Disappointed with my nurse last night - page 2

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... Read More

  1. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    I always try to be professional to pts some whine that I don't laugh or joke enough. I dont like to play the buddy buddy with the pt card or have it used on me.
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  2. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    The diet pill was prescribed, not like the OP went out and OD'ed on caffiene pills....(and even if she did, not for us to judge). Sometimes family blurts out stuff that is mind boggling. The ER nurse needs to practice mindfully. The PCP prescribed something that they thought may help. Unfortunetely, it has side effects. Like a number of medications.
    Hope you are feeling better OP, and I would at least mention that your care was less than compassionate, and quite frankly, a little obnoxious. Not what one goes to the Er for.....
    hiddencatRN likes this.
  3. Visit  sissiesmama profile page
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    I agree, I don't understand why other posters are in favor of your nurse...I personally think her behavior was highly unprofessional. Especially that comment, "if I were your friend, I would kick your ***." Even if she was supposedly "joking," that would not have gone well with me if I were in your situation.

    But I also want to know why you didn't speak up when she didn't scrub your hub. I definitely would have said something, right then and there.
    That comment would have rubbed me too. Joking maybe, but not in the best of taste. Like another poster said, it was something precribed, not something bought from an alt pharmacy, ect. The nurse didnt need to be a smart ***.
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  4. Visit  Kidrn911 profile page
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    i am confused if the diet pills were prescribed didn't you have to see your pmd to get it? I thought you had no insurance thus had to go to the ER.
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  5. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
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    That confused me too.
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  6. Visit  SDgirl2013 profile page
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    Quote from Kidrn911
    i am confused if the diet pills were prescribed didn't you have to see your pmd to get it? I thought you had no insurance thus had to go to the ER.
    She started a new job, lapse in insurance. Those diet pills can make your heart race. Probably better to go to ER than wait for an appointment with PCP anyways.
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  7. Visit  HouTx profile page
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    Hmm - just can't believe you let that nurse violate basic sterility techniques. Whenever I am in a "patient" role, I stay very vigilant... and have instructed my family to do so also. I am 'that' one that says "I didn't see you wash your hands, would you mind doing it before you touch me?" "Put your gloves on before touching my dressing" "Don't touch my IV port without swabbing it first" ... yeah, I'm that one. But I only have to do it a couple of times before word gets around.
  8. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    I cant write a response without knowing it will cause a storm. So i'll just pass on through.
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  9. Visit  ShyeoftheTiger profile page
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    That's annoying... Especially when she probably doesn't say anything to the 500lb patients who are in pain from their choices...
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  10. Visit  babyNP. profile page
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    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.
  11. Visit  SwansonRN profile page
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    I think I'd be more perturbed about her not scrubbing my hub (that sounds kinda dirty)
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  12. Visit  applewhitern profile page
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    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.
  13. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    Quote from applewhitern
    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.
    A nurse can think what they would like to. It is the saying it out loud to the patient which is questionable at best.
    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.


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