"VIP" Patients

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    OK, I know I'm not the only nurse who has encountered the "VIP" patient. You know the story...you get report on the new admit coming to your unit and you are told to take extra special care of this patient. This infuriates me to no end. It implies that I'm going to treat my patients differently based on social status. I don't know about you guys, but I treat all of my patients like VIP's. Am I being silly or are there others out there who feel this way?
    DeLanaHarvickWannabe, abbaking, mc3, and 26 others like this.
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    I feel exactly as you do on this. In fact, I have taught more than one administrator, head nurse, charge nurse, etc. NEVER to give me the "so-and-so is a VIP" line. As soon as they start, I draw myself up, acting highly affronted - "Are you implying that I give less than excellent care to ANY of my patients?!". I become highly indignant at this perceived insult to the quality of my nursing care and pretty soon they give up and go away talking to themselves.
    Personally, if I have 5 extra minutes to spend on a patient, it's going to be on the one who doesn't get pampering as a matter of course, or who I see as having extra need for some reason (which may very well be the "v.i.p.", but not because of her status).
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    Drives me bonkers! I can't stand it. As if someone's more worthy of my time or attention, or caring, just because they're 'somebody important.'
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    This drives me crazy, too. I usually go out of my way to avoid the VIPs, and try to spend as little time in their rooms as possible.
    I don't like the feeling that if I displease a VIP, they will report me to whomever. I feel if I avoid them as much as I can, less chance of them coming up with something negative to say about me.

    Not the best attitude, I know. But, there it is.
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    I have a problem with people saying "oh, they're a VIP..." or " oh the family's a problem", etc....let me judge that for myself, because sometimes in all in the way you approach them....You get that first VS visit to set an impression.
    EVERYONE is a VIP to somebody....think about it. We all are important to our families, our coworkers, our friends, etc.
    I'll die before I get a vip a special thing before turning that q2h turner who's incontinent, and the DD guy who needs help getting fed....just my opinion...
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    I had a patient not too long ago who was -- um -- challenging. He was terribly confused and somewhat combative, but hey -- he was elderly and had been admitted due to taking a fall and sustaining a head injury. I work in Acute Dialysis, so mostly my patients come to me for treatment, and due to his having varied problems during his stay his room number kept changing. As he became more stable, he got moved to the "VIP Suites" on our 6th floor. THAT was when I found out that he was a hospital Board member and "VIP." I had no idea, and treated him with the same respect that I treated all of my patients. I received no complaints, and even a compliment from his wife, who was later described as a not-too-nice person to deal with. Karma, man. Give good care to all, and it will come back to you.
    strider1500, jellybean_1, Ms Kylee, and 6 others like this.
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    Awesome happybunny!!!! Thats the way it should be!!!!
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    There is a rough equality in SICU.
    Everyone is equal in those backless gowns.
    VIP's are not that common, but I give them the same care I give everyone else.
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    Patient: VIP
    has money
    for Private Duty
    Nurse.
    'Cause that's how it works.

    You want to claim royalty
    Pay the penalty.
    Fake kings and queens
    without the means
    to pay the price
    better roll that dice.
    You'll have to gamble
    when the staff has to scramble
    to meet your request
    HEY, WE'RE DOING OUR BEST!
    calliesue likes this.
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    I remember my nurse manager coming to me one day, I was taking care of a patient who she said was a 'vip.' I said to her straight out, 'well, all of my patients are vip's' She says, 'well...right...that's how it should be.' Rediculous. I treat all my patients the same, I don't care if you're the queen of some country or a criminal. Who am I to judge.
    HeyJude, Sue Damonas, Nat Hyland, and 2 others like this.


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