What is your biggest nursing pet peeve? - page 43
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Aug 5, '05Quote from teeituptomAmen to that. But it's not always the young ones. Sometimes it's just the indolent or the inherently pretty that think they don't have to work for a living.These young nurses werent raised with the same work ethic I was raised with
Aug 5, '05Quote from bunrabMe too! In nursing school, a BSN program, mind you, our instructor referred to "sonimeters" as a measurement of cervical dilation. The first time I had ever heard of a "sonimeter". A new addition to the metric system, I presume. Could she have meant centimeters, perhaps? And of course, she was talking about "dilatation" rather than dilation. And, wouldn't you know it, our faculty made sure to "orientate" us to every new unit. These are highly EDUCATED people, for heaven's sake. Take some time to learn to use your native language! And we wonder why we don't get enough respect amongst our peers and other professions.nurses who say aw-toe-log-us instead of autologous. emphasis on "log" instead of "tol".
nurses who say orientated instead of oriented.
people who don't know the difference btwn good and well, as in i did good on that test instead of i did well on that test.
i know they are silly, but butchering the english language drives me nuts.
Aug 5, '05Of course, Have you ever done this before? You have one stick to get the IV. Nurses who talk loud in the hallways. All this about HIPPA laws when you have to talk to a patient in a semi-pvt room and the roommate hears it all. New patients in the last 20 minutes of your shift.
Aug 6, '05Family members that just walk past all the signs & closed doors right into the PACU- as if they own the place!! Also, docs that bring family members back w/out asking first; or asking obviously dumb questions-- "ok to bring the wife back?"-- "ah, no, I'd like to get the TUBE out first!!-kinda freaks family members out!!"
Nurses that have a patient for 2-3 hrs and chart 3 lines--"Pt rec'd in PACU. Up to BR. D/C home" I am seeing this more and more in newer grads- I know computerized charting is in, but aren't they being taught old fashioned CYA charting??
Also, nurses that suddenly have to "leave early" when we get add-ons......
Aug 6, '05Quote from kadokinAh, I see you've been learning medical talk.Me too! In nursing school, a BSN program, mind you, our instructor referred to "sonimeters" as a measurement of cervical dilation. The first time I had ever heard of a "sonimeter". A new addition to the metric system, I presume. Could she have meant centimeters, perhaps? And of course, she was talking about "dilatation" rather than dilation. And, wouldn't you know it, our faculty made sure to "orientate" us to every new unit. These are highly EDUCATED people, for heaven's sake. Take some time to learn to use your native language! And we wonder why we don't get enough respect amongst our peers and other professions.
All those terms are still in use, albeit a tad archaic, and all are correct.
Aug 6, '05My biggest pet peeve is dealing with nurses who are unhappy in their own lives and bring that anger and frustration to work with them. I try to be positive with everybody I meet and really feel sorry that they are unhappy but we all go through things.
Aug 6, '05Quote from sneaks55well actually this is will not always freak the family out...my mum #1 used to be a nurse and #2 even if she had never been a nurse realizes that it is needed to regulate the breathing because my doc explained thatFamily members that just walk past all the signs & closed doors right into the PACU- as if they own the place!! Also, docs that bring family members back w/out asking first; or asking obviously dumb questions-- "ok to bring the wife back?"-- "ah, no, I'd like to get the TUBE out first!!-kinda freaks family members out!!"
Aug 6, '05HUGE pet peeve is RNs/CNAs talking on their cell phones on the unit while walking in and out of patients rooms :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire One RN (no longer working there) had the headset on and was gabbing away, I was helping her with a patient, the patient would ask "What" because he thought she was talking to him. You spell it R-U-D-E. This nonsense would happen at 0200 or 0300 in the morning, they would be calling a buddy on another floor. Don't you have work to do? I stated very loudly to another co-worker within ear shot of one of these offenders "I refuse to help anyone play catch-up if they're behind in their work after they've spent 3hours on THEIR cell talking to their BF!!!" Thankfully a new NM came in and brought the hammer down on this problem.
I used to work on a unit where you NEVER heard the words "That's not my patient", it was wonderful, of course the PTB eliminated that unit and I since moved on to another facility. "That's not my patient" is now another HUGE pet peeve, especially when I'm running my butt off and I ask a CNA who is sitting on the computer for help. I WILL NOT tolerate this, YOU are not paid to sit and play on the computer, you are paid to provide patient care. If I was capable of doing EVERYTHING, YOU would not be here!!! :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
One more HUGE pet peeve. Having to ask for every little thing to be done, few examples:
1. pt admitted incontinent, has been incontinent during stay, was incontinent yesterday, YOU STILL NEED ME TO TELL YOU EVERY 2 HOURS TO CHECK AND SEE IF THIS PATIENT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED???!!!
2. full urinal prominently on top of overbed table almost full to overflowing, THE PATIENT HAS TO ASK YOU FIRST BEFORE YOU EMPTY IT???!!!
3. FOUL smell permeating the unit, you walk into the room of origin where there is a commode full of poop do VS then leave, SOMEONE NEEDS TO TELL YOU TO EMPTY THAT COMMODE???!!!
4. linen hamper emptied, I come out of room with soiled linen and when I go to place it in the hamper, no linen bag, YOU NEED TO BE TOLD TO REPLACE THE LINEN BAG WHEN YOU DUMP LINEN???!!!
I could go on but I think you get my point. It is spelled L-A-Z-Y !!!!!!! :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfireLast edit by DusktilDawn on Aug 6, '05
Aug 6, '05So far mine is when nurses talk 100 miles an hour in report and I can't keep up but it might just be me because I am a new nurse, I guess I'll find out in time but for now I have to say can you please slow down and I've had to say start over before, I know they probably hate; I think some of them forget what it was like to be a new graduate.
Aug 6, '05Quote from TweetyOmg-I don't really have many pet peeves yet, but I realy, really hate, in general, the belief that some women have that just because I am a woman too, I want to hear ALL about their PMS, their period, and their sex life! Unless you having an uncontrolled haemorrhage and need emergency help, I don't want to know, nor do I care! We are not all "sisters" because we are women; I have three sisters, I don't need anymore! sorry to rant, but when I worked OB ( Iwas a Tech)this was often a "main topic" (time to go stock the rooms)The nurses that feel the need to inform me when they are menstrating. Had a tech today "don't mess with me today, I've got PMS".....ummm....thank you very much, I'll walk on eggshells, allow you do be lazy and short-tempered, appreciate the info.
Aug 6, '05Quote from NoCrumpingLOL-the little old ladies who say "I've a touch of sugar"I kind of laugh and get a lil bit irritated when people say "sugar diabetes", instead of, just 'diabetes". Why do they feel the need to say sugar?
Aug 6, '05Quote from Marie_LPNThe VIP phrase should never have a place in healthcare.
I recently had a patient who was found "down" so very little history, and sister, when located didn't provide much more-pt informed me at one point that she was a retired surgeon-wow, how differently the docs talked to her and treated her after I mentioned during report that she was a surgeon.....
Aug 6, '05My biggest pet peeve is when there are 4 licensed and 1 CNA for 32 patients on the evening shift. We have at least 8 patients that are total care feeders, and then the nursing supervisor comes up to me saying that a family member called the operator to complain that she can't find a nurse because "everyone's at lunch". I explain that everyone is feeding patients, (I even had a portable computer with me and was charting in between feeding a patient bites of food.)
So then the super says, "well someone needs to stay at the desk" If you want someone to stay at the desk all the time, then give me the staff to make that possible. Because if I wasn't out feeding patients when I'm charge nurse, then we would have complaints the patients weren't getting fed in a timely manner.