Ever had a nurse or doc as a patient? - page 5

So... how bad was it? And while you are at it, ever BEEN a patient? How bad were you? :chuckle Com'on... be honest!... Read More

  1. by   juliebean4u
    Quote from Bipley
    Ohhh, do tell! What orders did he write?
    Wrote laxative protocal he thought he required, along with what he thought the other patients should have. Wrote himself an ativan order when he was feeling "edgy" or irritable. Wrote orders for PSYCH EVALS on the patients he couldn't get along with. His daily ambulation turned into doing "rounds" on the other patients, who all thought he was crazy. Hey..at least he got the exercise! He really was a cutie
  2. by   icyounurse
    A few months ago had this guy come in with end stage pancreatic cancer, impending respiratory failure. His daughter was an RN and she was with him 24 hours a day. She drove us all crazy. I had her the first night she was there with her dad. I spent the whole night going in and out of the room, writing down lists of "demands" and on the phone with docs regarding them [he needs tylenol and benedryl with that blood, no he's never had a reaction, but you just never know. I think he needs his lasix schedualed at 9 am instead of 8 am, ect. I could go on, but I won't ]these demands were many and varied and took up a WHOLE lot of time. SHE [not the pt] was on the call light constantly. She took vitals with the blood transfusion when I left the room and got irritated that I still had to take my own instead of documenting hers. She kept a written account of the nights events which she gave me a copy and went into extraordinary detail. Did I mention she never slept and woke her dad up everytime he got to sleep. The charge nurse tried to talk to her, but it made things worse.
    While i felt sorry for her and understood her frustration[mom recently died, really attached to dad and wanted to help, but you can't cure that kind of cancer so its frustrating, ect], I absolutely refused to take that pt back the next night because I felt that I neglected my other patients that night.
    Every nurse on our unit could only take her for one shift, no one ever took her 2 shifts in a row.
    The pt died after a week and I was really glad I wasn't working and did not have to witness that. She had his DNR overturned and he ended up on a vent before he died anyway.
  3. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    have had a few MD's and nurses as patient's- nothing horrible stands out. The only time I have been in the hospital was after my daughter was born by C-section. I worked upstairs in the Med-Surg dept. My IV infiltrated and I didn't even notice it. 1st day post-op they took my foley out, I loaded up on the PO fluids (stupid). I couldn't go- I wanted to REALLY bad but couldn't pee. They threatened me with a straight cath. I refused- eventually I went and, ahhhhhhh, what a relief!! I only remember calling once later that day to get my linens straightened (this was back in the day before we used fitted sheets- two sheets were used for the bottom and they frequently came undone) After that I was pretty much on my own- the next morning I got into the shower by myself.
  4. by   elthia
    Hi all, been away for awhile due to an injury.

    When I was a student nurse, I took care of an "old school" RN who asked for a basin and washcloth to get cleaned up, she stated she was unable to shower. I knew she had no clinical reason that would prevent her from showering, so I offered to get her a shower chair and assist her in the shower if she liked. She ripped me a new one. I didn't realize that back when she was a nurse a foley catheter was a contraindication to showering. :uhoh21:

    When I had surgery last year, I wasn't on a PCA, but I had an order for IV push pain meds every 2-3 hours. If I so much as wrinkled my brow my husband OR my sister who is an RN would hit the call light for painmeds, without even asking me if I needed it. I had worked with my dayshift nurse at the same hospital when we were both student techs, and my sister had also worked with my nurse before, so my pain was EXTREMELY well managed. Also, there was absolutely no way to keep the fact I was a nurse a secret...the nightshift nurse knew me from when I did clinicals as a student.:chuckle :chuckle She also kept me well medicated.

    When I was involved in an accident/injury at work earlier this month, the triage nurse was a good friend of my husbands, the nurse who cared for me in the ER was a good friend of my sisters, and the MD was a good friend of mine.:imbar :imbar The MD I'm following up with, knows I'm a nurse due to the H&P on how I obtained the injury.
    However, sometimes I wish I could just be a plain old patient...I'm in a lot of pain almost all the time, I'm scared, this is an injury that is going to cause chronic problems...I just want someone to tell me the facts...because I can't think objectively about myself...know what I mean?
    It's been said before, just because someone is a healthcare professional, does not mean that they don't need patient education...sometimes it's reassuring to have it...to me, sometimes the feeling of being taught implies that the person teaching you shows caring about you as a person/patient.
  5. by   NurseCard
    I had a doctor once, who was actually an OB/GYN and had in the past had not- so-complimentary things to say about the care that the nurses on my Med/Surge floor gave. Anyway, she was amazingly VERY nice, and sent us flowers and a nice card after her stay.

    She's actually the only doctor that *I* have ever cared for, though we've had several on our floor since then.

    I've cared for several nurses and nurse's aides. Never had a problem.

