Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it. - page 35

: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   rph3664
    Quote from canuk_chick
    ha ha I was in a patients room and an internist came in and told her that exact thing. Said there was nothing they could do unless she lost weight. My preceptor student and I left the room holding back our laughter.

    Mine would be... Your doctor is the scariest man I've ever met in my life, I can't believe he delivered your baby without killing the both of you... run, don't walk, away from him screaming at the top of your lungs. FIND A NEW DR!!!
    The hospital where I work had a heart surgeon who was killing people. He's been inflicted on some other city now.



    There are several people in my department who are morbidly obese and have heard those exact words from more than one doctor. They KNOW but are in major denial.

    I once met an audiologist who worked in an ENT practice, and the doctors constantly told parents, "There is nothing we can do for your child until you stop smoking." Those parents always found another doctor, who probably told them the same thing too.
  2. by   AngelfireRN
    Just had one come in yesterday, RIGHT AT 2:30, which is when we close. Security called and said "I have Suzy Snowflake here to see Medical". Well, Suzy had no appointment, and yesterday was not a doc day, so I was at a loss as to why she was there. She walks in and announces, "My job makes my varicose veins hurt."
    OOOoooooooooook. And how long have you had these?
    "Several years. But this job won't let me sit down."
    She admitted she saw her regular doc for these, insisted on filling out a report, all the time saying crap like "I knew I needed to come to medical first, I started to go see him about this. I had to lay out Friday. I just cry. I don't DO this, you know?"
    Then, as she was filling out the report, I caught her trying to mark that she did NOT see another doc for her veins, and I made her change it. I also caught her trying to mark that it came on suddenly, when she said that she had had them for years. Made her change that, too.
    As she was leaving, she made the comment that the supervisor had told her to be there at 2:00, but "things just did not work out". So, because she could not get her butt in gear, I had to stay late and deal with her lying, whining self.

    So, to her:

    "If you don't want to work, stay home. Don't you come in here and try to pass off a condition that you have had for years as new just to try and get money because the company is closing."
    "Don't tell me something and try to write something else on the report, then get mad when I call you on it. If you don't change it, I will."
    "Do NOT stand there and tell me you don't want to whine, when that is all you have done since you darkened my door."
    And lastly, GET OUT! I want to go home, I have comps to study for, and have been held over 20 minutes to do this report (which I still have to put in) so that I can graduate NP school, all because you could not be bothered to get here on time.

    Yep, she REALLY ticked me off. I have arthritis in my back and both knees, and I am there every day. I don't whine and fill out reports, either. We had a guy insist on filling out a report for a bumped FINGER, for the love of Pete! I bump my finger, I suck it up and go on, if I even notice! Anything for money.
  3. by   southernbeegirl
    Quote from rph3664
    The hospital where I work had a heart surgeon who was killing people. He's been inflicted on some other city now.



    There are several people in my department who are morbidly obese and have heard those exact words from more than one doctor. They KNOW but are in major denial.

    I once met an audiologist who worked in an ENT practice, and the doctors constantly told parents, "There is nothing we can do for your child until you stop smoking." Those parents always found another doctor, who probably told them the same thing too.
    what is it with you??? all you seem to do is put down fat people
  4. by   rph3664
    Quote from southernbeegirl
    what is it with you??? all you seem to do is put down fat people
    Why would I do that? I'm overweight myself BUT not to the point where I am unable to take care of myself.

    Big difference.

    Have you read some of the OTHER posts on this thread?
  5. by   southernbeegirl
    Quote from rph3664
    Why would I do that? I'm overweight myself BUT not to the point where I am unable to take care of myself.

    Big difference.

    Have you read some of the OTHER posts on this thread?
    i've read the entire thread and love it. it's a hoot. but your posts stand out to me. maybe it's just me but the tone of your posts about obese people seem judgemental. maybe it's me...maybe it's because you arent a nurse and therefore cant vent as bad as we can, lol...i dunno. either way, ive said my peace and i dont want to muck up the best thread i've ever read.
  6. by   akai6
    If you can use the call light and drink straight from the pitcher of water (to a dialysis patient), there isn't ANY reason you cant feed yourself and put pills in your own mouth. That means your significant other can feed himself instead of being at your beck and call. You are not that sick...


