What is the silliest complaint someone has ever made aboutyou? - page 6

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   rnsrgr8t
    I am an PNP in Urology for the last 2 years. I am 31 years old. My beloved fellow PNP, Susan, has been around my Division for about 10 years and is in her mid-fifities. We had one of our frequent fliars come for a check-up. I had spoken with this patient's mother many times on the phone. When I introduced myself to Mom, she asked me what my title was. I told her I was a PNP like Susan (who she knew very well). Mom stated, "Wow, people must be going to grad school right out of nursing school nowadays." I explained to Mom that I had been a nurse for 5 years prior to going back to school. She stated quite rudely, "Well, you don't look old enough to have done all that." I always wondered, did she think I was lying to her? She had no arguments with any of my medical decisions/advice but could not believe I was telling her the truth about my work history. Too funny! Whatever, I guess I should take it as a compliment. I also had a parent complain one time that I would not talk about anything besides her medical question about her son when I was doing phone triage. At my old pediatrician practice, during flu season I can handle 100-125 nurse phone calls in 8 hours by myself. I did not have time to talk about the weather! This same mom also said I did not sound like I was smiling enough when I was on the phone. I have never mastered the art of smiling and talking at the same time. I was never rude, always cordial and loved talking to families. Gosh, I guess you cannot please everyone!
  2. by   banditrn
    Quote from BJLynn
    A nurse complained one time that I had given a flu shot two days early (it was scheduled on the MAR), and had NOT signed it off. This was brought to my attention by the DON. I laughed, and explained the chain of events:

    The resident in question was a lady who desperately wanted to get out of a flu shot. So she told the nurse on duty I had given it two days before. The nurse on duty called me at home and asked me if I had given it on such and such date. I said, no, and I had not even been in the building or at work that day.

    Other nurse: Are you sure you didn't give it to her?
    Me: Yes
    Other nurse: So you are calling Mrs. So&So a liar?
    Me: No, I'm telling you she is mistaken. I gave her her two shots of insulin in her ABDOMEN, but no flu shot in her arm.
    Other nurse: Ok, somebody is lying and I'm confused.

    Apparently she told the DON I had given it to the patient, I just couldn't remember or was lying about it.

    DON: You have a complaint against you. Another nurse said you gave a flu shot and didn't sign it off.
    Me: Well if I managed to do that one, you have a lot of staff that are quite lax in their jobs and shouldn't be quite so worried about me.
    DON: How so?
    Me: That was my day off. If I did it, it means I snuck in the employee door, past the west station, took the medroom keys from the nurse on duty without her noticing, got into the medroom, and then snuck back down the hall, past the nurses station, past about 6 rooms, into this lady's room, gave her the shot, then back up to the med room, disposed of the needle, gave the keys back to the nurse on duty, then snuck out again past the nurses station that is btw, across from the ASSISTED DINING ROOM at DINNER TIME no less, all without ANYONE besides the patient in question seeing me. I'm good but I'm not THAT good.
    DON: I see. Let's just forget this conversation happened. I will give the shot and document it tonite.
    Nope!! As the DON, I'd have had the nurse that chose to make such a deal out of into my office, apologizing to you! I have observed SO much of this garbage over the years - nurses trying to make themselves look better by making others look bad! It's one reason why I'm sick of the profession.

