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share the weirdest reasons patients push the call light for

  1. 2 You guys always crack me up, so I came up with this question to hear more funny weird stories.

    What were some funny, stupid, or weird reasons patients push the call light for?

    Are you supposed to go to the room right away or how does it work? I will be an RN next year and interested in knowing more about the actual daily life w/ pt.
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 13, '15
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  3. Visit  live4today profile page
    #1 12
    I once had a patient who called me to the room to wipe his butt because he did not wipe his own butt at home....his wife did. (I'm not kidding about this)

    That same patient would call me to his room to pull the bedside table closer to him, and pour him a cup of cold water. He didn't have to do this for himself at home. His wife did it, or their "help" did it.

    Was he too sick to wipe his own butt and get his own water? No. He was a walky-talky dressed in a silk robe and jammies who could do everything for himself if he wanted to. He didn't want to.
  4. Visit  L&Dnurse2Be profile page
    #2 1
    Where I work, the CNA or PCT take most of the call lights unless it is for medication. I once had a patient ask me to come in just to hand her the phone and dial a number. She was on contact isolation. So after I "suited up" she said she couldn't answer or dial. She was a total walky talky who had been in the hospital for months and was getting very lazy! After that she would hollar through the door at me every time I walked by her room.

    Quote from RN06-NP09
    You guys always crack me up, so I came up with this question to hear more funny weird stories.
    What were some funny,stupied,or weird reasons patients push the call light for? Are you supposed to go to the room right away or how does it work? I will be an RN next year and intersted in knowing more about the actual daily life w/ pt.
  5. Visit  fluffwad profile page
    #3 73
    Had a woman who was 101. She rung her bell but then just looked at us. Eventually she said "Am I dead yet?".
  6. Visit  TreetopAngel_RN profile page
    #4 10
    Quote from RN06-NP09
    You guys always crack me up, so I came up with this question to hear more funny weird stories.
    What were some funny,stupied,or weird reasons patients push the call light for? Are you supposed to go to the room right away or how does it work? I will be an RN next year and intersted in knowing more about the actual daily life w/ pt.
    One patient rung for me to put the head of his bed up...about one inch. As I was leaving the room his light came on again...to lower the head of the bed. I handed him the control and told him to adjust the bed where he wanted it. He told me, I can't see it, I'm almost blind. I showed him that the buttons were raised and any pointing up would raise and any pointing down would lower and to have fun with discovery.

    I have had calls to move the bedside table an inch over, too. Any number of things that people can do for themselves. They get upset with me when I remind them it's a rehab unit and they need to do these things for themselves.
  7. Visit  CHATSDALE profile page
    #5 4
    the guy who wouldn't do anything for himself reminded me of a resident we had at a nurseing homee .. he and his wife were admitted together and she was very sick .. it seems at home he never did anything when she was too sick to get out of bed he brought the cold cuts, mayo, bread etc and she would raise up enough to make him a sandwich . and pour him a glass of milk . he would eat then put everything back in fridge
    couldn't understand why his sons put him in ltc and he was very upset because they didn't come and get after wife died
  8. Visit  AKAKatydid profile page
    #6 6
    I had one patient a couple months ago that hit her call bell because she wanted me to tell her what "that" was on the desk on the other side of the room... (as she was pointing to a box of tissues).

    What's so great was, she didn't want it, and she wasn't delerious and afraid of it or anything... she just wanted to know what it was. When I told her it was tissues, she just said "oh" and that was it.
  9. Visit  leopold profile page
    #7 10
    I had a pt ring the call light over and over again just to make sure it was working.
  10. Visit  Antikigirl profile page
    #8 21
    I was called to a room in assisted living because we had a 101 yr old man that was terrified because "his plumbing was gone!". Come to find out he must have been cold, and his "johnson" shrank back.

    Now, I am NOT going to pull it out for him..and gave him tea till he had to pee, just conversing and having a good time..then when it was time, he peed just fine and I said..."Look! It is right there!". He was very greatful! LOL!

    I have been called to a elderly womans room to take out a baby she swears was in her light fixture. No baby there, however I said..."no honey, there is no human baby there...but there is one heck of a dust bunny there!" I retrieved it and she was very relieved.

    Then of course there are those other professions I suppose folks assume we do! I was called into a room for a stuffed up toliet (full of towels!!!!!!). I was able to actually fix that suprisingly and submitted a fake bill to the administration for my plumbing expertise. And a bird hit a window and I had to do CPR on it because of a very freaked out elderly woman demanded I did...I gave it two minutes and prounouced death (I think legally I can on a wild bird..LOL!).

    I LOVE the one about the 101 asking if she was still alive! CLASSIC!
  11. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
    #9 1
    These are toooo funny.
  12. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
    i love the ones who put on the call light to complain that they can't reach their call light.

    or the guy who shouted "help! help! help!" until he had about four staff members around his bed. turns out he wanted to know where his call light was in case he needed anything. no, he didn't need anything else. just his call light. the one that was safety-pinned to his gown!

    or the woman who called hospital administration to complain that she didn't have a callbell. apparently the fact that it was clipped to her siderail and she had to reach over it to reach the phone hadn't registered!

    then there was the guy who called to report a "little green mouse, sitting there, staring at me with his beady little eyes." turns out he had that one right -- all except the green part, and since he was dig toxic, it could well have looked green to him!

    or the woman who called to report an intruder in her room -- she was right on, too! a confused little old man was trying to crawl into bed with her!

    ruby (approaching 500 posts!)
  13. Visit  Shastalee99 profile page
    #11 2
    Quote from TreetopAngel_RN
    One patient rung for me to put the head of his bed up...about one inch. As I was leaving the room his light came on again...to lower the head of the bed. I handed him the control and told him to adjust the bed where he wanted it. He told me, I can't see it, I'm almost blind. I showed him that the buttons were raised and any pointing up would raise and any pointing down would lower and to have fun with discovery.

    I have had calls to move the bedside table an inch over, too. Any number of things that people can do for themselves. They get upset with me when I remind them it's a rehab unit and they need to do these things for themselves.
    Those are day to day requests on my floor. God forbid a patient really needs something a bit more important 2 doors down...but they're the most important of course...
  14. Visit  nurse_ange1 profile page
    #12 6

    I'm just graduated from my nursing degree program, and I worked for 3 1/2 years of my 4 years as a health care aide at a nursing home during the night shift. I can totally relate to the guy who wants you to wipe..... his wife does it, why wont I???? Hmm... lets think about that. And of course I've had the guy who wants his bed repositioned, his pillow fluffed, his tissue box closer, his ice water colder....there should be a limit to the number of times one is allowed to enter a patient room for non-emergency reasons in one hour (I think 17 call bell rings from the same person in one hour is a bit much don't you?)
    BUT nothing trumps the little ol' lady who could get get to the bathroom by herself and back but called me to "scratch her butt cuz it's itchy." She was totally serious, and serously not happy when I refused. I couldn't make this one up if I tried. Needless to say she got the "I'm here to do what you cannot do for yourself, and I think you can do that for yourself. But I can get you some barrier cream if you think that will help." OMG....

    Don't get me wrong... I love my residents. And I would do anything for them that the actually "needed" so long as that need is not a full time maid.

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