What patients/behaviors/illnesses/injuries do you HATE the most? - page 2

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

  1. by   Flo.
  2. by   dirtyhippiegirl
    Quote from Flo.
    Try managing three cats with c-dif. Blaaaaaargh.
  3. by   Mandychelle79
    most people with an axis 2 diagnosis, specifically borderlines.
  4. by   eatmysoxRN
    Seekers of pain meds.
  5. by   imintrouble
    End stage COPDers. After steroids, O2 and nebs, not much you can do except sedate them or watch them gasp for air.
  6. by   ausrnurse
    Dialysis patients who come in, sit in a chair and stick their arm out.

    In our unit it's expected of patients to do their own BP, wash their arm and hands and collect their blankets before sitting down, and there are signs all over the unit saying the same thing.
  7. by   opossum
    I have a hard time with anyone presenting with vague pain. I feel helpless as it is and if there is indeed something psychosomatic going on, I feel even more at a loss.

    I'll take the DT pts...
  8. by   LCinTraining
    Dyalisis. period. Watching the blood circulate through those tubes is bad enough. Add the smells go the cleaning solution on top of the fact that I can smell the blood and I want to hurl.
  9. by   edmia
    Hmmm, what an interesting question!

    Ok, I will start by saying that in general, I really enjoy interactions with patients on a human level (when I have the time to actually listen to them). But, there are certain diagnosis that after my years of nursing I have identified as "oh, no, not another ....":

    1. GI bleeds - the smell of blood exiting the body from the top or the bottom is something I cannot get used to plus the busywork of resuscitating an active GI bleed is just overwhelming when you have a second critical patient to take are of.
    2. Spine surgery patients - very hard to control pain.
    3. Contact precautions -- time just magically disappears each time you enter that room...

    I used to be intimidated by trachs, but now that I have enough experience managing vents and trachs, I kind of enjoy suctioning (is that really coming out of my brain!?).
    I have always LOVED wounds, of any type and still do.
  10. by   xoemmylouox
    I have worked with trachs off and on for over 2 years. They still scare the dickens out of me. I always think worse case scenario. I don't know why.. I know it isn't rational, but yep the fear is still there. I try to make the best out of all patients.. Some are better than others, but I try to take family situations into account. We all have our dysfunctions.
  11. by   not.done.yet
    1. ETOH withdrawal patients

    2. Families in denial.

    3. Neuro patients - strokes, spinal surgeries, spinal trauma, head injuries (mainly because these nearly always are accompanied by #2 above)

    4. People who sit on their call light for things like "I am done with my tray"
  12. by   JMBnurse
    1. Bipolar patients (manic phase) -Just can't deal with them and don't want to. They torture my nerves.
    2. Family members of actively dying patients who bring their messed up family drama to the deathbed.
    3. Family members of OB patients who bring their messed up baby-daddy drama to the bedside.
  13. by   Dezy
    Not here just yet! (starting in the fall) but I think I know what type will bother me the most: Patients I can not make feel better. I hate seeing patients in pain. People in denial (patient or family) and I hate to say this but old people make me terribly uncomfortable. (kinda reminds me of my late greatgrandmother.))

    Everything else if just entertaining to me. Yes even the screaming druggies.