What patients/behaviors/illnesses/injuries do you HATE the most? - page 4

by JZ_RN

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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 stuff hurts, go ahead and cry. No... Read More


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    Manipulators who attempt to intimidate by using my name at least twice in each sentence. They are often, but not always, the male significant others of female patients with minor or vague symptomatology.
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    GI bleeds. Especially with dementia patients.

    C diff.

    Drug seekers.

    Borderline personality disorder.

    Overbearing, demanding family members.
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    Quote from hey_suz
    Learned helplessness, and staff who feed into it... give me trach blobs any day over that.
    Me too.

    I also don't like peritoneal dialysis patients. Mostly because they always have a bunch of other co-morbidities and seem to always be on contact isolation.

    Families who have issues & don't talk to each other, thus I get phone calls two to three times a day, from up to five different people, all wanting updates.
    imintrouble, JZ_RN, Aeterna, and 1 other like this.
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    Teach pt. Suctioning makes me want to hurl. Pts. Who feel the need to show me what they coughed up like I do not believe them.
    Spine pts pain control issues.
    Lazy pts. Who will not get up and would rather pee on themselves then use the bedside commode.
    Pysch pts. For obvious reasons.
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    Quote from imintrouble
    End stage COPDers. After steroids, O2 and nebs, not much you can do except sedate them or watch them gasp for air.
    Poor souls. I know it is terrible.
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    Patients that need to be in a nursing home that are in an assisted living facility. I don't hold it against them, in fact one of my favorite patients falls into his category. But when they are beyond our level of care, it not only makes the job harder, but more dangerous for everyone involved. The workers are risking injury because we don't have the man power, trining and equipment to properly ambulate them if they are dead weight, and there is an added risk to the patient.
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    Quote from Altra
    Manipulators who attempt to intimidate by using my name at least twice in each sentence. They are often, but not always, the male significant others of female patients with minor or vague symptomatology.
    Ugh, I hate this, too. We once had a patient whose wife, upon meeting a new nurse, would go on and on about how they "know people who are high up there" in the hospital administration while looking at you pointedly.

    I honestly don't care who you are or who you know, you're going to get the same level of care as everyone else.
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    Quote from JZ_RN
    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 stuff hurts, go ahead and cry. No need to run like a wile monkey or screech like you're dying, I assure you that if you were dying you'd have no time to yell like that.

    And let's not get started on the drug-seekers!
    I hate the ones who tell me that they're nurses. And when you chat with them, you find out that they're CNAs or unit secretaries or housekeepers. I also hate the ones who tell me that they're nurses and you find out that they went to nursing school years ago, never passed the NCLEX and are currently managing a bar somewhere. I hate them because they think they know so much more than they actually DO know, and you cannot convince them that they're wrong about A or B because they KNOW they're right. It's very difficult to do any sort of teaching to someone who already knows everything!
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    Trachs are terrible, seriously. All of the secretions! And the smell in their rooms. Like you're camped out inside their lungs.


    Post-op Whipples are the worst. Just shoot me. Every complication can and will happen with these patients. It's heartbreaking and very frustrating.

    I hate it when you've barely introduced yourself to the patient and family member and they drop some big wig's name "Do you know Mr. So-and-so?" ...I know that he's the CEO of the hospital...let me guess, you're best friends? Give me a break!
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    Other nurses or doctors.
    Worst patients EVER.

    And I include myself in that list.


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