Patients and their crazy requests - page 3

These past few weeks have just been silly with patients. One lady acutally asked me to use her tweezers and pull out any stray chin hairs that she might find in her magnifying mirror she'd... Read More

  1. by   canoehead



    Quote from NursingStudent5548
    I have to be honest here don't shoot me...but I have PIH and was 7 months pregnant and there wouldn't be a parking spot for blocks except for the numerous handicapped spots near my classes.... So I did contemplate asking my OB/GYN for a handicap tag for that!!
  2. by   cmyersRN
    Re: Patients and their crazy requestsI have to be honest here don't shoot me...but I have PIH and was 7 months pregnant and there wouldn't be a parking spot for blocks except for the numerous handicapped spots near my classes.... So I did contemplate asking my OB/GYN for a handicap tag for that!!

    I didn't do it and decided the walking would be beneficial to making my labor that much smoother...but man sometimes I wondered if I would make it carrying my books, my weight, and the baby too!!


    That's not so crazy though. When I was eight months pregnant (and the size of a whale) I would almost die with relief if I went to a grocery store or mall that had one of those Expecting/New Mother parking spots near the front. It's one thing to be pregnant and carrying 25 extra lbs of baby weight while tromping through a parking lot, but quite another to be a healthy 20-something male with not an oz of fat on him. :wink2:
  3. by   SoundofMusic
    sorry, i'm not a chin hair plucker. are you angry about the demand itself or the demanding demeanor? chin hairs can be quite an issue for women.
    i had to laugh at this. yes, chin hairs can be a problem for some women. they're a problem for me, actually, also.

    but they are definitely not a medical problem. they are a cosmetic problem. as a nurse, am i really there to "fix" people's cosmetic issues? honestly?

    or should i rather be doling out bp meds for high pressures, doing my q4 neuro and tele checks, my many pts' status, etc.

    i'm sorry -- i've got other things to do!! she could use her arms and hands! why couldn't she do this herself? she had a mirror! yeesh. lol.
  4. by   meluhn
    I had a patients wife ask me to give him a back rub once(she was in the room visiting all day). I know we are taught about the back rub in NS but does anybody actually do this? Other than a bit of massage as I am applying lotion to someones back I have never actually done this. Who has time for this? At first I thought, "Well techinically I should." but then I thought "I will be darned if I am going to give a back rub with all this other stuff I have to do while the man's wife just sits by and watches". I thought that was kind of wierd of her to ask, as if I give some kind of magical nurse back rub that she cant do. I told her I would come back if and when I had the time which of course I never did.
  5. by   meluhn
    Quote from VivaRN
    I am running into the outpatient version of this entitled behavior and it is driving me CRAZY. No, you cannot miss your appointment and then walk in at 4pm demanding to be seen because you have seasonal allergy sx and never took your Claritin. Go to the ER if it's so bad you are going to throw the world's largest tantrum in the waiting room if I can't see you RIGHT... NOW... !!!!!!

    I hate being manipulated by patients who make their complaints sound so awful and terrible, I squeeze them in around my patients who KEPT their appointments, only to find that the 10/10 abdominal pain has been going on for 7 years... the patient wanted someone to yell at (yours truly), or the real problem is "I didn't get my mammogram appointment in the mail." Now I'm behind, and made my patients who are actually sick wait. Oh it burns me up. I wish I had a truth-o-meter.

    I understand why this population (mentally ill, substance abuse) behaves this way - working with society is not their specialty. But it's still a lot to handle during a day already packed with patients.

    Phew. It's been a rough Monday.
    Haven't you ever heard that old joke:

    How do you know when a substance abuser is lying?

    Idk How?

    Their mouth is moving.

    LOL It is so true. I could never work with the MICA population, I am way too gullible.

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