What's your favorite type of patient? - page 2

On the more upbeat side of nursing, what's your favorite type of patient? Mine is a cheerful, independent, and interesting old lady or old man, the older the better, who is sharp as a tack. I... Read More

  1. by   julie0125
    I am in love with the pleasantly confused and also the rowdy dementia patients (not the ones that are physically aggressive, more verbally aggressive). I especially loves the few that ask me who I am and I have been there for 4 days in a row with a few doubles involved. It's fun to start the conversatio ALLLLLLL over again!
  2. by   emsboss
    Intubated and sedated....:hatparty: Love it...no call lights...scheduled meds to help them to get off the vent on dayshift. We bath our vent patients on nights...helps us with skin assessment. Next favorite is an MI pt...Makes me think and anticipate the next treatment.

    This reply MAY get me in trouble...but...you DID ask.
  3. by   Kymmi
    Agree with emsboss....vented and sedated! Now we'll be in trouble together emsboss. :blushkiss
    Last edit by Kymmi on Jan 22, '07 : Reason: additional info
  4. by   hica19
    Nice alert and oriented patients who have really intersting stories to tell.
  5. by   incublissRN
    vented and sedated :spin: I like recovering open hearts because I get to see them progress.
  6. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from Kymmi
    Agree with emsboss....vented and sedated! Now we'll be in trouble together emsboss. :blushkiss
    and I will be the third in trouble............ I also like them to have a fentanyl drip just incase they might feel some pain. It's one of my pet peeves to sedate and have nothing ordered for pain.
  7. by   UM Review RN
    I usually find something to like about all of them. It's the manipulative, demanding, needyneedyneedy types that drive me nuts.

    But the ones I like? I find those suspicious, crusty old men who don't talk and seem angry at the world great patients if you can get them to open up a little bit. Most of them are straight shooters and you can tell they're a little surprised and pleased with some extra TLC.
  8. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Young (mid 20s ish), able to give straight-up answers to my questions, polite & appreciative--even if they are needy, confident enough to ask questions, and trusting enough to take my answer's seriously, and have a desire to actually get better & go home.
  9. by   Megsd
    Quote from earle58
    i just love, love, LOVE those sassy, saucy, cussing little old ladies.
    you know, those who are using the 'f' word at the top of their raspy, sob voices- as they hem and haw, wildly shaking their pointed finger at you, face contorted, weighing in at 80 lbs soaking wet.
    just love those little missies....the more they're a spitfire, the more i gush and smile and beam....

    leslie
    Ditto, Leslie! I love the little firecrackers. They're usually more bark than bite and will do what I need them to do anyway, they'll just hem and haw the whole time.
  10. by   emmycRN
    DKA or septic pt on vent and sedated with lots of drips to play with. That's what I call FUN!
  11. by   samaletta
    I like the grumpy people....men or women...young or old...
    I like to use my charm and humor to make the grumpy ones smile.
  12. by   matt59
    Quote from GardenDove
    DNR is always a plus, I agree.
    I am a student trying to learn as much as I can;
    why is a DNR (do not recusitate, I take it?) a plus?
    matt
  13. by   emmycRN
    [quote=matt59;2030629]I am a student trying to learn as much as I can;
    why is a DNR (do not recusitate, I take it?) a plus?
    matt[/quote

    no mad race with crash cart to do compressions on little frail elderly person who probably won't make it, and if they do chances are they will wish they hadn't when they wake up with a tube rammed down their throat and 5 or 6 broken ribs.

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