Nurses as Patients: What was your best/worst experience as a patient? - page 3

Inquiring minds want to know: What was your BEST/WORST experience as a patient? Maybe we all can learn from it and improve our practice. Good goal for Nurse's Week, don't you think?... Read More

  1. by   TazziRN
    Best: I can't choose between two but both were at the hospital I work at. My delivery experience was wonderful and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The second was a year later when the same baby was admitted for pylo. We spent three days in medsurg and I was so happy with the care she (and I) got that I wrote a letter to the manager and named everyone individually.

    Worst: I wasn't the pt, my mom was. She went to UCSF to attempt an aneurysm coiling. She took Plavix for several days pre-procedure, takes ASA everyday, and got heparin intraprocedure. My dad and I checked on her in PACU then went to get something to eat. When we came back the staff told me Mom was vomiting blood. The staff found out I was a nurse and my mom's nurse literally deserted me. Here I am holding my mom sitting up with a tiny kidney basin in my hand while she's puking blood and trying to suction out her mouth with the other hand. I kept calling for someone to help me and the nurse kept saying that I was doing fine and that since I was a nurse, I can help. I contacted pt relations about that one. I do not mind helping when relatives are pts but don't desert me like that.
  2. by   chenoaspirit
    Worse: The nurse pushing UN-diluted Phenergan into my IV, then saying "I guess I could have diluted it" when I complained.

    Best: Another nurse actually listening to me and allowing me to be a part of my care.
  3. by   caliotter3
    When a patient states that they want no one to enter their room because they are being stalked, harassed, have been assaulted, etc. do not ignore their statements. When you ignore a frightened, anxious patient, you too, could become a victim of the perpetrator she/he is talking about. Not all of us have the means to hire personal body guards. If we did, we would. And we can not bring weapons into the hospital so that we can protect ourselves when we are conscious and awake.
  4. by   feisty_lpn
    After my 3rd scheduled c/s in 10yrs, I had a horrible nurse. When my spinal wore off, the OB had prescribed percocet prn for pain. I informed my nurse that I would need my pain med and she said "I'll go get your percocet in a minute". Then I informed her that "percocet does not work for me, it might as well be placebo". She said "Well, thats what he ordered and I don't have time to call him for something else"... YES she actually said that to me!!!

    I went through the roof. Second day post-op... no pain meds for TEN HOURS!! I was crying, I couldn't pee (they had to straight cath me TWICE), and I was TICKED. This same nurse keeps telling me, while I'm in extreme pain, that I need to get up and walk or I won't recover as quickly. I was not very nice when I told her that "I have been through this twice before. I know I need to walk but if you were any kind of nurse at all, you would know that pain control is only secondary to infection control. Get something that works or buzz off" (insert lots of curse words into that LOL).

    My doc finally came around, threw a fit when he heard and apologised to me and made up for it by giving me Dilaudid PO and a script for home use.