What's your favorite type of patient?

  1. 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 really like to find out more about them and their life experiences. I like the intelligent ones who have had interesting lives and careers, and who are well adjusted and personable.
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  3. by   CaLLaCoDe
    Quote from gardendove
    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 really like to find out more about them and their life experiences. i like the intelligent ones who have had interesting lives and careers, and who are well adjusted and personable.

    ditto to that!


    [banana][font=book antiqua]love the patient with thoughtful caring family with plenty of a sense of humor.
    [font=book antiqua]love the motivated, get out of the hospital asap do or die patient!
    [font=book antiqua]love the grateful for all tasks done for their benefit during their stay patient![/banana]
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Jan 28, '07
  4. by   SCRN1
    Same as you. Also the compliant ones!

    But, gotta love those pleasantly confused patients too.
  5. by   GardenDove
    Yes, some of the pleasantly confused pts are extremely lovable.
  6. by   GardenDove
    Yes, a pt with a thoughtful, interesting, and appreciative family is a delight.
  7. by   muffie
    walkey, talkey, happy, continent, compliant, day of discharge, dnr if they need to be

    you asked, i said
  8. by   fiveofpeep
    Not a nurse yet by my mom works in the er and she loves the dimentia patients.
    Her work place is kinda hostile (docs fighting with nurses etc) and going crazy right now so she said she would go in with her dimentia patient to do her charting.
  9. by   GardenDove
    DNR is always a plus, I agree.
  10. by   hikernurse
    Ones with normal breath sounds . Abnormal sounds are something I'm still working on.

    I like the ones that need some kind of emotional support and help in sorting out feelings/needs. Maybe a pt who's really anxious and I can help the pt talk himself down. I like finding comunity agencies that can help after they're discharged and finding options for the pt/family. Admittedly, it's hard to find time some shifts, but you asked what kind I like
  11. by   leslie :-D
    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
  12. by   GardenDove
    LOL, earle, I've had some saucy little old ladies confide some very interesting intimate details of their lives.
  13. by   dazey71
    I think I'm about th same as most people...walkie talkies, someone you can talk to and learn something from
  14. by   all4schwa
    s/p closed head trauma. i work step down, so i get them when they are lively and fiesty! people refer to it as that department that nobody wants to get stuck in. i tell 'em i came to this hospital to work in this dept!

    we do get all types, but being younger, i think i relate to the younger patients better. although, having long term care experience, i'm at ease working with the elderly.
    Last edit by all4schwa on Jan 21, '07

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