Patients who can do ADLs but want nurses to - page 2

by destova 13,006 Views | 75 Comments

I've been coming across more and more patients that are perfectly capable of taking care of their personal needs, but simply don't want to. Example: ringing the call light to ask for the box of tissues that is a whopping 4... Read More


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    Quote from Fiona59
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    Haha awe, that's cute!
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    I'm with the rest of you....people just amaze me with what they refuse to do for themselves! My two teenagers already know my criteria for when to "let me go" someday...when there is no reasonable hope that I will ever be able to feed myself & wipe my own butt routinely again. I also got into it with a nurse in the hospital once who told me I had bedrest orders and HAD to use the bedpan - first time I ever pulled the nurse card and told her in no uncertain terms "I'm a nurse too and I know I have the right to refuse & I will be taking the 4-5 steps to reach the toilet. I'll give you a bit to get the order changed if it makes you feel better but otherwise I'm just gonna get up and go". (Great nurse - she got the order changed STAT and I promised to be good the rest of my stay).
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    Ugh! A big pet peeve of mine. I work in the ER and everyone thinks they are dying!! I had a pt the other day that unfortunately an admit hold because we had no beds. I had to put the pills in his mouth and he didn't even put the straw in his mouth, I had to do that too. MADE ME CRAZY. there was NO reason he couldn't do it. But he could function when his meal tray arrived. Ughhhhhhh.
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    Why haven't you eaten any dinner, Ms. in her 50's Adult?
    I can't
    You can't?
    No, I have trouble using a fork
    You have trouble? What do you normally use?
    I have NEUROPATHY (no note of such) I need you to put it on the fork for me...
    Later I bring piece of chocolate cake with fork into patient and turn and leave the room to peek from outside the door.
    Patient picks up fork and quickly eats cake - every crumb
    Last edit by netglow on Feb 19, '13 : Reason: sp
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    ugh. then there are the ones that need help but refuse and in the end create more work for everyone ( me especially!!). there are plenty of weirdos out there. i am afraid to say something and the pt actually does need help or gets really confrontational ( which i woukd hate at work!) so, i rarely say anything .
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    I tell them the goal is to maximize their function so we will know if they cn take care of themselves at home or need to go to a nursing home. That Term gets their attention. Only with those I know who are capable and playing helpless.
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    To edimo - I apologize for the LOL. I'm a great one to bemoan the use of unfamiliar abbreviations; I freq have to ask about some just like you did. (I really questioned something earlier today on another post re a nsg job position.) I AM NOT computer-speak saavy. I only learned LOL recently just be being here on AN - I figured it was a safe one. I've should've known better ...

    Likewise, each nsg specialty seems to have its own language. It took me forever to figure out NSTEMI (smile, all you cardiac nurses). So LOL seemed to fit very nicely into LTC. Hey - I work LTC but I had NO idea what NOC was (11-7 shift) until I saw it here!!!
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    Quote from amoLucia
    To edimo - I apologize for the LOL. I'm a great one to bemoan the use of unfamiliar abbreviations; I freq have to ask about some just like you did. (I really questioned something earlier today on another post re a nsg job position.) I AM NOT computer-speak saavy. I only learned LOL recently just be being here on AN - I figured it was a safe one. I've should've known better ...
    Oh, no worries! I haven't been here long and am just starting to become familiar with some of the more frequently used abbreviations...hey, you learn something new everyday!
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    "Oh, it's okay Ms. Smith, your doc doesn't have any restriction on you...pulling up your own blanket, pouring your own water, wiping your own butt....so you just go ahead and do that if you need to. I would feel bad if you were waiting on me to make sure it's okay."


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