    I was a patient when I had my daughter, at my hospital. I think I was a good patient, and had a nice experience.
  6. by   JennRN&Mom23
    I've noticed that too. The worst family members I have dealt with were nurses. I never really understood that either. You would think they would be more understanding but they just seem to expect more of us.
  7. by   kadokin
    Quote from nursej22
    I have had several nurses and MD's as patients. The most challenging ones are the retired, "old school" type. They often remind you that you're not doing they way they did in their time. Rather than retort that things have changed a lot, I've learned to ask them, especially the retred nurses, about their experiences.
    I've been a patient, too, and hated every minute of it. I had a Demerol PCA that did nothing for the pain but screwed up my ability to communicate. So I had dry heaves for 8 hours after an abd. hysterectomy but couldn't seem to let my nurse know the Phenergan wasn't helping. When I tried to tell a different nurse that my IV was infiltrated she patted my IV site (ouch) and said it was fine. 2 hours later when my hand was the size a softball I asked her to reasess it. She clucked at me and said I would have to wait for the supervisor as she was just too busy. That was okay because I had quit using my PCA 2 hours ago because it was too painful. I dc'd my last IV after it infiltrated because I didn't want it patted either. Only 1 nurse in my 3 day stay asked me about my pain level. I looked at my records later and saw 6 different nurses rated my pain for me, at 4/10. I remember it as 7/10 for most of my stay.
    What an eye-opener:uhoh21: I hope you told some one in authority about these imcompetents (frauds, actually). That is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Then again. Maybe if it was charted, that means it's real in the legal world. Scary
  8. by   RN and Mommy
    When I worked in Assisted Living there was a physician who was there due to an inoperable (spelling?) brain tumor. He was really past our limits of care, but the family brought in hospice to take care of him. He was a wonderful man and I still think of him with much admiration for what he went through.

    I took care of one of the VP of Nursing at our hospital and everyone was like "Wash your hands, she's so and so...It's like, "Don't you always wash your hands and take standard precautions?" Apparently not if they need to remind people to do so! It is always frusturating when people are always like "She's so and so... a VIP", I am sorry, but I treat all my patients like VIP's not just the ones who work at the hospital or who are Dr. ________'s mom. C'mon people! Treat everyone like a VIP!
  9. by   kadokin
    Quote from stevielynn
    I had an experience like Sharon with an older retired RN who started out very cranky but truly was scared to death of her dx of colon ca. She stayed with us a long time and then went home to die. I rarely go to pts funeral either but I went to her's.

    The one thing I've noticed as a patient and an RN is that nurses and docs tend to think you don't need any pt teaching since you are a nurse. I had an emergency cesarean with my last child and was surprised at the assumption that I knew what was going to happen and how to care for myself after. I finally said "forget I'm a nurse and just treat me like all the other patients".

    I'm not a terrible patient because I know how hard it is to be a nurse and I'd never burden a nurse with a bratty attitude. I did as one other poster did though - I changed my linen and emptied my hat in the bathroom.

    I hate to ask people for favors.

    That is exactly why I don't tell the staff I am an RN when myself or a loved one is hospitalized. They tend to assume I know more than I do. I want to hear everything you tell your other pts, b/c there are a LOT of things I DON'T KNOW! Also, I thinks it makes the staff unduly nervous when they know a family member is a healthcare professional.
  10. by   bmoore1973
    i had a retired md once with demtia, you had to call him by dr not mr or his first name. several times in the night i caught him in other patients rooms trying to "check on them" it was the craziest night. he was so quick as far as leaving his room, i took a quick break and another nurse was supposed to check on him while i was off the floor and when i came back it took me 15 minutes to find him, he was in a patients room talking to them about their problems. it was very comical!
  11. by   kadokin
    Quote from MissMonica
    Have had several nurses as patients before on the PP unit...usually no big deal but one who worked at my same hospital tried to convince me to leave her meds at the bedside and when i wouldnt she started questioning me..."how long have you been a nurse? well, after 10 years you'll start leaving them...you wait and see..."
    I guess NCLEX stress, licensing fees, not seeing my family for 5 years, getting up for clinicals at 4:00am etc etc etc wasnt worth keeping that RN license to her...but it is to me!
    What? What? What? I smell a fish here. I wonder what your nurse/pt. was up to. She knows better.
  12. by   kadokin
    Quote from juliebean4u
    Had a pediatrician once who had senile dementia. Got irritable sometimes if the staff couldn't understand what he was trying to tell us. I finally started bringing him "Doctor's Orders" sheets and he'd write the orders for what he wanted. He was really a hoot. Then a retired nurse went into the room across from him and they fought for awhile, then really bonded. In fact, they "bonded" do well that the doc's wife divorced him!!:imbar
    Also, have any of you ever had to take care of a Dr's MOTHER? WHAT A NIGHTMARE!! The primary would order something, and this doc would come in to see her and end up writing his own orders that were exactly opposite! The other nurses decided it should be ME that had a talk with this guy! It actually went suprisingly well......
    Oh! And there was also the quadraplegic nurse who retired from being a state surveyor...but you can imagine how that went...
    Delightful anecdotes. Please write again soon.
  13. by   Still Riding
    Some of my classmates were on the neuro floor. So when I fell off a horse and got myself admitted with a head injury I ended up on the floor that my fellow students were on. I rember nothing of the first day and a half, and appearantly I wasn't acting very friendly. I told everyone were I thought they should go. The instructor that was on the floor with the students was my lab instructor. Appearnaly she came in to see how I was and I told her where she could go.

    When I becam eorienget to the world around me and started rembering my social skills I was a model Pt. I said sorry to all those that I swore at.

    It was akward being on the floor with my classmates and prof, but it ended up being interesting because I had lots of visits throughout the day from classmates and my prof. and friends when everyones classes were over. This was good since I don't live in the same province as my family, and felt kinda lonly.

    we can all laugh about it now.