What Patients do to make you mad! - page 3

I seldom loose it over my patients. One thing however gets me every time. When a patient, even more so if they are not old, has no teeth, and mumbles so you can not understand them even after... Read More

  1. by   Ruby Vee
    sexual harassment always tees me off! i've had more than one male patient make a grab for my boobs. one middle-aged guy who didn't have the excuse of being confused made a grab at me when a colleague and i were pulling him up in bed. the colleague (who just happened to be my husband) intercepted the hand and told him "that's my wife you're grabbing for, friend. try that again and you won't be using that hand again for a very long time."
  2. by   rachelgp
    I hate when patients walk through the ER door asking, "when do you serve dinner around here?" They drove by a ton of restaurants on the way here, but of course, they want something for free.
    Last edit by rachelgp on Dec 12, '07
  3. by   island40
    I've got tears rolling down my cheeks and I can't breath!! Too funny!! I thought that I had run accross some reall losers in my 13 years! THat takes the cake!!
  4. by   Blee O'Myacin
    Quote from lil' girl
    Oh my, LOOSE IT???, loose as in loose pants???? OR lose as in lose your cool???

    AND "I'm glad he died" ?? What in the world??

    Just say that I am truly shocked!

    Hey, take it easy. She was venting on an anonymous forum. This person assaulted her with his own colostomy bag. Even the most "angelic" of us "angels to the afflicted" might feel the same.

    Blee
  5. by   Blee O'Myacin
    Quote from rachelgp
    I hate when patients walk through the ER door asking, "when do you serve dinner around here?" They drove by a ton of restaurants on the way here, but of course, they want something for free.
    It's usually the sweet looking LOLs strapped to a backboard after the wind blows their shopping carts on top of them. They try to wiggle out of the backboard (I know, they are uncomfortable) - despite my frequent reminders that the doctor has to examine them first - then they start shouting for a bedpan and a meal tray at the same time!

    I just have to bite back the giggles (they are quite inappropriate) when a patient goes through their litany of medical issues, I ask "why did you come to the ER *today*" and they say earnestly "I haven't eaten a thing all day or taken my meds, when's lunch?".... (I do ask if they have food in the house or have enough meds to take - and when I get an "oh yes, dearie" to my questions, I feel the corners of my mouth start to twitch uncontrollably!!

    Blee
  6. by   banditrn
    Quote from lil' girl
    Oh my, LOOSE IT???, loose as in loose pants???? OR lose as in lose your cool???

    AND "I'm glad he died" ?? What in the world??

    Just say that I am truly shocked!
    Oh, PLEASE!!
  7. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from ruby vee
    sexual harassment always tees me off! i've had more than one male patient make a grab for my boobs. one middle-aged guy who didn't have the excuse of being confused made a grab at me when a colleague and i were pulling him up in bed. the colleague (who just happened to be my husband) intercepted the hand and told him "that's my wife you're grabbing for, friend. try that again and you won't be using that hand again for a very long time."
    that is pretty good. it is kinda cool that the person helping you would be the person who would get the second maddest if he grabbed you (you being the person to get the maddest)
  8. by   facetiousgoddess
    Quote from jlsRN
    That reminds me of something not patient related. How about those young people with multiple piercings, tatoos up the yin yang, multi colored hair, weird clothes. You look at them a little longer than you would normally and they cry "What are you staring at??????"

    Anyone else who works LTC ever wonder with all the tats and piercings what admit skin assessments will look like in the future?:spin: I can just hear it now "I'm sorry Ma'am I has no idea that was a dolphin" (I was busy looking for Ishmael, thought I had already spotted Ahab.)
  9. by   pinksugar
    Quote from lil' girl
    Oh yes I would have been too, but I would NEVER say something like that.
    Meh. If a patient purposefully sprayed feces in my face he would have died that very day.

    Posts like yours are the reasons why there is a nursing shortage and no one wants to enter the profession. We are expected to eat poo and do it with a smile.

    No thanks.
  10. by   santhony44
    The patients who miss appointments and then come into the clinic demanding to have their meds refilled despite being told they'd have to be seen and having missed 2-3 appointments. When they are told no: "If something happens to me it will be all your fault!!" :angryfire

    One lady called and said her husband was falling at home. She couldn't bring him in to be seen because of no transportation. (They lived in the next town). There actually was free transportation available, but they wouldn't take it because the little bus didn't run exactly on their schedule (they might have to sit and wait 30 minutes for another patient to be done). We suggested that she call EMS to come check him since we didn't know why he was falling and it could have been a number of different things, including something serious. No, she didn't want to call EMS. In fact, she "knew" why he was falling; it had to be that blood pressure medicine (though of course she hadn't checked his BP) and all she needed me to do was OK her to not give it. When I said no, I couldn't do that without his being further evaluated, "If something happens to him it will be all your fault." :angryfire (Hubby was hypertensive, diabetic, and epileptic, but the BP med just had to be the culprit).

    Can you tell this irritates me??
  11. by   Lorie P.
    When a pt that is A,A & O x4 calls and says I need a nurse now!! get in the room and pt says could you get me my water right there on the table. Smile and say, no, you are suppose to be doing those type activities for yourself so you can get better and get back home!

    Then leave the room and swearing under my breath.

    Or the ones that say, I haven't slept all night was in too much pain, no came to see about me, yet this is the same pt that you can here snoring even though the door is closed and when was assessed at beggining of shift" Denies, any pain, discomfort and says I am just fine!'
  12. by   scattycarrot
    A very drunk 17yr old girl who was 20+weeks pregnant(and found as a drunk collaspe somewhere), who was moaning loudly about waiting to be seen and also about the old lady, with dementia who was making a noise in the bay next to her. I silenced her with one of my most deadly 'Im a ER nurse, don't mess me with looks' and told her to keep her mouth shut. Which she did.....
    All the drunk patients who are so drunk that they are incontinent every hour till they wake up. Heehee....I shouldn't admit this as I might get flamed but the ER where I worked has been known to take photos of the patients with their mobile phones while all dressed up in their incontinence diapers. Mean maybe....but I think clearing up their urine and whatever else gives us some leeway and latitude.
  13. by   not now
    Quote from facetiousgoddess
    Anyone else who works LTC ever wonder with all the tats and piercings what admit skin assessments will look like in the future?:spin: I can just hear it now "I'm sorry Ma'am I has no idea that was a dolphin" (I was busy looking for Ishmael, thought I had already spotted Ahab.)
    Depending on how fine the lines are and how many colors were involved most will look like big blobs. I"ll have a bunch of blue and green blobs (flowers) down my back and a ring of black dots around my ankle (music notes).

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