What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?? - page 73

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

  1. by   Jmarty31
    Oh! Or when family doesn't believe me I'm the only one who's in medicine in the family(2 are retired so technically) and they're so naive about it thinking I'm wrong even though I backed it up with facts.
  2. by   Ruby Vee
    Patients who have lived in the US for 20 or 30 years and never learned to communicate in English. Last night's patient spoke Mandarin. It so happens that one of our Respiratory Therapists speaks Mandarin. When the patient and his wife became increasingly agitated and we couldn't figure out the problem, the RT went in to try to figure out the problem. Pain control? Thirsty?

    The patient and his wife were INCENSED that the nurses "refuse to speak our language." They wanted to place a formal complaint against one of the best nurses we have because she wouldn't speak Mandarin. She got them a translator on the day shift, but that wasn't enough. They wanted nurses on every shift to speak their language.

    How about if you're going to live here, you learn to speak some English? At least enough to ask for pain medication, say please and thank you and communicate that you need a complex concept translated?

    Which language should we all learn to speak? Hungarian or Croatian for the guy in room 1? Korean for the lady in room 2? Punjabi for 4, Spanish for 8, Arabic for 9 and Russian for 12? In which language should we have hot and cold running nurses?

    Guess I'm still pretty fired up!
  3. by   rnsrgr8t
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    Patients who have lived in the US for 20 or 30 years and never learned to communicate in English. Last night's patient spoke Mandarin. It so happens that one of our Respiratory Therapists speaks Mandarin. When the patient and his wife became increasingly agitated and we couldn't figure out the problem, the RT went in to try to figure out the problem. Pain control? Thirsty?

    The patient and his wife were INCENSED that the nurses "refuse to speak our language." They wanted to place a formal complaint against one of the best nurses we have because she wouldn't speak Mandarin. She got them a translator on the day shift, but that wasn't enough. They wanted nurses on every shift to speak their language.

    How about if you're going to live here, you learn to speak some English? At least enough to ask for pain medication, say please and thank you and communicate that you need a complex concept translated?

    Which language should we all learn to speak? Hungarian or Croatian for the guy in room 1? Korean for the lady in room 2? Punjabi for 4, Spanish for 8, Arabic for 9 and Russian for 12? In which language should we have hot and cold running nurses?

    Guess I'm still pretty fired up!
    And in this current patient satisfaction environment, can totally see management coming down hard on the nurses for that! Ugggh I am right there with you! At least make an effort to learn the language and DON'T get angry that the staff does not speak your language! Think if an American was in China all of their nurses all speak ENGLISH???
  4. by   nynursey_
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    Patients who have lived in the US for 20 or 30 years and never learned to communicate in English. Last night's patient spoke Mandarin. It so happens that one of our Respiratory Therapists speaks Mandarin. When the patient and his wife became increasingly agitated and we couldn't figure out the problem, the RT went in to try to figure out the problem. Pain control? Thirsty?

    The patient and his wife were INCENSED that the nurses "refuse to speak our language." They wanted to place a formal complaint against one of the best nurses we have because she wouldn't speak Mandarin. She got them a translator on the day shift, but that wasn't enough. They wanted nurses on every shift to speak their language.

    How about if you're going to live here, you learn to speak some English? At least enough to ask for pain medication, say please and thank you and communicate that you need a complex concept translated?

    Which language should we all learn to speak? Hungarian or Croatian for the guy in room 1? Korean for the lady in room 2? Punjabi for 4, Spanish for 8, Arabic for 9 and Russian for 12? In which language should we have hot and cold running nurses?

    Guess I'm still pretty fired up!
    To that point, foreign nurses that speak their native language in front of US nurses. We have a PCA and an RN on our unit both from Ghana. When they speak to each other, it's never in English, and they do it in front of other English speaking staff. When I've asked them about it and brought to their attention how it could be construed as their being rude, they both laughed and continued on. 😡
  5. by   alert_oriented
    The nurse behind me not restocking the cart. I work in a SNF... I came in last night to a FULL sharps box, TWO insulin syringes, three spoons and a full garbage can. And I had a crazyyy night ahead including 3 piccs, a wound vac, a peg tube etc Etc etc.... Ugh!!!
  6. by   ThePsychWhisperer
    Quote from Dinith88
    I hereby christen you a full-blown 'clubmember'. Welcome. It's nice to see that someone is a nurse before they're a nurse...and will be experienced as soon as they don their name-badge... Congrats and high-five!...now pay up! your dues is late!!

