What is your biggest nursing pet peeve? - page 30

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  1. by   CarolineRn
    Quote from EmeraldNYL
    Wow, I couldn't agree more. Like helloooo, the vent is alarming and your loved one's O2 Sat is 75%, but you want me to fluff the patient's pillow right this very second?! :chuckle

    LOL!! Absolutely, this is my BIGGEST pet peeve! I don't even mind answering call lights for others when I have a chance, in fact I would rather pass the time actually *working* than reading cosmo or some other such nonsense that some enjoy. Real work kills time, and the faster my shift goes, the better. But it is soo very difficult for me when I am doing something important and I get family in my face demanding I acquiesce to their demands for pillow fluffs like a hotel concierge or something. And I agree with you, I know it's important to the family member/pt at the time, and they cannot possibly understand that I am involved in something more urgent when it looks like I am just playing with a computer or reading a chart, but it really takes every single reserve of my patience to cordially smile at them and say, "I'll get to it in just a moment," when I want to just scream because there are ten more emergent things I need to deal with!

    The public is horribly misinformed about what nurses actually do. And although nine out of ten times I genuinely like my patients and their families, and always enjoy providing comfort to all of them, they just do NOT get priorities, and who can expect them to-- unless they are nurses also?

    So I suppose this will continue to be my main pet peeve, because there is nothing to be done about it. Were I in the family member's shoes, even being a nurse, I'd consider my loved one the biggest priority. And man, don't you guys all just treasure those family members who help out in any way they can? Getting ice from the machine themselves for their dad instead of hitting the call light every three seconds? Fluffing pillows, and yes-- even going to the linen cart and getting a blanket instead of calling me? And I pray that despite my irritation at some of the seemingly silly requests, I never lose sight of the fact that these people are only doing these things out of love.

    Annoying as it is, I always try to remember that that irritating family member could be me, just as I always try to remember that pt could be my husband or child.

    I wonder how many nurses end up needing psych help before retirement? :chuckle
  2. by   CarolineRn
    Quote from BETSRN
    I have to agree here. It's one thing to see a word spelled incorrectly that is obviously a typo, but to see poor grammer and blatant spelling errors really bugs me also. I truly think I do judge people (especially professionals) by how they write.
    Ugh. I am guilty of this too. And you know what is worse? I used to pride myself on my grammar and spelling-- wanted to be a writer. In fact it's still a long-term goal of mine (Have a WIP that I've been playing with for years now), but I've noticed my spelling and grammar going down the tubes lately. It actually began in nursing school. I wonder if it has anything to do with the whole left brained/right brained thinking process? Spelling and grammar used to come naturally to me, but ever since I began nursing, I've noticed a big difference! (I almost had to spell-check that word!) :chuckle

    Nevertheless, to this day I notice errors in everything I read-- and I'm never looking for them! I would make an excellent proofreader-- unfortunately minimum wage is just a tad bit less than needed to repay my student loans! :chuckle
    I have to agree with you and other posters who say that when another Nurse misuses a word like prostrate for prostate, I secretly question their intelligence. But many times these same people run circles around others in nursing skills and in the end, unless we're writers, editors, or poorly compensated proofreaders--it doesn't amount to squat in nursing.
    Last edit by CarolineRn on Jan 28, '05 : Reason: Inferior grammar secondary to nursing stress syndrome
  3. by   CarolineRn
    Quote from BETSRN
    WE may all pass the same test, but there are different skill levels and abilities to think critically. Pasing a test does not mean one is a competent nurse.
    Sorry Bets, if it seems like I keep responding to all your posts--Actually I agreed with most, but I have to disagree with this one on a technicality. (spell check, please!?)

    Anyway, I just wanted to remind you that if one passes the NCLEX, one has proven to have demonstrated a "minimum level of competancy expected to practice as an entry level RN." The wording is probably different, but my point is that the boards do make it clear that you must prove at least a minimum competancy level in order to pass.

    If you'd said that passing a test (for any other test beside the NCLEX) doesn't make one competant, I could not take exception. But-- *supposedly* if you pass NCLEX (ADN or BSN-- same test) you have proven to the experts to have at least the minimum amount of competency to practice as an RN at a beginning level. So anyone who has passed the NCLEX needs to be given props for that. It goes without saying that the true test of competancy starts on the unit or the floor, but even the brand new RN should have enough competance to access ABC's, and be instrumental as a team member from day one.

    If you were strictly speaking of skill levels and critical thinking abilities, then as before, we are in agreement. We all know these things take time and experience. I'm not trying to create a "duh" moment here, just as I know that your post wasn't meant to belittle new RN's. Just taking a minute to remind our new RN's that they are valuable, possess competence and are very much needed!
  4. by   CarolineRn
    Quote from stevierae
    And, in surgery--people who should know better--the retractor is called a WEITLANER, people!!! :angryfire


    There is no D!!!!! It is NOT pronounced "WHEAT-LAN-DER."

