Odd requests

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    We had a resident today ask the CNA to shave his pubic hair. When she declined he complained to the social worker. Really? We don't have enough to do?!? I suggested to the social worker she speak to him and tell him to ask his wife to do it. Yikes!
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Dec 3, '11
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    I had a father ask to take a picture of his baby's first meconium diaper. It was the first and only time I've ever had anyone request that. However, there was a decent reason. He was a veterinarian whose area of professional interest was animal GI issues. Apparently baby animals pass meconium (makes sense) and he wanted a picture of it to show in a slide for a class. Still....you can't make it up.
    Ashley_RN, ktliz, joanna73, and 3 others like this.
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    We had a power outage one night, and, as luck would have it- no one knew where the emergency outlets were. After testing what seemed like EVERY outlet in the building, we finally found that the flatscreen in the lobby was still powered, and we plugged some of our air mattresses in it.

    I had a lady who, no joke, demanded I unplug everyone else, plug the TV in, and let her watch her stories.
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    I hope it was a resident physician and not just a patient who requested this! Ha!
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Another chapter for the book I'm writing entitled "You Can't Make This Stuff Up!"
    We had a resident today ask the CNA to shave his pubic hair. When she declined he complained to the social worker. Really? We don't have enough to do?!? I suggested to the social worker she speak to him and tell him to ask his wife to do it. Yikes!

    Also, do you really WANT our crappy little 1 blade razors choppping around down there? You'd have the razorburn of the century!
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    Quote from talrico
    I hope it was a resident physician and not just a patient who requested this! Ha!
    It was a patient. If it were one of the docs, more than a few nurses might have volunteered to help!
    virgo,student nurse, ktliz, and mazy like this.
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    I had a patient yesterday ask if I could take her glasses to the eye shop, get them repaired, bring them back, and then just bill her the cost. I am sorry miss, but I am a nurse, not an errand runner. I had another patient ask if I would mind bathing and trimming her dog. Normally I might have considered, but this was the same dog she had to lock up because it bit the first nurse that came to the house.

    And of course, my all time favorite, asked repeatedly throughout my career: "Nurse, I coughed some stuff up (insert time frame ranging from 1 week to 1 day ago here), and I saved it so you can look at it". I usually just tell people that mucous is the only thing that makes me queasy, and why don't they just use their words to describe it to me so I don't throw up.
    virgo,student nurse and AJPV like this.
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    "You know what I really want? A long, black (rhymes with stick)"
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    Quote from DeLanaHarvickWannabe
    "You know what I really want? A long, black (rhymes with stick)"
    You win! lol
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    I once had a family member who asked me to help remove gold teeth from the patient at TOD.


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