What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?? - page 7

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  1. by   kastas
    [QUOTE=jkaee]
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    One of my biggest pet peeves is report time. I hate needless interruptions! I either want to get started as soon as I can, or get out as soon as I can. Get in on time, get started right away and quit chatting. If I feel like staying over, then I will and we can talk then. Just not during report! One place I worked was so bad with that that when they would go off about something else I'd just keep giving report.....then they'd have to shut up and start listening!
    Oh Yes! Forgot that pet peeve. It should be #4 on my list! Please don't spend a 1/2 hour talking to one of your girlfriends (that you will be with for the next 12 hours). Talk to me 1st, I want to go to bed!

    Boy, I sound like a royal B... I'm not, I usually keep smiling and keep the frustrations inside. Then, take it out on my poor DH. LOL, ask him!
  2. by   VioletX
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    Students who will not answer the emergency call lights (or any for that matter) of the pts. their not assigned to. Maybe policy's different for some places but at our facility ANY employee or healthcare student can at least answer the bell and see what the pt. wants.
    Just want to reply to this from my personal experience. I am a BSN student graduating in May and until I started my preceptorship 4 weeks ago, no one had ever shown me how to answer a call bell. Not in 2 years! So next time this situation comes up, you might want to make sure that the student knows how to do this. I know it seems simple, but we all have to learn at some point.

    I get so frustrated during my preceptorship when I am expected to follow rules that I don't even know exist. Not saying this is the same situation, but I didn't even know that I was allowed to answer the call bell or the telephone for that matter until I asked someone. Sorry about the rant.
  3. by   BuffaloLPN
    Having a bad day -perfect thread for me...
    - Patients who LIE, FAKERS. Am I the only kid who read "The boy who cried wolf"?
    - Healthcare workers who give in for fear of a confrontation or worse
    - People who must think their illness is an accomplishment and tell anyone who will listen the in's and outs (just walk past my stepmother and I'm sure she'll show you her pump! -I am surrounded by these people!!!)
  4. by   Nurse Ratched
    Ack! After today, my biggest pet peeve is pseudo-adults (college students) who don't understand that the doctor's office is there to help them get better, NOT give them notes excusing them from classes.

    Edited to add: nursing students (in my experience) do NOT do this - they drag themselves to class because they are TOUGH!
  5. by   MaudeLPN2004
    My biggest pet peeve is coworkers who sit at the nurses station on the phone while their call bells go unanswered and then complain that the previous shift didn't do all their work before they left. Imagine that- actually having to get up and walk the halls and care for patients!!
  6. by   Nursekatydid
    Quote from Dinith88
    In my personal opinion, a nurse has to put in at least a year of practice before i consider her/him part of the 'club'...thats when i think they've walked a mile in a nurses' shoes...and can complain about it.

    Students get exposed to alot of the terminology, pathophys., clinical skills and stuff....but the vast majority of what being a nurse is all about is learned through experience on the job... after graduation. (i think most nurses would agree with this statement)
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    Last time I checked, nursing wasn't a sorority/farternity (referring to having to work a year to be part of the 'club'.) I am a tech on the floor I will be working on, and I feel that I am welcomed with open arms and part of the 'club.' Maybe its b/c none of the nurses there have an attitude about new grads as you seem to. I put in four hard and long years of school, and about five LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG years of being a nurse tech; after I pass my boards I WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB.
  7. by   KarafromPhilly
    I hate getting report on a patient who was admitted for "COPD exasperation". Hello, that doesn't make any sense.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from VioletX
    Just want to reply to this from my personal experience. I am a BSN student graduating in May and until I started my preceptorship 4 weeks ago, no one had ever shown me how to answer a call bell. Not in 2 years! So next time this situation comes up, you might want to make sure that the student knows how to do this. I know it seems simple, but we all have to learn at some point.

    I get so frustrated during my preceptorship when I am expected to follow rules that I don't even know exist. Not saying this is the same situation, but I didn't even know that I was allowed to answer the call bell or the telephone for that matter until I asked someone. Sorry about the rant.
    Everyone that does clinical at this facility gets a booklet (i say booklet but it's actually a policy manual that weighs 5 pounds). It had picture insturctions and words on how to answer bells, phones, etc. and it also plainly states that anyone can answer a light. Orientation is 1 week of classroom and one week of "floor" (required before students are even allowed to touch a patient). After all that orientation you have to sign a paper saying that you've read and understand, etc.

    When i refer to the students that don't answer the emergency call lights, i'm thinking of two last week that just STARED at it and stayed out in the hall, even though they've been on this floor for days, went through the orientation, and in this building since September 2003. In other words, this group SHOULD know by NOW, but i don't have the time to make a demonstration when i'm working.
  9. by   lady_jezebel
    emotional-based, unreasonable neediness and dependency on the part of my pts &/or their family members. hate childishness/regression.

    oh -- and being treated like a slave/waitress. hospitals are not hotels!!!!!
  10. by   ShelleyERgirl
    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!!!

    I know, I know... they are right to worry and they are just being protective, but it still make me laugh (inside of course!)
    Don't you just looove sarcasm?
  11. by   Tadpole
    Pet peeves....Nurses who like to cut down other nurses. Come on now, it's bad enough that we are all stressed out and streched out to the max with the high patient/nurse ratios and high accuity factors that we have to deal with day after day. We need to learn to be kinder to each other and a bit more forgiving. I truely believe that each and every one of us are trying to do our best at the jobs we have to do. So let's just get along and make life easier on ourselves.
  12. by   DannyD
    Tadpole, That's exactly what everyone should be doing, be nice to each other.
  13. by   canoehead
    It drives me when people expect all the information to be spoonfed to them. Orienting to a new unit and not digging around in cupboards so they know where things are, or asking questions about situations they didn't understand, not looking through the unit specific policy book to see what they needs to learn about.

    If you see something happening and you don't know anything about it, get up and observe, or ask questions. We can't read your mind!

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