Do you ever forget your patient's names? - page 3

Last night a doc asked me how mr so/and/so was doing. For the life of me, the name did not ring a bell. I felt so stupid. He looked at me and said, "well, if you manage to find him tonight, then... Read More

  1. by   prmenrs
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    honey, i forget my own name!!!

    same here--that's why they give us a name badge!!
  2. by   bethin
    Yeah, I forget names. Being an aide and responsible for sometimes 30 patients I have a real hard time remembering first and last names of all 30 in the 15 mins it takes to get report.

    And we refer to pts by their room number when at the nurses station, hallway etc so others don't hear that they're neighbor is on the same floor as they are. I don't like putting a number on a pt but I'll do it for the sake of privacy.
  3. by   Fairemaid
    [QUOTE=rnin02;2177583Half the time lately I'm forgetting my coworkers' names, that's really bad. Just sitting there, staring at them, struggling to come up with their name so I can say something...and I've worked with these nurses for 6+ months now![/QUOTE]

    This always happened to me, until I started putting all the nurses names at the top of my first page of "brains". I also write down the name of the UC the CNA or NT, the RT and the unit assistant pager number. And in case I forget my own name, I write it in the corner of my paper near the staple, that way if I misplace my papers, somebody will know who they belong to.

    Last edit by Fairemaid on Apr 27, '07 : Reason: spelling
  4. by   LeesieBug
    Don't feel bad. I have had doctors look at me with a blank stare when I ask about Mr. Jones, or Mr Smith, or whatnot. They do it ,too. We all have our moments, with very few people being the exception.

    Yes, I forget names at times...that's why safety rules are so important....such as checking wrist bands and having pt state name before med/procedure and comparing c chart/order. I swear with the fast turnover in our dept. they can all start to run together, particularly when you get pts who have a very similar age,appearance and dx.
  5. by   psalm
    Many of my pts. are in contact isolation so I have to gown and glove...I may forget their name that is conveniently in my uniform pocket on my cheat sheet! So if it is a first time assessment and I am already gowned, I will introduce myself and look at arm band and ask what pt. would prefer being called, by first or surname or any nickname.
  6. by   kanzi monkey
    Quote from RNsRWe
    My eldest will never let me forget the day I called to him by his brother's name, then my husband's, then the CAT'S!! At that point we were both laughing and I said "whoever the heck you are, you KNOW I'm talking to YOU, so do it!" LOL...
    Ok, that's hilarious. Had a rough day, but reading this post I heard myself laugh for the first time in hours.
  7. by   L&DRNJenn
    Quote from MarySunshine
    Sometimes I'll go to the Pyxis to get a med out and I'll just stand there for a second not remembering what name to type in. Then I'll remember..."It starts with a B..." and go from there. Sad, but true.
    I always do that!
    I'm really bad with names. That's when I pull my sheet out of my pocket.
  8. by   Roy Fokker
    Had a PA call me in the morning about Mrs. XYZ and "can I speak to her nurse please".

    I put her on hold and searched through the assignment board before realising she was talking about patient in 683. I sheepishly re-connected and told her it was me.

    She says: "Wow! That took you some time. You mean you didn't know?"

    I just said "Sorry, but you've got no idea how crazy it's been up here". I felt like an idiot for forgetting my patient's name but I thought she was being silly for making a "deal" out of it.

    Thankfully the conversation didn't linger on that subject and moved onto more pertinent things.

    Bottom line? I may not have my patient's names at the tip of my tongue and it usually takes the room number to bring my brain back to full speed again.

    Don't mean I'm incompetent or dumb.

    Quote from RNsRWe
    My eldest will never let me forget the day I called to him by his brother's name, then my husband's, then the CAT'S!! At that point we were both laughing and I said "whoever the heck you are, you KNOW I'm talking to YOU, so do it!" LOL...
    Ahhh... ok! So it is not just my Mother who suffers from this!
  9. by   RNperdiem
    This is where "sir" and "ma'am" come in. I did not grow up using those terms, but they sure are useful when you have forgotten a name, and just fine here in North Carolina.
    Unfortunately, I have slipped up and used "baby" or "sweetie" a couple of times. That's what happens when you spend most of your waking hours with your kids.
  10. by   AliRae
    I only have 1 or 2 kiddos at a time, so their real names don't escape me. But darned if I can remember what the parents prefer to call that baby today! Doesn't matter if his given name is "Jack", they're sure to be referring to him as "Winston" or "Noah" or something else not related in any way to the name on the kid's armband.

    But they're mostly little, so for the most part "lovey" or "bubba" works in a pinch. =)
  11. by   MrChicagoRN
    I have an excellent memory, can recount whole conversations, yet occasionally blank out on a name.
    I'm sure that every clinician has had this happen a time or two.

    I even called a Dr around midnight or so & had to convince him that a particular patient was his. Gave his name, age, where he came from... "Oh, Yeah..."

    Don't sweat it.
  12. by   CritterLover
    forget a patient's name????
    [color=#a0522d]all the freakin' time.
    [color=#a0522d]it is the one situation where i feel blessed to be working in the south, where "sir" or "ma'am" will get you through. (as long as you can figure out who is a "sir" and who is a "ma'am; very bad to get them confused :imbar )
    [color=#a0522d](i honestly can't figure out why "love" and "darling" are "terms of affection" deemed to be on the "bad list," but "sir" and "ma'am," which are just as anonymous, are readily acceptable; no matter, i can adapt.)
    [color=#a0522d]wth the number of patient's we are expected to see in a day, it is no wonder that we can't keep track of their names. nor should we be expected to -- that is what arm bands are for. if we were working in ltc, then i would expect to get to know the patients and their names, along with their likes/dislikes/needs. some days, when working er, i see over 30 patients. please. even if we were that good, the opportunity for mistakes is just too great. i'd rather accept that i'm not good with names, and ask/check arm band each time.