Irritating things about being a nurse VENT - page 4

I have been a nurse now for about a year and in that short time, I've found some things that I find to be VERY irritating about my job. I work in a very large hospital that has made it onto lists of... Read More

  1. by   wooh
    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    I once had a fresh post op patient, foot amputation, and he had only Tylenol for pain. Really?
    He didn't have a foot anymore, what could possibly be hurting?

    Quote from roma4204
    OH MY GOD THE PHARMACY/Pharmacy techs...

    I am a freaking ICU nurse, I have critical thinking skills coming out of my ass...don't you think I checked both pyxis machines, tube stations and patient cubbies before calling you???
    But did you check other floors too? And the refrigerator? And at the other hospital across town?
  2. by   applewhitern
    Our lab drives me crazy, too. We once had a guy who would call and argue over every single order. "Why do you want a potassium level? He had one this morning." Yes, and it was 2.7, treated it, now need to re-check. This same guy had long hair and a beard. I had a patient say that he woke up and Jesus was standing over him! He thought his time had come.
  3. by   kbates5
    LMAO!!!!
  4. by   Creamsoda
    Quote from sandyfeet
    Transfer staff: Is the patient in room 31 ok to go to CT?
    Me: Yes, you can take them.
    TS: (takes off BP cuff and pulse ox) Can you unhook them from the monitor? I'm not allowed to.

    Really?!? Unhooking 5 clips is outside of your scope? Really?

    Yeah this is for good reason. One time as I was helping slide a patient back to bed I asked whoever the ancillary staff was to conect the oxygen tubing to the flow meter at 3L, I cant remember if it was a CNA or transport, i was right there but was paying attention to something else when the RT came by a few minutes later to do something and was like "you know your oxygen is not turned on, or something like that, or it was on the air flow meter,", I cant quite remember. So yeah, I make sure im the one doing these things now
  5. by   That Guy
    The most irritating part? Having to play kiss ass to the ******* pt that treats you like dirt.

    I can handle the ER vs floor/lab/pharm/ct/diet/everyone else against the ER but having to play nice to these people is killing me inside. All for press ganey scores that mean absolutely nothing.
  6. by   aranursara7
    Only VIP have doctors anywhere around the world. And yes I could have died of pain, because I was about to take my head off due to the unbearable killing pain ✌
  7. by   CodeteamB
    Quote from aranursara7
    Only VIP have doctors anywhere around the world. And yes I could have died of pain, because I was about to take my head off due to the unbearable killing pain ✌
    Aside from being off topic... Your VIP doctor probably didn't do you any favours... Not all bugs need drugs (the jingle taught to school children where I live) and most sinus infections are viral. Saline flush and ibuprofen are most likely the very best treatment you could have received. Prescribing abx for viral infections is lazy medicine, and makes a huge contribution to antibiotic resistance... Just saying.
  8. by   Nurse ABC
    I can relate to all of this! Oh the Pharmacy! I love when they schedule incompatible IV drugs at the same time or when they time it for say 1000 and at 1200 you're calling them because its something they must send up before you can even give it and they haven't! Also, we get new admits all the time requesting pain meds who say "they told us when we get to the floor we can have more" in obvious pain because it's overdue by 3-4 hours but now we have to wait for the dr to send us orders and for pharmacy to get it in the system so it's going to be another hour or two at least with family breathing down your neck! Also, drug seekers irritate the crap out of me! They get mad because I wasn't in their room the second their pain med was due (even though they didn't request more). I try to keep on top of them but sometimes I am busy with other patients! I also HATE those stupid rounding boards on the wall. We are now getting graded on how well they are filled out but I ,not only don't have time to fill them out, I don't have time to be in every room every two hours with 10 patients. It's just not gonna happen! I'm too busy calling the pharmacy and giving pain meds!!
  9. by   uRNmyway
    Having other staff assume you are an idiot because you don't have an MD after your name. Gem of an example: Patient had low blood sugar levels by finger stick. Policy on this unit was to take a blood draw if below a certain level. So I take the blood draw, send it down stat, and start feeding the patient. Get a call-get this-an HOUR later from a frantic lab tech. 'OMG THE PATIENT'S BLOOD SUGAR IS EXTREMELY LOW, YOU NEED TO FEED HIM!!!'. Um, really? You think I couldn't figure that out, and waited on you to tell me before I did?

    The inter-department/inter-specialty childish stuff. 'ER didn't do this before they sent the patient'. 'Floor nurse isn't calling me back to take report!' and all that super fun jazz.

    I'll agree with above posts about the butt-kissing policies. God, it all sucks. Butt kissing the patients, the managers, anyone above you on the totem pole.

    Doctors who give you attitude if you DON'T act like they are the Second Coming.

    Don't get me wrong, I value education, and love that in nursing, you are encouraged to continue in your training. HOWEVER...I hate that we are so frickin' elitist in nature! Why do we always have to look down on those who just aren't INTERESTED in going back to school? Or who have circumstances where going back to school is just not an option?

    The fact that we just can't all get along. There is always so much CNA/LPN/RN/BSN/MSN/NP/you get the point bashing. We are all on the same team. Let's just quit all the hating, and stand strong against the others who keep trying to take advantage of us!!!
  10. by   SaoirseRN
    Quote from WeepingAngel

    YES!!! THIS is one of my pet peeves about working on nights. If I order stat labs at 0200 and the routines are due at 0500, DO NOT CALL ME to find out if they can be "lumped together" at 0500. "I mean, they're only a couple of hours apart". Don't tell me it's because you "don't want to stick the patient twice".
    I will, however, let them do the routine labs at the 0200 draw, unless there is a reason not to.
  11. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from applewhitern
    @Isitpossible: It wasn't always this way. Once upon a time, in a hospital far, far away, nobody questioned the nurse. What the nurse said was gospel, the law. I don't really know what happened to change that, but nowadays I get flack from everybody. We used to be near the top of the totem pole, but somehow we slid way down to the bottom.
    I loved that hospital.
  12. by   msjellybean
    Don't get me wrong, I value education, and love that in nursing, you are encouraged to continue in your training. HOWEVER...I hate that we are so frickin' elitist in nature! Why do we always have to look down on those who just aren't INTERESTED in going back to school? Or who have circumstances where going back to school is just not an option?
    I know this isn't the topic at hand, but I just had to reply because this struck a chord with me.

    I have a previous bachelors in a health field + a minor in chemistry. I went back and got an associates in Nursing. My hospital (and really the nursing field in general) don't recognize those 4 years at all. And my hospital has started treating associates nurses like second class citizens. So I've essentially been shamed into going back to school, so I can feel as "tall" as my peers, if you will. Even though I really don't want to and don't really have the financial means to do so. :-/
  13. by   sandyfeet
    Quote from Creamsoda

    Yeah this is for good reason. One time as I was helping slide a patient back to bed I asked whoever the ancillary staff was to conect the oxygen tubing to the flow meter at 3L, I cant remember if it was a CNA or transport, i was right there but was paying attention to something else when the RT came by a few minutes later to do something and was like "you know your oxygen is not turned on, or something like that, or it was on the air flow meter,", I cant quite remember. So yeah, I make sure im the one doing these things now
    At my hospital, Med-Surg patients go up with only the transporter. So in a worst case scenario, the transporter is expected to recognize a patient decline and start CPR. But to go back to my original example, taking the leads off of a patient: Not Allowed?!

    For the record I wouldn't expect them to put the leads back on. And I've seen RN's administer oxygen incorrectly, so I always do that one myself!

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