Why do Nurses do this? - page 2

Scenario: Two nurses talking. I'm doing vitals, have an abnormal which I am obligated to report to the nurse. Half of my shift, I can't find the nurses when they're needed for things like patients... Read More

  1. by   Dolce
    I would have walked right up and said, "So sorry to interrupt but I wanted to let you know that Mr. So-and-so has a BP of 204/120." It takes about 15 seconds and you can get on with continuing to take your vital signs.
  2. by   NurseCard
    OR, you could say "Excuse me, just wanted to let you know that Mr. Jones' blood pressure is 230/120". Then after said nurse gets done having her little mini heart attack you then say "Just kidding, it's 160/80... still a little high, I just needed to get your attention."

    Sorry, that's pretty mean. I'd probably need an oxygen tank if my CNA did that to me on an especially hectic night.
  3. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Kylee45
    Scenario: Two nurses talking. I'm doing vitals, have an abnormal which I am obligated to report to the nurse. Half of my shift, I can't find the nurses when they're needed for things like patients asking for pain meds, IV's running empty, etc.

    I approach nurse in conversation with another nurse. I stand off to the side just in the field of vision so I'm not horning in or overhearing the conversation with the other nurse. Conversation continues... and I'm being ignored. Conversation ends, and both nurses walk away leaving me to chase down the one I had to report to. Why does this always happen? And it's not just one nurse in particular, it's every nurse on the unit. Obviously, I need to tell them something, but I'm repeatedly ignored. Does anyone have any way for me to handle this? This happened to me 3 times last night. :angryfire:angryfire:angryfire
    interrupt them, your there doing a job also
  4. by   nurz2be
    Quote from Kylee45
    Scenario: Two nurses talking. I'm doing vitals, have an abnormal which I am obligated to report to the nurse. Half of my shift, I can't find the nurses when they're needed for things like patients asking for pain meds, IV's running empty, etc.

    I approach nurse in conversation with another nurse. I stand off to the side just in the field of vision so I'm not horning in or overhearing the conversation with the other nurse. Conversation continues... and I'm being ignored. Conversation ends, and both nurses walk away leaving me to chase down the one I had to report to. Why does this always happen? And it's not just one nurse in particular, it's every nurse on the unit. Obviously, I need to tell them something, but I'm repeatedly ignored. Does anyone have any way for me to handle this? This happened to me 3 times last night. :angryfire:angryfire:angryfire
    There is a girl in our class who literally feels like vomiting when she has to approach people and speak up, to authority figures. So, one of our instructors told her to make a little sign that says excuse me, when she approaches a situation such as this she just holds her little sign up and trust me the other conversation stops....she can then interject her information and go about her duties...
  5. by   Dolce
    Quote from nurz2be
    There is a girl in our class who literally feels like vomiting when she has to approach people and speak up, to authority figures. So, one of our instructors told her to make a little sign that says excuse me, when she approaches a situation such as this she just holds her little sign up and trust me the other conversation stops....she can then interject her information and go about her duties...

    LOL.
  6. by   rnmomtobe2010
    [quote=santhony44;2469020]You're trying to be polite, and they are being rude, or else dense.

    My thoughts exactly!!
  7. by   elizabells
    I used to to the "hover in the field of vision" thing too, and it turned out that not only did I never get what I needed, but people on my unit thought I was sort of creepy. I still do it with the docs because I'm nervous (ditto to the student mentioned earlier who gets nauseated) but I'm getting better at it with other nurses.
  8. by   ebear
    Dolce,
    I don't have a crystal ball for Halloween but I can see her having an interesting time in the field of nursing! I hope she toughens up (and I'm sure she will) in the years ahead.
    ebear
  9. by   Tweety
    I would have chalked it up to to those two nurses, but if every single nurse does this to you, then part of the problem might be you. You've gotten some good advice. Be assertive and polite and understood. You have to do what you have to do to take care of the patients.

    Good luck.
  10. by   Ms Kylee
    I guess I am being too nice... and not assertive enough. My 6 months probation is up in 30 days (started 5 months ago today), and I'm kind of worried that they won't keep me. Thank you for advice, everyone. Next time I'm going to interrupt...
  11. by   ebear
    GOOD, Kylee! GO ON GIRL-- you'll be fine!!:spin:
    ebear
  12. by   psalm
    I use the "time out" sign so they know I need to say something important. I have used this with 2 doctors and they were surprised with my sign language, but it works and most people don't have a problem with it.
  13. by   leslymill
    You could write it on a peice on paper and hold your hand out between them while they talk. Now if they chin up to see over your hand and continue talking and EVEN then get up and start to move away....Say, WOE WOE WAIT...

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