *OMG just thought of one of my WORST: Visitors who let their children run around/lay on the floor/get in the way/interupt/scream/cry/mess about/shout. Teach your child MANNERS please. People who bring baby to see grandad, even if he has a particularly nasty infection. People who bring baby then let it scream loudly for ages, despite the fact it irritates ME, never mind the poor patients who had just had neurosurgery.
  2. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    Oh yes, and those visitors who think that visiting hours or the "no more than 2 people at each bed space" rules doesn't appply to them.
  3. by   rollingstone
    Finding the foley cath collection bag laying on the floor.
  4. by   PMHNP10
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    The poor night shift charge nurse last night, had 7 pts. on top of being charge:

    2 "intractable n/v" who are FF that were back for the Demerol.
    1 post op with an epidural, that wound up going bad
    1 pt. that had a jug and a half of Go-Lytely, and was going every 10 minutes. Also bowel incontinent.
    1 with q2h vitals and q1 blood sugars, that would up going bad
    2 septoplasties
    1 post op that was combative and kept trying to rip off her dressing
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...I wonder why 2 of the 8 pts (as I count) wound up going down hill? Sounds like the nurse screwed herself.
  5. by   PMHNP10
    now back to the topic at hand...
    in no order
    1) when there is a hole in the staffing on the same day (thursday afternoon)for as long as time can tell, and when you have to remind the sup in the afternoon that there is no nurse coming in to pass meds (as has been the case every thursday for said amount of time), and when the sup (who, btw, makes up the schedule) responds with "why have you waited until now to tell me this". And to top it off, when we work 48 hrs in a week and don't want to stay late to pass meds said sup gets pissed. Although watching her get on her knees and beg in front of the DON was rather satisfying, I must say.
    2) "MDs" who don't medicate; eg...a pt comes in manic, no meds are ordered, and a few days later the pt is sent back from whence he came--only to return, because guess why???? AND ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION!!!
    3) when "MDs" won't allow us to use our nursing judgement, because they won't write PRN meds, then(refer to no. 2); I guess it's a good thing to allow a pt to howl at the moon in the middle of the day. At this point, I'm being paid to be a babysitter.

    I could sooooooooo go on...
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from psychrn03
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...I wonder why 2 of the 8 pts (as I count) wound up going down hill? Sounds like the nurse screwed herself.
    She would never give anyeon ro herself that kind of assignment. Thank Nursing Coodination for that one.
  7. by   Fivestar22
    My biggest pet peeve is when a nurse is in a pts room and the pt asks a nurse for some water or to take them off a bedpan, and the nurse goes out of her way to find a CNA to do this task for her. Usually it takes longer to find the aide, then it does to meet the pts request. Come on people think.....its not that hard.

    the best way to get a job done is to do it your self....
  8. by   talaxandra
    Quote from Good_Queen_Bess
    *When the phone rings and the caller asks, "How's me dad?" Mmmmmm, well. "Name? Or have you forgotten?"
    I am always so tempted to reply "I'm afraid he's dead. Oh, "at their look of shock "isn't your dad Mr Brown? Well, who is he?"

    Quote from Good_Queen_Bess
    *OMG just thought of one of my WORST: Visitors who let their children run around/lay on the floor/get in the way/interupt/scream/cry/mess about/shout. Teach your child MANNERS please. People who bring baby to see grandad, even if he has a particularly nasty infection. People who bring baby then let it scream loudly for ages, despite the fact it irritates ME, never mind the poor patients who had just had neurosurgery.
    I haven't come up with anything to combat the noise factor, except gently suggesting that it might be more appropriate to take the kid outside (rarely has any response but a blank stare). However, in response to the lying/crawling on the floor - I find saying "You might want to pick him/her up: someone just vomited [or was incontinent] there." Parents move damn fast when they need to, and half the time it's not even a lie!
  9. by   bluesky
    Quote from Fivestar22
    My biggest pet peeve is when a nurse is in a pts room and the pt asks a nurse for some water or to take them off a bedpan, and the nurse goes out of her way to find a CNA to do this task for her. Usually it takes longer to find the aide, then it does to meet the pts request. Come on people think.....its not that hard.

    the best way to get a job done is to do it your self....
    Yeah, that is completely lame. ITA!
  10. by   critcarenurse16
    [QUOTE=nurseunderwater]
    Quote from 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
    LOL!!!!!!!:chuckle
  11. by   critcarenurse16
    Quote from talaxandra
    I am always so tempted to reply "I'm afraid he's dead. Oh, "at their look of shock "isn't your dad Mr Brown? Well, who is he?"


    I haven't come up with anything to combat the noise factor, except gently suggesting that it might be more appropriate to take the kid outside (rarely has any response but a blank stare). However, in response to the lying/crawling on the floor - I find saying "You might want to pick him/her up: someone just vomited [or was incontinent] there." Parents move damn fast when they need to, and half the time it's not even a lie!
    Docs who round with their hoard of kids on their hips and expect the busy nursing staff to babysit. Found one tyke digging in the red bag garbage!!! For GOD's sake--HAVE SOME SENSE!
  12. by   NurseChick04
    my biggest pet peeve is when my family or friends ask me all kinds of medical questions and when i don't know the answer they say "well you're a nurse, you should know!!! " i just reply to them and say.."would you go to a podiatrist for a cardaic problem?" i work pediatrics....if it's not my field i may not know the answer..sorry
  13. by   Fivestar22
    ITA.... that is so funny

    Quote from Sayow
    To hear"...Demerol only works for me, I'm allergic to Toradol, Talwin, Codeine, and DHE..." or most of all "...so you're a male nurse..." :angryfire To which my reply is always: "No sir, I'm an ER nurse who happens to be male."

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