Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it. - page 147

: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   UpinawayRN
    LMP? Can't remember? soooo...how come you didn't go to the dollar store to get a home pregnancy test? (ok, I have actually said that after a 4hr wait in the ED) call me crazy..
  2. by   carolmaccas66
    This is what I said to the LOL I cared for the other day, who wanted every little thing done NOW and thought I was her personal nurse:
    I wish I did have inspector gadget arms, I only have two. So we will do things one at a time. No I don't want you to get up by yourself and grab your Zimmer frame without me there, cos you may get dizzy and fall over after your hip replacement, then you will somehow blame me for that, I'd rather you rang the bell and waited. I and the other nurse have 13 patients between us and many of them are post op (explained timing of obs etc), so they require a lot of care and monitoring of pain relief, etc.
    FELT like saying: 'I am not your personal servant, and yes I know ur in a private hospital, but no you are not paying my wages, I EARNED my wages through years of hard slog to get my degree to care for you in the best way I know how.'
    LOL looks at me, smiles vacantly and asks me to please fold up her night dress overcoat thingy, and place it in her suit case.
    I despair cos I think no matter how I try to explain things, it just doesn't penetrate sometimes
  3. by   carolmaccas66
    Quote from UpinawayRN
    LMP? Can't remember? soooo...how come you didn't go to the dollar store to get a home pregnancy test? (ok, I have actually said that after a 4hr wait in the ED) call me crazy..
    Yes makes me wonder when people here on social security (and who have what we call a Health Care Card) can go to any general practitioner's office and get a pg test for free. I can only surmise that in a very small town, they don't want everyone knowing if the pg test is positive.
    And yes they're the ones who complain the loudest even if they have to even wait 15-20 minutes to be seen. Makes me wonder what they'll be like as a parent when their baby is screaming all day and night....
  4. by   carolmaccas66
    Quote from fuzzywuzzy
    "No I will not get you a washcloth! Use toilet paper! Then, pull up your pants, get back in your chair, and do not touch the call bell for another 10 minutes. Instead, take those 10 minutes to think really hard about what you really want/need. If it involves a transfer, then fine, hit the call bell... AGAIN. If it involves having someone fetch something for you, well, your husband is sitting right there. I don't have time for this sh*t. You are rehab and once you get home you won't have an entire overworked staff to wait on you hand and foot like you're in a hotel."

    And of course this clueless woman was in the last room at the very end of the hall... Ringing to get out of the bathroom. Taking forever to wipe (I don't have to be there for that, she can wipe herself). Lets me stand there waiting, then as soon as I put on my gloves to empty the bucket, it's "can you get me a washcloth?" Acting surprised when I have to leave to go get one off the cart instead of producing it out of thin air. Finally walks back to the chair. 2 minutes later she wants to lay down. Before leaving I make sure everything is "all set." 2 minutes later she wants another sheet. 2 more minutes later she wants to take off her sweater. We have to make a big production out of that. She rings again; she wants to blanket off the end of her bed. It was like, never-ending. Meanwhile her able-bodied, sound of mind husband is just sitting there like a log in the corner.
    Her hubby was probably too scared to help her out with anything!
  5. by   NurseOnAMotorcycle
    Quote from lil' girl
    If you would quit being so hateful to everyone people might enjoy answering your call bell.
    Stop putting your call bell on before I leave the room. I will not turn around and come back in every other second.

    Other people are sick too.
  6. by   shoegalRN
    Stop faking an anxiety attack just to get your hit of IM Ativan! You have been to the ER three times this week for an "anxiety attack" and brought in by EMS each time. You sit and hyperventilate and snot and snorting out your nose and then talk in COMPLETE SENTENCES when someone asks you a question. When you think nobody is looking, you stop all the snotting and snorting, then you breath normally. As soon as someone even looks your way, you go back to snotting and snorting and hyperventilating. We know your game. We are on to you. The doc only ordered ONE shot of Ativan and sent you on your merry way.

