True ER stories - page 4

Our ER gets lots of calls from residents in our rural area. One day a lady called and said her daughter had spilled some vinegar on herself earlier that day and now she has a red rash. The nurse... Read More

  1. by   Aly529
    I'm not a nurse yet but I do have a story. I had taken my dad to the ER a couple of years back (ended up being appendicitis) . In the room across there was one girl who pulled out her IV's and started spraying blood all over. Insane. The poor nurse had to run after her to get her to sign AMA papers.
  2. by   advo-kate2
    Some RN friends of mine directed me to this site and I have to agree with them: this is disturbing. The only good thing I can say is that it went unused for a few years.
    While there may not be direct HIPAA violations, a patient trusts and believes that what happens to them stays between them and the caregiver. To find these 'humorous' stories posted here shows a lack of sensitivity and professionalism. These days nurses are taking a fair amount of hits regarding patient dignity, and posts such as these show why.
    Any strides that respectful caregivers are making to rebuild patient trust is certainly being eroded here. Patients already face humiliation and embarrassment in intimate situations, but to laugh at them and retell their stories behind their backs further adds to this humiliation.
    Most of these 'funny' stories involve genitals, rectums, and embarassment for the patient, and sharing those stories is a travesty.
    At least some patients have trust that these situations carry a degree of privacy and understanding. After reading that some caregivers add further to their humiliation by laughing at them is shameful, and leaves them with no degree of dignity and humanity.

    Kudos to those of you who refuse to post here. Shame on you for those who do.

    I just can not believe moderaters allow such degrading behavior.
  3. by   BluegrassRN
    Quote from advo-kate2
    Some RN friends of mine directed me to this site and I have to agree with them: this is disturbing. The only good thing I can say is that it went unused for a few years.
    While there may not be direct HIPAA violations, a patient trusts and believes that what happens to them stays between them and the caregiver. To find these 'humorous' stories posted here shows a lack of sensitivity and professionalism. These days nurses are taking a fair amount of hits regarding patient dignity, and posts such as these show why.
    Any strides that respectful caregivers are making to rebuild patient trust is certainly being eroded here. Patients already face humiliation and embarrassment in intimate situations, but to laugh at them and retell their stories behind their backs further adds to this humiliation.
    Most of these 'funny' stories involve genitals, rectums, and embarassment for the patient, and sharing those stories is a travesty.
    At least some patients have trust that these situations carry a degree of privacy and understanding. After reading that some caregivers add further to their humiliation by laughing at them is shameful, and leaves them with no degree of dignity and humanity.

    Kudos to those of you who refuse to post here. Shame on you for those who do.

    I just can not believe moderaters allow such degrading behavior.
    Yup, we're all going to he$$. I'm guessing from your tone of distain and disapproval you won't be joining us? I'll have a beer for you.
  4. by   sourapril
    My friend's dad just came from Mexico. Mistook a jar of easy off (it was put in a food container) for honey. Drank it, burned his mouth went to the ER. It's painful to just think about it.
  5. by   advo-kate2
    "Yup, we're all going to he$$. I'm guessing from your tone of distain and disapproval you won't be joining us? I'll have a beer for you."

    Everyone deserves respect. If you're in a position to give it to them, then you should. If you choose to exploit them for your own amusement, then yes: that is distainful and deserves disapproval.
  6. by   Cat_LPN
    Quote from advo-kate2
    "Yup, we're all going to he$$. I'm guessing from your tone of distain and disapproval you won't be joining us? I'll have a beer for you."

    Everyone deserves respect. If you're in a position to give it to them, then you should. If you choose to exploit them for your own amusement, then yes: that is distainful and deserves disapproval.
    There are far worse things in this world to be concerned with right now than this thread. No one's making you read it.
  7. by   advo-kate2
    "There are far worse things in this world to be concerned with right now than this thread. No one's making you read it."

    Of course I could close my eyes and pretend this thread does not exist. But avoidance does not solve a problem....it hides it.
    And, there are not 'far worse things' in my opinion than disrespecting a vulnerable population.
    What is the harm in pointing out the damage some people cause by humiliating other people?
  8. by   Cat_LPN
    Quote from advo-kate2
    "There are far worse things in this world to be concerned with right now than this thread. No one's making you read it."

    Of course I could close my eyes and pretend this thread does not exist. But avoidance does not solve a problem....it hides it.
    And, there are not 'far worse things' in my opinion than disrespecting a vulnerable population.
    What is the harm in pointing out the damage some people cause by humiliating other people?
    There is harm when it's misinterpreted and misguided.
  9. by   advo-kate2
    "There is harm when it's misinterpreted and misguided."

    That is certainly a fair enough statement.
    However; how can the re-telling of humiliating stories not be damaging to patients, and show bad faith in the privacy of what happens between vulnerable people and caregivers?
  10. by   armyicurn
    Are any of those patients currently reading all these stories? If so, could the real slim shady please stand up?
  11. by   advo-kate2
    armyicurn:
    Do you really want to base your ethical actions on who might find out or who may be watching? That's a fairly cavalier game to play with patients humanity and dignity. People should be able to trust all caregivers with intimate situations.
    Integrety is what you do when NO one is watching....not what you can get away with.
    Despite this thread and posts, I believe most other caregivers on AN are worthy of a persons trust.
  12. by   Cul2
    This the la la land of the internet. People often write as if they're
    in the break room or having coffee with a friend in an intimate
    setting. This is the "world-wide web" folks. World-wide. It's amazing
    what you get sometimes when you google a topic. People are doing
    a lot of googling these days to get medical information, and those
    googles will sometimes take them to sites like allnurses. If they
    happen upon a thread like this, how they take it depends upon
    many things. But don't kid yourselves -- a significant number of
    "patient" readers don't have the context that the nurses have
    who write this. I have no problem believing that most of the
    nurses who write this stuff are good, caring professionals. But
    I'm not everyone. I've said this before on other threads. Threads
    like this can do a significant amount of damage to the profession.
    It erodes trust. It makes some people wonder what's "really"
    going on in nurses minds, what they're "really" saying
    behind the patient's back. Of course sociologists and other
    scholars love threads like this. It's not solid evidence, but it
    can give indications of trends, or it can send these scholars off
    in the wrong direction, too. Anyway, this stuff belongs in the
    break rooms and in private conversations among nurses. But,
    heh, do what you want. But beware this new technology,
    blogs and social media. We know how powerful it can be,
    how it can cause revolutions and regimes to topple. Don't
    discount its negative influence on people outside the profession.
  13. by   OwenKL
    Good grief, Advo-Kate2 and Cul2, who wadded up your panties? We civilians have seen MASH and House and all those other medical shows. We know you angels probably face more stress every day than we do in a year. We know that working with Death looking over your shoulder requires a certain type of graveyard humor. There's even a name for it, "black humor." And any relief you can get by sharing these stories makes you better able to face your jobs, and keep the rest of us from panicking. As for confidentiality, I don't see patients identified by name, and I'll bet the weirdest story on this entire site has happened at least 3 times just during this past year somewhere in this country! Add to that that we're all posting more or less anonymously, and I don't see how these stories could really be considered breeches of confidentiality.

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