Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it. - page 26

: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   SoundofMusic
    You know, Angie -- that is SO it. If they are SO well as to be demanding, so "well" as to want to leave right THIS FRICKING minute -- then what ARE they doing in the hospital? Why were they EVER, EVER admitted to begin with?

    It's always the 24 obs patients -- always. They hate being in, they want out -- so let them OUT. Let them manage their conditions at home..give them a number to call - and heck with them.

    I'll never forget one of my first patients ever on our floor -- man had taken a horrible fall off a bicycle in traffic and was s/p craniotomy. Well, darn that doctor for wanting to bring him in for 24 hr obs due to sudden blurred vision and uneven pupils. He got ONE night's rest in a hospital, and the next day his evil little wife and he ran me around crazy trying to get him discharged RIGHT NOW.

    I mean - you don't want to be here ...tell the doc!! Get out!! I'm sure there are truly sick people right behind you who would be thrilled to be receiving any type of medical care at all!
  2. by   Riseupandnurse
    No, I won't call the doctor to find out what your lab tests are, to get your home dose of vitamin D ordered tonight, or to tell him that hey, guess what, you are waiting to see if you will be discharged. We have a deal. I don't bother the doctors with that sort of stuff and they don't bite my head off and stomp on it. And family, if you want to talk to the doctor and find out this or that, CALL THE OFFICE! (if you haven't moved into the patient's hospital room). The doctors are here in this patient's room approximately 30 seconds a day, and I have no way of knowing just which 30 seconds that will be.
  3. by   santhony44
    Quote from WitchyRN
    Not sure how I feel about this...I have a friend that does waxing and some of her clients come in for their brazilians after working out...which is not pleasant. I myself have had patients with an odor problem, but I'd never confront them with it. Some of these GYN patients have infections going on and they can't help it. I have no problem with people venting here, but I think the mask thing is a little harsh. Just my 2 cents.:uhoh21:
    There's quite a difference between infection, and no recent acquaintance with soap and water.

    I've had patients I could barely tolerate doing a focused exam for a URI, clothed, without gagging. I don't know that I could do a pelvic without having the person go home and bathe, first.

    BV smells bad, and post-workout sweat isn't pleasant, but there's something about plain old chronically-unwashed body odor that literally turns my stomach.
  4. by   linzz
    I agree with the body odor comments. I can handle urine, vomit, feces, blood and other secretions but body odor is not pleasant. I guess common sense of washing before medical treatment is not so common.
  5. by   GadgetRN71
    Quote from santhony44
    There's quite a difference between infection, and no recent acquaintance with soap and water.

    I've had patients I could barely tolerate doing a focused exam for a URI, clothed, without gagging. I don't know that I could do a pelvic without having the person go home and bathe, first.

    BV smells bad, and post-workout sweat isn't pleasant, but there's something about plain old chronically-unwashed body odor that literally turns my stomach.
    I know, there are plenty of people with poor hygiene. I just was putting forth the idea that sometimes we can't tell what's poor hygiene and what is related to illness. But, I guess sometimes it may be fairly obvious!

    I've never understood in this day and age why so many people have BO..one could argue that it's poverty related but we took my mom out to eat for Mother's day and there was a whole table of stinky people sitting next to us. It was so bad we got up and moved.. this place wasn't cheap either, so if you can afford to go out to eat, why can't you afford deodorant?:uhoh21: And it wasn't like they were from another country either.
  6. by   mizfradd
    I'd love to be able to say, "If you are old enough to get pregnant, then you don't need to have momma in on the exam with you because you're 'deathly scared of needles' and want momma to hold your hand." :icon_roll

    Also would love to say, "Just wait 'til you see the size of the needle used for your epidural!" :scrm:
  7. by   rph3664
    Quote from WitchyRN
    I know, there are plenty of people with poor hygiene. I just was putting forth the idea that sometimes we can't tell what's poor hygiene and what is related to illness. But, I guess sometimes it may be fairly obvious!

    I've never understood in this day and age why so many people have BO..one could argue that it's poverty related but we took my mom out to eat for Mother's day and there was a whole table of stinky people sitting next to us. It was so bad we got up and moved.. this place wasn't cheap either, so if you can afford to go out to eat, why can't you afford deodorant?:uhoh21: And it wasn't like they were from another country either.
    The Amish in my area, and the less modern Mennonites, do not use deodorant. Were those people from one of those groups?
  8. by   dialysis12041999
    Tonight I had dinner with friends and a friends mom who is a watriess was their. It was funny she because everything that she talked about was what nurses went through with customer service. I know that when I go out to eat I always ask for extra napkins and water first. I ask for everything at first wo the person has to make one trip. Tonight we talked about good customer service vs. Poor customer service. We talked about how poorly customers treat us and how we tooked the abuse. No matter what profession you work with, we will always have customers that can be mean and nasty.
  9. by   GadgetRN71
    Quote from rph3664
    The Amish in my area, and the less modern Mennonites, do not use deodorant. Were those people from one of those groups?
    Nope, not too many Amish in New England or mennonites either. They were dressed regular. Just stinky. Quite a few of them had greasy, unkempt hair too.
  10. by   rph3664
    Quote from WitchyRN
    Nope, not too many Amish in New England or mennonites either. They were dressed regular. Just stinky. Quite a few of them had greasy, unkempt hair too.
    I had meant to hit "quote" the first time. Oh, well.

    The Amish are clean; they just get BO later in the day.
  11. by   Fiona59
    What part of visiting hours are over doesn't apply to you????
  12. by   Hygiene Queen
    I HAVE to add this after yesterday at work...
    Thank you for telling me that your poor demented hubby has to "poop".
    I hear you and I'm taking care of it NOW (I'm no fool).
    But after I have managed to ease him to the bathroom, please DO NOT insist on helping!
    I saw that log coming and I just maybe could have gotten hubby cleaned up quickly and efficiently even if he couldn't comprehend to sit on the john.
    I have worked with very difficult dementia pts for 20 years. I know how to work around these situations... you don't.
    Thank you for racing into the bathroom, trying to push your husband onto the toilet, doing the dancing of "it's coming! it's coming!" panic and being the direct cause of the aforementioned log being born onto the floor... followed by small micro-poops all over the darn place... including my scrubs and shoes.
    Thank you for doing that. I didn't want to go home. I wanted to sanitize the bathroom and deal with hubby's now-soiled pants and socks. I wanted to have to bathe myself in "eau d' Dimension III" just to hopefully kill those doody germs on my clothes. I wanted to have to complete my charting w/ my coworkers finding spots I "missed" on my pant legs.
    LADY! BACK OFF! I AM A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL! I KNOW HOW TO CLEAN POOP W/O PANICKING>>>DO YOU??????!!!!!!
  13. by   akai6
    Just because "Nurse X" always does it, does not mean I am obligated to do it as well. I may or may not have time. And if I dont I am sorry I cannot sit and hold your access sites, even though you are capable of changing the TV using a remote and can feed yourself also.

    Im an acute dialysis nurse, btw.

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