Why is it that when a normal, adult, professional nurse starts working with an elderly patient, they immediately start talking in that annoying high-pitched, lilting voice that most people reserve for talking with young kids?? Usually it's the women, but there are some guys that do it too. Not only does it set my teeth on edge, but if I'm ever in the hospital and a nurse talks to me that way I'm going to throw an insulted fit!
I can't believe that any 80-year-old likes to be talked to that way. I've never worked anywhere but Minnesota, but in four hospitals here ... is it just a Minnesota thing, like "you bet"? I never hear doctors, female or male, talking this way -- are we taught this as nurses?
Either way, it's driving me crazy! So for the sake of my sanity and that of all my elderly patients (enough of them are crazy already!), please stop!
I'll get off my soapbox now.