That's not a bad nurse - page 2

A friend of mine dislocated her shoulder and ended up in the emergency room. Because the emergency room is normally a hot mess express, she ended up having to wait over an hour and a half to be... Read More

  1. by   Knotanoonurse
    Quote from KRVRN
    "I want the doctor to start my IV"

    No, no you don't. You want the nurse that all the nurses agree is the best.
    Ha Ha a doctor put my patient back on the fetal monitor after she had used the bathroom because I was "nowhere to be found" AKA in another patient's room taking her to the bathroom. He proceeded to mAke coffee because he "supposed" I was also "too busy" for that either! He never hit the record button on the EFM (back in the paper recording days) AND he overfilled the pot with the entire package of coffee from which we used three scoops. You would not have wanted an IV from him anymore than you would have wanted a C. Section performed by me!
  2. by   BloomNurseRN
    So very true! I hear things like this too and it's so far from accurate.

    Recently my husband had surgery and in that facility pre-op, the anesthesiologist usually starts the IV. They have started thousands and anesthesiology is who we call in an emergency when nothing else can be gotten. And on the day my husband was having surgery, the anesthesiologist missed on the first attempt with a student watching as well. She gave me a little look to see if I was upset (the surgeon had outed me as a nurse) and I just smiled and said, "we all miss sometimes, those veins can really mess with us". I could see her let out her breath a little. I'm sure she hears complaints all the time but she definitely wasn't going to hear one from me.
    Last edit by BloomNurseRN on Sep 10, '17 : Reason: Used same word twice
  3. by   operations
    A bad nurse is one that does not adhere to the central dogma of nursing. Has a little empathy. Poor sense of ethic.
    However, if you miss a couple with the IV, I would say the best choice is to let someone else try.
  4. by   Mariererenata64
    I had someone request a PICC line for an outpatient surgery because she was a "hard stick". Okayyyyyy..
  5. by   oneof5
    Quote from KRVRN
    "I want the doctor to start my IV"

    No, no you don't. You want the nurse that all the nurses agree is the best.
    Yes, I have heard that one a TON! But they always have a story to tell about how bad it was last time and how the 'Head Nurse" had to come in and start it. Well I started telling patients that I was "Head Nurse" when someone came to me and asked me to try an IV that they couldn't get. Before everyone goes ballistic over me saying that, we didn't have head nurses or charge nurses at the surgery center where I worked. Even my manager thought it was funny.
  6. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from Irish_Mist
    LOL. I have never heard this one before. Honestly, I doubt most of the physicians I know have started in IV in the last five years and that is being generous. If requested, they'd all agree that the nurses are the best choice for starting an IV.
    I hear "I want the doctor to give my injection". No you don't. You want the nurse who actually gives injections on a regular basis.
  7. by   Roz, RN
    You want the doctor to start your IV? OK. But he's going to stick it in your neck.
    Last edit by Roz, RN on Sep 13, '17 : Reason: Forgot to add something
  8. by   Roz, RN
    I explain that starting an IV is like being a major league batter. Some days, you hit nothing but home runs. Some days, you strike out every time you're at bat. On good days, you hit some and you miss some.
  9. by   NurseCard
    Lord.... if missing IV sticks makes one a bad nurse, then consider me
    Annie Wilkes.
  10. by   bluebonnetrn
    Besides the fact that these kinds of comments are fueled by social media, I think this is just indicative of the general public's level of ignorance regarding the knowledge and skill set required to be a nurse. They just have no idea. And it's sad.
  11. by   AlabamaBelle
    I just had an endoscopy/colonoscopy. I had an experienced nurse who was orienting at our facility (yep, went to my own small hospital) try to start an IV on me. I suggested my fat sidewinder on the left side, but she told me that they preferred the right side since I'd be on my left side. I said, okay and good luck with that, especially my AC. Well, that's where she went. Found a nice, bouncy vein that absolutely rolled and disappeared. I had a nice bruise and hematoma. She deferred to her preceptor, which I appreciated. She got my right wrist. Was nurse number 1 bad? Nope, she did a great assessment and was everything I'd ask for in a nurse. She chose her battles carefully.

    My daughter-in-law was in labor with our grandson. Things started to go downhill. The epidural decided to quit, she has no pain tolerance at all. The baby started having decels. L & D isn't my area, but I remembered some stuff from nursing school. DIL's nurse was an experienced nurse, just new to L&D. During the chaos and increasing threat of an emergency section (anesthesia was in the room for quite a while), the nurse felt overwhelmed and asked an experienced nurse (I knew her) to step in. We were grateful that her orienting nurse knew when she needed to back off, take a break and learn from the seasoned nurses. We actually requested to have her back, but she got reassigned the next shift. She was a terrific nurse.

    I am not always the best at IV starts. Some days are diamonds, some are dust. Elders with fragile veins and crinkly skin are difficult. An experienced, 70+ nurse taught me in one session so much about starting IVs when I had to start one on her...I thought that was the best ever! One the smartest nurses I know will tell you he is not your go to guy for IVs.

    Now, if you want a Dobhoff placed, call me.