OR Pet peeves - page 2

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... Read More

  1. Visit  NabiRN profile page
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    "a surgeon, the moment the pager goes off---what is it? who is paging me? then you relay the info from the floor nurse paging and the surgeon goes into a tirade about why he was paged in the first place for something so trivial.... lol..."


    Oh, I can't stand the beeper. I also feel bad for the person who is paging the resident or surgeon. Most of the time, they are floor nurses who don't know that we are in the middle of an operation (no matter how many times I told them). It seems that the urgent or not urgent issue never gets resolved most of the time, but it takes away the attention and focus on the surgery at hand.
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  2. Visit  hockeymomonfire92 profile page
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    ok everyone. i have the all time killer going on right now. as the departmets educator i was a silly person and made the stupid choice to take weekend admistriative call. (really dumb move-but i do pay the price, even if i do get to say no alot) it's sunday morning and it is now convienent for doctors to do surgery. we had 3 surgeries boarded to start the day and have only completed the first one. that one was done at 9:00 am. (it's now 12:10 pm) and it is now time to play the game with the "orthopoops" oh sorry, i meant the orthopedics surgeons. . it's 3 hours later and 40 phone calls between the or crew and me, and we still haven't started a case. what are the problems: patient isn't cleared- internist isn't coming in till "later", have to wait for the family-they will be here in an hour or two, oops 1st surgeon now having breakfast-second surgeon on phone screaming & declaring his bipolar hip that has been waiting for 3 days is now an emergency- "i"m here and ready and he's not, do me first, if i can't go now i'm calling the ceo and then my wife, you can deal with both of them if i can't go right now" oh be still my heart- first let me call your wife, i'm sure we can compare notes about what an a** hole you are, and the ceo-great we are on first name bases after all and i can't wait to tell him my story either. my next thought is "i'll do you first" after i have killed the mda who won't help make a decision to save his soul, 1st surgeon "get me a second crew now my case is an emergency too", (this pateint was admitted on monday- real emergency) now i again make 40 more phone calls, have a ****** off staff for bothering them, & i can only get the pleassure to tell him :chuckle nobody is answering the phone, or they are hanging up on me or that they said "it's sunday and i have my own life, i'll see you tomorrow", this of course is the best part. now for my complaint i have just wasted 4 hours of my time, and my teenage son wants to kill me because all the phone calls got him up 2 hours earlier than he wanted to get up, and now i wonder why i'm doing this job, because this is the real killer-either of these could have been done on friday, but no i had to send staff home on low census.
    Pennypen, stephied, and babs123 like this.
  3. Visit  mcmike55 profile page
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    Quote from NabiRN
    "a surgeon, the moment the pager goes off---what is it? who is paging me? then you relay the info from the floor nurse paging and the surgeon goes into a tirade about why he was paged in the first place for something so trivial.... lol..."


    Oh, I can't stand the beeper. I also feel bad for the person who is paging the resident or surgeon. Most of the time, they are floor nurses who don't know that we are in the middle of an operation (no matter how many times I told them). It seems that the urgent or not urgent issue never gets resolved most of the time, but it takes away the attention and focus on the surgery at hand.
    I hear you about the beeper!! I call them "table proximity alarms". The closer the surgeon gets to the OR table, the more likely they'll go off.
    Unless it's STAT, I have this pt to take care of first,,,when I get a second, I will check on it. Likely I answer faster than that doc does anyway!!

    Mike
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  4. Visit  cwinlv profile page
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    Quote from MsLeylaBar
    Having worked in the OR for years, have you developed any pet peeve?

    * a charge nurse who forgets to assign another nurse to relieve you at the end of your shift or who just expects you to finish your case and does not tell you that there was no one else available. (happened in some traveling assignments I had).
    How about the charge nurse who forgets to assign lunch relief for you and your tech?? This happens all too often ....
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  5. Visit  MamaCheese profile page
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    How about when the OR manager puts up a "go home early" list because it's slow. Then she sends so many people home that there's noone left to give breaks or lunches
    Erica83, Marvie, stephied, and 1 other like this.
  6. Visit  SouthmeetsEast profile page
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    Ok, I got a pet peeve. Scrub techs that pretend their instruments are a pair of drumsticks during cases, rather than paying attention to watch is going on during the case. Surgeons have had to tell them more than once to pay attention to what is going on.
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  7. Visit  ShariDCST profile page
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    Quote from southmeetseast
    ok, i got a pet peeve. scrub techs that pretend their instruments are a pair of drumsticks during cases, rather than paying attention to watch is going on during the case. surgeons have had to tell them more than once to pay attention to what is going on.
    shame on them. speaking as a cst, i am embarassed to hear this. they need their knuckles rapped with a deaver retractor for such behavior. drumsticks indeed........
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  8. Visit  Tiffany, RN, BSN profile page
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    How about: The box on the desk labeled "Dr Blank's LOOPS." For crying out loud, its LOUPES! Ok, so I'm a little OCD, lol!
    nitenite and canesdukegirl like this.
  9. Visit  cwinlv profile page
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    Another pet peeve of mine...

    I've stocked my room and grabbed all of the supplies I need for my entire line-up... then one of my cases finishes late, delaying all the TF's. To "help me out," the charge decides to open my next case in another room. I like to open my own cases and get my own equipment so I know what I have in the room. The new room is usually NOT stocked so I end up running for things I shouldn't have to run for (mastisol, 4x4's, rays, etc.).
    Opening a new room usually doesn't save much in turn-around time, so just leave me where I am!!
    Trinigal03, canoehead, and GadgetRN71 like this.
  10. Visit  Marie_LPN, RN profile page
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    The us vs. them attitudes from some people. I'm talking about the tech vs. nurse crap. The job(s) are stressful enough without the i'm-better/more-educated/more-trained-to-do-XYZ crap. Everyone's got a job, everyone's role is important.

    The whole anesthesia-cracking-the-whip crap. Anesthesia may call to holler that they're en route, doesn't mean i'm answering the phone if i ain't ready.
  11. Visit  fracturenurse profile page
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    House supervisors who call you and don't know anything about the call case or who to call. I recently had one ask me for a bowel resection, "Do you need anesthesia for this?" Where do they find these people?
    Trinigal03, NurseRiv, ORgirl2010, and 6 others like this.
  12. Visit  NabiRN profile page
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    Quote from fracturenurse
    House supervisors who call you and don't know anything about the call case or who to call. I recently had one ask me for a bowel resection, "Do you need anesthesia for this?" Where do they find these people?

    Love this one! Need a good laugh today. Thank you!
    Trinigal03 and wannagolf like this.
  13. Visit  shodobe profile page
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    How about calling the floor to let them know you will be sending for Mrs So and So in about 30 minutes. Transport goes up in 25 minutes and seems to take forever to get back to the holding room. You ask them what took them so long only to be told by the nurse, " I didn't know this patient was going to surgery"! What happened to communication between the desk person and also what did they talk about at change of shift about this patient who has been scheduled for 24 hours!!!!
    I love the OR likes this.


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