What are some of the most ridiculous things patients have asked of you? - page 7

what are some of the most ridiculous or outrageous things patients have asked of you? i am nurse one of two nurses with 4 patients the other night in delivery. place was hopping. i answered the light... Read More

  1. by   2MagnoliaTrees
    Feel sorry for that gal when she got home. Can you say BYE BYE FELLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. by   ICUBecky
    how about those pts. s/p CABG..that after hours of cardiac rehab, diet changes, and smoking cessation education, they ask you for a cigarette, and to light it for them on their way out the door. nothing irks me more.

    one day, when i worked CCU, i was pulling a sheath on one of my pts. as i sent the family out of the room they asked where they could get some food. i told them. they come back in after the sheath pull, where they have cheeseburgers, potato chips, and chicken wings, and proceed to eat it in front of their poor mother, who is laying flat on her back, hasn't eaten in 24 hours, and just had a cardiac procedure done. then, just like another poster, they asked me to order them some pizza! ughhh...the nerve.

    i once had a wealthy pt, who wanted EVERYTHING done for him. one morning i delivered his breakfast. he throws the jelly down and says "open this", he scoots his milk carton to the end of the table and says "open this", then he goes "feed me". now, i wouldn't have minded doing this on a pt who couldn't do any of this...but he was up walking around and young. i said "absolutely not...i know you can do this yourself" and he has the nerve to say "but you are the nurse...and you are supposed to do these things". that didn't get him anywhere, and i made him do everything himself for the rest of the day.

    becky
  3. by   kimmicoobug
    I am a student. At the beginning of my spring quarter last year, I had a patient who was in for a GI surgical procedure (can't exactly remember for what). He was fairly young, 50-ish or so, and catheterized. I had to perform pm cares on him. As I prepared everything to perform these cares, he throws back his blanket and asked me how I was going to handle his little pecker. His wife was in there and started in with the dirty talk of peckers and wieners. I was mortified. My ears started to turn red and I described why I was washing his penis (to prevent infection while catheterized). All I kept thinking while I was doing this was "firm touch, not soft...." That is what our lab instructor taught us to keep an erection from happening.
  4. by   anitame
    Ah, Kim. One thing I try to keep in mind. If they can reach it, they can clean it (within reason of course). I'm not AT ALL shy about handing over a washcloth and stepping away for a minute!
  5. by   Weenurse
    I recently had a very abnoxious, unco-operative patient ask me at the end of very busy, long night shift( 1 arrest, 1 active GI bleed and a very confused little old dear) " what happened to our wake up call, last time I was in hospital we all got offered a cup of tea at six thirty?" Iwas absoloutley speechless!
  6. by   Weenurse
    ...and the most disgusting request...a young lady in isolation with a nasty bout of TB, pressed her call bell to ask me to pick up a very snotty tissue that was on the floor! needless to say there was nothing wrong with her arms or legs and the bin was right beside her! I politley suggested that she could do it herself.
  7. by   tattooednursie
    I had a resident ask me to take off all my lothes and lay in his bed. Then he started crying when I said no.
  8. by   nursejer
    had a pt once ask me for his "peanut butter balls" told me he gets it every nite. I could not figure out what he was talking about until i read his med list..... Phenobarbitol!!
  9. by   sherryrn76
    Once had an OB patient's husband call L&D to ask if it was ok to blow into his wife's vagina. we told him not to do that. We couldn't even figure out WHY you'd do that. Also once had a labor patient bring in her mucous plug..in a spoon! yuck!
  10. by   jennirn
    Had lady ask me to scratch her back, under her breasts, and her bum because she itched where her shingles were breaking out...I looked at her and said without a pause, sorry infection control rules will not permit me to do that, turned and walked right out.
  11. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by leesonlpn
    I wear my cap, white panty hose, white uniform white shoes - you get the picture. (Hey! Who hollered out DINOSOUR from the back row?) Anyway, I was just starting my shift, and a patient came up to me and asked "excuse me, are you a nurse?"
    (No, of course not dear patient, I'm from psych just doing my community hours here.Why do you ask?)
    OMG!!!! That is hilarious!!!:roll :chuckle :chuckle
  12. by   john privett
    I was once digitally disimpacting an elderly lady. After finding a baseball sized lower rectal obstruction and trying my darndest to dislodge said obstruction, it soon became appearant to me that I was going to need more than one digit to get the job done. Nonchalantly, I nudged in first one more digit and then a second and finally started getting the upper hand on the problem. My patient soon started yelling out my name, "Johnny, Johnny!" "Hold on." I reassured her, "I'm almost there." Suddenly she reached back and grabbed my arm in a death grip and asked, "Could you at least tell me that you love me Johnny?"
  13. by   tattooednursie
    Ok . . . Tonight I was asked something completely outragous. "Do you pass wind on a regular basis?" by an LTC resident.

    also,
    "Am I allowed to lay down on that there bed?" by an ambulatory LTC resident. DUHHHHHH NOOOOO you have to sit there until your butt developes pressure ulcers and maggots start oozing out, then you can lay in your bed muahahahahahaha

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