Oh God, A NURSE is my pt!!!! - page 4

Ever had a nurse as your patient and really found this quite challenging...thinking she/he is questioning your care/assessment/priorities... or God forbid reporting your conduct to your shift leader... Read More

  1. by   Cattitude
    i've taken care of nurses and dr's . they're patients, some great, some not so great. i've been a pt. once or twice. thankfully i was able to do a lot for myself and didn't really have to ask for much. if i was on bedrest or something, i'd still probably be the idiot trying to do everything for myself,.
  2. by   Roy Fokker
    I took care of a nurse who worked evenings on my first week off orientation :uhoh21:

    Wasn't too bad - assessment was a cinch (she told me "exactly" in the manner it needed to be charted :chuckle) ...

    ... .it was just... weird, KWIM?
  3. by   LouRN92
    I have taken care of nurses or nurses family members and I have found that they appreciate explainations just like other people and often don't have experience in that particular area.

    I was a patient 2 years ago for kidney stones. I found it a really interesting experience! I found myself not focusing on how technically competent my caregivers were, but on how compassionate they were. To be really honest I had so much medication that I don't remember much. BUT the nurses that went the extra mile and really cared are the ones that I appreciated.
    I say this because when I get something really technically perfect I feel like I've really done a bang up job but that might not be something the patient even cares about. (Being technically competent is critical)...

    Just some food for thought. And I was a rotten patient.
  4. by   SitcomNurse
    Quote from oncomom
    Ill tell you though, you have never experienced fear until you have taken care of the CEO's mother
    Try taking care of the Senators mother. In NY.
    God Bless my co-workers!!
  5. by   trudlebug
    About 6 months after graduation - had one of my nursing instructors as a patient! Thought she'd be grading me the whole time, but she was a great patient. (one of my colleagues told me she was a bear when her husband was a patient, tho).
  6. by   SoCalif1979
    I've had nurses and doctors as patients. Most of them are wonderful, non demanding and understanding patients. A real pleasure to work with and care for. There is the occassional nurse that will pull the "nurse card" in an attempt to manipulate the nurses and staff especially when it comes to narcotics. I had one in a place I went to regularly as registry who would always play that card to get more narcotics than she was supposed to. She was extremely harrassing to the CNAs as well. She could get out of bed but refused to. She would stay in bed and just change her own briefs. When She would pull the "I'm a nurse" card with me regarding her narcs I would just kindly explain "Then as a nurse you understand the laws regulating controlled substances and for your safety why I must adhere to the prescribed schedule of your doctor and also why I can't just leave these medications by your bed for you to take them at your convenience. I know that as an older experienced nurse you will understand why I must stick to the book." I never had any problems with her after that.

    This does end in a sad way. I came back some time later and she wasn't there. I asked what happened. It was no secret that NONE of the staff liked this patient. I was told by one of the staff nurses that one evening this patient was found leaning to one side and drooling, unable to speak, funcioning below her baseline mentation, and was in obvious distress. Everyone on that shift ignored her. She was not a DNR. She died.
  7. by   castens
    I advise newer nurses to watch themselves when they have a nurse or MD as a patient. If you find yourself double checking meds and namebands or examining skin or doing a more thorough assessment with nurses and doctors -- ask yourself why! Your standard of care should be just as high for all the normal folks. In that case, it's not that you're giving better care to nurses and docs, but you're giving sub-standard care to others. Ask yourself why you feel the need to be "more careful" with collegues... could it be because you need to be more careful in general?

    (I'm not saying that this applies to the OP, but something for all of us to remember.)
  8. by   boriquarn
    I have had plenty of nurses and physicians as patients. For the most part, they are not bad!

    In my opinion and experience, my WORST patients have been physician's wives!
  9. by   SoCalif1979
    Quote from boriquarn
    i have had plenty of nurses and physicians as patients. for the most part, they are not bad!

    in my opinion and experience, my worst patients have been physician's wives!

    you are so right!!! they can be demanding and spoiled! little princess wannabes. we had on physician's wife call 911 because her nurse wouldn't give her an unscheduled narcotic!
  10. by   All_Smiles_RN
    In my one year as a nurse, I've taken care of several nurses and/or their family members. They were all wonderful experiences. Even though I didn't feel very skilled at the time, I am very compassionate and feel in tune with others' needs, so I believe I gave them what they needed. They were so kind and understanding, thereby reducing my own "novice-nurse-taking-care-of-an-experienced-nurse" anxiety.

