I tell you, working as an RN, you start to see a pattern in every corners. When you get a report, the minute the ED nurse says "the patient is obese", your immediate reaction is "okay, CHF, BNP higher than Empire State, probably diabetic with messed up kidneys, etc, etc" or you will get a report saying that the patient has "allergies" to toradol, acetaminophen, and morphine, and you start chuckle and think "this one is looking for dilaudid!"
I am not condoning to be judgmental, but you know what I am referring to about the "pattern." I have question to experienced nurses and non-experienced nurses likewise; do you think that socioeconomic status has impact on how much pts are "pain med seeking?"
For example, I work in the "hood" (don't live in it, thank God) where most of pts are... of low socioeconomic status and 8/10 will do and say any rotten lies to get more pain medicine; I mean we all have seen it; a pt who is watching TV or talking on a phone, laughing with friends, then turning to you and say they got pain 10/10; having seen so much of that, I don't believe what the nursing school
teaches about the "golden scale" of pain, which is whatever the heck they say it is.
I saw men in their 60s and 70s on IMC floor recovering from open heart surgery and they tell me "oh I will try to do without it." and this was from a hospital that I worked before where the clientele were relatively more educated and wealthier.
So this led me to this curiosity; does socioeconomic status affect one's pain med seeking behavior? From my experience so far, the hypothesis seems to prove itself true. I want to hear your experiences.