    I'm sorry, I know that most don't do that, but there's one or two in every department I think, and I've been the victim of them a time or two. I've also observed them doing it to others, and have attempted to stop it. It's pure meanness as far as I'm concerned!
  3. by   KacyLynnRN
    That I was trying to kill her by giving her "those pills" LOL She also told me she was having an affair with the president of the United States....
  4. by   Paprikat
    I once had to tell a resident that her perfume was so strong that the other residents in the dining room were complaining. One said it was so bad that she couldn't taste her toast. Well her son writes a letter to my boss telling her i told her she "stunk so bad that her perfume was decreasing the chemical properties of the medications" on my med cart! I laughed when i read the letter. How absurd!
  5. by   Celia M
    I'm the Clinical Manager of a med/surg/tele floor, a month ago I was told a patient had a complaint so I went to see him and he complained that the staff were "too ******** nice". So I think I'll send everyone to insensitivity training
  6. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from scrmblr
    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...
    [font="comic sans ms"]
    that's pretty much how i saw it. (the ivs, intubating, lasix, etc.! not the lovely scene where he fades gently into the night. never saw too many gently into the night scenes in the er!)
  7. by   cookie102
    i had a co-worker complain the boss that i refused to take a cookie from her!!
  8. by   Fuzzy
    My story involves an RN. Please understand that nurses have a bad reputation in vet. med. as many come off as being rude (I read alot of PIA nurse woes on the vet. med. boards eventho I had never experienced it until now). Most of our nurse clients are wonderful, caring pet owners. I go to work one morning and our new receptionist is nearly in tears. She told me that an owner had dropped her dog off for a procedure and threatened to sue the hospital if the dog died. She also demanded that she be allowed to pick her dog up ASAP because she was an RN. I told the receptionist that the RN must have been having a bad day and not to worry about it.
    The dog's procedure went well, everything was fine. I called the owner at work and told her that her dog was standing and that the procedure went well. I also told her that she could pick her dog that afternoon as is our protocol. There was silence on the the line and an icy, "okay I'll be there" response.
    Long story, short, she shows up at the prescribed time. This woman shoves herself up to the front of the line and demands her dog right now. She starts to berate our afternoon receptionist that, "we didn't know how to run our business, etc., etc". I was treating a patient in the back (not her dog) when I heard all this going on. When I went out to release the dog, I was very direct and quick with the discharge instructions. I did not let her get a word in edgewise. They left. The receptionist told me that she had never seen anyone be so nice in such a direct sort of way. I gave her a dirty look and gritted my teeth.
    The next day, the RN called our boss and complimented both receptionists which was good. I'm not sure if she complimented my directness and personally, I don't care. The boss never did talk to me about my directness so maybe there was no complaint.

    Fuzzy
  9. by   ItsyBitsySpider
    In nursing school, I had an instructer pull me aside and very firmly told me that my scrub top was too tight and not to wear it again. About a week later I approached her on the unit and asked if this was better (pointing at top), at which time she said, oh much much better. I had the same top on.

    About a year ago we coded a little one, mom in room the entire time, saved her life, and literally spent an entire shift with mom and baby. It was an awesome experience. The next day we had NM from the accepting facility call to say mom was extremely upset b/c we did not weigh her. (MD used Broselow tape and mom's "definite" number.
  10. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Co-worker complained that i'm too tall (i'm 5'10") to work with. The person that made this complaint is 4'9".

    Now what was i supposed to do, but her stilts or work while kneeling down? Seriously we have those platform steps for a reason

    (Ironically she's never said the same about our 6'11" surgeon)
    ha ha!

    Well I have had the opposite complaint (I'm 4'11"), but it is legit - it's hard pulling people up in bed if there is a height discrepancy (soooo, I don't mind not helping... lol)
  11. by   jadegypsy
    One night a patient asked me to water her flowers for her. I told her I would as soon as I had time...She filed a formal complaint to administration regarding my failure to serve her promptly. I got a written reprimand in my file. Oh did I mention we were in the middle of a full code on her roommate at the time of the request. Sometimes you just gotta say what the H.... and get on with life.
  12. by   BJLynn
    Quote from banditrn
    Nope!! As the DON, I'd have had the nurse that chose to make such a deal out of into my office, apologizing to you! I have observed SO much of this garbage over the years - nurses trying to make themselves look better by making others look bad! It's one reason why I'm sick of the profession.

    I'm sorry, I know that most don't do that, but there's one or two in every department I think, and I've been the victim of them a time or two. I've also observed them doing it to others, and have attempted to stop it. It's pure meanness as far as I'm concerned!
    Well, good 'ole Karma caught up with that nurse. I knew I was right, the DON belived me. I wasn't too worried. I eventually quit that job anyway. And I am happy to say that kind of crap doesn't go on where I now work. It is super supportive group of nurses. The DON makes sure we play nice when someone's PMS flares up too. This job has renewed my faith that I made the right career choice. That last place......~shudder~.....oiy....would have quit nursing all together if I would have worked there much longer.
  13. by   SillyLilly
    Quote from Paprikat
    I once had to tell a resident that her perfume was so strong that the other residents in the dining room were complaining. One said it was so bad that she couldn't taste her toast. Well her son writes a letter to my boss telling her i told her she "stunk so bad that her perfume was decreasing the chemical properties of the medications" on my med cart! I laughed when i read the letter. How absurd!
    HA! These are hilarious stories, but this one got me to LOL

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