    And to the same patient: Wiping your rear with paper towels is probably the reason you keeping crapping blood, we have toilet paper and wipes too if those are too harsh... (she had SEVERE hemorrhoids)
  7. by   puggy232
    Oh you want me to put in a 22g IV-its smaller yes but you have IV VANC it will burn-but that might feel good to you seeing that mural of a tatoo on the right side of chest that you have. Oh stop having your mama, grandmama, and daddy call the floor asking to talk to me your nurse, and stop telling them you have 'a huge needle' in your side- again that is a chest tube. And tell your mama its not our fault we can't find a rehab facility for you- the same reason she doesn't want your crackhead a** at her house-you and your drug addict friends up to no good.
  8. by   AngelfireRN
    This is the OP. I'd really like this thread to not get shut down, either. I never expected such a response to this and I'd like to keep it going for a while. If the squabbling could be kept to a minimum, I'd be grateful.

    OTOH, I have to say, from the skinny side of the spectrum, when, at age 19, a 400 pound patient landed on me and sprained my back, I was more than a little judgemental. I completely respect the fact that a person's weight is their business and by rote, their problem, but when they come to our place of business and expect us to injure ourselves because they have gotten to such a state that they can not move or will not move because they are too lazy to do so (flame me if you want to, they are out there, and I have had them as patients), then it becomes our problem and our business.

    I know some of the posts seem inflammatory, but they are all true. They may hurt feelings, and I hate that, but the truth does hurt sometimes. In 7 years of nursing, I have seen examples of every single thing mentioned on this thread. Heck, I get picked on all the time to GAIN weight. "OMG, are you anorexic?!?!?!" No, thank you, just thin. It goes both ways.

    If you want to bash me, go right ahead. I'll stand by what I said, and I know the vast majority of us has seen it. Thanks.
  9. by   JBudd
    Thanks Angelfire!

    I'd love to just say, "sorry, we can't fix stupid"
  10. by   rph3664
    Quote from AngelfireRN
    :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 and hurling obscenities at me will not get you your pain meds any sooner than they are ordered. Nor will having your family member or entourage do the same.

    Threatening lawsuits and having umpteen family members camp out in the halls or hold up the nurse's station will not get you preferential treatment.

    Physically grabbing me as I go down the hall is NOT a good idea.

    I do not give the orders, but I do have to follow/enforce them. This is something that you should take up with your doctor.

    No, I will not call him again to ask him for more pain medicine. He has been called twice and has said no both times.

    No, I will not give you his number so you can "straighten him out".

    No, you are not my only patient, and i highly doubt that you are single-handedly paying my salary. On the off chance that you are, let's talk about a raise.

    NO, NO, NO, i most empahatically will NOT come get you when it is time for your next pain shot while you are having a smoke break. I also will not bring it to you in the smoking room. (Have actually said that, I am allergic to cigarettes. I did it once, had an asthma attack, desatted to 83, and turned blue, according to the patient and my charge nurse, after the patient had to help me back to the floor).

    No, I don't really care if your family has not eaten all day, they drove here by themselves, they are not sick, and no, I will not call for 6 guest trays. (This of course, is if the patient in question does not need all 6 family members present, and is not at death's door).

    No, you may not have 3 six-packs of soda from the kitchen, there are other people that would like a snack, too.

    No, they will not open up the kitchen up just for you, at 1 in the morning, because you don't like the snacks we have on the floor.

    I could think of hundreds, but those will do for a start. I know it sounds mean, but this is why I got out of bedside nursing. When a hospital becomes the Hilton, I'm gone!!!
    Have fun!
    And Angelfire, I'm bumping your OP!

  11. by   Hygiene Queen
    "I'm sorry, you are in the Psych Hospital. I will not and cannot kick the 'crazy people' out because you are bothered by them. It is not a 'mistake' that you were placed here. You are nuttier than a fruit cake. When you stop telling me you are Rosemary Clooney and that you blew up the White House, you might convince the doc to let you go."
  12. by   Hygiene Queen
    "Yes, I admit it. You got me. I stole your underwear and I am wearing them right now. I also stole your watch, your Blair double-knit 'grandma' pants, your SAS walking shoes, glasses and dentures. See, I'm the lowly tech and I am a thief because I cannot afford to buy these fashionable nice things for myself. BUSTED!!!!"
  13. by   tvccrn
    Quote from canuk_chick
    ha ha I was in a patients room and an internist came in and told her that exact thing. Said there was nothing they could do unless she lost weight. My preceptor student and I left the room holding back our laughter.

    Mine would be... Your doctor is the scariest man I've ever met in my life, I can't believe he delivered your baby without killing the both of you... run, don't walk, away from him screaming at the top of your lungs. FIND A NEW DR!!!
    southernbeegirl,

    I would think that this post is worse toward obese people than the one from rph3664 that you singled out. After all, they admit to holding back laughter after starting off with a "ha ha"

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