Top Ten most trivial reasons to call for a nurse. - page 3

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   FranEMTnurse
    At the nursing home where I worked several years ago, we had a Nurse's Aide whose elevator didn't quite reach the top floor.

    One day she opened the men's bathroom window and emptied a bedpan. The DON had just arrived, and was walking toward the entrance when she witnessed the whole thing.

  2. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    You know how patient's say and do the strangest things sometimes? I'm talking about the one's who AREN'T confused.

    The other day a patient told me he was "in agony". I got him some analgesia, but came back 10 mins later and they were still on his table. (I know technically I should have waited until he'd taken his meds but.......)

    "Nurse I haven't been for a wee in 24 hours." (same patient BTW). "And you've only JUST realised?"

    Same patient yet again! "Oh god nurse, my back! I'm in agony etc, I need something strong!" So I went and checked a controlled drug which took a minute or two, came back and he'd gone off the ward for a cigarette!

    Patient A who can do for themselves quite easily but won't, annoy me. And then you get your poor sweet granny who is soooo grateful for everything you do and is genuine and you hate it because you think she's getting neglected because your busy with patient A.

    The patient who is told time after time NOT to get up because he's too weak, get's up and falls and his family put a complaint in.

    The patient who thinks, "I wonder what happens if I pull this, " and put's theory to practice.

    The patient who thinks flat bed rest after an LP means wandering off to the toilet, then complains of a bad headache (despite being told what would happen if they moved).

    The patient who decides they can't move and needs help getting up, then suddenly develops the ability to go for a cigarette without ANY assistance.
  3. by   Dave ARNP
    Not to intrude... but I always ask the floor. If the pt. can ambulate down to smoke, then I have to come in and SEE this pain that they say is a 10.

    David Adams, ARNP
    -ACNP/FNP
  4. by   jemb
    This is a regional one, but I think you can appreciate it anyway.

    We have earthquakes here in California, you know. On an upper floor, you can feel the whole building sway or jolt or jiggle during even a moderate shaker. Things that are stacked will fall over, and things with wheels such as medicine carts, chart racks, and linen carts can take off down the hall on their own.

    I have been on duty during several medium sized quakes. While we nurses were diving under tables and dodging suddenly animate objects, almost every call light would come on. When the shaking subsided, and we went room to room, most patients had called because "we were having an earthquake!"

    What did they think the nurse could do about it?
  5. by   FranEMTnurse
    :roll :chuckle :kiss
  6. by   canoehead
    At 3am

    "Could you move me to a private room? I get better service when I'm in a private."
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    :spin: ????????????? LOL
  8. by   smk1
    my cousin after she just had her baby "my toes look funny" -this was an emergency situation to her lol
  9. by   FROGGYLEGS
    My number one goofiest nurse call wasn't made by a patient but by a CNA.

    I had to go to another unit to pick up some supplies that we were short on. I was gone for all of about 5 minutes and the other staff were aware of where I was going. No sooner than I got to that unit Iwas being paged back to mine STAT. I ran as fast as I could all the way back thinking that there was an emergency to warrant the STAT page.

    I ran down my section looking for something bad wrong, but couldn't find anything. I finally found the woman that paged me and asked what was going on. Her reply was that Mrs. so and so needs some Tylenol because she said she has a headache.

    I wanted to scream, but instead I gave the woman some Tylenol and went back to that other unit to get what I went for.
  10. by   FranEMTnurse
    Has your tongue ever gotten sore from biting it? We wouldn't take such guff from our loved ones, but we do from the tootie, fruities we care for `cause they're sick.
  11. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by Frances LeMay
    Has your tongue ever gotten sore from biting it? We wouldn't take such guff from our loved ones, but we do from the tootie, fruities we care for `cause they're sick.
    Not because they're sick but because we will catch hell from mgmt if we don't! Remember, nurses are now "customer service" reps, and our duty is to kiss butt to every John Q. Idiot who walks in the door!
  12. by   FranEMTnurse
    Oh, yeah. How could I ever forget a thing like that? Dem biggies at the top want us to bow at their every command.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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