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  • 26

    I've seen this happen a couple of times in 30-plus years as a psych nurse. I've found that the nurse usually has at least as much pathology as the ex-patient they're dating. And it's not always the patient that's the vulnerable one. Some of these guys are cons and know how to weave their way into some idiotic nurse's heart. Either way, this is definitely a bad situation and somebody needs to have a talk with Nurse Hot Pants.

  • 26

    This is an ethical and legal issue. By NOT reporting it, YOU are just as guilty.

  • 22

    People who are admitted for abdominal pain and state that their pain meds are inadequate, then you walk into their room and find them pigging out on Taco Bell food that their family brought in for them. I mean, if I had true, uncontrollable abdominal pain, I don't know about you, but the LAST thing I would want is a chalupa or a meximelt!

  • 22

    I'm with you regarding family members. The ones who think that you're not doing enough for their loved one, when you've been waiting on them hand and foot. Or the ones whose family member is totally non compliant but it's somehow my fault. Or the ones who follow me around while I'm trying to get things done to make requests. Or the ones who stand at the nurses desk until I drop what I'm doing to go fetch that drink. Or the ones that ask for a drink for themselves (especially after I've been up and down that long hallway 3 times for various requests!). Or the large families who refuse to appoint a contact person so that I end up having to take 6 separate phone calls asking how mom's night went.

    I get annoyed when I'm working on a Sunday and supplies have not been restocked since Friday and we're running low on everything. Or I can't find an IV pump. Or when the scanners on the WOWs don't work. And that we have to call them WOWs (workstation on wheels) and not COWs (computers on wheels) because somebody thought it was offensive. Or when I get my canister of sanitizing wipes set up with the cloths threaded through the the dispenser and somebody comes along and rips the cover off so they can pull out a whole wad and don't fix the dispenser. Or when somebody steals the whole canister of sanitizing wipes or my scanner. Oh, I could go on and on. I guess it was a rough week or maybe I'm just cranky.

  • 21

    Tangled lines.

    On the vitals machines, the Pulse Ox and BP cuff lines do NOT need to be tied in multiple knots, people!

    On IVs, it should not take me five minutes to figure out which tubing is connected to which bag because there are three pumps on one pole with more than one piggyback and the lines are all interwoven amongst each other. How does that even happen????

    And then when you toss in the O2 tubing and the call light with the tangled IV lines, that's just the icing on the cake.

    I swear I spend fifteen minutes on each patient just untangling everything so I can do my effing job already! How does that not bother anyone else? How does everyone chart that they completed a line trace on all previous shifts when the only way I could figure it out was to disconnect every line, untangle each one, and reconnect????

    Yep, definitely a BIG peeve for me....

  • 20

    I couldn't pass up replying to this one...

    My biggest pet peeve is when a family member tells me something is "ridiculous" in regards to the patient's care. I must hear it at least a dozen times a day, usually in the form of an inpatient wife who thinks her husbands pseudo abdominal pain is a critical condition. My favorite use of the word this week was when a patient's wife called me after he had already been discharged to tell me they couldn't find the prescriptions I gave to them. When I explained I can't be responsible for them losing prescriptions she yelled, "this is RIDICULOUS! They should pull your license for being a horrible nurse". Yep... that was fun.


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