Nurses: How Do You Feel About Your Patients Being Nurses? - page 2

Or worse yet when their family members are nurses at the same hospital. Well I recently went per-diem at my ER job and worked my first shift back in a month and a half. (Thank God I wasn't as... Read More

  1. by   Hygiene Queen
    Usually, the nurses I care for are pleasant and they get it when they see me running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
    One, however, rode my butt for not making her bed... really?
    I told her that she obviously understands priorities and patient safety comes before bed-making.
    I work psych, so I'm just trying to keep my eye on everybody and trying to keep things cool.
    I had another one ride me for keeping her waiting to put her to bed. She went on and on about how she contributed to nursing texts and blah blah blah.
    I said, "great, then you should understand my predicament!"
    But, usually, they are, as I said, pleasant and actually THEY are the ones uncomfortable because they are caught amongst their nursing peers in a psych setting.
    You would think, that as nurses, the ones that act like buffoons could place themselves in our shoes, but I guess the priorities of care apply to everyone but themselves.
    The most intimidating patient I had was actually a pharmacist.
    Boy, I researched his meds like a champ before I gave him anything!
    He was teaching me!
  2. by   blackandyellow
    I find that I'm the opposite of the women you described if anything I'm too nice. I usually do not tell people that I am in the healthcare profession because I do not want to be like those women you described but it always ends up coming out one way or another. For instance when my grandmother was in the ICU I was helping the nurse turn her and her monitor kept going off so I asked her if she would mind if I silenced it. Let the cat out of the bag there. Usually most of the patients family members I have who are nurses are generally very nice and it makes it easier explaining things to them such as why a pt on lasix needs potassium. However I did have one patients daughter who kept silencing and restarting her fathers pump and he was on pressors I had to put a stop to that behavior real quick.
  3. by   pbuttercups
    I do find it intimidating but only because I'm a new grad. I'm sure with time and more confidence, I won't feel that way. I treat everyone equally, nurse or not.
  4. by   hiddencatRN
    IME nurse patients are either wonderful and understanding and appreciative or challenging and difficult and demanding. I'm lucky to have had more of the former.

    I had a patient whose parents were doctors. The patient was getting a bolus, so the pump was running at 999ml/hr, which was already a SLOW blous since the patient was getting a liter. The parents turned it down because they thought it was "too fast." I had to explain that actually, it was going in very slowly for a bolus, and had already slowed it down significantly by putting it on a pump instead of running it to gravity. But seriously, don't touch my IV pump.
  5. by   Daisy_08
    The worst was when I was a student. Took care of a pt whos daughter worked in X-ray or something. Questioned why I would want to be a practicl nurse as they have no education ( longer then hers was) are not inteligent and I would never get a job ( in front of my preceptor who had been her friend for years). First I put too much apple sauce in her pills then not enough. I think she was so upset about her mom that she took all her anger at me. And there was a lot! I ended up crying in the bathroom. I could do nothing right. Sometimes you just have to eat ****, maybe put someone back in their place, but remember they're probably scared - especially knowing what we know
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Dec 29, '12 : Reason: TOS/Profanity
  6. by   M/B-RN
    I hate it when my patient's are nurses. It makes me nervous! But the worst is when they are related to someone who works in a doctor's office or they are a medical assistant, something not even involving nursing and they think they know everything. It makes me crazy to have to justify everything I'm doing to someone who thinks they know everything about nursing! No point in showing off when you don't even know what you're talking about.
  7. by   joanna73
    It doesn't matter to me who the patient is because everyone is entitled to the same standard of care. I've had many nurses and physicians as patients when I worked acute care, as well as family members of patients who worked in the health care field. As long as I'm doing my job in a respectful manner, I'm not concerned.
  8. by   Anoetos
    I had an MD the other day, a Rheumatologist from the hospital. She was nice but man she was demanding and self-managing of her care: got herself ordered kayexalate for a potassium of 5.1; called the pharmacy to find out how much K was in herTPN. She also had a lot of meds, many of which we rarely ever give. The story was that she came to us after having RRTd herself for SOB/DIB on the rehab unit. So, yes, she was also an admit. I got out an hour late that day.
  9. by   Mulan
    Some people are just obnoxious.

    They should know better than to act in such a low class manner.

    That nurse manager sounds just like someone I may know.
  10. by   That Guy
    For the most part, they have been great. Its the nurse family member that makes me want to jump head first off our helipad.
  11. by   Rose_Queen
    Patients who happen to be nurses are still patients- I'm not going to treat them any differently because of it. Be careful of making assumptions as well- just because the patient is a nurse doesn't mean they will know what's going on. Just like any other patient, they may be confused, overwhelmed, what have you- and cope the same way as any other patient who is out of their normal element. I know I would be.
  12. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    I saw a nurse in clinic the other day who thought she understood more than she did about blood pressure. She takes her BP daily and worried about an asymptomatic variation of her SBP of about 10 points. I tried to be very reassuring while I told her this was not clinically significant and not something to be overly anxious about, but she kept telling me she knew how serious BP changes could be and that the DOCTOR (as opposed to me, the mere NP, lol) she works for told her she needs to see her PCP about it, yada yada yada.

    I can read between the lines and I realize that she was probably asking him a dozen questions about this (non) issue inappropriately in their workplace and he told her, "see your PCP (i.e. stop asking me) about this."

    She just could not accept that she was OK, so I told her to go seek a 2nd opinion someplace else.

    It was one of the few times having a nurse as a patient was a pain. Having someone who did not know what the devil she was talking about, but thought that she did merely because she happened to be a nurse was a pain. That she was also an obnoxious person did not help, lol.
  13. by   Overland1
    ...just figured out what "Smh" meant; thought it was "slopping my hogs", but that's another story.

    When my father was in the hospital (his final hospitalization), the rule in our family was that nobody - not even his doc - was to know what I did for a living, nor that my wife and I were both Critical Care EMT/Instructors. Everything went as it should... no complaints, and the staff did not need to know that the patient's son was some "hot-shot ER nurse from out of town".

    The same rule applied to my mother until she met with the excellent discharge planning peepz who would help refer her to acute medical rehab. There was nothing available in her city, so she suggested, "how about where my son works?" She ended up in Medical Rehab "where I work" and all worked out really well.

    As for being at the "nurse" end of caring for a patient in the health professions, I do not let that get in my way, treating them the best I am able, just like any other patient. They put their skivvies, pants, and shoes on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us.