29Jan 13, '08 by dopaminequeenRNOK, I know I'm not the only nurse who has encountered the "VIP" patient. You know the story...you get report on the new admit coming to your unit and you are told to take extra special care of this patient. This infuriates me to no end. It implies that I'm going to treat my patients differently based on social status. I don't know about you guys, but I treat all of my patients like VIP's. Am I being silly or are there others out there who feel this way?
10Jan 14, '08 by bagladyrn GuideI feel exactly as you do on this. In fact, I have taught more than one administrator, head nurse, charge nurse, etc. NEVER to give me the "so-and-so is a VIP" line. As soon as they start, I draw myself up, acting highly affronted - "Are you implying that I give less than excellent care to ANY of my patients?!". I become highly indignant at this perceived insult to the quality of my nursing care and pretty soon they give up and go away talking to themselves.
Personally, if I have 5 extra minutes to spend on a patient, it's going to be on the one who doesn't get pampering as a matter of course, or who I see as having extra need for some reason (which may very well be the "v.i.p.", but not because of her status).
6Jan 14, '08 by Valerie SalvaThis drives me crazy, too. I usually go out of my way to avoid the VIPs, and try to spend as little time in their rooms as possible.
I don't like the feeling that if I displease a VIP, they will report me to whomever. I feel if I avoid them as much as I can, less chance of them coming up with something negative to say about me.
Not the best attitude, I know. But, there it is.
9Jan 14, '08 by locolorenzo22I have a problem with people saying "oh, they're a VIP..." or " oh the family's a problem", etc....let me judge that for myself, because sometimes in all in the way you approach them....You get that first VS visit to set an impression.
EVERYONE is a VIP to somebody....think about it. We all are important to our families, our coworkers, our friends, etc.
I'll die before I get a vip a special thing before turning that q2h turner who's incontinent, and the DD guy who needs help getting fed....just my opinion...
9Jan 14, '08 by happybunny1970I had a patient not too long ago who was -- um -- challenging. He was terribly confused and somewhat combative, but hey -- he was elderly and had been admitted due to taking a fall and sustaining a head injury. I work in Acute Dialysis, so mostly my patients come to me for treatment, and due to his having varied problems during his stay his room number kept changing. As he became more stable, he got moved to the "VIP Suites" on our 6th floor. THAT was when I found out that he was a hospital Board member and "VIP." I had no idea, and treated him with the same respect that I treated all of my patients. I received no complaints, and even a compliment from his wife, who was later described as a not-too-nice person to deal with. Karma, man. Give good care to all, and it will come back to you.
1Jan 14, '08 by showbizrnPatient: VIP
for Private Duty
'Cause that's how it works.
You want to claim royalty
Pay the penalty.
Fake kings and queens
without the means
to pay the price
better roll that dice.
You'll have to gamble
when the staff has to scramble
to meet your request
HEY, WE'RE DOING OUR BEST!
5Jan 14, '08 by littleredmareI remember my nurse manager coming to me one day, I was taking care of a patient who she said was a 'vip.' I said to her straight out, 'well, all of my patients are vip's' She says, 'well...right...that's how it should be.' Rediculous. I treat all my patients the same, I don't care if you're the queen of some country or a criminal. Who am I to judge.