What are your favorite types of patients?? - page 6

I don't recall seeing a thread like this and it was something someone asked me so I thought I would throw it out there. What are your favorite types of patients?? Me, I love when I have... Read More

  1. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    I also love the witty patients with my same sense of humor.
  2. by   tcvnurse
    I love my day 1 CABGs! I love that when I get them they still have wires, central lines, and 4 chest tubes. I love being the one who gets them to walk for the first time after surgery. I love when they get the IS over one thousand for the first time. I love the sheepish smile they give me when they decide, 'Yes that pain medicine really does work!'

    I love watching their Afib/RVR straighten out into SB.

    And I LOVE that by the time I discharge them home, they are ready to start a new chapter in life.
  3. by   beckster_01
    My current favorite are the sarcastic old men with a good sense of humor

    I actually enjoy some of the "tougher" patients because I enjoy the challenge of trying to get them to see things in a different light. Usually they are giving people a hard time because of a personality clash or a misunderstanding, and helping them get through that is a nice challenge.

    I used to like POD 1 CABG's too, because when I admitted them they felt sick as dogs, but by day 2 they look like a different person. But recently I have been getting all the people whose pain medicine doesn't work, they can't eat, and zofran/reglan have no effect. For days. That is just exhausting... there is just no telling with those cardiacs...
  4. by   StrwbryblndRN
    Besides the elderly which is my fav.
    I love most patients. I am not a fan of post surgical though. Not because they are bad patients just not my style.
    The spunkier the better though. I have seen some seriously ill patients who got better quick on just sheer will power and grit.
  5. by   nrsang97
    Quote from ruby vee
    intubated orphans with no friends. and propofol . . .
    i was thinking the same thing. lol
  6. by   nrsang97
    I also like the one who are confused but are still pleasent.
  7. by   SoundofMusic
    I second liking anyone without obnoxious demanding family members.

    The patients are hard enough to deal with.

    I also lurves my little confused old ladies ...and those on the brink of confusion. As LONG AS they're not falling out of bed.

    Also took care of a 600 lb BEAST of a man the other day. He was so demanding the entire unit was aghast ... however, I took him one day and he was putty in my hands ... later he pulled out a mini bottle of whisky and asked if I'd like a sip ....lol.
  8. by   Beek74
    Quote from ledzepfan
    I honestly enjoy working with new ostomy patients. It is so satisfying to see a
    patient that couldn't stand to look at the stoma right after surgery participate in
    their ostomy care with confidence at discharge. To me, an ostomy wafer/bag that
    keeps leaking and won't stay on is a trouble-shooting challenge that I don't mind
    at all.

    I think I missed my calling.....an ostomy nurse.
    Ostomy nurses are very special. I've had an ostomy since I was 24 (I'm 38 now) and have been working with the same nurse for 12 years. What other areas of nursing do you get to follow someone that long and watch them go from total despair to acceptance. Having an ostomy that leaks is just awful. I can go for years without a leak, have a revision and have to start all over again, and I know my WOCN will work with me and advocate for me until we find something that works. She has never let me down.
  9. by   MedChica
    - Ornery Elders.
    Seconded by 'cantankerous old men and the acid-tongued battle-axe with a heart of gold'.
    I've one lady? She's 92 with Alzheimers. Maybe, 100 lbs. A little thing with long white hair. Her speech is unintelligible. She's bed/gerichair bound. One minute she's smiling. The next minute, her face scrunches up, she's 'fussing' and trying to take a swing.
    For no good reason.
    The other day, I was bending over after laying her down, to pick a paper towel off the floor?
    She kicked me right square in the behind.
    That was revenge for the aide washing her face. I just so happened to be in the area within the window of time before she'd completely forgotten being mad over having her face wiped cleaned.
    No one gets mad, because she's just so cute. She looks like one of the 'Whos' from 'Whoville'.

    - Prissy Elderly Women
    We have one that we call, 'La Madame'.

    - Confused Elders Who Have Lucid Moments of 'smart-allecky-ness'

    - The Mentally Impaired/'Special Needs'
  10. by   turnforthenurse
    Pleasantly confused patients...or my pleasant elderly patients. I find that "younger" patients complain too much
    Then of course there are the sedated, ventilated, constipated and restrained patients
  11. by   aem31
    I'm a fairly new nurse so I don't have much to go on but so far I LOVE the grumpy patients. There was one recently that nobody could stand. Had my first encounter with him and he acted like a total jerk. I figured I'd just be quick in providing his care and hurry out of room asap. However, I discovered he needed the opposite. He needed someone to just listen to him. We actually formed a nice relationship and he told me i was the only person who listened to him and thanked me as well as apologizing for taking his frustration out on me. He was with us for a few weeks and was to be discharged at the start of my last shift for the week. When I heard he was leaving I went in to wish him luck. As I held his hand and chatted with him for a minute he expressed that he was sad to leave (which was funny because he often grumbled that nobody knew what they were doing).

    It was rewarding to be able to break through his defenses and do some good for him.