I'm seeing a lot of unprofessional posting here related to venting about patients - page 3

Hi, I'm just a newbie here but I have to comment on what I'm seeing here. Specifically nurses sharing their stories of their interactions with difficult patients. Surely it is unprofessional to... Read More

  1. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
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    As usual nurses held to an unreachable standard.

    This is supposed to be a place where you can vent.

    You cannot do it on FB or you will be in a world of hurt. You can't tell your family because they do not understand. You shouldn't do it at work because eventually that will be turned against you.

    Nurses are people too and they deal with a lot pretty unimaginable stuff and they deserve to have some place they can vent about ti in my opinion.
    loriangel14, Altra, **LaurelRN, and 13 others like this.
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  3. Visit  Overland1 profile page
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    Quote from Garethaus
    ...Surely it is unprofessional to be sharing patient details?...
    It depends upon the extent of (i.e., amount of detail in) the details. Nothing that indicates the identity of the patient, directly or indirectly, should ever be shared outside those involved with the care of that patient.

    ...and don't call me Shirley.
    loriangel14, KelRN215, multi10, and 14 others like this.
  4. Visit  netglow profile page
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    Quote from DeLanaHarvickWannabe
    Why don't you PM Brian and share your concerns with him? He makes the rules, and he has his reasons for those rules. If nothing else, he may give you tips on how to create your own message board so you can be pickier about what is posted.

    But, in the end, until one of the mods tells me I've posted something inappropriate (and yes, it's happened!), I'm not going to change what I've posted.

    And...I find it unprofessional to judge us without walking a mile in our mocassins.

    Ah, Mrs. Harvick, where have you been? How is Kevin?
  5. Visit  uRNmyway profile page
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    Guys, I completely agree with the frustration, but let's try to remember that at one point WE were also the rose-colored glass wearing student nurses who thought we could change the world. It won't take them long to get disillusioned with all of it, and realize the reality of nursing.
  6. Visit  Raewynv profile page
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    Some of us nursing students completely understand how hard it is to be a nurse and the reality of it all.
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  7. Visit  nguyency77 profile page
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    Quote from CrunchRN
    As usual nurses held to an unreachable standard.

    This is supposed to be a place where you can vent.

    You cannot do it on FB or you will be in a world of hurt. You can't tell your family because they do not understand. You shouldn't do it at work because eventually that will be turned against you.

    Nurses are people too and they deal with a lot pretty unimaginable stuff and they deserve to have some place they can vent about ti in my opinion.
    While everyone has an opinion, I would disagree with the OP. I'm not even a nurse yet, but even I can see where you're all coming from.

    Even being a mere CNA was brutal enough. I used to come home in tears; my family was under the impression that I was one of those cute little medical assistants they see in doctors' offices. They thought my job was just to push paper, scan records and occasionally show patients to the exam room.

    Just wait til we get thrown to the wolves.

    In an ideal world, patients cooperate and appreciate the nurse's advice on lifestyle modifications. They would stop eating Double Whoppers at every meal, and quit smoking. They would actually take their medications and not order DIY remedies off of eBay.

    Ideally, patients and families do not threaten to sue you on an hourly basis or snap pictures of you as you perform procedures. In a perfect world, patients do not hit you; when they do, management would actually care and intervene on your behalf!

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Like others have said, it's not like you can bring these issues to work and tell everyone about it. If you think teamwork exists in every unit, you are sadly mistaken. I think that AN is a good place for people to vent...Because people here understand.
    multi10, tokmom, uRNmyway, and 5 others like this.
  8. Visit  NurseGuyBri profile page
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    Well I guess I can put in my two cents. I do not believe, in any way, that the postings that I have read to this point constitute any unprofessional activity. I have read posts about patients. What may seem like possible identifying information to you isn't. It doesnt appear that you are aware of the scope of this website, hospitals, or healthcare in general. At any given moment, I could tell you a story about my male patient with 13 fingers and a heart of stone. Seems pretty specific, right? Well, its not. I bet there are hundreds of men with 13 fingers and hearts of stone. My point is that the entire soul of the allnurses community seems to be one of helping each other out, treating our colleagues better, and improving our bedisde manners and patient care. We are all, in the end, human. My fear is that without an outlet such as this, we may be much worse off as a profession. So do you know my patient? I don't think so...
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  9. Visit  NurseGuyBri profile page
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    OH, and I hear people keep saying "Venting". I dont even see it as venting, it's discussing.
    anotherone, jadelpn, and joanna73 like this.
  10. Visit  metal_m0nk profile page
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    Must be that time of year again...
    Altra, OCNRN63, and SoldierNurse22 like this.
  11. Visit  psu_213 profile page
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    Quote from nursel56
    or the mailperson to write about difficult dogs
    This just made me chuckle. What about doggie HIPAA???
    multi10, NutmeggeRN, and jadelpn like this.
  12. Visit  psu_213 profile page
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    Quote from Overland1
    It depends upon the extent of (i.e., amount of detail in) the details. Nothing that indicates the identity of the patient, directly or indirectly, should ever be shared outside those involved with the care of that patient.

    ...and don't call me Shirley.
    I agree with the entire post, but you get a 'like' for the last line alone!
    OCNRN63, NutmeggeRN, VivaLasViejas, and 2 others like this.
  13. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Quote from Raewynv
    Some of us nursing students completely understand how hard it is to be a nurse and the reality of it all.
    Some have much better ideas than others but, no, you won't know until you've actually been a nurse. It's impossible to know until you've done it.
    OCNRN63, anotherone, JillyRN, and 4 others like this.
  14. Visit  DoeRN profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Some have much better ideas than others but, no, you won't know until you've actually been a nurse. It's impossible to know until you've done it.
    I agree. It's nothing like feeling defeated and having regrets. I was a PCT first and worked with nurses but when I became a nurse I "got it" and it was more than I ever bargained for.

    OP if you don't like the vent threads simply skip over them. As long as they aren't breaking TOS then they are here to stay.

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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