What patients/behaviors/illnesses/injuries do you HATE the most? - page 12
I'll start with people who say "I went to nursing school" Okay, but are you a nurse? I need my meds today. Also I can't pay for them. Moms who let their kids run wild and scream. I get that... Read More
1Sep 6, '12 by serenidad2004Quote from LLL01I love elderly people... and my absolute favorite is the gruff grumpy old man that no one wants to deal with because they say "hes rude and mean" take some time with them and give them back some of their same gruff sense of humor and they can be awesome patients!!
Aww, Eternally grateful for nurses like you. That would be the best way to describe my dad when he was in the hospital before he passed and you are right - heart of gold under the gruff exterior. Some nurses took the time and got to see and understand.
1Sep 6, '12 by redhead_NURSE98!Quote from DroogieRNLMAO I'm going to have to remember that line, or a version of it. Yeah you're here for hypotension, I doubt your doctor wants you to continue the same b/p meds.I don't take that at home." "I take that at night." "I take a different dose." "I take x, y and z. Why am I not getting x, y and z?" -- Gee! Maybe what you were doing at home wasn't working out so well, seeing as how you're in the hospital now and all.
3Sep 6, '12 by redhead_NURSE98!Quote from Kitsha88Pt visitors and family members who seem to think that their needs and desires are just as important as those of my other pts. As if their friend or family member being admitted automatically makes them an add-on to the pt and entitles them to extra perks. I can't believe I have to tell people "No, I cannot give your father his insulin even if he forgot his at home because he is not a patient". Or the family member who seems to think I'm not busy enough and also should play the role of their personal waitress/servant, because they cannot be bothered to leave their family member for 1 minute in order to get their own cup of coffee.
I definitely do not mind trying to make pts and visitors comfortable when time permits, but it can be quite frustrating when I'm really being stretched and attending to important needs and people make ridiculous demands.
Sheesh yes. I've probably written this elsewhere before, but I came in one morning and the very first thing the patient's wife said, "He BETTER be going home today. I'm supposed to be home recovering from my own surgery, not here in this uncomfortable sofa bed." I told her as long as she didn't have an id band on her wrist, she was welcome to go home at any time. I also enjoy how some family members try to make it our personal problem that they have transportation or financial issues and huff when they don't get some kind of courtesy tray or meal ticket that they're accustomed to getting at certain other hospitals.
0Sep 8, '12 by metal_m0nkQuote from Mandychelle79Borderlines are.....interesting. With most others, they tend to tantrum and staff split. With me, they wave, grin and give an enthusiastic hello when I come onto the floor...Then proceed to follow me suspiciously with their eyes all shift. I'm wicked hard to manipulate.most people with an axis 2 diagnosis, specifically borderlines.
It's the antisocials that I can't stand. I have to really watch myself that I don't get agitated with them. The ones we usually get (frequent flyers) like to target and antagonize ANYONE with a schizo component - especially the quiet ones. ****** me right off.Last edit by metal_m0nk on Sep 8, '12
0Sep 8, '12 by BabyCatchrI recently had an experience when I answered a call bell (not my pt) and a patient's daughter asked me to make her mother's bed because she was too tired and I am getting paid to do it, not her. No, I don't get paid to do this - I am an RN student. The patient was in isolation so I gowned/gloved/masked while the daughter puffed on her mother's oxygen and said she didn't feel well and by the way, was I done making that bed yet? She complained about how long it was taking and asked me if it was my first bed I'd made, then pointed at the pillow cases and demanded I put them on. I said very firmly, "I'm MORE than happy to HELP you. Now is there something else you would like before I get back to MY patient???"
I had another patient's daughter come in at 11:00 and complain to me that her mother's breakfast was cold. No kidding. It was served at 8 am and I tried to get her to eat it for an hour.
All of my patients and families have been great for the last year. I just started at a new hospital with lots of indigent care. They seem to feel entitled.
0Sep 8, '12 by sistasoulQuote from NayRNSad but true. These people are not their for psych but their pysch issues disrupt the care and the other patients get very little of your care. It is even worse when you have no idea they have psych issues until they start acting out. Extremely frustrating.I too like psych patients. The really sick ones-addiction, DTs, schizos, alzheimers, etc. It fascinates me.
I would love to work on a psych floor equipped to deal with these guys.
However, there isn't one within a 60 mile drive.
On a med surg floor, which is where the medical manifestations of these illnesses end up, as well as those with actual physical problems (chole, appy, fracture, etc.) I simply do not have the time or resources to deal with both their medical problem and their psych issues while caring for 6 other patients at the same time.
They are not there to be treated for their psych issues, and many times it ends up compromising care for the other patients who must be cared for because of their demands on the nurse. It is very frustrating, and there is very little help for these people.