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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in kids.

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My son was back at ER for 2nd degree burns proably at 18% by the rule of nines (he had been sent home 36 hours oreviously with Telfa and gauze) instead of to the burn unit.

I suggested he may need Adaptic and bacitracin. When triage nurse was giving report to MD, I was referred to as a sales rep for Adaptic....the MD took one look at his arm, ordered the Adaptic and after draining the blisters, dressed the burns and wrote the burn clinic referral. I had not identified myself as a nurse prior to meeting the MD.

I had not been home when the injury happened. He would have gone to the burn unit that night had I been there to advocate for him.

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Just because I love the cartoon does not mean I do not listen to the patient or family when the tell me about their illness, medications, treatments, reactions, etc. Yes they do know their own body better than I do, and yes they can have good helpful insight about their illness. I am glad to have the family help me, within reason. It is not a black and white issue.

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I have always tried to include the patients' caregiver of the family , and have told them that that they have insights that the medical team is unaware of. I tried to be inclusive with my patients' permission of course.

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It should read they're better NOT their better. Embarrassing!

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PenguinsFanRN has 30 years experience and specializes in MICU.

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Ahhhhh, Dr Google. These are some of the worst. I usually just listen as I go about my business of caring for the patient. I initially try to educate them, but usually you just have to smile and do your nurse thing. I would love to ask " oh where did you say your MD/RN degree came from???????"

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I remember working on Thanksgiving and a patient's brother was an anesthesiologist. She decided to have some type of ice cream at 430pm. I was on my ac dinner medication rounds and he went off on me because she had to have her insulin at 5pm exactly, despite the fact that I had 5 patients who needed their supper insulin as well. He did not care about the other patients at all and she was at the far end if the hall so would get her tray last anyway. I had to stop midway and go see her before anyone else as he demanded it.

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lovingtheunloved has 12 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, home health, critical care.

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Well, you can discuss that nonsense with the physicians when they round. For now we do it my way.

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microtutor has 3 years experience and specializes in Acute Rehab, Progressive Care.

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Yep, they love to tell us all about how they know better, but they don't want to be in the room when the patient code-browns LOL, then we're all professional again!

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I am always suggesting to my patients that they stop consulting Dr Google and talk to their provider

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I worked in a rural hospital for a couple of years. We had a patient come in one evening with very high BP. (Can't remember the exact number but it was way up there.) We started her on BP meds, ordered some labs including a fasting lipid profile for the morning, and admitted her. The ER nurse was a friend of mine and she said that when this woman presented, the family was hollering that she MUST be sent to a larger city hospital. (Keep in mind that we were 2 hours out of the city and she did not have any signs or symptoms of an MI or stroke.) My friend asked what they thought the city was going to do for her that we couldn't. She never got an answer. The husband insisted that if her BP went over a certain number (I think 170 systolic) we were to call HIM (the doctor ordered that we call her if the BP went over 180) and that if his wife got any worse she WOULD be sent to the city.

I don't think I saw the outcome as I think that was my last night on for a while. I don't think she was there anymore when I came back to work - but what happened, I don't know.

(Frankly, had I been the nurse in charge and had he started pitching a fit I might have suggested that he simply sign her out AMA and take her to the city himself :-)

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Maevish has 9 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU, Postpartum, Onc, PACU.

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I detest more than 2 people in the pt's room at once, mostly because in ICU there are a lot of things needing to be in that room and they aren't it (obviously unless the patient is dying/comfort care/etc). This lady wouldn't budge and we'd just coded this elderly woman multiple times and she was looking as if she were ready to kick off again. I kept saying "Excuse me. Excuse me" literally every 8-10 seconds or so and she wasn't getting it.

I asked nicely if she would be able to step out to the waiting room as there was too much stuff in the room to accommodate her and all the machines/carts and what have you. Keep in mind that all she was doing was groping the woman and googling what she thought was going on with her skin, the codes, the gtts that were hanging, etc. She was standing right in front of the IV poles with gtts I was constantly having to titrate and she got put off with me asking her to move so much.

She was also the type who, according to everyone else in her family was never around until her mom got ill and then it was overkill and she'd been bugging the staff constantly for the 2 months her mom was in our unit. Also insisting that she knew better than everyone and had even had arguments with the doctors caring for the patient.:no:

I said, "Look lady, your mom is very sick and it looks like we're going to have to code her again and we have to get the crash cart in here to help her so what do you want? Do you wanna stay in here or do you want us to be able to get the crash cart in here?". That finally got to her and she didn't complain about me so I guess it was a good thing.

Sometimes the only words are the simple ones that get your point across.

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