OR Pet peeves - page 4

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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    Quote from rnotoday
    another: a surgeon, on the way out the door, saying "i want/need a real fast turn over time" i feel like saying, just once, "oh good-- glad you told me, because if you hadnt, we would go for a sandwich in between cases, like we usually do"

    hate that line and would love using that response just once!!!
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    It kind of makes me slow down a bit. I get insulted with that line or the one about going to another room to speed things up!
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    Oh my favorite....
    House super calls (from the OR desk extension) on a Saturday morning saying that the borrowed instruments for the big ortho case in an hour are here and when you ask if they are ready and sterile you can actually hear her unlatching the pans and opening the lids as she says "I don't know". uuuhhhhhh DUUUUHHHH

    Oh but even freakin better..... when your on scrub call and just drive 45 minutes home and pull in the drive way only to get called right back for a freakin REMOVAL OF HEMODIALYSIS CATH!!!! What????? So you drive back in and the surgeon decides (when you finally get there) just to throw on some gloves and snip the sutures and pull it in holding!!!!! AAAGGGHHHHH Kill me!

    Oh another good one...when you are scrubbing and have opened all of your stuff and are ready and waiting on the doc and your nurse comes in the room (while you are NOT in the room) and takes an instument set off of your freakin table because "you won't need that"

    Being a new circulator after scrubbing for the last 8 years my new pet peeve is other nurses treating me like a retard because I am a new RN when they were just content on asking my advice on stuff 6 months ago when I was a tech! Sorry to say but... I am hating being a circulator so far. My only other nursing pet peeve is trying to work and train in a room with another nurse because I can never get my own pattern going because either they have already done it, moved it, charted it, put it up, never got it, or don't want to let me do it! I am so ready to fly solo.
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    Quote from Courtney1202
    Oh my favorite....
    House super calls (from the OR desk extension) on a Saturday morning saying that the borrowed instruments for the big ortho case in an hour are here and when you ask if they are ready and sterile you can actually hear her unlatching the pans and opening the lids as she says "I don't know". uuuhhhhhh DUUUUHHHH
    Quite possibly the funniest surgery-related story I have ever heard.
    What did she say next?..... "I don't know if it's sterile but it doesn't look bloody."
    Last edit by linda2097 on Oct 23, '08
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    OK...from a tech, soon to be RN..here are my pet peeves.

    1. Coming into a room at 0630 AM and finding a table full of suture and supplies that the previous day's tech and RN left for you.

    2. Getting called in on the weekend and waiting 1-2 hours because the Surgeon is still working at another facility.

    3. Seeing some of my fellow techs cozy up to surgeons to the point that it is nauseating. A memo for you guys: MD's hang out with MD's and for the most part don't consider techs (and RN's) to be in their circle.

    4. Working with rookie surgeons can be painful. Nothing beats 4 hour Lap Choles, especially when the tech is helping to identify anatomy.

    5. Any debridement on an overweight patient's cocyx or sacrum. I know it needs to be done, but it don't change the fact that it's stinky,messy and a pain to position.

    6. OR politics. No matter how hard you try, someone will dislike you and constantly look for reasons to knife you in the back. A personal story...when I was accepted into a Nursing program, our Manager put a congratulations note on our marker board. So, a few of the nurses and techs wrote some nice things underneath. One of my coworkers edited a message that originally said "love ya" to hate you..LOL.. Nothing beats having an enemy you weren't aware of.

    That's my list so far...........
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    Quote from RNOTODAY
    Another: A surgeon, on the way out the door, saying "I want/need a real fast turn over time" I feel like saying, just once, "Oh good-- glad you told me, because if you hadnt, we would go for a sandwich in between cases, like we usually do"

    I stopped getting that when i replied with either "well, people in hell want ice water, also" or "well, grab a mop, and get to cleaning, this room doesn't clean by itself." I've also used this one "i'm going to PEE sometime today, and right now is a great time for me to let it loose."
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    people nurses or techs who try to skate passed the rules. for example "we don't count instruments on open appys here."

    techs or nurses who flirt almost to the point of offering themselves to the docs or docs who due the same. please, this is a place of work not a singles bar

    finding out that even though the case cart has been "checked" twice and the tech in room checks everything as he/she is opening, there is still stuff missing.

    being called in 45 minutes before the surgeon wants to start the case when the tech in house has known for 3 hours about the case.

    hearing 2 co-workers bash others. if you need to vent, be discrete. griping and complaining loudly in the core is not a good idea
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    I have less than a yr under my belt. But, as a scrub, the biggest peeve that I have encountered so far is when management decides to your next case in another room, the scrub will only do just THAT! Open up your stuff, so you're cleaning up and packing etc. you run into the room and BOOM your mayo/back table isn't set up, ***?! I mean come on, I'm new and even I know that it's common curtesy to set up the table/mayo.
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    I am an experienced OR RN and I work with amazing team members... If I hear "CAN YOU PLEASE GET SOMEBODY IN HERE THAT KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING!" from another surgeon who is upset because of something he did... I am going to reply, "LIKE WHO SIR? YOUR PARTNER?" LOL

    My peeve would be working hard every single day, every single case only to be told, "IT'S NOT HARD PEOPLE. A MONKEY COULD DO YOUR JOB.". Really, because you had to wait for your unexpected need while I run down the hall and retrieve your request?
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    OR Pet Peeves...
    GYN surgeons who ask for my opinion....(im a surg tech with 11 yrs experience..going to nursing schoool.) Really I dont get paid enough to offer my opinions.
    Surg. tech who actually give doctors their opinion...without the doctors asking for it. YIKES!
    Nurses who string the bear hugger cord across the room..so that every time I move my back table my NACL spill all over.
    Nurses who put the kick bucket between me and my back table...so I trip over it.
    I have more ..but I will post later. Hope this made you laugh.
    PS...I work with one of the best circulators who on most days can answer the phone...the doctors phone and grabs a pager..all with a smile on her face...


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