Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it. - page 38

: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   Farmer Jane
    The thing I'd really like to say to the vast, vast majority of patients and really, people in general:

    Action... meet consequence.
  2. by   Riseupandnurse
    No, my job is NOT so much easier because of all the great computer charting, bar coding, super-sensitive IV pumps and administration "helping" me. And no, I really don't have time to stand here on my aching feet and hear about your complaints and opinions on everything in the world because I have a million other things to do that actually really do need to get done before I can drag my aching body home for the evening. The fact that I am smiling and being nice to you does not reflect how much time I actually have.
  3. by   GadgetRN71
    Quote from Farmer Jane
    The thing I'd really like to say to the vast, vast majority of patients and really, people in general:

    Action... meet consequence.
    OMG, so true. I was dicussing this with a coworker the other day...so many of my patients are cases of people behaving badly. Drunk drivers, people deciding to ride motorcyles after first getting high, people who punch walls(the young guys are notorious for this), or punch other people.
  4. by   akai6
    To the family of a non-US Resident:

    We have done everything for your son, there is not a BETTER medicine. He is dying, DIC, failed pancreas, liver, kidneys, ARDS, all because he drank liquor heavily. Had you cared enough before, and told him drinking that much, we wouldnt have to have him hooked up to 10 IV pumps, intubated and running on CRRT, for 3weeks straight. Not to mention his bill is well over half a mil. Now that you know he is suffering, when are you coming to visit? Oh you cant afford it, so why are we torturing him?

    To the IV cocaine/heroine user: When you use your graft/fistula as a way to shoot up, things are going to go very badly... And it wont be pretty.. And why do you need something to "numb" the area before I start your HD? How many times a day did you stab any possible vein BEFORE and tolerate that pain?
  5. by   rngolfer53
    Quote from Farmer Jane
    The thing I'd really like to say to the vast, vast majority of patients and really, people in general:

    Action... meet consequence.
    Ah, how true, how true.
  6. by   Scrubby
    What I'd love to say to annoying patients and their relatives:

    "Go stand in the naughty corner and have a good think about your behaviour".
  7. by   CseMgr1
    If you can afford three cars and a $250,000.00 home filled with antiques and furniture straight out of Southern Living, then you can afford to pay a monthly Cost Share in order for an Aide to come in and give your wife a bath.

    Get over it.
  8. by   OB_RN
    [color=#483d8b]respone to post by ruby vee_

    [color=#483d8b]"we explained to the daughter how ill grandma was, how she needed to rest so her heart could heal, and how she needed to be protected from any stress. daughter replied that she'd talk to her mother any damned way she wanted to. she then left while i was taking grandma's blood pressure (with the old-fashioned syphgmomanometer). she left the kids there for grandma to watch. "


    do that on my watch and i call cps. i hope that is what you did- that is considered child abandonment.
    Last edit by OB_RN on Nov 1, '08 : Reason: posted quote incorrectly
  9. by   rngolfer53
    Quote from CseMgr1
    If you can afford three cars and a $250,000.00 home filled with antiques and furniture straight out of Southern Living, then you can afford to pay a monthly Cost Share in order for an Aide to come in and give your wife a bath.

    Get over it.
    As we're seeing these days, a good number of people who bought those things actually can't afford them. Of course, their debt load is the fault of those who lent them the money.
  10. by   CseMgr1
    Your point is well-taken. But, we are finding that our Clients who have next-to-nothing don't complain when they are asked to pay a cost share...vs. our well-to-do, who complain the loudest. They want a "maid" to come in and clean their despicably affluent homes, cook for hordes of relatives who are not even remotely involved with our Clients' care, then have the audacity to threaten to call the State (one even called the Governor's office), when they are told that Medicaid doesn't pay for an Aide to come in and wait on the Client's relatives.
  11. by   jiggy_jams1
    My favorite is when patients say, "I am in a lot of pain, can I have some of that DILAUNTIN or whatever it is called?"

    I want to just scream at them, "Ok, cut the crap. you KNOW it is called Dilaudid, don't play dumb with me. You just picked up the illegal stuff off the street 4 minuts before you walked into the hospital. And no, you are not getting Methadone with your DILAUNTIN"
    hahaha it cracks me up!
  12. by   Hygiene Queen
    Please do NOT point and laugh at the other confused patients.
    What comes around, goes around... let's see what sort of shape you're going to be in about.... oh two years, at the rate you're going.
    I see you laugh, but I also see those subtle signs of your eminent dementia.
    Keep it up.
  13. by   Hygiene Queen
    Quote from squeakykitty
    To the family members of an incontinent resident---This person really needs to have briefs, and if you can't provide them for some reason, then can you get this person some extra pants, so that they will have clean ones on hand. And how about getting some bigger shoes, this resident has arthritically swollen feet and would probably feel more comfortable with shoes that won't squeeze their feet.
    Oh dear... the family that is soooooo not in reality!
    We once had a patient in LTC who came to us very contracted in the arms. Her dtr insisted Mom wear only fancy silk blouses with NO stretch... and they were tight.
    The nurses pleaded with the dtr to buy either shirts with stretch or a larger size. The dtr was a trip, "Mom has NEVER wore a size larger than a medium!"
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
    Or the family that insists Momma is not incontinent... it's OUR fault. We must not take her to the BR! "Momma does NOT wear diapers! How undignified!"
    Really, and there is more dignity in her wearing obviously wet pants????????????????

    "BUY CLOTHES THAT FIT AND BUY THE GOSH-DARNED BRIEFS PEOPLE!!!!!"

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