UGH, I cannot STAND attitudes like this. :angryfire I don't treat ANYONE any differently, and constantly complaining about asinine crap is going to work against you, if anything, certainly not IN your favor. GRRR. The patients that are going to get more TLC from me are the ones that obviously have very little or NO family, and haven't been well taken care of at home and NEED that little bit of extra comfort, not the other way around! Good grief.
I remember a while back we had a patient that we were told was, uh, "VIP." (we don't see that very often, I don't live in a very big city or a *famous* locale or anything like that). His family owns one of the largest companies in the area (so, they have CHING) and he's on the hospital board. (My reaction?....big flippin' hairy deal). He was also the whiniest, biggest baby I've dealt with in a LONG time. We were told to spend extra time with him, and treat him with "kid gloves." Oh, BS. You're a grown man, so suck it up, babes. Being rich and on the board gives you NO more right than anyone else to getting good care from me....you're not going to get any less, but it's not going to be more....I give the best care I can to everyone (and so do the bulk of my colleagues, for real, I work with a great team), and I can say that honestly, so what did our admin want from me/us?
In turn, NORMALLY we are not supposed to accept gifts, etc from patients, but administration approved his gifts to the staff members that took care of him, which were gift certificates to a local pub/restaurant. He gave them to quite a list of people (he had quite an extended stay), so no doubt he spent a lot of money to do that. Now, don't think I'm unappreciative of the gesture, but I also don't understand why he got away with being able to do that, when other patients would be told they can't give such gifts to staff, and normally we're told we can't accept them? If he comes back as a patient, is he REALLY going to expect better treatment since he "paid us off" last time?
Sorry to go off on the rant.......I hate this kind of thing (obviously, right?).