Patient requests - page 5

We all know patients can be demanding. What's your "favorite" patient request? Mine, an iPhone charger...... Read More

  1. by   pandora72
    I would have replied, "What's a lunch break?"
  2. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I had one woman ask for fresh opposed to frozen? When I told her we didn't have scones but woukd be happy to see if I could find her a muffin, she demanded to see the person in charge. Ma'am, that'd be me. No scones.The woman in the next bed wanted her legs shaved...that was a no.The strangest....a woman who was partially paralyzed wanted one of the staff members to, um, er, 'service her' with a vibrator!
  3. by   DawnJ
    Ahhhh! No no no. Shaving legs seems reasonable by comparison!
  4. by   echoRNC711
    A patient who thought he would go home that day after surgery was admitted overnight. He was afraid that his motorized wheelchair/scooter would get stolen and asked me to ride it home to his house!!!

    Vroom vroom!
  5. by   echoRNC711
    My rathe large buddy who works in psych was asked by a pt "Do you think tomorrow you could wear a swimsuit and make it a 2 piece "
  6. by   cassiemassey
    When I had my Apendectomy I felt so silly; I could get out of bed, didnt even need the alarm, i could go to the bathroom with my IV in tow, I could take care of everything I needed to do. I could walk back to bed and plug my own IV in. But I could not lift my legs to get back into bed. No matter how much I struggled I could not lie down. So I would have to ring everytime I needed to get back into bed. And the staff member helping me would have to gown up (Isol for Hx ESBL) come in and lift my legs. That was it, other than that I did my best not to bother them. But it felt so rediculous needing that tiny, insignificant task done so many times. We joked about it though, and I dont think they minded helping me.
  7. by   Sugarcoma
    A few that stand out:

    A pt. who asked me if I would be willing to go to the drug store and get him 10$ worth of lotto tickets and a pint of liquor.
    A pt. who asked me if I could bring her pain meds for her boyfriend.
    Multiple requests for money/cigerettes/drugs.
    Multiple requests to go outside to smoke...while connected to a PCA lol.
    Multiple requests to help cooridinate visits between the wife/girlfriends.
    A young man who requested a paternity test for his newborn son who was up in our NICU since "they were both there anyway."

    And the one that angered me the most: An 8 year old who informed me her grandma told her that she could follow me all day and that I would take her to the vending machine and buy her a pop! The worst part....grandma was a visitor not the patient! This same grandma also requested I call the resident so that she and her granddaughter could get check-ups while visiting! Ugh!
  8. by   txredheadnurse
    The mother of the DD patient who requested the group home staff and I do a Brazilian on her daughter! Her rationale? No woman could possibly feel their prettiest if they were "unkempt" down there. Of course this is also the same woman who relentessly pursued a surgeon to do a breast reduction on the same daughter because she didn't want the daughters cleavage to attract male attention. Poor child only had a B cup. Sadly the mom finally found someone who did the reduction.
  9. by   realmaninuniform
    Wait I'm confused... The pt. or the mother was DD? lol
  10. by   mikimoto
    89yr old patient: I can't see! I just can't see! Please hand over my glasses
    My response: Ok, but first you have to open your eyes for me.
  11. by   lirpaloof77
    What?????? Lol! "I'm sorry ma'am, hysteria is no longer a recognized medical diagnosis... So no vibrator therapy for you!" Bwahaha!! That's awesome
  12. by   lirpaloof77
    That's horrible!!
  13. by   dirtyhippiegirl
    Quote from Sugarcoma
    A young man who requested a paternity test for his newborn son who was up in our NICU since "they were both there anyway."
    Had something similar to this happen on my non-pediatric unit. I actually think social work gave the guy all the info/contacts to get it arranged. (It was his kid!)

    I'd helped take care of the sweetest lol who went home with hospice. She asked me several times to be her private home hospice nurse -- she was totally alert and oriented, but offering sums of money that I know she didn't have or else I would have thought about it.

    Pt's family asking not just for the usual blankets and pillows to sleep in the waiting room, but sheets too. Apparently they had brought in an inflatable mattress to sleep on. Uh, no.

    Wife of a pt who was definitely not actively dying brought in her newborn (seriously -- the baby was maybe a week old) and kept asking staff for formula, a crib, etc. It was actually other family that set her straight & even apologized.