Tipped? - page 3

This was too funny ... I had a patient on Saturday who was VERY high maintenance -- literally screaming (in my ear, ouch) in pain. Screaming. My charge nurse thought she was a psych patient! In any... Read More

  1. by   mwboswell
    Quote from Medic09
    A few years ago one of our flight crews transported a Middle Eastern potentate who had coded while partying in a certain city known for its casinos. He was now on a vent, and a nephew came to retrieve him quietly back to their country, via NYC. Our crew handled that leg of the trip.

    At the handoff in NY, the potentate-nephew profferred a couple of hundred dollars tip to each crew member. They politely but insistently refused. They gave that man the same good care they try to give every patient, no matter how much or little they pay. That is how we are expected to do our jobs; and darn well should.
    How bout this...
    What if instead of just declining the "tip" one suggested (as a previous poster did) that they take that tip money and donate it to some charity or non-profit or something like that... would that sit well with us?
  2. by   morte
    are we doing your homework, or will we be getting remunerated from you next article?
  3. by   mwboswell
    Quote from morte
    are we doing your homework, or will we be getting remunerated from you next article?
    ???????
  4. by   Riseupandnurse
    I would not like a patient to tip me. It implies they are a customer and I am just rendering a service. BUT if the hospital keeps telling us they ARE customers, does that change our relationship so a tip would be in order? Another thought: people can and do "tip" their doctors and lawyers with handmade crafts, flowers, cakes, etc. But a nurse would have to refuse these or share with the whole zone. Why is that? Actually, no hospital employee where I work is allowed to have private tips, even the parking valets. And they are not professionals. So there is more than one thing going on.
  5. by   Medic09
    In my pastoral care position, I often refuse an 'honorarium' or tip, but suggest that they donate it to our organization. I think that is fine. In the Jewish community it is quite common to donate to an organization 'in honor of' or the like. No problem. But the cash should not be going into my pocket, and the patient or client should not think that it might.

    I have no problem with suggesting that they make a donation to the hospital, or local volunteer EMS, or whatever.
  6. by   morte
    Quote from mwboswell
    ???????
    since you registered in 2006, you have been here long enough to know that sometimes students come here to get their homework done for them......and you list author in your "signature".......so, are you persuing a higher degree, or writing another article?......or?...
  7. by   mwboswell
    Quote from morte
    since you registered in 2006, you have been here long enough to know that sometimes students come here to get their homework done for them......and you list author in your "signature".......so, are you persuing a higher degree, or writing another article?......or?...
    nope, you're way off base on that one.
    Just trying to stimulate some deeper thinking and conversation...


    That being said, do you have something to contribute now?
  8. by   MaverickyMaverick
    conflict of interest.
  9. by   MaverickyMaverick
    i would like to get 20% on their bills tho'. hahaha
  10. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from MaverickyMaverick
    i would like to get 20% on their bills tho'. hahaha
    Thanks, I almost snorked my coffee! LOL
  11. by   ThrowEdNurse
    Oh God, I would never get paid. My pts are indignet and unemployed and uninsured. My pts don't bath. My pts don't eat out, tip waiters, let alone tip nurses. God help me, I would never get paid!!
  12. by   mwboswell
    Quote from LunahRN
    Thanks, I almost snorked my coffee! LOL
    heh, heh, you said "snorked"!!!
  13. by   mwboswell
    Quote from ThrowEdNurse
    Oh God, I would never get paid. My pts are indignet and unemployed and uninsured. My pts don't bath. My pts don't eat out, tip waiters, let alone tip nurses. God help me, I would never get paid!!

    true 'dat

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