Disappointed with my nurse last night - page 3
by prnqday, BSN, RN, EMT-B | 3,982 Views | 28 Comments
Long story short: I was having terrible side effects from a prescribed diet pill. My husband finally convinced me to go to the ER after having s/s for the past 2 weeks that has gotten progressively worse. So the nurse asks me why... Read More
- 0Apr 5, '13 by babyNP.The nurse was out of line. Just because we are nurses doesn't mean that we deserve to be berated, to use your term, OP. Of course, she can educate you and tell you if you shouldn't be taking the meds if they had such serious side effects but to "berate" you for doing so is wrong.
The husband was stupid too, but it's not his job to be respectful like it is for a nurse, although one wonders how long the marriage would last, lol.
And ewwwww not scrubbing the hubs of IV ports? Infection risk much?? I would definitely take that up--there is absolutely NO excuse unless it's an emergency. I haven't been hospitalized (thankfully), but if you're too busy to scrub my hub, I'm more than happy to scrub it myself and hook up the medication.
- 0Apr 5, '13 by applewhiternSorry, but other than not swabbing your IV port, I see nothing this nurse did wrong here. Seems like everything a nurse thinks, says or don't say, does or doesn't do, somebody has to complain about it. Did you complain about the doctor who prescribed this medication to you? Did the doctor discuss the possible side-effects with you? As for the swabbing, if it was really an issue with you, surely you would have said something to the nurse at that time; after all, you did notice it then.
- 0Apr 5, '13 by jadelpn GuideQuote from applewhiternA nurse can think what they would like to. It is the saying it out loud to the patient which is questionable at best.Sorry, but other than not swabbing your IV port, I see nothing this nurse did wrong here. Seems like everything a nurse thinks, says or don't say, does or doesn't do, somebody has to complain about it. Did you complain about the doctor who prescribed this medication to you? Did the doctor discuss the possible side-effects with you? As for the swabbing, if it was really an issue with you, surely you would have said something to the nurse at that time; after all, you did notice it then.
No one can predict if someone will have a side effect to a medication or not, so why would the OP complain to the MD?
Perhaps the OP is an obese nurse who has to lose weight or lose her job--we see it on here all the time. Or after many failed diet attempts, she needed to lose the weight for a variety of other reasons.
Perhaps it would have been more p.c. if she just said that she has starved herself for a couple of days, and the heart palpitations were from dehydration....
Nurses can and do educate about medications. The line is crossed when we throw in our own 2 cents regarding OUR feelings about said meds.
MD had a reason to prescribe them. She took them. As prescribed.
It is more of a worry to me when people DON'T take the meds that are prescribed to them.
- 0Apr 5, '13 by CodeteamBI wonder, was the lack of hub-scrubbing a single occurrence or did it happen more than once? If it was a one time thing it sounds like a busy nurse getting distracted and messing up, could happen to the best of us. In that case the most appropriate thing would be for the patient to point it out to the nurse at the time. If it was multiple times then sister probably needs some remedial training in IP & C, and I would consider reporting it (if it occurred after I brought it to her attention).
As to the rest of it, it sounds obnoxious but I would just let it go. First, you were likely one of her healthier patients, you knew what had caused your symptoms and your own family member was calling you out for knowing better. I would have done a little patient education too, though I would have worded it differently. I would have said the same thing to any patient, medical professional or otherwise. Second, at least she said something to your face instead of just telling your tale in the break room
Hope you are feeling better!
- 2Apr 9, '13 by SadalaA) I think nurses get a little report happy with other nurses.
B) Whatever happened to good old fashioned directness. "This is a decision I made with MY physician and I'm here because I'm having side effects, not because I'd like to discuss my decision making process. And if you're not going to 'scrub my hub'"
"then if you'll just pass me an alcohol swab I'll do it for you."
(that's even funnier)