What's your favorite type of patient? - page 4

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   Chaoticdreams33
    Yup, definately continent, and grateful. With nice grateful family members.
  2. by   GardenDove
    Foleys are nice too. They are awfully convenient, esp in the middle of the night.
  3. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from AliRae

    When I'm feeling really adventurous, I'll volunteer for "The Moody Teen". She'll usually come in sporting angry song lyrics scrawled across her abdomen in red sharpie. When asked why on earth she felt the need to take all the Tylenol, she shrugs. When you tell her what it might do to her liver, she shrugs again. She usually (but not always!) stops shrugging when you put another 18G IV in and drop and NG tube. Despite the shrugs, you'll probably spend a few hours in her room, trying to get her to talk. Good luck.
    i had to laugh at this.
    having 3 teens at home, i'm sick to death of the attitudes and yet, when i observe them in public places, they are just so darned nice!
    i recently had to bring my 17 yo dd to her np.
    since she's still a minor, i needed to follow up with some concerns, and boy, was she ticked.
    but when she met with the np, she was pleasant, polite and engaging.
    i guess i shouldn't complain afterall....if only they could be that way at home.
    lately i've accused all 3 of them of being drug addicts, in that they appear to have overdosed on suck pills.

    leslie
  4. by   Chaoticdreams33
    Quote from GardenDove
    Foleys are nice too. They are awfully convenient, esp in the middle of the night.

    I know I LOVE foleys! If only it weren't for those darned UTI's...
  5. by   AliRae
    Quote from earle58
    lately i've accused all 3 of them of being drug addicts, in that they appear to have overdosed on suck pills.
    ahahahaha! suck pills! if these patients of mine hadn't come in because of an OD, I would surely use that on them. As it is, it seems a little insensitive, no? "So, you took the whole bottle of Tylenol, and HOW many suck pills?!"

    (I can dream, right?)
  6. by   spiceyqueen
    when working in rehab, had this patient who always had setback everytime he made it so far( one step forward, 6 steps back). but despite everything he would keep trying, whines when absolutely neccessary(and we understood), always had a smile when he was not in pain, we all called him Uncle X, he played pranks on us almost everytime ( got him a few times too) but one thing we all loved about him and his family is that they appreciated every single person at the ward( from the cleaners to the doctors). not to say he did not give us the ***** sometimes. but just that appreciation, and respect we got from him
  7. by   spiceyqueen
    when working in rehab, had this patient who always had setback everytime he made it so far( one step forward, 6 steps back). but despite everything he would keep trying, whines when absolutely neccessary(and we understood), always had a smile when he was not in pain, we all called him Uncle X, he played pranks on us almost everytime ( got him a few times too), told us jokes( some really boring, some really hilarious) but one thing we all loved about him and his family is that they appreciated every single person at the ward( from the cleaners to the doctors). not to say he did not give us the ***** sometimes. but just that appreciation, and respect we got from him is what we enjoyed most during his 12 month stay.
  8. by   TxChic82
    Quote from earle58
    i just love, love, LOVE those sassy, saucy, cussing little old ladies.
    ....the more they're a spitfire, the more i gush and smile and beam....

    leslie
    I am definetly a fiesty old lady lover! Im only a nursing student working on my BSN, but I am also a CNA in LTC and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fiesty old ladies. Ex. Lou who is weak and cannot walk alone. She has the alarm on her bed and her wheel chair and what not but that doesnt stop her from trying to take off, once she made it down the elevator. I just know thats gonna be me when Im that age if I cant walk. Theyre gonna have to tie me down..."GO LOU GO...ok wait not really come sit down"....lol....
  9. by   Indy
    I like patients who sleep at night, breathe all night, and either have a foley or are continent.
  10. by   RNSacht
    :roll :d :chuckle love your response. im still laughing!!!!!!!
    Quote from interleukin
    paralyzed, sedated, and stable with no scans, taps, tests and/or any other scheduled procedure that would necessitate transport.

    and no family members.

    and there are any number of other open beds meaning my chance for an admission is no worse than 20%.

    and i'm working next to nurses whose assignments are equally unchallenging.

    and there's an inservice at which chocolate cookies will be served.
  11. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from 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.
    [font="comic sans ms"]intubated, obtunded orphans with no friends! they're my absolute favorite. second favorite would be someone who is actively trying to die. guess i'm still an adrenalin junky!
  12. by   DIXIE B WADE
    Those patients on the other end of my Triage phone line that are sick,I really can help them. Plus I'm not exposed to all those cooties I have been exposed to over the last 30 years or so. Still gonna wash my hands but just cos I wanna.I really did enjoy my NICU and ER patients,but Im right where I want to be now. No more
  13. by   allantiques4me
    I love my kids I work with,especially the teenagers.they come up with some really interesting things.

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