What patients/behaviors/illnesses/injuries do you HATE the most? What patients/behaviors/illnesses/injuries do you HATE the most? - pg.5 | allnurses

What patients/behaviors/illnesses/injuries do you HATE the most? - page 5

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. Visit  westieluv profile page
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    Ditto the drug seeking adult female with vague abdominal or headache pain. Years ago when IM Demerol was the standard order for pain control we would get the same couple of ladies on our floor every couple of weeks or so and their pain was always a 25/10, "moan, groan, ohhhhhh...I think I'm dying!!!!" followed by this, said rapidly in a stable, articulate pain free voice: "Call Dr. So-and-So and tell him that I want 75 of Demerol and 25 of Phernagan right now and put it right here." (points to general area of left iliac crest).

    In more recent years, these gals seem to be getting younger, the drug of choice is Dilaudid, and they can actually say with a straight face while scarfing down a chalupa that their boyfriend (who is sleeping in the recliner next to the bed and keeps making vague threats to sue or whatever if we don't get his woman some pain meds RIGHT NOW!) brought them from the open 'til 4 AM drive-thru at the local Taco Bell. When they have abdominal pain that is at least a 15/10.

    ARGGGHHHH!!!!!!
    Last edit by westieluv on Sep 3, '12
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  2. Visit  Topaz7 profile page
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    c-diff, trachs, colostomies
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  3. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
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    Borderline personalities. 30 years in the profession and I can say borderlines can and will give you the worst shift of your career.
  4. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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    Any wound or hair or clothes that have maggots in on or near them.
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  5. Visit  wannabecnl profile page
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    "By contrast, the patients I LIKE best are grumpy old men......I love to spend time with them and listen to their stories. It almost always turns out that there's a heart of gold underneath the gruff exterior. "


    Me too me too me too!!!! Old men are my hands-down favorite, and I can soften the grumpy ones by not being pushy but just being nice and a little funny. Most of them are somewhat gentlemen, and when they are not (such as when they come to me in the PACU loaded up on Dilaudid) and tell me raunchy jokes, they are usually pretty darn funny. They have life experience and aren't usually trying to prove something; mostly, they just want people to treat them with some respect.

    My least favorite thing is coughing. I appreciate the comment from the person who said he/she could take pee, poop, puke, blood, anything else but secretions; for me, it's less the secretions themselves than the coughing, the endless, hacking coughing. I had bronchitis for 6 weeks in college and kept myself (and everyone else in my hall) awake coughing all night, and my grandma had pneumonia for the entire month or two she lived with us just prior to that. I freaking can't stand coughing. I'm not even nice to my husband and children when they cough. Needless to say, I am not looking to work on a respiratory floor. Gack!
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  6. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN profile page
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    Eye injuries. They skeeve me out!
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  7. Visit  JMBnurse profile page
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    Quote from wannabecnl
    Me too me too me too!!!! Old men are my hands-down favorite, and I can soften the grumpy ones by not being pushy but just being nice and a little funny. Most of them are somewhat gentlemen, and when they are not (such as when they come to me in the PACU loaded up on Dilaudid) and tell me raunchy jokes, they are usually pretty darn funny. They have life experience and aren't usually trying to prove something; mostly, they just want people to treat them with some respect.

    Me too. I also got a kick out of the elderly demented men who were preachers when they were younger but now cuss like sailors. Hahahaha! They would crack me up! "Pastor Johnson, what did you just say??"
  8. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    Allergy to NSAIDS, FENT, MORPHINE etc etc. Miraculously all that works is Dilaudid
  9. Visit  Fuzzy profile page
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    Horses with severe colic whose owners won't consider surgery because "He got better the last time".

    Eight week old puppies who are dying from parvovirus because the owner wouldn't vaccinate. This is even worse when there are crying children involved.

    Cats that have been turned out to fend for themselves because it's only a cat. Too bad you had it declawed. At least this one was microchipped. Gotcha jerk.

    Ferrets that come in half dead and the owner says, "He was fine yesterday".

    Any bird that is sitting fluffed at the bottom of the cage.

    Animals that belong to anyone working in the human medical profession that "treats them first" especially when they treat them with over the counter NSAIDs.

    Fuzzy
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  10. Visit  VictoriaGayle profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    These patients usually have a psych component to their abdominal distress, which seems to require massive doses of Dilaudid and Phenergan along with liberal amounts of Ativan. They whine about their NPO status even as they claim to vomit every hour or two (which 'mysteriously' is never seen by any nurse). They tend to be divas who want everything done for them, despite the fact that they are perfectly capable of retrieving that makeup mirror from the bedside table. They've been poked, prodded, scoped, exploratoried, and otherwise examined in minute detail.....and with rare exception, no cause is ever found for their distress.

    Another reason why I don't miss the hospital. On the other hand, one of our FFs was a thirty-something with porphyria who had to come in every few weeks for IV infusions, and she had a lot of pain and anxiety as well. However, she wasn't demanding and she rarely complained, and we all became friends over time. She was even my roommate once when I was in for chest pain, and we were like teenaged girls having a slumber party---we kept our end of the hall awake half the night.
    From what you and another person below you said, I'm a little confused...are they mentally ill or drug seeking? or both? Sorry this is just interesting to me.

    Do nurses hate psych patients? Oh gosh hope I didn't word that in a bad way...but I never see anyone say anything nice about psych patients. And I know when I was in to the psych ward there was one night nurse who obviously didn't want to be there and seemed like she was mad at me just for being a patient.
  11. Visit  SHGR profile page
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    Quote from VictoriaGayle
    From what you and another person below you said, I'm a little confused...are they mentally ill or drug seeking? or both? Sorry this is just interesting to me.

    Do nurses hate psych patients? Oh gosh hope I didn't word that in a bad way...but I never see anyone say anything nice about psych patients. And I know when I was in to the psych ward there was one night nurse who obviously didn't want to be there and seemed like she was mad at me just for being a patient.
    I generally like "psych patients": the schizophrenics, schizoid, schizotypal, bipolar, or depressed people. Since there is a higher incidence of T2DM in these folks, I work with them a lot. I think it is more the manipulative behavior involved with people who have personality disorders, eating disorders, and addictions that is so frustrating in healthcare, and also the fact that psych services are hard to come by.

    YMMV.
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  12. Visit  nrsang97 profile page
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    I don't have the patience for Psych pateints.

    I really dislike violent DT pts. I like the ones who are confused, but pleasent, or hallucinating, but aren't hitting or kicking.

    I really cannot stand the ones you can't make happy, and the ones that are really nice BUT the family is annoying/demanding/rude.

    Post op Lamis who refuse to move at all. Post op pts who wont do anything for themselves but they are totally capable.

    Trachs/colostomies/illeostomies All gross me out. Being an ICU nurse trachs aren't so bad anymore, but Ostomies still gross me out.

    Agitated pts in which the docs wont sedate at all or don't sedate enough especially those ones that are vented.

    Pts who's famlies are in denial of their condition and wont make them DNR or comfort care. Even with talking to them over and over regarding futility and expecting them to be a full code.
  13. Visit  CAnurse2012 profile page
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    The patients I hate the most are the one who say thank you and agree to everything I explain to them but by the time I walk out the room, they talks s*** about me and complain about everything to other nurses (semi-private rooms) or request to have different nurses. Those are manipulative ones and back-stabbers. I can take mean people because I know they are mean. Everyone know it. The back stabbers are the ones who complain about everything yet to people who have not have that patients, they are angels.

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