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    Come to think of it, i DO have another pet-peave...actually it's less than a pet-peave, but it's something that i notice and it kinda makes me giggle...
    It's when a student,new-nurse, whatever hangs their shiny new stethescope on their rear-view mirrow(happens from the day a person gets her acceptance letter and purchases her first scope). My wife and i get a big kick out of that...we'll see people driving with one hanging in the mirror (for the world to see of course) ..and usually say in unison 'STUDENT'...followed by a snort or laugh...
    'It's kinda cute'..my wife'll say.
    (disclaimer:this is not an attack on anyone...student or otherwise...but if you hang your stethescope in your rearview, and drive past a guy smiling..it might just be me!Also, i know not everyone who does this is a student, just seems that most of the 'offenders' are..)
    I do this, and I've been a nurse for about 2 years now. I do it so if I get pulled over for *probably* speeding to work, I can hopefully get out of a ticket without having to resort to my feminine wiles
  7. by   Ellie G
    Families who refuse to wear isolation gear because "we've already been exposed to it" Yes, but you get in the elevator, vending machines, cafeteria, and maybe stop at Wal Mart on the way home. Unless someone is in there to remind them, they won't even wash their hands before they leave the room. And what's with the kids visiting? Kids put everything in their mouth. We've been exposed more times than we can count, but we still gown and glove and use hand hygiene
  8. by   blondy2061h
    You don't graduate as an RN. You graduate with a BSN or ADN and are then granted the opportunity to take the NCLEX. If you pass, the state you applied for licensure in will THEM bestow upon you the coveted RN.
  9. by   Ellie G
    Quote from turnforthenurse
    "old" is when you start making mistakes (that you have never made before) and start forgetting things. By then you need to retire! When I was a tech there was a nurse that I would work with (sometimes) whom was in her 60's. She starting making med errors...
    Med errors like your grammar errors maybe. I'm 62 and I do just fine sweetie, but nice of you to worry about us old folks.
  10. by   Ellie G
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    i never understood it. it's not a big deal to do and it's something you wouldn't forget to do for yourself (or i would hope).
    unless you have to do it on a patient who fights you every step of the way and clamps his jaws shut like a crocodile and then you can't pull out the toothette because you're afraid they'll swallow the foam.
  11. by   Neil B. Ball
    Not a nurse myself, but after a semester's co-op placement in my local hospital...

    Any disorganization is unpleasant to deal with. I spent a considerable amount of time organizing the silliest, messiest things. This pet peeve has likely already been mentioned, but it's important!

    Seriously. Always leave something in an equally or more organized condition than what you've found it in.
  12. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from blondy2061h
    You don't graduate as an RN. You graduate with a BSN or ADN and are then granted the opportunity to take the NCLEX. If you pass, the state you applied for licensure in will THEM bestow upon you the coveted RN.
    But if you correct the person who is going to "RN school", then you're a nasty, bitter old hag who is jealous of their youth and beauty. And a nitpicker besides.
  13. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from Neil B. Ball
    Not a nurse myself, but after a semester's co-op placement in my local hospital...

    Any disorganization is unpleasant to deal with. I spent a considerable amount of time organizing the silliest, messiest things. This pet peeve has likely already been mentioned, but it's important!

    Seriously. Always leave something in an equally or more organized condition than what you've found it in.
    I sincerely hope that isn't your real name you're posting under. Or your real photo. Sooner or later you're going to say something ignorant, arrogant or otherwise offensive and when you do, you will welcome the relative anonymity that this board offers. Please change your user name and your avatar.

    And recognize that "I'm not a nurse, but I'm going to contribute to this thread on nursing pet peeves" may irritate, annoy and otherwise cause nurses to react negatively to you.

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