Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it. - page 110

:spin:Just curious as to what you would say. Mine goes something like this: Hi, my name is AngelfireRN, I'll be your nurse tonight. I am not a waitress, nor am I your slave. Yelling... Read More

  1. by   squeakykitty
    Quote from SoundofMusic
    Hey there, crazy little man/lady. What's up? How did you get so crabby and crazy and difficult to be around?

    Honestly, how DO these elderly people end up like this? Do they even know how nasty they can be? And I don't mean it in any cruel way -- I just honesty wonder why our elderly are in such poor shape, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Some are either just nasty, or incredibly, incredibly NEEDY. Or, their anxiety over life just makes them demanding in such ridiculous ways.

    I guess I have my theories. We definitely devalue people as they get older. But people also CREATE their old age, I feel, in their younger years. They don't take care of their health, their relationships, etc.

    It makes me very sad, sometimes, to see human beings in such poor shape at the end of their lives. I just wonder if it always really has to be that way -- if there is not a better way. It has been very shocking to me over the past 2 years or so in nursing -- because these people are normally quite hidden from society.

    Sometimes I wonder if it's due to a nicer family life -- but then I see elderly folks w/ very devoted loving families, and yet they're still tyrants, still nasty and demanding.

    I suppose a lot of it can be due to their specific disease process - alzheimers, Parkinsons, etc.

    I just don't get it.
    I've seen some of this that is related to a specific disease, but there's things I can't even understand. I've seen demanding, and I've seen incredibly nice people in the nursing home.
  2. by   CASTLEGATES
    How about

    "You smell like kitty litter"

    "...And your mother smells of elderberries"

    I'd be micturated if my family dumped me at a genesis; i'd be suicidal!
    Last edit by CASTLEGATES on Oct 26, '09
  3. by   SoundofMusic
    HEY! Can't you see how incredibly freaking BUSY I am?? My phone rings off the hook, I have ZERO SUPPORT from my assistants or management -- there is only 1 of me and 4-6 of you and YOU'RE ALL calling me at the same time! Like every 5 minutes!! STOP IT -- I'm NOT freaking SUPERWOMAN!!!
  4. by   psalm
    When I am reading a chart I *am* with another patient. I am verifying that what I heard in verbal report was all reported...I am making sure that pt's orders are being carried out, checking labs on the computer, all for the pt. safety. I do it for you, too. Please let me work instead of ranting that all we do is "play" on the computer and read charts to make fun of people.
  5. by   talaxandra
    "Why am I getting a call from the ED staff? I told you, and the doctors told you that your wife would get her MRI as soon as there was space on the list but, as she almost certainly has a migraine rather than a serious neurological disorder and is improving, that may take some time. Don't go down to ED and ask if they'll do one for you instead. And no, I don't care if you're your wife's GP, you can't wriote her discharge script 'to save time' - oh, wait, I see you've taken her home without waiting for the MRI results or telkling anyone. Sweet - adios!" - okay, family member not patient but still...
  6. by   AngelfireRN
    Also to family members: "Mama is DYING! She's 90+ years old, she's septic, she's in pain, and she constantly looks at me and whimpers, "I feel bad all over." For the love of Pete, make her a DNR, so she can go like she wants to. Don't make me give you the dope-slap upside the head you so richly deserve."

    Sorry, but making Mama suffer just because "I don't know what I'd do without her." don't fly with me. I love my Mama, too, but if she was suffering like that, I'd put my big-girl panties on and deal with it, rather than making her hang on or jumping up and down on her and breaking her ribs. I couldn't live with myself knowing that I was making her suffer.
  7. by   PeachPie
    Life has a 100% mortality rate, and there's no cure for being 95 years old. Can you please drill that into your thick skull?
  8. by   asoonernurse
    Quote from ruby vee
    "no, i don't want to see your weenie. not only is it uninteresting, it's the smallest weenie i've ever seen on an adult male!"
    had clinicals with a seasoned nurse of 30+ years, who, when a young male patient "wagged" his penis at her an said, "check this baby out!", responded with "wow. that is absolutely the smallest penis i've ever seen in 30 years of nursing."

    shut him up quickly.
  9. by   asoonernurse
    It went something like this:

    Brand new nurse comes to me about family members bullying her to give "grannie" more pain meds (still two hours to go until her next dose)...

    I go into the room.

    Me: "Hi, I'm Michael, the charge nurse. Can I help you with something?" (big smile)

    Arrogant pup: "You need to give my grandmother her pain medications NOW."

    Me: "No. Any more questions?"

    Arrogant pup: "Whaddya mean, "no?!"

    Me: "It's the opposite of yes. Any more questions?"

    Stunned silence.

    Arrogant pup: "I want to speak to the doctor right now!"

    Me: "No. Anymore questions?"

    More silence

    Arrogant pup: "My brother-in-law is a lawyer, ass****, we're gonna sue you AND this place dry!"

    Me: "Okay. Any more questions?"

    More silence. Apparently no more questions. Seems they shot their wad of self-important demands and threats and left shortly thereafter. (Still waiting on the phone call from the brother-in-law about the lawsuit, though.)

    Never let them see you sweat, and NEVER allow a patient's family bully a brand-new, inexperienced nurse into making what could be a career-ending mistake. Those of us with a few years of experience behind us have a responsibility to protect and mentor these kids.

    I, for one, am NOT a nurse who allows other nurses (or family members) to "eat our young."

    Just my .
    Last edit by asoonernurse on Oct 29, '09
  10. by   rph3664
    Quote from Carolina Nights
    Had clinicals with a seasoned nurse of 30+ years, who, when a young male patient "wagged" his penis at her an said, "Check this baby out!", responded with "Wow. That is absolutely the smallest penis I've ever seen in 30 years of nursing."

    Shut him up quickly.
    Is that why he used the word "baby"?
  11. by   catshowlady
    Not to the pt, but to the visitor of my teenaged, intubated & sedated, drug OD pt:

    What are you thinking? How dare you take out a camera and try to take a picture of him lying in that hospital bed with tubes coming out of every orifice, for other people's entertainment? What in God' name is wrong with you? You should be ashamed of yourself! Why would you think he'd want you to take a picture of him looking like that?

    I did tell her she wasn't allowed to take the picture because the pt might not appreciate it. I think my tone told her I thought she ought to be ashamed of herself, but at least she didn't pick up on how ****** off I really was. I was fantasizing about taking the camera away from her and using it to beat some sense into her.

  12. by   AngelfireRN
    You're a better woman than me, I'd have worn it out over her head.
  13. by   rph3664
    Quote from catshowlady
    Not to the pt, but to the visitor of my teenaged, intubated & sedated, drug OD pt:

    What are you thinking? How dare you take out a camera and try to take a picture of him lying in that hospital bed with tubes coming out of every orifice, for other people's entertainment? What in God' name is wrong with you? You should be ashamed of yourself! Why would you think he'd want you to take a picture of him looking like that?

    I did tell her she wasn't allowed to take the picture because the pt might not appreciate it. I think my tone told her I thought she ought to be ashamed of herself, but at least she didn't pick up on how ****** off I really was. I was fantasizing about taking the camera away from her and using it to beat some sense into her.

    She may have seen TV reports about people in accidents and the like, and thought this picture would be useful if they ever did a story about him. JMHO.

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