What Patients do to make you mad! - page 6
I seldom loose it over my patients. One thing however gets me every time. When a patient, even more so if they are not old, has no teeth, and mumbles so you can not understand them even after... Read More
Dec 20, '07Occupation: Staff Nurse Specialty: 18 year(s) of experience in Rehab, LTC, Peds, Hospice ; From: US ; Joined: Jan '06; Posts: 593; Likes: 562Quote from lil' girlWell I might not say it, but if I'd been in her place I would've definitely thought it and then begged God for forgiveness!Oh yes I would have been too, but I would NEVER say something like that.
Dec 20, '07Occupation: Freelancing Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele ; Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 5,292; Likes: 7,635You know what bugs me is when you are dealing with another patient with some critical problems and a family member stands outside the other patients room, or else comes to the nurses station as you make a frantic call. They then launch into some trivial bit of information that they want relayed to the doctor. Yesterday a patient's sister did this and wanted me to call the doctor about her brother's toenails that needed to be cut.
Dec 24, '07Occupation: OR Nurse Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 183; Likes: 9Quote from earle58Did you really die? this story is sooo funny. you are making me LOL!the truly evil ones.
i had a pt whose colostomy bag was half-filled w/wretcherous, loose stool, and inflated to the max w/gas.
he asked me to come closer to the bed so he could tell me something.
when i got near the bed, he had pricked the bag, and it exploded everywhere....over my face, hair, top as well as linens, floor and even reached the bathroom door.
i'm glad he died.
Dec 24, '07Occupation: Home Health Patient Education Resource Nurse Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Hemodialysis, Home Health ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 21,359; Likes: 7,204Quote from heronTrying to force our emotional responses into some kind of PC box is perhaps the most damaging thing we can do to ourselves. The difference between the amateurs and the pros is that the true professional is able to keep negative responses from affecting the quality of her/his care.
Amen to that. Very well said.
Dec 29, '07Occupation: R.N. Joined: Dec '03; Posts: 6; Likes: 2Hi,
Re: the man at the ALF who throws urine from the urinal--If this is something that goes on a lot why is he given a urinal if he can walk ? This is abusive behavior and throwing body fluids is not cool at all.
Re. Striking with a cane--it would have been taken away from him in my hospital if he was hitting people with it. We have a zero tolerance for violence. So sorry you had to deal with this. I'm a psych nurse so I really don't know what goes on in other types of settings. This might be why many nurses are leaving nursing
Dec 29, '07Occupation: RN Joined: Apr '05; Posts: 212; Likes: 61Quote from pinksugaramen.....what if he had hepatitis A??Meh. If a patient purposefully sprayed feces in my face he would have died that very day.
Posts like yours are the reasons why there is a nursing shortage and no one wants to enter the profession. We are expected to eat poo and do it with a smile.
Feb 13, '08Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 937; Likes: 136Quote from nurse hobbiti have enjoyed this thread- i have had to chuckle at many of these- not because they happened to you butbecause they have many times happened to me and isuspect a lot of us lol. we all know how frutrsting these pts can be.When a pt that is A,A & O x4 calls and says I need a nurse now!! get in the room and pt says could you get me my water right there on the table. Smile and say, no, you are suppose to be doing those type activities for yourself so you can get better and get back home!
Then leave the room and swearing under my breath.
Or the ones that say, I haven't slept all night was in too much pain, no came to see about me, yet this is the same pt that you can here snoring even though the door is closed and when was assessed at beggining of shift" Denies, any pain, discomfort and says I am just fine!'
i am laughing, and crying, with all here. many blessings.
Feb 13, '08Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 937; Likes: 136Quote from abookerwhat is an LOL? sorry - doesnt sound like lots of laughing would work for the statement lol.I feel frustrated with a LOL (yes, I fully acknowledge and respect her personhood) who believes everything is better if the nurse does it.
"I want the nurse to put me on the bedpan"
"I want the nurse to adjust my blinds"
"Could you ask the nurse to get me some ice?"
I had a looooong discussion with her about why I wouldn't transfer her from wheelchair to bed. She is a two-person transfer with severe right side weakness, and thought that because I was the nurse I could make up for two CNAs. She told my supervisor that I refused to help transfer her.
The kicker is, this lady used to be a nurse.
Feb 13, '08Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 937; Likes: 136Quote from jlsRNi had one family member complain i wasnt getting to mom quick enough - when i told her i would be there at her turn ( there was no emergency or id have been there stat) - she snuck to my cart and attempted toopen the med book to my book mark to see how many pts were ahead of mom - i always kept in site of cart and was able to promptly reprimand her for unauthorized access - she wasnt happy but it turned out i ened up being her fav nurse for mom. maybe cause she knew i would protect her mom and do all i could as i would for others. who knows cause i really did loose it on her - oopsie lol.You know what bugs me is when you are dealing with another patient with some critical problems and a family member stands outside the other patients room, or else comes to the nurses station as you make a frantic call. They then launch into some trivial bit of information that they want relayed to the doctor. Yesterday a patient's sister did this and wanted me to call the doctor about her brother's toenails that needed to be cut.
Feb 13, '08Occupation: Nurse Specialty: acute care ; Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 1,353; Likes: 804little old lady
lovely old lady
Quote from twotrees2what is an LOL? sorry - doesnt sound like lots of laughing would work for the statement lol.
Feb 13, '08Joined: Feb '08; Posts: 101; Likes: 150It really pushes my butons when pts think (and family) that they are "dying" and we're doing "nothing". They watch too much tv. They want a preformance worthy response to a hang nail and when we as nurses are lacking the dramatic attitude they want, then we're doing nothing. I just want to say, (sarcasticly) :bowingpur "Its really great that you are so much smarter that all the doctors and nurses here. We only have more knowledge and experience in the medical field, but you "just know" when people are really in danger. With out you, we would have continued to do nothing until you/ your family member died, because that's what we do here."
Do people really think we are just that stupid and lazy? Would it be too much too ask if they thought, for just a second, that they were over-reacting?????