What are some of the most ridiculous things patients have asked of you? - page 8

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   karoline
    A few months ago I was caring for an elderly gentleman who was scheduled for cardiac bypass surgery in the next couple days. He wrote out a will and asked me if I could type it for him. I replied that I couldn't do that - don't have a word processor at work anyways. A social worker and I both witnessed his signature.
  2. by   Luv cats
    We had a lady call one night on the call light to ask us permission if she could "pass gas". No kidding! We also had an ol'crazy lady that was with it enough to call the hospital from her room and have them transfer her to the nurses desk because we wouldn't answer her call light fast enough. The ward clerk handed me the phone and said "It's 107....". I about went through the roof! :angryfire
  3. by   tattooednursie
    Originally posted by Luv cats
    We had a lady call one night on the call light to ask us permission if she could "pass gas". No kidding! We also had an ol'crazy lady that was with it enough to call the hospital from her room and have them transfer her to the nurses desk because we wouldn't answer her call light fast enough. The ward clerk handed me the phone and said "It's 107....". I about went through the roof! :angryfire
    :roll :chuckle :roll :chuckle

    Can I cut the cheese please? hahahaha
  4. by   sanakruz
    You get some outlandish requests from involuntarily confined mentally ill clients. My 2 favorites: A women who woke up in the hospital on a 72 hr hold "Who's **** do I have to suck to get out of here!!!",,as she pounded on the nurse's stattion desk. (We had attempted to explain to her the best way to be released. She just wanted the fastest) The other was from a 20 yr old with his first psychotic break who had been picked up shoplifting at a Sears "Will you marry me? You have big T***s and I have a new pair of shoes" (stolen from Sears, no doubt)
  5. by   Jay-Jay
    The shoe was on the other foot with this one. This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever had a nurse ask ME!

    I was in hospital, 2nd day post hysterectomy. At 5 in the morning, a nurse WOKE ME UP and asked, "Do you need anything for pain??"

    It crossed my mind to ask her how long she'd had her license......
  6. by   maggie7
    When I was in school, a friend of mine was inserting a dulcolax supoository into a woman bent over her bed who asked "oh, oh, oh, how do you know you're putting that in the right place?" to which my friend replied "cause if I was putting it in the wrong place you'd be saying, oooh, oooh, oooh!
  7. by   adrienurse
    Can you go into my room and see if it's too hot or too cold? I can't tell.
  8. by   flashpoint
    LOL...I had a patient come to the ER one morning around 0300. She had scraped her fingers a few days before and wanted someone to wash the scabs. She said that she could do it herself, but she had called in sick at work, so she could go to a bridal shower and needed to be seen in the ER for something so she could get a release to go back. We don't have docs in house full time, so I had to call her doctor to come from home to see her. He wrote her a note to get back to work that said something about the patient being seen in the ER for an unneccessary, non-medical, non-emergent condition and that he saw no reason she couldn't return. He also documented everything the patient told us and asked her to sign a medical release in case her employer needed more info...
  9. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Scenario #1: Mom discharged to board while LBW baby stays... "I have to go to town (45 min away) to run errands again today (was gone 12 hours yesterday), so the baby will be at the nurses station all day" (even though mom needed to be there to talk to social worker and doc for discharge prep that day)

    Scenario #2: Meth positive mom who had meth positive baby :
    "why is he so fussy?"... hmmm, whadda ya think?!!!!!!
  10. by   FranEMTnurse
    I was a patient in our local hospital with steroid induced myopathy. I literally could not raise my head off the pillow, and needed full care. I also had Lenard splints on my feet to treat footdrop.
    My tiny care nurse attempted to sit me up on the edge of the bed, but could not. She asked me to help her, but I told her I couldn't. (I don't know why she didn't think to raise the head of my bed into the high Fowler's position.) Well anyway, leaving the bottom bedrail down, she then said, "I'll go get some help. Don't move." DUH!:stone
    While she was out in the hall, I felt the bottom of my body pulling the top of my body out of the bed. Desperately clinging to the head rail, my bottom pulled the rest of me on the floor. I was too weak to hang on.
    My roomate heard the thud and saw my what she called, "moonboots" sticking out from under the curtain. She yelled. "HELP!"
    Later that day, a substitute doctor arrived, and after his intro. and greeting, he said, "I hear you fell out of bed this morning." I answered in the affirmative to which he asked, "Why did you do that?" since I decided a sensless question like that deserved a sensless answer, I said, "I wanted a change of scenery." Laughing, he replied, "Oh, checking out the tiles,hunh?" :imbar
  11. by   alwaysthere
    once had an A&Ox3 pt ask me if she could borrow my panties.....
  12. by   mother/babyRN
    Uhhhh, did she tell you WHY?
  13. by   princessjacklin
    In LTC I have heard everything. One Lady wanted us to trim her crotch because the maxipad she wore stuck to her hair. Or even worse is when I have had an 80y/o/m ask me out when thier wife was about to die. GROSS!!

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