Do nurses make the worst patients? - page 4

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hospitals may be the worst place to stay when you're sick american hospitals are capable of great medical feats, but they also are plagued by daily errors that cost lives. interesting video! www.aarp.org americans are... Read More


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    I am also a terrible patient...
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    I have cared for numerous nurses and NP's. Never had a problem with them or the pts that had a nurse or NP in the family. The worst are family members that claim to be nurses and ask a million unrelated questions. Come to find out, many are CNA's, NA, or MA's. The worst part, they are so rude, obnoxious etc, you don't even want to deal with the actual pt if they are in the room. So yes, sometimes being in the medical field does hinder care.
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    Nurses as patients have been fine on the whole - its relatives who are nurses or doctors that tend to be the problem. We had a pt recently who was a retired gp who was lovely. His daughter who was also a gp was a cow. Luckily she thought nurses were too lowly to talk to so I didn't have to deal with her too much - she insisted the registrar dropped everything and came to update her every time she came in!
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    I had a patient, dear old woman, who got a cryomaze procedure (to reroute chronic afib). It usually takes days to weeks to take but her daughter, who was a GP, kept INSISTING that we FIX it. So we cardioverted the patient. That worked... for half a day, predictably.
    In storms the daughter... insisting we do it AGAIN. The mother expresses to me that she doesn't want to be cardioverted again. It's not fun you know. Guess what? We did it again. I felt sick to my stomach.
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    Quote from mlykateRN
    I am having a major surgery soon. I am a very experienced ICU nurse and I am terrified of being in the ICU or any other inpatient area! I know the ropes, I know how it works and that is the most frightening part. I do not want to be that PIA nurse patient, but I will if I have to. I also do not want nurses to skip out on my teaching! I have a very rare tumor, something doctors at the teaching facility may see once a year at best. I also do not want to be the guinea pig for all the learning residents, but I know the value of education and experience so I will put up with some.....

    Wish me luck and know I will have my eyes wide open, and I will show my behind if I need to!
    I wish you the best! Let us konw how you are doing....sending positive thoughts and prayers to cover all bases!
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    I've had a few RNs as patients. One was wonderful from the get-go, and one had a rep for being difficult but became wonderful after I talked to her for a little while.

    I was also recently a patient and will continue to be one for the next few months, and apparently, I'm an easy patient (or so they all said). I really only needed post-op abx and pain meds, but I was checked on every two hours, so the pain mgmt process was a smooth one. While it's not the norm, my surgeon did agree to discharge me quickly, given no complications and all abx infused. I practically begged him for a quick discharge when he saw me in pre-op, and I was out less than 24 hours after a 5-hour surgery, but he elicited my explicit promise to call him if any problems arose. No problems yet!
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    Most patients I have had that were in the medical field were really easy. Very few of them worked in my specialty anyway, so I explained everything to them as if they knew nothing about the medical world. One nurse I had though, I will never forget because she was so rude and demanding. She knew nothing about the surgical world, yet she acted like she knew how everything works in surgery. It was a teaching facility and she demanded that she only have an attending anesthesiologist with no resident assisting. Then the anesthesiologist switches out the resident with a CRNA who is more knowledgeable and the patient complains even more about the CRNA because she wasn't an MD! Her logic was that the CRNA had less schooling than the resident, even though the CRNA had been practicing for a while and the resident was brand new. I was so happy when she was finally induced and we didn't have to talk to her anymore.

    Whenever I'm a patient, I don't even tell people I'm a nurse unless they ask me what I do. I would rather keep it a secret so they don't treat me any differently than they would anyone else. When I had to have surgery though, I was glad I knew most of the people who took care of me during my stay. The only nurse I had an issue with (the only one I didn't know as well) was the one who sent me home. I was extremely nauseated and almost vomited (something that I reported happens to me when I am under anesthesia), yet she just let me go home anyway without even giving me another couple of minutes to make sure it didn't come back. Luckily for the both of us, I didn't throw up in the car on the way home. If I had, I would have complained about her for sending me home when she shouldn't have. I'm all for not giving people trouble, but if you screw up big time, you'd better believe I'll be complaining about it.
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    Quote from dudette 10
    I've had a few RUNs as patients. One was wonderful from the get-go, and one had a rep for being difficult but became wonderful after I talked to her for a little while.

    I was also recently a patient and will continue to be one for the next few months, and apparently, I'm an easy patient (or so they all said). I really only needed post-op abx and pain meds, but I was checked on every two hours, so the pain mgmt process was a smooth one. While it's not the norm, my surgeon did agree to discharge me quickly, given no complications and all abx infused. I practically begged him for a quick discharge when he saw me in pre-op, and I was out less than 24 hours after a 5-hour surgery, but he elicited my explicit promise to call him if any problems arose. No problems yet!
    I am sending good thoughts for you to get well.......

    I am ever increasingly aware about medical mistakes and have caught many myself. I know that with an increase in the frequency of visits the frequency of errors occur. I have caught several myself and had to argue that I wasn't the one or that isn't my procedure.......it makes one into a nervous patient.
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