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Frustrating Nurse Family Members

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adventure_rn is a BSN and specializes in NICU, PICU.

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RN-to- BSN has 6 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in SCRN.

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On 2/27/2020 at 8:06 AM, jasmineleigh11 said:

They also seem to be the most non-compliant patients that I see- not wanting to complete labs, don't come to follow up appointment, don't complete scans that were ordered.

I was quite shocked at the pediatrician's visit last year, when MD said: " You are very easy going. For a nurse." Seeing my eyebrows go up, she added: "Mom nurses come over with a diagnosis already in their head, and tell me what to do." I muttered something about respect and that I am not a PEDIATRIC nurse, and we left it at that.

I guess she sees a lot of difficult mom-nurses.

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On 2/26/2020 at 8:58 AM, Waiting for Retirement said:

Agreed. If I'm with the patient (it's a family member of mine) I'm usually quiet unless the staff start explaining things and then I let them know I'm a nurse so they don't have to start at Step One. If it's me who's the patient and I'm answering the barrage of questions then it's a lot harder to hide that I'm a nurse because of course I'm specific in my terms so we can just get to it already LOL. In taking my child to a new medical office for the first time, a new provider, I gave a social history like *I* would want one and of course he asked me if I was a nurse; he wished he got concise details like that from every Mom!

When I worked the floor it used to bug me that the person announcing "I'm in the medical field" or "medical profession" was 100% of the time found out to be an EMT, a nursing aid, a medical assistant. None of which was relevant to the condition or care of their family member in the bed.

Can you nicely, sweetly, ask them what their degree is and where they went to school?

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2 hours ago, LPN Retired said:

Can you nicely, sweetly, ask them what their degree is and where they went to school?

Oh, I haven't been bedside in years! My post was reminiscing 🙂 But yes I have asked that, and that's usually where the truth was discovered. Except once as I recall, when the answer was "I went to school out of state" as if that mattered if they were being truthful LOL!

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