    I know I have made this point before, but it bears repeating.....some folks never learn!!!!!
    LOL Stevieray! I've been out of the OR for awhile, and am honestly considering going back. Thanks for the heads up! I guess saying "wheatie" is inappropriate also? :chuckle

    Thanks though, things like that bug me, so I will definately remember this one.
  5. by   lindymarie
    Quote from mamabear
    Lazy RN who uses the "he's not my patient" excuse while I'm in the middle of admitting an involuntary commitment and said RN is cutting articles out of the newspaper.
    Chicken-s$$t, cowardly RN who hides out in the med room when things start to get a little tense.
    Cold, uncaring RN who, rather than spend 5 minutes talking with a patient, yells "get back to your room NOW or you'll get a shot".
    Stupid, lazy, inept RN who tries to get psych techs to administer meds or treatments because said tech has "rapport" with the patient.
    Insubordinate, lazy, cowardly RN who disobeys a direct order from the MD because he "didn't want to start an argument" with a combative patient.
    Ignorant, superstitious RN who covers the computer monitor with paper so the computer can't see him.
    OCD, fuss-budget RN who covers the desk with newspaper so he can work on a sterile surface, swabs down every flat surface with alcohol so he doesn't get "other people's germs", and puts on gloves to give P.O. meds. :angryfire
    This is one and the same person. And our director wonders why he can't get anybody to work with the bozo. This same director, prior to becoming The Boss, was working one night, along with me and the above-described "nurse". We had a severely psychotic patient go off, big time. While I was calling the cops and EMS, our cowardly coworker had locked himself in the med room, where it took him 20 minutes to draw up I.M. Haldol, Cogentin, and Ativan. The patient knocked out 4 of a cop's teeth and tried to take a header out of a second story window (before he finally got maced), while I was trying to heard 10 confused and frightened patients back to their rooms. :angryfire
    And this fool STILL has a job! :angryfire

    Sounds to me like he's the one in need of four point restraints, a room and some Haldol. lol

    It also sounds as though he is placing you in danger.
  6. by   lindymarie
    !. Coming in to work 11 to 7 and finding all 4 aides from 3 to 11 in the cafeteria, particapating in various activities, while the hall is lit up like a Christmas tree, no ice has been passed, and worst of all no HS snacks. They all proceed to tell you how they haven't had time to do any of that. They did however have time to polish nails, do crossword puzzles and braid each others hair. This is ongoing and not an isolated incident.

    2. Having 46 residents that are supposed to all have the same rights, but because one family screams and rants law suit the loudest we are supposed to stop what ever we are doing to answer their families call light for the thirteenth time in one hour. This was per administration.

    I could go on and on. :angryfire
  7. by   medsurgnurse
    Quote from ccu nrs
    nurse thatwill not answer a call light and just let it continue to beep, even if you look at them an say hey that is your room they say yeah i know s/he is always on the light i will get it in a little bit. which i will go answer, i usually just go answer them anyway but if that nurse is sitting there jabbering or even doing paper work , i guess i am old school but i still think pts come first!
    my pet peeve: i go answer a call light for another nurse, find out what the patient needs, and inform that nurse while she stands at the desk; "mr jones needs pain meds" and that nurse has the audacity to be mad because i didn't go give the narcotic to her patient. hey, i got a blanket, fluffed their pillow. turned the heat up or down, etc. but unless that nurse is busy, and tells me "please medicate my patient" ; i'll just report it and let that nurse handle it. it also bothers me when you do answer a light, or attned to another nurses patient and they don't bother to say thank you. its two words, its not that hard.
  8. by   Torqued
    as a non-smoker, I'd have to say: the other nurses taking a smoking break every hour or two.
  9. by   flashpoint
    Assignments that are unfair based on who the charge nurse likes the best...let's give all of the patients who are pretty self sufficient, have few meds and are going home tomorrow to the nurse that is dating my son and give all of the total care, total lift, incontinent patients with a boat load of treatments and meds to the nurse who is on her fourth night in a row...sigh.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The Prostrate Gland.

    This is how the circulator reads the consent form (yet even the PATIENT knows how to spell the word ON the consent paper). I have yet to see a prostrate gland removed, yet, i've seen a few prosTATE glands removed.

    This same nurse insists that it's O2 STAT, not O2 sat. When i hear "O2 Stat", i think "Get their O2 reading NOW!!!"

    In other words, people who insist they are right until they're blue in the face, yet it takes a flip of the page in Taber's to prove them wrong.

    (and they still swear they're right. Only thing that can be done is hope that the same mistakes aren't made when it comes to drugs.)
  11. by   URO-RN
    Quote from Torqued
    as a non-smoker, I'd have to say: the other nurses taking a smoking break every hour or two.
    Especially when one has very sick patients and they ask you to watch theirs while they go smoke.
  12. by   SHAMROCKY
    1. Taking care of a pt who ended up an organ donor only to come in to work the next day to have the post op kidney transplant. Of course he's old with a million medical conditions and noncompliant. Not to mention whining about how much pain he's in! I'm thinking, "someone just died and you ended up with a gift of life from them. Shut up!" 2. Docs in the ICU who order a propofol gtt but no pain meds!
    3. Docs who refuse to let us titrate mso4 gtts on pts who are made comfort care only. Are they afraid we might let them die peacefully?
    4. Paging the priest on call, only to have him return your call 3 hours later and give you attitude. " Do they really need me to come in?" ARE YOU KIDDING ME??
    5. When the offgoing nurse tells you, "Oh, this pt is soooo cute! You're gonna love her!" 2hrs later she's pulling out her IVs and swearing at you!
    6. Mothers of teenage trauma pts. Perhaps if you smothered your baby with this much affection at home little Johnny wouldn't have gotten behind the wheel after leaving the keg party!!
    7. The dreaded , yet anticipated phone call stating, "I'm his baby's mama. Tell me how he is!". Only to receive the same call 30 min later from a different baby's mama!
    8. If the pt has been sh_ _ _ ing all night long, please hold the am colace!
    9. Nasty ETT tapes
    10. Just returning from CT scan of the abd ordered by surgeons only to find Neurosurgery at your bedside ordering a head CT! UGH!!! Don't worry, it's no big deal to bring the vented pt and his 8 iv pumps back downstairs!
    11. Drawing a CBC after 3 sticks only to have the Dr. write, "please add pt/ptt".
    Ok I guess that's enough for now!!
  13. by   SHAMROCKY
    Wait! 1 more! Having a coworker ask you to help turn their pt and they're not even ready when you get there!