OR Pet peeves - page 10

by MsLeylaBar

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Having worked in the OR for years, have you developed any pet peeve? Stuff co-workers do that bugs you...daily situations that irritate you? I'm really easy going most of the time but on a looong busy day, there are things that... Read More


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    Oh, I have a good one.

    You set up your room for a complicated case that is blocked for 8 hours. You get the microscope in the room, get the special chairs, call the rep, make sure implants are ready to go, alert the 2nd surgeon (joint case) that the pt has arrived in pre-op, and open everything you need for the case. You have all of your paperwork in order, have already filled out pathology slips, blood gas slips, and ensure that the pt has 2 units PRBC waiting in the blood bank.

    You go interview your pt in pre-op. Everything is copacetic, but the pt seems to be squirming too much, and won't look you in the eye when answering questions. The anesthesiologist then interviews the pt only to learn that he had a Bojangles biscuit on the way to the hospital because his wife really wanted breakfast, and her sadistic butt went through the drive through, and he just couldn't help himself. He was STARVING!

    So now the case is cancelled, all of the specialty supplies go to waste, the surgeons are mad, and then you get all the butt-pus add on cases in your room for the rest of the day. *sigh
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    Quote from canesdukegirl
    Oh, I have a good one.

    You set up your room for a complicated case that is blocked for 8 hours. You get the microscope in the room, get the special chairs, call the rep, make sure implants are ready to go, alert the 2nd surgeon (joint case) that the pt has arrived in pre-op, and open everything you need for the case. You have all of your paperwork in order, have already filled out pathology slips, blood gas slips, and ensure that the pt has 2 units PRBC waiting in the blood bank.

    You go interview your pt in pre-op. Everything is copacetic, but the pt seems to be squirming too much, and won't look you in the eye when answering questions. The anesthesiologist then interviews the pt only to learn that he had a Bojangles biscuit on the way to the hospital because his wife really wanted breakfast, and her sadistic butt went through the drive through, and he just couldn't help himself. He was STARVING!

    So now the case is cancelled, all of the specialty supplies go to waste, the surgeons are mad, and then you get all the butt-pus add on cases in your room for the rest of the day. *sigh
    Been there. Done that. Lol.

    I've heard "I didn't know that BREAKFAST was included in the NPO order."

    Sent from my iPad (so excuse any typos and autocorrects!!) using allnurses.com
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    You pretty much summed it up for all of us :-)
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    1) Smart mouth PA's who talk too much during the case; "please keep the chit chat to a min while the surgeon is working".
    2) Lazy ST's; "Im not running for you anymore-either open the must have supplies on the back table and keep the might needs here in the room or you will not be scrubbing in this OR today-are there any questions?"
    3) Rep's; not allowed in the room until the surgeon needs them-or the tech has a question about the system being used.
    4) CRNA's and Anesthesiologists who bring their roll aboard suitcases; "that is not allowed in the OR". If they don' remove it then I call the Chief. Works like a charm.
    5) ST's who leave extra supplies in the room; Ill put this half up and you put this half up. If they don't then I politely remind them before the day is up. If I find it their the next morning then I tell them that i need for them to put their supplies away from yesterday.
    6) Late ST's. If I have 5 total joints that start at 07:15 please don't show up at 06:50 to set up. I don't need to explain that one.
    7) We had a hand surgeon who was a screamer. What a little jerk. He screamed at one of my old managers in front of every one; made her cry. I said "real classy". He glared at me; I was waiting; he would have lost.
    8) Surgeons who stand around the room after a total joint asking are we ready yet? Does it look like were ready? Ill page you when it is time to ID. Don't you have X-rays to look at?
    9)I always tightened their headlights one or two clicks between cases. Fun.
    10) Had a bossy med student one day----asked them to leave.Sat out in the hall and pouted.
    11) 3 surgeons = 3 beepers. Is this an emergency? He'll call you later. ps..put em all on vibrate.
    12) Tie green gowns in a knot.
    13) After 16 years I had had it. I think that generation is on its way out. The new guys are better. Hospitals are finally wising up and being much more selective with their hiring process. Creating a better culture and then protecting it. For those of you who have issues with folks in the OR; state the policy. they can't argue with it. Be diplomatic and you'll almost always win.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Aug 30, '12
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    Hahaha!!! Winx that is exactly how I feel most days!!!
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    A. I actually had a resident tell me the other day that he needed me to page someone but he didn't know their name or department.
    B. Surgeons who have their own nurse they like and there is nothing you can do to make them happy.
    C. Surgeons who hold up the case doing God knows what and they walk in the room and say Time in, Time out like it's your fault.
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    Quote from canesdukegirl
    I have threatened on more than one occasion to autoclave the pager.
    I love it!!
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    My scrub takes almost 90 minutes to prepare for a shoulder scope and states she is ready and set up then when the case starts she doesn't have pump tubing!!! Another case we have scheduled and it's an I&D of perirectal abscess and my scrub asks me if she should open a tray or have leggings for the stirrups!!! (20 yrs of supposed experience) I say yes you need to get instruments before I come into the room with the patient. I arrive with the patient and do what needs to be done...pt is prepped and draped and surgeon is ready to operate and there are no INSTRUMENTS on her back table just the basic pack!!! Are you kidding me??? Then has the audacity to tell me the suction is not hooked up and there is a minor tray outside the room??? Really??? Where exactly is the rectal tray and how is this surgeon supposed to operate on this case???? Is she supposed to work with invisible instruments today??? Grrrrrrr!!!!
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    She needs to be fired.
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    Apparently she messed with too many nurses and pulled the same shenanigan she was asked to leave. I just wonder how she can continue to function in that way for all these years. Registry or not we all have to maintain a professional work ethic.


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