What's your favorite type of patient? - page 6

On the more upbeat side of nursing, what's your favorite type of patient? Mine is a cheerful, independent, and interesting old lady or old man, the older the better, who is sharp as a tack. I... Read More

  1. by   GardenDove
    Quote from cvicugirl
    A nice fresh hemodynamically unstable, bleeding double valve. Cold, acidotic, with an out of whack coag panel and a CI of 1.5. And their only family member lives in another state. I'm sick, I know.
    LOL, hey we all have our favorites!
  2. by   VegRN
    Some days my favorite pts are the ones that:
    1. refrain from swearing at me for no reason
    2.They and their family aren't rude to me
    3. Their Dr isn't and a** and the Dr actually knows what he/she is doing.

    and continent is always nice.
  3. by   muffie
    continent mouth and continent perineum !!!!!
  4. by   ElvishDNP
    A mom having her 2nd (or more) baby and who:
    1) knows how to breastfeed
    2) knows that babies cry
    3) knows what to do about #2.

    Or a baby who:
    1) knows how to suck, whether from a breast or a bottle
    2) remembers to breathe
    3) is considerate and doesn't poop outside his/her diaper.
  5. by   rpbear
    A married couple having thier first baby, with a stable life, who want the baby, who knows that labor hurts, and that the baby they are about to have is the most special gift they will ever get. Love those moments!
  6. by   MrsWampthang
    Quote from emsboss
    Intubated and sedated....:hatparty: Love it...no call lights...scheduled meds to help them to get off the vent on dayshift. We bath our vent patients on nights...helps us with skin assessment. Next favorite is an MI pt...Makes me think and anticipate the next treatment.

    This reply MAY get me in trouble...but...you DID ask.
    Exactly what I was thinking when I started reading this thread!!!! And I couldn't agree more! Other than that, I'm like Earle, I love the fiesty tiny old ladies that cuss a blue streak at you and have no idea what they are saying. So cute!!!!!!! I also like the cutey patootie old men who are almost embarrassed to ask for anything and are grateful to me and show it.

  7. by   jmeador
    Oldies but goodies with a good sense of humor. I like when pts teach me as much as I teach them. The "true" cooperative pt.
    Also, I like the ones who make me work for a smile.
  8. by   ICURN2004
    an intubated patient is my favorite.
    they dont talk, you can medicate them to make them comfortable and know that they are going to get air. you can do your total assessment and plan their care and think while you are with them instead of hearing about there cat or having them tell you when they were a kid.... emotionally yes those things are important but i am there to help their bodies get better and i cant think about their cat being lonesome with out them instead of why the heck they cant breath.
  9. by   TracyB,RN
    OR nurse here, so I also like the intubated, sedated, & paralyzed patients.
    What I can't stand is the 400 # non-compliant diabetic coming back for an amputation wondering WHY? It's hard to prep that limb & then put it in the specimen bag. Truly heartbreaking b/c most of the time, that type of patient is non-compliant b/c they couldn't afford their meds & monitoring supplies & nobody took the time to give them proper teaching.

    On a happier note, I also love those fiesty older folks who love to holler at everyone & everything. They're so cute!!
  10. by   adrienurse
    the harmless wandering dementia types whose sole motivation is looking for snacks and hugs.
  11. by   pepsihla
    A patient who plays an integral role in their own health. I like patients who ask questions about their health and their care we provide.
  12. by   Quickbeam
    I thought I had posted in this thread but I guess not.

    My favorite patient was always the newly diagnosed child with diabetes. They seemed to be very good at cause/effect..."do this, you'll feel better...hey! it works!". As the parents would be grieving the diagnosis, the kid would be busy learning what he/she had to learn. Always made me be proud to be a nurse.
  13. by   muffie
    the one that has already had the hour of dicharge teaching/documentation with one foot out the door !