List the most frivolous complaints you've received

  1. Here's a great opportunity for you guys to vent. I want to know what are the most frivolous/nit-picking complaints or comments that you have received from family members in private duty.
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   JustBeachyNurse
    The grandmother that complained that I was too focused on the complex pediatric patient and didn't notice her come downstairs and greet her. Filed a formal complaint too.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Dec 31, '15
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    You nurses use too much toilet paper.
  5. by   sharpeimom
    Not private duty, but a winner nonetheless. It was the only comment on the whole page when I received my very first ninety day evaluation on my first nursing job. I contested it.

    "Katherine does not polish her shoe laces when she polishes her
    shoes."
  6. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from sharpeimom
    Not private duty, but a winner nonetheless. It was the only comment on the whole page when I received my very first ninety day evaluation on my first nursing job. I contested it.

    "Katherine does not polish her shoe laces when she polishes her
    shoes."
    Just had a flashback to LPN school in 1977,,,,,,
  7. by   RNinIN
    RNinIN smiles too much...hmmm
  8. by   HopefulRN7
    "You're not paying enough attention to the (non-patient) sibling"
    - as my spastic CP pt flails herself across the room taking down a 4-tier bookcase
    [emoji21]
  9. by   Elektra6
    You should run around to the other door and close it so the dog doesn't run out and bite the UPS man!!!
  10. by   middleagednurse
    "You don't do a good job of scrubbing out the bathtub". Seriously. I no longer do private duty, and I don't have to scrub anyone's bathtub!
  11. by   BurnsTraumaRN
    As my wicked witch of the west former manager on a general surgery inpatient unit handed me a recogniton card from a family member for praying with their ultra sun-downed demented grandmother at 0330 from falling at her nursing home and breaking her right hip was 1000% adamant I was her granddaughter and wouldn't calm down until we said our nightly prayers. I smiled thinking well that was awful sweet of the family, BUT in her next breath this manager handed me a written corrective action that I practiced beyond the scope of my license since I am not a chaplain or priest. And when I went to HR to contest it she somehow misplaced my write up and couldn't recall the conversation. Best part is I had my copy of the corrective action and the Ordained Minister license I obtained 8+mos prior to marry a good friend of mine. Less than a week later a formal complaint came in from a mystery patient family member that I had never fetched the tea she requested in a timely fashion. Needless to say I no longer work for that corrupt hospital any longer. Back to the ICU's for me.
  12. by   Tenebrae
    Not private duty nursing, frivelous none the less

    "You gave my mother oxynorm liquid, you should have called me"

    Still not sure how that was supposed to work. Her mother was in intense pain most likely from angina. Had tried GTN, paracetamol, deep heat rub, mylanta incase it was epigastric in origin. Daughter not an MD
  13. by   muirite
    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    The grandmother that complained that I was too focused on the complex pediatric patient and didn't notice her come downstairs and greet her. Filed a formal complaint too.
    😮 wow
  14. by   Conqueror+
    Do you have a cuter nurse to send, preferably a blonde?

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