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by diane227 diane227 (Member)

diane227 has 32 years experience and works as a I am about to embark on a new adventure as a state.

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One night when I was working triage in the ED a lady came to the desk wanting to know where her son was. I asked her what his problem was that brought him to the hospital. She said he had the "smiling mighty Jesus". After some discussion we were able to determine that he had "spinal meningitis".

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kermitlady has 4 years experience and works as a LPN.

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It wasn't a patient but we had a lady call my LTC facility on Christmas Day asking what would cause her tampon to fall out when she stood up. We never did figure out if it was a prank call or not; the nurse who took the call said it started out clinical but then just got creepy. And why would you call a nursing home about that type of issue anyways?

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micco works as a circulator.

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a patient who signed in with at triage with blue bonnet plague. we all wondered whether it was caused by exposure to parkay or if the pt had been to Texas recently.

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a CRRN, now a case management RN.

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One of my former nursing home residents (now deceased) placed a telephone call to 911 one evening. He told the operator, "This is an emergency. I have four BMs that need to be removed from me."

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Had an inmate who needed to be seen for a mindgrind (HA). :D

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DeadHeadRN works as a RN in the ED.

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We had a patient a few weeks ago call the FBI. Yes I said FBI to tell them that we were holding him hostage. We still don't know how he got the number, but you can imagine my surprise when the FBI called to speak to me. This was after he screamed "FIRE!!! Call 9-1-1!!!" ALL night. Did I mention that he had already called 911 to tell them that his nurse (that would be me) was on fire and they had to come put me out. He also thought his SCDS were "mid-evil torture devices" and "MUST come off immediately."

Note to self: DO NOT GIVE THIS MAN ANYMORE PERCOCET! He was A+O before the narcotics!

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CathyLew has 17 years experience and works as a Non-Official MEDITECH nursing support.

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I had a patient call 911 from his room to tell them he needed to get off the bedpan and couldn't find his call bell!

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Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN.

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we had a patient a few weeks ago call the fbi. yes i said fbi to tell them that we were holding him hostage. we still don't know how he got the number, but you can imagine my surprise when the fbi called to speak to me. this was after he screamed "fire!!! call 9-1-1!!!" all night. did i mention that he had already called 911 to tell them that his nurse (that would be me) was on fire and they had to come put me out. he also thought his scds were "mid-evil torture devices" and "must come off immediately."

note to self: do not give this man anymore percocet! he was a+o before the narcotics!

i've had patients call the police, the sheriff's department and even the secret service, but never the fbi! lol!

years and years ago, we had a patient who was crazy as a bedbug. he was screaming about the bugs on the ceiling, the convicts that had taken him prisoner, and the "rack" (as near as i can figure that was the balloon pump and the restraints we had on to keep him from pulling out his foley and balloon pump.) he was ranting and raving that he was a close personal friend of the president and if we didn't stop torturing him, he was going to report us to the cia and the secret service. given his general level of agitation and orientation, i'm thinking "yeah, right!"

late in the shift, i get a phone call from "a friend of your patient." so, i pick up the phone and this very familiar voice says "i'm inquiring after my friend, joe schmoe."

"who's calling please?"

"this is ronald reagon." (ok, not the reagon administration that called, but it was the name of the person who was president of the united states at that time.)

"sure you are," i said, and hung up the phone.

a bit later, a police officer came up to our unit asking for me. he showed me his badge and then said, "i'm trying to find out about the condition of your patient, joe schmoe."

this was long before hipaa, and if the police had a valid reason for wanting to know how a patient was, we'd update them. i was a little skeptical, though, because as far as i knew, this guy hadn't been involved in a crime. so i asked why the officer wanted to know.

"we got a call from the secret service," he began. "it seems that you've got a personal friend of the president here, and someone hung up on the president when he called to check in."

oops! the patient was looney tunes, but i guess he really was a friend of the president! and i have the personal distinction of being dumb enough to hang up on the president of the united states!

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and works as a MedLeg Consul/Educator/WHNP(E)-FNP.

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i've had patients call the police, the sheriff's department and even the secret service, but never the fbi! lol!

years and years ago, we had a patient who was crazy as a bedbug. he was screaming about the bugs on the ceiling, the convicts that had taken him prisoner, and the "rack" (as near as i can figure that was the balloon pump and the restraints we had on to keep him from pulling out his foley and balloon pump.) he was ranting and raving that he was a close personal friend of the president and if we didn't stop torturing him, he was going to report us to the cia and the secret service. given his general level of agitation and orientation, i'm thinking "yeah, right!"

late in the shift, i get a phone call from "a friend of your patient." so, i pick up the phone and this very familiar voice says "i'm inquiring after my friend, joe schmoe."

"who's calling please?"

"this is ronald reagon." (ok, not the reagon administration that called, but it was the name of the person who was president of the united states at that time.)

"sure you are," i said, and hung up the phone.

a bit later, a police officer came up to our unit asking for me. he showed me his badge and then said, "i'm trying to find out about the condition of your patient, joe schmoe."

this was long before hipaa, and if the police had a valid reason for wanting to know how a patient was, we'd update them. i was a little skeptical, though, because as far as i knew, this guy hadn't been involved in a crime. so i asked why the officer wanted to know.

"we got a call from the secret service," he began. "it seems that you've got a personal friend of the president here, and someone hung up on the president when he called to check in."

oops! the patient was looney tunes, but i guess he really was a friend of the president! and i have the personal distinction of being dumb enough to hang up on the president of the united states!

i am cracking up, ruby!!

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Wow - 99.9% of the time - it's the drugs...... and Ruby got the 0.1% that actually DID know the president!! :D

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Spidey's mom works as a RN.

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Wow - 99.9% of the time - it's the drugs...... and Ruby got the 0.1% that actually DID know the president!! :D

Isn't that the truth? :rolleyes:

I've got so many stories about people who were A/O X 3 prior to surgery and then went "Looney Tunes" afterwards. One was a guy I went to church with who accused me of not liking him because I never walked over and talked to him at church. Um, right . . ... who was I talking to last Sunday buddy?

Another guy thought he was being held against his will and he ended up escaping and was found 1/2 mile down the road in the snow wearing only a hospital gown.

His family just couldn't accept it was the drugs . . . . but days later, he was fine. Had no memory of the incident and was very embarrassed.

steph

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diane227 has 32 years experience and works as a I am about to embark on a new adventure as a state.

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This sounds REALLY like Texas. I know, i have lived there most of my life.

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