    And after you get your one shot of Ativan, screaming to the top of your lungs "I am having another anxiety attack" is not gonna get you another one. You have now been discharged and referred to the mental health hospital. I am sick of seeing you every three days with the same tired routine.
  7. by   rph3664
    Quote from carolmaccas66
    Yes makes me wonder when people here on social security (and who have what we call a Health Care Card) can go to any general practitioner's office and get a pg test for free. I can only surmise that in a very small town, they don't want everyone knowing if the pg test is positive.
    And yes they're the ones who complain the loudest even if they have to even wait 15-20 minutes to be seen. Makes me wonder what they'll be like as a parent when their baby is screaming all day and night....
    I believe that some women go to the ER for pregnancy tests because they think they can get an abortion there if the test is positive.
  8. by   GadgetRN71
    Quote from star77
    Cut the acting. This isn't Hollywood. I'm over the fake seizure; you're not getting ativan, dilaudid or a turkey sandwich, so either get up and walk out now or STOP ASKING.
    Thought you'd enjoy this..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m64cy1MMPg
    Last edit by GadgetRN71 on Jan 16, '11
  9. by   GadgetRN71
  10. by   nursepenelope
    OK...so I am posting this here because I have no idea how to start a blog. Computer challenged I guess.

    Anyway...I hate my job. This is why: management sucks (i feel), not alot of support, always ready to tell you what your doing wrong and no kudos for working your butt off all day and having no enery left for your family when you get home.

    I work in LTC (SNF). We don't have a wound nurse, so I do that also. I am anal (i admit that) and things have to be done right and all the way. I never take my breaks because if I do I wont get my job done. I know this is a huge downfall and would be happier if I could walk away from the unit for 30min.

    I love most of my resident and want to do right by them.

    I don't want to be seen as a lazy half-hearted nurse, sitting at the computer all day (like most of them) and I don't want to appear as pompous or like I no more than them. They do seem to like their job better even tho they aren't doing most of their job.

    One nurse walked in one day and said proudly "today I am going to give out all of the meds, or at least I will try).

    Two weeks ago I was pulled aside by the administrator ( i no he is just doing his job), but he gave me verbal warning for being one minute late for work, ONE time. I have also been warned for colocking out late for breaks, which I don't take. Personally I think there is something wrong with the time clock bc I never clock late for breaks.

    All of the admits are pretty much on me which I don't have time for. And we can't do overtime unless we get it approved first. So, basically it is unsaid, but we are expected to clock out and continue to work. I know nurses who do it. I refuse but they always find a way to not pay me for overtime when we have admissions.

    I am so miserable, have chest pains all the time, am anxious, throw up before work. I hate this. I have been working to find another job, but that is a job in and of itself. I have an interview for LandD on the 31st of this month. I am so nervous and want this so bad.

    Any advice I am open. Am I over reacting? Any interview questions so I can prepare myself better would be greatly appreciated. I have failed at almost every interview so my confidence level is pretty low. Any HELP or advice is greatly appreciated.
  11. by   UpinawayRN
    NO, I already told you 3 times I HAVEN'T forgotten about you. You WATCHED me run by your room with the crash cart, and shepherd crying family members to the room next door to you. Im sure the commotion echoed to the lobby. I am not keeping you here just to torture you. Your rash, sir, will be addressed.:angthts:
  12. by   fallrisk2008
    Quote from Aleah_RN
    To the 50-year old flasher who is always trying to get the nurses to take a peek at his nether regions: "I've seen bigger."
    Need me to turn the heat up in here? Looks like you must be cold.
  13. by   ShayRN
    Quote from GadgetRN71
    That is too funny! When I worked corrections I had an inmate tell the CO that he was having a seizure, thats right, he TOLD him. So, ofcourse, I had to go see it. Went outside his cell, as soon as he saw the nurse's uniform, his whole body started shaking and spinning. Like he was possessed. Then, when he got too close to the wall, he spun his body around and kicked with his feet to get away from the wall, LMAO. I just started clapping and saying BRAVO, BRAAAAVOOOO. I turned around and the two CO's behind me were holding up signs, one with an "8" and one with a "7". They said he got low marks because he pushed himself away from the wall. I really miss working with cops, they have such a deranged sense of humor, much like my own.

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