Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it. - page 24

: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   love_being_an_aide
    First, have to say how much I have LOVED reading this thread! And I can't resist adding my two cents. So here it is:

    1. To the woman who asked if I was certified to change her attends, "No, I'm really not, i'm just an actor playing the part, and oh, btw, your on candid camera!"

    2. To the man who told me (and this is seriously what he said) "Get my Ginger Ale now you fat a**," No problem sir. Would you like that with ice or arsenic?"

    3. To the 18 year old boy who told me my purple scrubs made me look like the gay Teletubbie, " They do don't they. And oh, btw, do you want to get married? Or if we're moving to fast, maybe just spoon first"

    4. To the Nursing Supervisor who wanted me to go outside at 3 in the morning to find the doctor who jogs past the hospital, and chase him down if necessary, "My fat a** isn't chasing down anyone, except the ice cream truck hun.

    Ok, that's all. Hope you find it enjoyable!
  2. by   Sisukas
    To the custody patient who drove drunk with a BS higher than 300 and didn't want that cuff on his leg..."I'm sure your friend who's taking the dirt nap right now wouldn't be complaining about a cuff on his leg".
    Okay, I did say it. What I wanted to say was.."you whiny little ...."
  3. by   nrsang97
    NO WE DIDN'T give dear old dad a bath. Why? He threatend to kill the nurse, the aide, and everyone in the room who was trying to calm him down. We did try to sedate him, all the versed, haldol, and fentanyl we gave him didn't work. He tired to hit and kick the staff, tried to head butt the aide. He broke the soft restraints and we needed security to help put him in leathers and he was still screaming that he would kill us. We had to beg you to come in and stay with him so he would calm down. Now we have him agreeing to a new IV and blood draw so quit arguing about the orders from the doc and let the nurse do her job. Since when did you get your MD?? So, NO NO NO we didn't give him a bath? What the H%^^ are you thinking???
  4. by   RN.38SPCL
    To the alcholic who insisted he can't walk, feed him self, toilet himself, who lived independently prior to getting c-3 and c-4 fused, laying there naked, stinking,with a cervical colar on, refusing to let nurses see the staples, refusing to be cared for because "I'm in so much pain" urinating high into the air, squirting all over the place, with a urinal 2 inches from the left hand and a call light 2 inches from the right hand, that he insisted I place there not five minutes prior to doing the firehose job, who snuck over his siderails and took a poop in the toilet but dummy forgot to flush,,, I did say,," You are responsible to participate in your own healthcare, I can not let you lay there 24/7 and eat Vicodins and not eat food. Now get up and sit on the side of the bed, we are going to assist you to a bedside chair where you will eat your supper without being spoon fed."
  5. by   kiwilime81
    Ok, I am probably going to get in hot water with some of you for saying this, but I am a 5'8" 300 lb. CNA who is in nursing school to be an RN. Yes, I know - I am fat, I have accepted that that is where I am right now and I do try my best to change that. So far change has come slowly as in 45 lbs off in about 9 mos. When you can tell me how I can find time in my day to go to work for 8 - 16 hours, work at clinical for 6 hours, do homework, clean my house, and track every BLT (bite, lick and taste) and find time to exercise for an hour every day, then you can call me all the names and say all kinds of nasty comments you want to about me and anyone else like me. For the record, I do not stuff my face with loads of fries, fried chicken, ice cream, etc. I eat vegetables, salads, drink water and diet sodas. Yes, I do go to McD's to get a salad, diet Coke and/or coffee. On the rare occasions that I do eat fries and a burger it is a kids meal with a diet coke and it gets logged into my daily food log and subtracted from my points ( I do WW). Oh, I move my butt, take care of myself, don't expect everyone else to do it for me, and I have actually seen and washed my crotch in the last 24 hours!!! PLease, please, please don't lump every single fat person into the same category and don't think that we all don't take care of ourselves. Losing weight is not as easy as saying "just eat less and exercise more" - that may be the basic premise but it doesnt work out that well in real life. I hope and pray that if I am ever in the hospital as a patient that I don't have any of the nurses who posted here with the less than desirable comments about obese people. Maybe some of us do deserve these feelings if we honestly know better and don't respect our bodies more, but not every single one of us does. I don't have a perfect answer to fixing obesity and I know that it can be handled with a lot of work and commitment, but unless you have ever struggled with being seriously overweight, please don't pass judgement. It is a world of he** to live in and I hope you are never there. Please don't make our lives any worse by giving us the disgusted looks and sighs (and believe me, we know it even when you don't think we do). Thank you.
  6. by   RN.38SPCL
    Quote from kiwilime81
