Top Ten most trivial reasons to call for a nurse. - page 2

Just had a run of these lately - you know the scene busy ward and ALWAYS at the least convenient time, you hear the buzzer - you go down to check out what the probllem is and the request from the... Read More

  1. by   gwenith
    A colleague at work offered this one! Nurse rearrange my flowers - my daughter is coming and she is a florist and will be expecting them to look nice!
  2. by   niteshiftnurse
    just wanted to see how long it would take someone to come in. That reaaaaaaaaalllllllllllly p%ssed me off
  3. by   Zee_RN
    Originally posted by niteshiftnurse
    just wanted to see how long it would take someone to come in. That reaaaaaaaaalllllllllllly p%ssed me off
    .....and did you answer that the next time it will take waaaaaay longer for someone to come in?!
  4. by   gwenith
    Bump!!

    The top ten nursing inventions reminded me of this one and I thought I might wake it up again.
  5. by   zambezi
    This thread came at the perfect time! One of my coworkers last night had a patient that fit this perfectly!

    1) "Can you please wipe the tears out of my eyes" (By pt. with a box of tissues right next to his hand).

    2) "Nurse, can you please pull my pillow down just a little bit, closer to my shoulder"

    3) "Could you please pull my blanket up just a little higher???"

    Honestly. this patient could not do anything for himself. My coworker was in there all night. Here are the tissues, you can wipe your own eyes... You can reach your pillow and reposition it yourself. I think that sometimes people just think that we will do everything for them. It was funny to listen to but glad that it was not my patient.
  6. by   Rapheal
    " I need you to wipe my butt". from patient who is able to ambulate out of the unit to smoke.

    "This thing is beeping". Same patient who unplugged IV pump while ambulating and now it is beeping from "low battery".

    "Can I get a room with a TV that has more channels?"

    "Can you get me a sleeping pill?" You leave room get the order, the pill, and 10 minutes later you arrive to administer it- but the patient is asleep.
  7. by   z's playa
    I better practice patience because I have NONE, and it seems you need lots! Has anybody ever just lost it with a pt?

    Z
  8. by   karenG
    Originally posted by z's playa
    I better practice patience because I have NONE, and it seems you need lots! Has anybody ever just lost it with a pt?

    Z
    proabably should blush to admit this........when I was 20 we had a patient who had wandering palms- his hands went everywhere! sadly he forgot he was in traction (he had a broken leg) so one sunday we gave him his usual bedbath but managed to use ice cold water......we got ice from every ward, let it melt then bathed him! the other patients thought it was hysterical!! fixed his wandering palms though!!

    Karen
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    "Nurse, I need you to get my Kleenex/water/TV remote/call light/ glasses/dentures/blanket/fill in the blank for me".......and there are 15 family members in the room!!
  10. by   redshiloh
    Here on spinal cord injury, we hear :
    Could you roll a ball of that chewing tobacco and put it in my mouth.
    Could you empty my spittoon?
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    KarenG, I Loove the method of curing Mr Wandering-hands. :chuckle Whatever works, right?
  12. by   FranEMTnurse
    BTW, I had one a few years ago, who kept everyone so busy, they finally decided to ask our nursing instructor to take her off their hands. Guess who got the job!
    She was a post-op patient whose vertical abdominal incision dehised. She was also febrile, and very (not-nice?)

    I had just finished changing her sterile dressing, and made my way to the end of the hall to care for another patient, when her light came on.

    So I marched my little old self down to her room to answer her light, only because we were told to answer them ASAP by our instructors. Well, low-and-behold, when I entered her room, there she sat, just as naked as the day she was born, with her legs spread wide apart (as if I desired seeing that, UGH!) and her once- sterile dressing was laying on the floor.

    Let me tell ya, I was NOT happy! But I put my little old fake smile on and asked her what I could do for her. That woman ran me ragged ALL DAY LONG!

    Why, she was so bad, my nursing instructor brought it up at post-conference, and released us from ever having to care for her again. I'm sure the staff wasn't happy about that, but hey, they at least were getting paid.

    I was so fed up with her, I asked the instructor if I could write up a careplan for her. I wanted to write down everything she did, asked for, demanded, and acted with my every creative intervention in mind. But my instructor wouldn't let me.

    I think she was afraid of what she would be reading on it.
  13. by   kmrmom42
    My favorite is the room full of teenagers visiting their teenage friends and their new baby. They call out for soda, ice cream etc. If we tell them we are not their servants they go empty out our fridge themselves! We have actually had to hide the food from them!

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