    I remember having to start an IV on a nurse. I was so nervous. I was still at the stage where when I would get an iv, I would say "go me!" in my head lol. I blew the vein my first shot, apologized and told her I'd get someone else to give it a try. She said "oh no you won't. you're going to get this iv. come on now." lol, and yes i did get it. just needed a kick in the butt to do so! ;-)
  11. by   DEB52
    I have been the patient many times in the hospital where I work.Most of the nurses were great and they understood that we worked in different fields. When I was in the hospital over Easter weekend they were great. They brought me some of the food they had brought in.They were very caring and did not just assume that I knew everything about sick sinus syndrome.Because I didn't know anything about. They were great about teaching and coming in to shake me if my heart rate went down to 30. I felt like those infants in NBICU who need to be stimulate when they brady down.Anyway, I think I was a good patient mostly because I sleep so much do to the low heart rate. So the day after Easter, last year, I got an pacemaker.
  12. by   RNtigerEMT
    Have taken care of many nurses (active and retired), very few problems. Most of the time was able to learn something from them. The older retired nurses with dementia were the worst though, they would regress and try to take care of the roommate, reprogram IV pumps, etc. Even had one tell her roommate that she was her nurse for the evening, and she (the roommate) had a very poor prognosis, and wasn't likely to make it through the night Needless to say , the retired, demented nurse got her own private room, and spent the rest of the night comforting and reassuring the roommate that no she was not going to die that night.
    Drs mother was a pt once, and this particular dr was a terror anyways. That night was horrible for the entire staff.
    As a pt on my own unit, I tried to be a good pt. I had gotten off work after the third of 5 scheduled 12 hrs night shifts. Wasn't feeling the greatest, AM nurse (and very good friend) tried to convince me to go to ER, but I went home. Called when I got home per her instructions, and she put my cardiologist on the phone, who then attempted to send a squad after me. I drove back in, still in my uniform from night shift. Lab comes in to draw blood, and i ended up telling her what to draw> She had the standard beginning labs, and I knew what my Dr usually ordered prior to heart caths, so I told her. Saved her another trip and me another stick. It took them 4 tries to start my IV, no problem except the RN taking care of me blew the IV and I felt it blow. Told her, she hooked it up anyway, major bruising/swelling. She was not a tele nurse, never even did an assessment on me. My LPN that day was wonderful. Biggest problem was the dayshift PCT (male, normally not an issue, but he is to this day a major idiot) would not leave me alone. He sat in my room for I know 3 hrs, until my DH figured out I was wanting to strangle him. He told him to leave before I got up and removed him. All I wanted to do was sleep, but was to scared. Told the staff the only special tx I wanted was aprivate room, seeing as how I had been on the unit for 3 days and knew most of the pts. Went home that night, ended up getting a write up because I did not work my last 2 scheduled shifts that week. I tried to go back in , they sent me home, and I had a DR excuse. :angryfire
    sorry so long. Just remember, nurses are people to, they get sick just like every one else. Treat them the same as you do the rest of your pts, with excellent care, try to comply with thier wishes as long as medically feasible, treat like you would want your family member treated.
  13. by   JessicRN
    When I was a patient some nurses knew I was a nurse others did not. I was a non complainer I found my care to be excellent. I did however have a nurse come in and say "we have never seen levels like that before and we have no idea what to do with it and giggled" I also was in the hospital for ten days and got one clear fluid meal in the entire time (I was dealing with 3 different groups or depts (medical,surgical and gastroenterology)) no one could make a decision. I was on q4h demerol injections but I had no muscle mass and it was the nurses who went to the doctors and said she needs a PCA pump and got it. They also pushed it during the night so I would not wake up in severe pain (yes it is a no no but I loved them for it). My surgeon was great and gave me the best description of my surgery I was to have then left and came back and said 'you could have told me you were a nurse' my response was why and miss that wonderful explanation? no way.
    I have taken care of many a nurse doctor or family member of a nurse or doctor and have had no problems treat them as you would like to be treated is all. If you mess up let them know especially when you are new. Do not be offended if they request a more experienced nurse though if they have really difficult veins for IV's and such. If they are willing to be victim and let you stick them let them guide you they know there veins.)