    Ok, I am probably going to get in hot water with some of you for saying this, but I am a 5'8" 300 lb. CNA who is in nursing school to be an RN. Yes, I know - I am fat, I have accepted that that is where I am right now and I do try my best to change that. So far change has come slowly as in 45 lbs off in about 9 mos. When you can tell me how I can find time in my day to go to work for 8 - 16 hours, work at clinical for 6 hours, do homework, clean my house, and track every BLT (bite, lick and taste) and find time to exercise for an hour every day, then you can call me all the names and say all kinds of nasty comments you want to about me and anyone else like me. For the record, I do not stuff my face with loads of fries, fried chicken, ice cream, etc. I eat vegetables, salads, drink water and diet sodas. Yes, I do go to McD's to get a salad, diet Coke and/or coffee. On the rare occasions that I do eat fries and a burger it is a kids meal with a diet coke and it gets logged into my daily food log and subtracted from my points ( I do WW). Oh, I move my butt, take care of myself, don't expect everyone else to do it for me, and I have actually seen and washed my crotch in the last 24 hours!!! PLease, please, please don't lump every single fat person into the same category and don't think that we all don't take care of ourselves. Losing weight is not as easy as saying "just eat less and exercise more" - that may be the basic premise but it doesnt work out that well in real life. I hope and pray that if I am ever in the hospital as a patient that I don't have any of the nurses who posted here with the less than desirable comments about obese people. Maybe some of us do deserve these feelings if we honestly know better and don't respect our bodies more, but not every single one of us does. I don't have a perfect answer to fixing obesity and I know that it can be handled with a lot of work and commitment, but unless you have ever struggled with being seriously overweight, please don't pass judgement. It is a world of he** to live in and I hope you are never there. Please don't make our lives any worse by giving us the disgusted looks and sighs (and believe me, we know it even when you don't think we do). Thank you.
    Dear kiwilime81, I am certain I speak for all of us who vented here, I am sorry. Let me clarify, We are talking about patients / family members who are purposfully difficult, lazy and deliberately take advantage of the Nurse. When you are out of school and start work as a Nurse, you will get some of these people and then you will see what we mean. There are specific frustrations as well as a sense of humor in every industry that the general public should not be privy to. They would not understand. You would not believe the awful things I have overheard Dentists and Psychiatrists say. No one here would group someone in with anything that they didn't put themselves in first. If that makes any sense. All nurses love and care about their patients. It takes a certain type of person to do this job. They do their job inspite of the ones who take advantage. The title of this thread is " Things you'd love to "...... but can't - don't - won't. This forum is supposed to be a safe place to vent. Everyone who posted here is not skinny, or in perfect health, never had pain or never been the subject of someone elses discrimination.
  7. by   squeakykitty
    Kiwilime81--
    I have been overweight myself, and I know how hard it can be to lose weight. I guess the things that annoy nurses (or anyone) the most is not necessarily obese people, but mostly rude selfish people with a big sense of entitlement.
    It's about people who won't try to help themselves or who expect others to do for them what they can do themselves----and I don't think it matters whether they are fat or skinny.
  8. by   RN.38SPCL
    Quote from squeakykitty
    Kiwilime81--
    I have been overweight myself, and I know how hard it can be to lose weight. I guess the things that annoy nurses (or anyone) the most is not necessarily obese people, but mostly rude selfish people with a big sense of entitlement.
    It's about people who won't try to help themselves or who expect others to do for them what they can do themselves----and I don't think it matters whether they are fat or skinny.
    Exactly
  9. by   grace90
    Kiwilime81, your name is making me thirsty!! Thanks for the post. I am sorry if I sounded offensive or rude to you in my posts. I sure can get a mouth on me sometimes. For the record, I'm not skinny either.
    Say goodnight, Gracie!
  10. by   imanedrn
    Quote from kiwilime81
    Ok, I am probably going to get in hot water with some of you for saying this, but I am a 5'8" 300 lb. CNA who is in nursing school to be an RN. Yes, I know - I am fat, I have accepted that that is where I am right now and I do try my best to change that. So far change has come slowly as in 45 lbs off in about 9 mos. When you can tell me how I can find time in my day to go to work for 8 - 16 hours, work at clinical for 6 hours, do homework, clean my house, and track every BLT (bite, lick and taste) and find time to exercise for an hour every day, then you can call me all the names and say all kinds of nasty comments you want to about me and anyone else like me. For the record, I do not stuff my face with loads of fries, fried chicken, ice cream, etc. I eat vegetables, salads, drink water and diet sodas. Yes, I do go to McD's to get a salad, diet Coke and/or coffee. On the rare occasions that I do eat fries and a burger it is a kids meal with a diet coke and it gets logged into my daily food log and subtracted from my points ( I do WW). Oh, I move my butt, take care of myself, don't expect everyone else to do it for me, and I have actually seen and washed my crotch in the last 24 hours!!! PLease, please, please don't lump every single fat person into the same category and don't think that we all don't take care of ourselves. Losing weight is not as easy as saying "just eat less and exercise more" - that may be the basic premise but it doesnt work out that well in real life. I hope and pray that if I am ever in the hospital as a patient that I don't have any of the nurses who posted here with the less than desirable comments about obese people. Maybe some of us do deserve these feelings if we honestly know better and don't respect our bodies more, but not every single one of us does. I don't have a perfect answer to fixing obesity and I know that it can be handled with a lot of work and commitment, but unless you have ever struggled with being seriously overweight, please don't pass judgement. It is a world of he** to live in and I hope you are never there. Please don't make our lives any worse by giving us the disgusted looks and sighs (and believe me, we know it even when you don't think we do). Thank you.
    I knew you were in WW when you mentioned the BLTs! I started it close 1 year ago (while in NS) and lost 25 lbs. I fall off the wagon all of the time, but it truly has been life-changing for me. I'm more accountable to my lifestyle choices (including eating and exercise), and I love that it's not a "diet" -- it truly is a "lifestyle modification!"

