What not to say / do while you are in the ER... - page 8

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  1. by   Stitchie
    I've worked in three different ER's in various capacities (admitting, tech, RN) and I have noticed in all of them that people just forget the words "please" and 'thank you'.

    It's not my pet peeve (That would be "When is my room ready? when am I going upstairs? Can I have another blanket?"). I've just noticed that people are rather rude when in crisis situations.

    One thing that has come up that kinda makes me crazy is first-year interns who like to contradict the nurses. Case in point, and it's a stupid one:
    Woman in late 50's comes into the ED in a-fib w/RVR. She's 230 on initial assessment, on the monitor she's 150, then 40, then 75 -- it's enough to make a newbie nuts. Of course she has to pee, she's A+OX4, very pleasant but also pretty sick. I told the tech that we don't want her out of bed -- we don't do stress tests that way! Stupid intern gives her a commode at the bedside. I told him that if she passes out he can pick her up. Pt had also taken Xanax prior to arrival and had received her dig and cardizen IVP.

    :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
  2. by   tiredfeetED
    Never Tell the your parents then the police officer then the Doctor that you took 2 Blue Pills and 1 White pill of unknown orgin. Lay on the Ground motionless before EMS arrive and then Tell the 3 RNs who have had a long day that I didnt take anything Just because there holding a 30 french Tube in there hand!

    Never tell the triage nurse "I vomited blood" unless you truly vomited Blood! We will find out!
  3. by   prmenrs
    Hey, Tom, I suppose offering them a knuckle sandwich is out of the question?
  4. by   MyReign1
    Quote from edib1
    Sorry I was not trying to offend anyone, just stating the facts that she was big and scary. Last thing I am is racist. Black women are just a bit more intimidating, especially when she is 6ft and you are 5 1" she weighs in at 200 and you at 125. I have a tall dark drink of water at home, if you know what I mean.
    Nope, you're obviously not a racist, just PREJUDICED. That's better than being a racist. You absolutely see nothing wrong with what you have written do you? What, exactly, makes a Black woman more intimidating, besides the color of her skin? Just, trying to understand your logic.

    PS: I'm glad you can't see the color of my skin because I would hate to come across as "intimidating."

    Thanks, in advance, for your response.
  5. by   teeituptom
    Quote from prmenrs
    Hey, Tom, I suppose offering them a knuckle sandwich is out of the question?

    That could be the daily special
  6. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from RNin92
    Today it was...

    "Look here nursie... (NURSIE!!!!!)
    Just give me the Dilaudid and cab ride home and I'm outta here!"

    Well...she got points for honesty...

    I don't think so.

    Enjoy your Toradol.
    Hee Hee Hee

    oooh you little sadist... :chuckle
  7. by   Shotzie
    How about this one.

    DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM??? (usually screamed at the top of the lungs)

    hhhmmmmm I guess I should put that down as NOT oriented to person.
    ...and as for who you are ...
    Well, let's see, you are drunk and half naked and the police have been called to come sit with you so you better hope THEY at least recognize you...I don't give a rats A**.
  8. by   KibbsRNstudent
    Quote from athomas91
    not real smart to tell a nurse w/ an iv in her/his hand..."you only get one try"

    wanna bet??
    I love that!:chuckle I have had i.v.'s in my hand and they try many times as my veins roll and believe me the try and try and try... they even go to the other hand if they can't get one in the original hand. I usually have really large bruises on my hands(both) when I leave the hospital.
  9. by   RNin92
    Quote from nurseunderwater
    oooh you little sadist... :chuckle
    That's why God made me an ER nurse!!!!!

  10. by   RNin92
    Had a situation yesterday that fits thread...again!!...

    Ok...here's the scene...
    VERY busy in the ER...of course!
    18 patients in the main ED that has 14 beds...
    6 patients in the fast track side...has 6 rooms
    5 ER and 7 fast track patients waiting in Triage/Waiting area.
    3 squads en route...1 with an unresponsive, 1 with a trauma with open fractures and 1 with a drunk-of course!
    Got the picture?!!?

    So out front is a 20-something girl who is pregnant...doesn't know how far along (is that important?!?)
    She's been bleeding...
    How much bleeding? Her response..."Who cares!! I'm bleeding!
    Ok, so you got her PLEASANT attitude.

    Mom is with her and is an OB nurse at another hospital in the area.
    (WHY didn't they go there?!!?)
    Mom is decent, so I think she didn't want her co-workers to see her LOVELY daughter!

    Patient is PI$$ED off that she has to wait.
    Very pi$$ed off.
    Very LOUDLY pi$$ed off.

    I was the charge nurse...as I go to bring back a little old lady who was syncopal just PTA and again in the waiting room...Happy-Girl begins shouting...

    "I am fu@#ing bleeding outta my crotch...does anyone give a $#it here?"



    By the way...she had pink tinged discharge...no bleeding. Poor baby.
  11. by   teeituptom
    My Daughter ever behaved like that in any ER, would have been slapped
  12. by   RNin92
    Quote from teeituptom
    My Daughter ever behaved like that in any ER, would have been slapped
    What a lovely thought...
    Were it only possible anywhere but my mind!!!

    But in my mind...she was slapped all around my triage room!!
  13. by   missmercy
    Quote from teeituptom
    My Daughter ever behaved like that in any ER, would have been slapped
    You said it!! My kids act like that ANY WHERE and they're gonna catch it!!
    Can't blame the mom for not going to HER hospital! Wouldn't want people I know to witness THAT!!
    Congrats for your level of control!! Isn't the mind a lovely place -- where ANY THING is possible! :chuckle We have a nun here who tells us that she can read our minds -- "Be careful of your thoughts -- I can read your mind you know" I don't think so or Sister would stop talking to me all together!! ( Either that or slap my hand with a ruler and send me to detention)