What is the silliest complaint someone has ever made aboutyou? - page 4

I don't know what made me remember this but I had a coworker once with whom I had developed(I thought) something of a rapport. Well one day we were in the nurses' station and I jokingly made a... Read More

  1. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from AfloydRN
    A co- worker complained that I did not give a glass of water to my man who was literally dying in front of me w/ CHF. " He only asked for some water
    '. He died 10 minutes later. It was the " joke
    ' in the ER that I wouldn't give a dying man his last drink of water.
    So why didn't you give him the water?
  2. by   morte
    Quote from P_RN
    Oh and everybody knows that paper towels are not the only nurse stationery, scrub pant knees and palms of your hands are also in the definition.
    and in the ER, the sheets on the stretchers count, too!!
  3. by   nursejohio
    Quote from arizonanurse
    I had a CNA complain that I was mean and demanding because I expected her to get ten sets of vitals done within an hour and a half.
    You mean you only gave that poor girl 9 minutes per patient for vitals? How inconsiderate of you! Really, that only gives her 6 minutes to leave the room, take a potty break, stop to chit chat about how mean you are with another cna, go smoke, and make it to the next pt! How can you expect her to work under those conditions?
  4. by   nursejohio
    Quote from ChayaN
    So why didn't you give him the water?
    My guess would be that if the guy's in the ER, he wasn't a DNR. As a full code (or suspected one anyway... if you don't have the papers, everyone gets treated as a full code) literally drowning in excess fluid, the last thing I'd want to do is add more water that's going to go directly into his lungs.
  5. by   medsurgnurse
    For our annual evals co-workers were chosen to submit peer comments. The peer comment was: " She doesn't spend any time socializing with co-workers." The manager told me this in all seriousness. I told her " I thought I was here to perform a job, if they want to socialize invite me after hours, and while they are socializing at an extended 90 minute lunch, I'm working by myself." Not working there anymore.
  6. by   GardenDove
    Quote from EDValerieRN
    This lady told me she was nauseous, and I told her it would probably be a good idea to put that cheeseburger from McDonalds down.

    She told my NM and I wasn't allowed back in her room. I was thrilled.
    Oh, that's classic! Was she also a 10/10 on the pain scale?
  7. by   MIA-RN1
    I used to work in the back office of an amb. care setting and my coworker and I were once 'spoken to' for having too much fun. Apparently, the person who had to work up front was jealous that he wasn't in the back and so complained that we had too much fun in the back office.
  8. by   GardenDove
    Quote from ChayaN
    So why didn't you give him the water?
    I was wondering the same.
  9. by   santhony44
    Quote from CoopergrrlRN
    I used to work in the back office of an amb. care setting and my coworker and I were once 'spoken to' for having too much fun. Apparently, the person who had to work up front was jealous that he wasn't in the back and so complained that we had too much fun in the back office.
    I did once work telephone triage; we worked in the same physical area as the answering service and the referral center. We worked evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. The referral center was 8-4, M-F with no holidays.

    One morning one of the referral center nurses came in and saw one of the triage nurses (gasp!!) playing Solitaire on the computer. Complained to the boss, who was a bean counter and not a nurse. She had the three or four games which were on our computers taken off. Never mind that the nurse who was "caught" had absolutely nothing else to do at the time. I unsucessfully argued that solitaire was very useful in teaching nurses who weren't accustomed to working on the computer. I found that they caught on to using the mouse a lot faster with a couple of games of solitaire.

    They also demanded that we follow the same dress code (business) that they did. They occasionally had to go meet with physicians and so forth in person. We saw no one but each other and could've worked just as well in a robe and pink bunny slippers. We weren't even allowed to wear denim dresses, jumpers, or skirts, much less jeans!
  10. by   rnmommy23
    Ok, I've got 2

    first I got talked to because I was "mean" to a CNA because I asked her to get vitals on a pt that had fallen out of bed. Her comment was when did we start getting vitals on people that didn't fall all the way to the ground? After arguing with me about it because she was only on her knees next to the bed, I finally said why don't you just get vitals when the nurse asks you to?


    And this one had me cracking up. Older lady asked me what my name was. I said Kristi. She says oh, it's not Christine or Christina? I say no, just Kristi. About a minute later she says hmm, so it's just Kristi, not Christina? I say right, just Kristi. Not Christine? No, just Kristi. She looks right at me and says well that's a stupid name. I just said, well thanks, I'll be sure to tell my mom what you think.


    This isn't a complaint, but he had me laughing. My name tag says Kristi, RN. My pt looks at his son and says this is my nurse Kristi, she must be asian because her last name is RN (he said it like urn)
  11. by   ccyrrus
    I work in a LTCF. This happened to me a couple of years ago, at the start of my shift. A little old lady called me into her room, concerned because she had missed her favorite television show, which was on the night before. She told me that I should have reminded her about it, especially since she had given ME specific intructions, to do so. I laughed, and politely informed her, that she must have me mistaken for someone else. I had been on vacation for two weeks, in another state--visiting relatives, and had just gotten home the night before. I also reminded her that I work days, and the incident that she was talking about happened on the night shift. She left me speechless when she replied: "And you think that's a good excuse?!" :icon_rolleyes:
  12. by   scrmblr
    Quote from GardenDove
    I was wondering the same.
    The guy is literally DYING IN FRONT OF HER.
    My bet is they were getting IV's started. Thinking about intubating this guy-pushing lasix-and giving him WATER (with CHF) is probably the last thing on this nurses mind.

    I think you are imagining a nice little scene. Old guy dying gracefully in bed surounded by loved ones wearing his favorite jammies, just trying to fade gently away into the night...Mean nurse won't hand him the glass of water that is sitting on his very organized clean tray table...
  13. by   bluesky
    I once transferred a patient from the ICU to the floor. The accepting nurse wrote me up and complained to her manager that I didn't give IV potassium to the patient who a) had a K+ of 3.9 and B) had a creatinine of 4.9.

    Dumb, dumb, dumb. Silly.... dumb. :trout:

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