    In any case, I applaud you. You ARE trying to make a difference in your life. While, yes, it is VERY easy for us to pass judgment against ANY of our patients, I think the point here (at least that I made) is that it peeves me when my (insert an category, obnese or not!) patients won't make the effort to reach for the tray table and pull it over to him/herself! What you've described about yourself and what I've experienced with other (some, NOT all) obese patients is VERY different. Not ALL patients are lazy -- only some, and only those about which we're complaining her!

    Again, I applaud what you're doing because there are many people who are content in their lifestyle choices -- whether it has to do with weight, smoking, drinking, whatever. Change is the key, though. But, sadly, we don't see this in enough of our patients (at least I don't...), and (for the most part) that's why they're they in the first place -- or 2nd or 5th or 10th!
    Last edit by imanedrn on May 8, '08
  11. by   twistedpupchaser
    I had a patient today that I wanted to prescribe, (Nurse Initiated Medication) some Viagra Eyedrops so he could take a long, hard look at himself.

    Or a teaspoon of cement for the princess in bed 11, he realy needs to harden up.

    Would it be too rude to tell the princess to "dry his eyes"?
  12. by   fairness
    How a bout freq flyer patients (who are drug seekers) that would shoot up anything, if they could their hands on it- Crying like a big baby because they have used UP all of thier veins and we can't find another site!!!
  13. by   herecomestrouble
    'some Viagra Eyedrops so he could take a long, hard look at himself.'

    love that one!!LOL

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