Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it. - page 171

: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   sharpeimom
    "you want me to do what?"

    oh, wait a second... i did say that to an especially difficult psych patient.:d
  2. by   Poi Dog
    This thread is a good outlet
  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from angelfirern
    "get off my stool, you old bat."

    this after an lol pushed past me, appropriated my rolly stool, plopped herself down, turned, and snarked, "you're more able to stand up than i am. my back hurts."

    what i did say..."really? well, i'm so sorry. i happen to be pregnant." yes, i really am, and high-risk to boot.

    "oh, you are? well...do you have to sit down?"

    the gall. i mean, i would never have the thought occur to me to sit on my physician/healthcare provider's seat and tell them that i needed it more than they. (the fact that she chose to tell my om i had no business working if all i was going to do was get in 'that condition', i'm not touching.)

    hate it, but i'm going to sit when i can. i run my feet off all day, and danged if i'm not taking my seat when i get the chance.

    i don't think pregnancy agrees with me, lol.
    i'm not pregnant but i have back issues and knee issues and while i can still do my job, i cannot stand for 12 hours. i sit every chance i get to chart . . . i figure that i work in an icu and i have to be at the patient's bedside. the visitors can go sit in the waiting room if they get tired of standing. management wants to be "family friendly" but won't spring for chairs for the visitors, and i've had too many visitors fall off my rolling chair and either visit the er, sue or both to let them sit in my chair!
  4. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from mds1
    angelfire..
    i have to disagree here, respectfully. we are employed to take care of even the snarky lol's that take the seats we vacated. pregnancy is not an illness such as cancer, copd, etc. it is not an excuse to be rude to others or to not perform your duties fully.
    i don't think there is anything wrong in anyone sitting when they get a chance, lord knows those chances may be few and far between.
    had i been you charge nurse i would have had to say something to you about this.
    i know this is a vent thread of things we would like to say, and i wouldn't have addressed this if you had not indicated that you actually said something to the lol.

    perhaps you could have gently redirected her to a comfy chair in the dining room or lobby and addressed her back pain. then sat back down on your rolly chair.....
    oh for pity's sake. if you were my charge nurse and said something to me about this, i'd have to say something back. visitors should not be sitting in the rolling chairs -- i've seen too many of them fall off the rolling chairs. if management won't spring for chairs for the visitors to sit in, then the visitors can stand while they visit and go out to the waiting room when they need to sit. snarky old ladies -- or anyone else -- should not be taking the chairs we vacate. the nurse's chair is there for the nurse to use. the nurse has to be there for the patient. visitors don't. asking a patient or visitor to vacate the nurse's chair is not in and of itself rude. i believe angelfire works in a clinic -- i've never seen a clinic that didn't have a designated spot for the patient to sit. that's where the patient should be sitting.

    and another thing -- we do not "address the back pain" of a visitor. if the visitor cannot deal with his or her own back pain, we refer them (politely of course) to the er. if i were your charge nurse, i'm afraid i'd have to say something to you about treating visitors.
  5. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from ruby vee
    oh for pity's sake. if you were my charge nurse and said something to me about this, i'd have to say something back. visitors should not be sitting in the rolling chairs -- i've seen too many of them fall off the rolling chairs. if management won't spring for chairs for the visitors to sit in, then the visitors can stand while they visit and go out to the waiting room when they need to sit. snarky old ladies -- or anyone else -- should not be taking the chairs we vacate. the nurse's chair is there for the nurse to use. the nurse has to be there for the patient. visitors don't. asking a patient or visitor to vacate the nurse's chair is not in and of itself rude. i believe angelfire works in a clinic -- i've never seen a clinic that didn't have a designated spot for the patient to sit. that's where the patient should be sitting.

    and another thing -- we do not "address the back pain" of a visitor. if the visitor cannot deal with his or her own back pain, we refer them (politely of course) to the er. if i were your charge nurse, i'm afraid i'd have to say something to you about treating visitors.
    we tell patients and visitors that they can't use our rolling chairs all the time. it's a safety and liability issue. plus, our chairs are in places the patients should not be.
  6. by   AngelfireRN
    Thank you, THANK YOU, Ruby! I was so dying to say exactly that. If she was my charge and she did say something, she'd find out in a hurry why my charges learned to leave me alone. Ish.

    Gently redirected, my foot. And as to addressing her back pain, I did, as she was my patient. But she wants a med that Doc has told her she may not have and yet she continues to harp, to the point that I want to address her snarky little head with my 9-iron, lol. (No, not really, golf humor).

    Glad I wasn't the only one that thought the whole schmear smacked of Utopian hospital blather.

    Side note...doc visit today, complete with pics! She's 8 weeks and 4 days (I'm hoping she takes the hint, I want a girl) and nice and healthy!
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from angelfirern
    thank you, thank you, ruby! i was so dying to say exactly that. if she was my charge and she did say something, she'd find out in a hurry why my charges learned to leave me alone. ish.

    gently redirected, my foot. and as to addressing her back pain, i did, as she was my patient. but she wants a med that doc has told her she may not have and yet she continues to harp, to the point that i want to address her snarky little head with my 9-iron, lol. (no, not really, golf humor).

    glad i wasn't the only one that thought the whole schmear smacked of utopian hospital blather.

    side note...doc visit today, complete with pics! she's 8 weeks and 4 days (i'm hoping she takes the hint, i want a girl) and nice and healthy!
    congratulations! hope you get nice and healthy! and don't go buying the pink paint yet . . . i'm sure you wouldn't turn down a nice and healthy boy, either!
  8. by   AngelfireRN
    Nah, as long as it's human and healthy, I'm easy to please! Thanks!!
    Oh, and the room is staying blue, whatever the sex. Just because that's my favorite color. I figure we can change later, lol.
  9. by   sharpeimom
    congratulations! that's so exciting!
  10. by   Poi Dog
    Go sit in the corner until I am ready to deal with you and don't even think about pressing the red button.
    Last edit by Poi Dog on Sep 3, '11
  11. by   elthia
    Go ahead and sign out AMA or keep treading that path to self destruction, I don't really care. I have other patients that WANT to live, and I'd rather spend my time and effort on them.
    So don't cry to me when you feel lousy when you are 1000ml over your fluid restriction and you refused your lasix, and you just signed your AMA papers, you just got yourself knocked off the transplant list, and it is not my fault for being a lousy nurse when your urine came back positive for nicotine and THC.

    I just had a really crappy week...can't you tell.
  12. by   talaxandra
    "Yes, I know you think we're all incompetent. I suspect that your systemic bacteremia is not, however, from the medical team's failure to remove your access when you thought it should come out, but from your decision to 'peel back the dressing and scrape out the brown stuff' with your fingernails. No, washing your hands does not make them sterile, nor does using the hand scrub, especially if you also undo the banadages to pick at your wounds first. Oh, and 'that brown stuff' is an antiseptic ointment."

    Wait, I did say that.
  13. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Get up, put on these scrubs, and work my 12 hours.
    We'll talk again after that.

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