OR Pet peeves - page 8

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 Argo

    Me - Call me when you get your stuff straight, follow my previous questioning to find your route to success, CLICK
    I am going to use this one, Argo! Funny!!!

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    When a surgeon or resident's pager goes off the second they scrub and they want you to fish it out of their back pocket and answer it before you do anything else.

    Surgeons who bug me about answering their pager and then sigh and roll their eyes when the field doesn't have such-and-such and of course I would have taken care of it had I not been answering their pager.

    In the middle of a TEF repair while I'm at the head of the bed drawing up atropine for the anesthesiologist while the baby's sats keep dropping into the 50s, the resident says, "Can you check my beeper?" AAAHHHH SERIOUSLY! Sometimes I think they are only tuned into one thing!

    Anesthesiologists who can't find their own stupid lead. They have to ask me to go get it right as the tech and I are draping the C-arm and hooking things up. You would think they would have some time to go get it themselves while they're tapping their foot waiting to bring the patient in.

    Anesthesiologists who look up from their crossword and ask me if I've called PACU while I'm busy putting in orders for cultures. Last time I checked, the circulator was not the only person in the room who knew how to use a phone!

    Techs who think that they run the room.
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    I have threatened on more than one occasion to autoclave the pager.
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    People who don't clean up after themselves- throwing scrub sponges in the sink instead of the trash can that has a convenient foot pedal, leaving equipment from the first case in the room (even though there was a break in the day) for the relief team to clean up, leaving a used suction in the room, etc.
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    "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..."

    She's on drugs...
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    Scrub techs not opening their stuff, definitely up there. Scrub techs who don't think the circ has anything better to do than work for them, hates seeing them talk to the CRNA, surgeon, etc. Scrubs who drop everything so there stuff has to be flashed or more stuff opened. Basically all passive aggressive scrubs with RN envy.

    CRNAs who are very anal and give inservices on everything as if you are a retard. "Hold cricoid until I say let go" but then another one says "Look, when I inflate the cuff you need to let go!" The patient tries to tell you something while you are holding O2 on induction so you lift the mask a little to hear them and the CRNA starts screaming like you just ripped out an art line or something. Chill OUT!! There's more than one way to wash a pot.

    The way some people count can be confusing. Why, why, why do people insist on writing 1 + 2 = 3? An "=" when sloppily written can look like 1 + 2 + 3. AORN needs to set a rule on this mistake which is made universally! We should know how to add so stop adding already unless there will be no more sutures used on the case!

    And last but not least wanting stuff not on the preference card and then getting ****** that it wasn't there to begin with. I am a traveler and I don't know what they want if it ain't on the menu! I am working on my ESP but it is taking a little longer than I would like. Be patient.

    (steps down from soap box)
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    When anesthesia asks you to get them another bag of LR when you're all the way across the room doing something else. Seriously, if the patient is stable they can get it themselves!
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    "CRNAs who are very anal and give inservices on everything as if you are a retard. "Hold cricoid until I say let go" but then another one says "Look, when I inflate the cuff you need to let go!" The patient tries to tell you something while you are holding O2 on induction so you lift the mask a little to hear them and the CRNA starts screaming like you just ripped out an art line or something. Chill OUT!! There's more than one way to wash a pot. "


    OMG you must work with the same boys I do! This just happened to me last week, I don't know why but the CRNA's tend to get on my nerves often. What do they learn in their extra training that gives them this "I'm holier than God complex". Seriously YOU'RE A NURSE, get your own paperwork, your own old records, attach the patient to the monitor yourself and oh..DO NOT wave the leads in my face cause I will just tell you "Those are EKG leads, they go on the patient". Aye aye aye
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    Quote from wmdln07
    "CRNAs who are very anal and give inservices on everything as if you are a retard. "Hold cricoid until I say let go" but then another one says "Look, when I inflate the cuff you need to let go!" The patient tries to tell you something while you are holding O2 on induction so you lift the mask a little to hear them and the CRNA starts screaming like you just ripped out an art line or something. Chill OUT!! There's more than one way to wash a pot. "


    OMG you must work with the same boys I do! This just happened to me last week, I don't know why but the CRNA's tend to get on my nerves often. What do they learn in their extra training that gives them this "I'm holier than God complex". Seriously YOU'RE A NURSE, get your own paperwork, your own old records, attach the patient to the monitor yourself and oh..DO NOT wave the leads in my face cause I will just tell you "Those are EKG leads, they go on the patient". Aye aye aye
    I recently worked with a very...um...unusual CRNA. She is over-the-top controlling and if the surgeons ask her how the pt is doing, she will actually turn the monitor so they can't see the VS. One day after the case was done and we were emerging, the anesthesiologist was teaching me about neck anatomy. He lectured and then asked me to feel certain muscles on the right side of the neck. He and I were standing on the left side of the pt. When I reached over to palpate the muscle, the CRNA *SWATTED* my hand away and said that the pt could accuse me of sexual harrassment because I could possibly bump her breast as I was leaning over. The -ologist and I looked at each other dumbfounded, and I told the CRNA that she was WAAAYY out of line and that we would discuss this with the medical director. I saw the -ologist speaking to her in the recovery area and he was not happy. When we were starting the next case, she pulled me out in the hall and apologized profusely. I think that she had forgotten to take her meds that day. Weird.
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    Just need to vent a little after tonight.

    Pet peeve #1 today: People who expect you to say yes to every request. If you ask me to switch call with you for tonight, and I say no, sorry, the conversation should end there. It is rude to then ask "Well, why not?" You signed up for the call (I checked- it wasn't assigned to you because no one else signed up for it.) A failure to plan on your end does not constitute an emergency on my end, and I am under no obligation whatsoever to cover your call because you don't want it. My personal life is also just that- personal and therefore absolutely none of your business. Just because I'm young, single, and childless doesn't mean I don't have a personal life.

    Pet peeve #2: People who just log you off the computer instead of asking if you're done. My relief has done this constantly ever since they took the third shift position. Just because my butt isn't in the chair doesn't mean I wasn't doing something work related, such as trying to run the shift report and got interrupted by a call from the floor needing something.

    Pet peeve #3: Main supply room personnel who probably couldn't find their own backside with a flashlight and a map, let alone the supplies a nursing unit is calling you for. When they call us for it, we know you have it- because we call you for said supplies when we run out.

    Pet peeve #4: People who don't clean up after themselves. I know that thyroid was the first case of the day in your room, because we set it up for you. Then you had a nice big gap while your surgeon did a longer case in another room. Why in the world was the thyroid rest not returned to where it belongs during that time?

    Whew, I feel better now! Hoping for a better day tomorrow.


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