I'm tired of the verbal and emotional abuse thrown at me from patients and especially their families. I'm tired of the condescending and rude comments. I'm tired of those patients and their families who believe that they are better than all the other patients on the unit and deserve VIP treatment. I'm tired of management and their "out to get us" mindset. Shouldn't we be able to look up to them as mentors and go to them when we need encouragement and help? Instead, they look for ways to get us in trouble and write us up. I'm tired of doctors and their "holier than thou" attitudes... that they can't even pause a beeping IV pump but instead go and complain to the charge nurse that their patient is not receiving appropriate attention. Who the hell am I, superwoman?! Get me out of acute care ASAP!!
One thing really drives me crazy: An alert and oriented patient who requests one thing, which I start to do, then requests another thing and another thing and another thing even before the first task of the handmaiden is complete.
"I need a pillow here. And another one here. Can you cover my feet? Move the table closer. I need more water. Where's my phone? Turn the light off."
I've said, "One thing at a time," more times than I can count. Then, I say the one thing that the dayshift nurses would give their right eye to say, "Do you want a sleeping pill?"
Last edit by traumaRUs on May 25, '12
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