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  1. The other night around the 12 hr shift change, I was in my pt's room, talking with her while I did her assessment. The nurse's station was just out side of her room and everyone was busy. My pt looks at me and says, "You know, before nurses weren't allowed to talk in the hallways!"

    I didn't know what to say so I kept going with what I was doing. She spent the rest of the evening hollering at the nurses in the hall and wanting to see the doctor about the meds we were giving her, most of which were her home meds. I guess she didn't trust us noisy nurses.

    I'm thinking no matter how much education we get, we'll still be somebody's maid. I love my job, but sometimes I get tired of being told by pt's family members that they want me to fetch them a cup of juice for themselves not the pt. There are times I feel like a waitress.

    I'm done. Thanks for listening. Please don't flame me. I had a busy night.
    Last edit by BMS4 on Mar 6, '03
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   nursedawn67
    I know the feeling! We all have been there.
    Take care, Dawn
  4. by   ShandyLynnRN
    yep, I've been there too!!!
  5. by   NurseShell
    No flame here...you're right. I've had to redirect several families to the cafeteria for their personal needs.

    Re: "noisy nurses" I have always kept my voice low when on the floors of any hospital...and it bugs me that some nurses/or other folks don't do that too. I have a classmate that we are constantly asking to lower her voice!! There is no need to be THAT loud.

    In my experience, as a patient, even with the doors closed the rooms are ridiculously loud - for a place you come to heal...IMHO..."Quiet, hospital" needs to come back into vogue.

    Quiet discussions are one thing...roaring laughter, etc isn't cool. Again, JMHO
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Definately no flames here. We've all been there. Hope your next day is better.

    Take care,

    Heather
  7. by   Nurse Ratched
    No flames from this corner either. She probably wants to know where your cap and blue cape are, too .
  8. by   BMS4
    Thanks ya'll.

    I agree that it seems noisy, but I quess I kinda took offense to her comment. Like I'm not really human enough to be allowed to talk.

    We all do try to keep it down, but there are times when things do get a bit loud. Thanks again for posting.
  9. by   BMS4
    Nurse Ratched, . My lamp too?
  10. by   oramar
    I don't ever remember not being allowed to talk in halls and I first started working in '66. Where did she get that from anyhow?
  11. by   Chiaramonte
    Something I have learned in these situations is to ignore stupidity. My silence just makes their IGNORANCE abound even more loudly!!
    Last edit by Chiaramonte on Mar 6, '03
  12. by   FullMoonMadness
    We had a patient last night that kept yelling out NURSE COME HERE RIGHT NOW! after many attempts to explain to this man that it was 2 a.m., many sick pts werent resting because of his constantly yelling nurse,he changed his yells to WAITRESS.If it had
    not been so sad,it might have been funny. Sorry you had this experience.Im right there with you.
  13. by   iamme457
    We have all been there. Patients dont feel well, thats why we are caring for them. Seems just about anything aggitates em too. I guess if I was sick, frightened and dealing with strangers I might question a few things too.

    I am also not real quick to be a slave to them or their families. What happened to manners and courtesy?
  14. by   BMS4
    Big Group {{{Hugs}}} for us all. It helps to know that we are all in this together. Please don't take this thread to mean that I'm not happy. I love helping people and knowing that I've contributed some small way to their healing process. It's just that sometimes....there are those days.

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