What would you say to this shocking patient statement? - page 4

Obese female in her forties admitted from the ED for asthma, allergy list a mile long, takes medication for anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, migraines, chronic back pain, etc. Has packed her comfy jammies, memory foam pillow,... Read More

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    I suppose cultural diversity includes those who don't practice it. Being brown skinned, I'd probably just stick with the catch-all "I'm sorry you feel that way" and keep going with the assessment.
    tewdles, sauconyrunner, nrsang97, and 1 other like this.

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    I'd want to ask if I should get her AMA paperwork ready now or wait until after she's met her hospitalist.
    Altra, chaka_1709, caroladybelle, and 6 others like this.
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    Quote from Aurora77
    I'd want to ask if I should get her AMA paperwork ready now or wait until after she's met her hospitalist.

    LOL Have it off to the side--try to streamline. LOL
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    Quote from yoshells
    After restraining myself of speaking my mind and knowing my face is free and clear of dirty looks (My face tends to have a mind of its own sometimes) I would have probably told her that she has the right to choose her doctor as well. I myself am brown in skin color but was born here in america. Initially I would be upset but then I have to think that people like that do not deserve to be even an afterthought. Its just sad that we are in this day and age where there is still that ignorant mentality.

    LOL I have one of those kind of faces too--it has a mind of its own. Have to work extra hard to make sure it's "in check." I think I should learn how to play poker well. Don't have a poker face, but having one would have served me better over the years. It's either that or take meds to make me have a flat affect, lol. Nah.
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    Quote from edatri
    I suppose cultural diversity includes those who don't practice it. Being brown skinned, I'd probably just stick with the catch-all "I'm sorry you feel that way" and keep going with the assessment.
    I would have said the same thing. I might add in something about knowing any competent doctors from every walk of life.

    Those of you who would "put her in her place" are not helping the mater. I do not think she is going to change her mind or even have a different way of think when presented with rudeness. I know it might be a long shot but just bluntly telling her you do not agree and being professional about it may go further than being rude.
    tewdles likes this.
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    I wonder what her insurance has to say about leaving AMA due to race of the doctor....
    sckimrn likes this.
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    Funny, but the patient that was described is the type of patient I see a lot of negative comments made about here and on various medical blogs. Not condoning what she did but there is an old saying-those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. A lot of people in the medical field need to get over their prejudice towards those that are obese and are so called "frequent flyers".
    sckimrn, tewdles, noahsmama, and 2 others like this.
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    I thought your response was more than adequate. The nurses responsibility is to provide a healing environment for the patient..

    not to attempt to judge/correct their social intolerance.

    The patient is a borderline personality.... the more you feed into that, the bigger hole you dig for yourself.
    jadelpn and tewdles like this.
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    So the woman left a hospital AMA because:

    "they had brown skin and heavy Indian accents. I'm an American and if I go to a hospital in America I demand to have an American doctor."

    My response would be: you'll probably want to sign out of here then too.

    Then go on with business as usual with an AMA form handy. Might take some bets on how long it takes for her to sign out.
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    The fact is most American doctors go to medical school oversees and most foreign doctors go to school in the U.S...Have her think about that for a while.


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