is this abuse

  1. i am working in ltc facility resident was complaining sob no signs or symptoms was noted by charge nurse.she stated to resident that if you was having sob you would not be able to run your mouth ninety miles minute.
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  3. by   vamedic4
    I don't know if it's abuse per se, but it certainly isn't the most politically correct thing to say to a patient. That's pretty *******' rude, IMO.
    But perhaps, after running her mouth so fast...the patient WOULD have been out of breath, short of breath, and find it difficult to breathe!!

    Okay..
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    This is verbal abuse, violation of her dignity and if she did not address the issue ..neglect.
    Quote from southernlady48
    i am working in ltc facility resident was complaining sob no signs or symptoms was noted by charge nurse.she stated to resident that if you was having sob you would not be able to run your mouth ninety miles minute.
  5. by   marjoriemac
    I'd say it depends on the resident, we know our residents, we know who to joke or be more casual with.
  6. by   TrudyRN
    Most assuredly this nurse needs disciplining. If I were the family member of that patient she spoke to that way, I'd be filing a complaint with the facility, the accrediting body of that facility, and the Board of Nursing. At the very least, I'd let her doctor know. Or if I were feeling particularly peaceful that day, I'd pull her aside and have a heart to heart talk with her myself and let her know how I feel about her approach.
  7. by   jonamb
    Definitely sounds like verbal abuse. Just because the res. was showing no s/s of SOB does not mean she did not feel like she was SOB. How many times have we seen res. c/o something while showing no symptoms (think pain -- I've seen people say they are having pain rated at 10 while smiling and laughing -- who are we to judge?)? The nurse could have done a few simple things that may have helped, like elevating the HOB, repositioning, or just talking with the res. Sometimes just doing something simple and saying, "Let's try this...I think it might help" is all it takes. I think that nurse was out of line. Just my opinion.
  8. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    This is verbal abuse, violation of her dignity and if she did not address the issue ..neglect.
    I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!
  9. by   ebony2
    Abuse? No doubt. Agree 100% with jonamb....taking a few minutes to get a quick assessement and offering a little reassurance would probably have gone a long way.... Make no mistake we have all been pushed to the limits of our tolerance, but learning to cope with situations effectively is the way to go.
  10. by   luvlilbit119
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    This is verbal abuse, violation of her dignity and if she did not address the issue ..neglect.
    your awesome!! I think you are a really good nurse and I look up to you!!
  11. by   txspadequeenRN
    Well thank you sugar pie!!!!

    Quote from luvlilbit119
    your awesome!! I think you are a really good nurse and I look up to you!!
  12. by   mdscarentx
    Hope it wasn't an MI !!! Patient may have been experiencing pressure not sob... Either why this attitude should not be tolerated. I work with a nurse whose has a "mouth" like this. I want to drag her out the front door or I should say kick her....
  13. by   augigi
    Man, you guys are harsh! The more of this type of post I read, the more nervous I am about working as a nurse in US facilities. As someone who 's frequently accused of being less than diplomatic, I must have said a version of this comment a hundred times while working in a nursing home.

    In that type of facility, you KNOW your patients. If you're an RN, you know how to assess respiratory impairment. Who knows what tone of voice was used? Who knows if she was kidding around with someone she knows?

    I can't even believe on that little information, people are prepared to call "abuse" or "neglect" and run to the Board to report this woman!

    Sheesh.
  14. by   CoffeeRTC
    Quote from augigi
    Man, you guys are harsh! The more of this type of post I read, the more nervous I am about working as a nurse in US facilities. As someone who 's frequently accused of being less than diplomatic, I must have said a version of this comment a hundred times while working in a nursing home.

    In that type of facility, you KNOW your patients. If you're an RN, you know how to assess respiratory impairment. Who knows what tone of voice was used? Who knows if she was kidding around with someone she knows?

    I can't even believe on that little information, people are prepared to call "abuse" or "neglect" and run to the Board to report this woman!

    Sheesh.
    I will agree somewhat. It is very very frustrating probably having to deal with this person 100 times a shift. I might have done a quick reassurance/ assessment and told my pt.." Mary...how about taking a few deep breaths" or..Try not to talk so much...maybe that is why you feel SOB.. That last comment might be considered abuse,but its true. It really is how you say it.

    Been there, done that, have the T shirt.

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