What patients/behaviors/illnesses/injuries do you HATE the most? - page 6

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  wish_me_luck profile page
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    Victoria, I have to agree. It seems most hate psych patients here. I am not saying that they aren't difficult at times but I have heard some horrible stuff said about patients who have a psych dx and aren't doing anything to the nurse at all (not on AN but on med surg floors and in my psych class). Plus, you have to consider that they do have something mentally wrong with them hence their behavior (I am not saying every behavior is excusable but you have to admit that part of their "acting out" is the psych illness; I am speaking of a true psych pt not someone looking for quick disability). I want to know the nurses' excuse for such poor behavior.

    I am a psych patient myself and I read these threads and hear first hand some of the stuff nurses say about psych patients and I think to myself, I pay people to be talked about and treated bad? Victoria, I have had the same experience as you. I think some people think psych is just an easy/low risk job compared to med surg (I am not saying every psych nurse but there are some). It's just as serious because you run the risk of the patient killing themselves (it has happened before on psych units).

    I believe the stats for suicide in Borderline Personality Disorder is 1 in 10. That's completed suicide, the others have suicide attempts. I thought I would put that down because it seems that that is the one illness everyone keeps pointing out that they don't like in psych. It's not all attention seeking; it's a serious psych illness.
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  3. Visit  VictoriaGayle profile page
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    Quote from hey_suz
    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.
    Thank you for explaining that to me a little bit.
    It's pretty sad though.

    Wish_Me_Luck *hugs*
    I've just seen a general disdain for psych patients here, but what I have personally witnessed could be considered neglect and abuse. But I'm glad I went through it. I know exactly what kind of nurse I NEVER want to be.

    I just wish society as a whole would stop blaming the mentally ill for being sick.
    Last edit by VictoriaGayle on Sep 3, '12
  4. Visit  brillohead profile page
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    It may just be my perception, but I got the impression that most of the people complaining about psych patients are NOT psych nurses, but rather floor nurses who have had psych patients on their units.

    When you're not used to dealing with them and when you didn't choose that specialty, it can be extremely frustrating dealing with someone who has severe mental problems.

    I did my psych rotation over the summer, and the nurses I came across in that unit all seemed to like their specialty. Likewise, in talking to nurses on other units, the unanimous opinion among those not on the psych unit was, "OMG, I could NEVER be a psych nurse, I don't have it in me!!!!"
  5. Visit  VictoriaGayle profile page
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    Quote from brillohead
    It may just be my perception, but I got the impression that most of the people complaining about psych patients are NOT psych nurses, but rather floor nurses who have had psych patients on their units.

    When you're not used to dealing with them and when you didn't choose that specialty, it can be extremely frustrating dealing with someone who has severe mental problems.

    I did my psych rotation over the summer, and the nurses I came across in that unit all seemed to like their specialty. Likewise, in talking to nurses on other units, the unanimous opinion among those not on the psych unit was, "OMG, I could NEVER be a psych nurse, I don't have it in me!!!!"
    Yes the majority of nuses don't seem to be psych nurses. But I think I've seen similar sentiments from psych nurses in the past, and I've seen psych nurses who seem to hate psych patients. I was just wondering if this is typical.

    I understand we can be annoying. My mom is a saint for putting up with me! I've just been wondering about this for a while.
  6. Visit  wish_me_luck profile page
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    Brillo, I understand that. But there is no separating mind and body. That means med surg nurses and ICU nurses will receive psych patients. Instead of this "ewww, I don't like them" mentality; why don't you all brush up on some skills that would make interactions with them easier?

    It would make interactions more pleasant for all involved. Plus, as hey_suz pointed out; we have poor psych service on the whole, it doesn't help when nurses speak ill of their patients. It just makes it worse.
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  7. Visit  wish_me_luck profile page
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    Victoria, I am the same. I have times where having a mental illness is rough (yes, mental illness is rough for the patient too; not only for their family, friends, and health care providers) but I have thought about it and I am grateful for the ability to see the flip side of things (through having a mental illness). I think it can ultimately help me provide better care. It's all in perspective.
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  8. Visit  giveface profile page
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    Hearing a clang at 6AM to walk down and investigate only to find a 70-year-old psychogeriatric woman squating and forcfully urinating into a large stainless steel wash basin, filling it to the brim while white knuckling her walker, and when you ask why she didn't just use the toilet she states, "I haven't a clue."
  9. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN profile page
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    I've worked in dentistry for 26 years---these I find "cool", LOL!!

    One of the most interesting ones: a gal came into ER, a horse had kicked her in the face, you could JUST see the white edges of 5 of her front teeth, it looked as though they had been fractured off at the gingival level. Nope, they had been pushed UP, under her nose. What we could see were the tips that you use for biting food. They all got brought back down, secured orthodontically, all needed root canals and today they are as beautiful as can be and you'd never know anything ever happened =)

    Quote from emt... rn student
    Any sort of dental trauma, not sure why but it really gets to me!
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  10. Visit  NayRN profile page
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    Quote from hey_suz
    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.
    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.
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  11. Visit  wish_me_luck profile page
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    giveface, I am sorry that happened to you but that made me laugh.
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  12. Visit  Anna Flaxis profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    1) The middle-aged female who presents with abdominal pain and intractable nausea for which no cause is ever found.
    This.

    And, I like the crusty old men, too. I seem to get along with them pretty well.
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    Quote from ColleenRN2B
    I've worked in dentistry for 26 years---these I find "cool", LOL!!

    One of the most interesting ones: a gal came into ER, a horse had kicked her in the face, you could JUST see the white edges of 5 of her front teeth, it looked as though they had been fractured off at the gingival level. Nope, they had been pushed UP, under her nose. What we could see were the tips that you use for biting food. They all got brought back down, secured orthodontically, all needed root canals and today they are as beautiful as can be and you'd never know anything ever happened =)
    Oh no! I must have blocked dental trauma out when answering this post because it freaks me out completely! I don't even want to think about it.

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  14. Visit  MInurse.st profile page
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    Dementia

    C-diff

    Medicine service pts (we're a surgery floor but get overflow if no gen med beds open)
    Last edit by MInurse.st on Sep 3, '12 : Reason: Typo


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