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
Feb 12, '07Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 1,256; Likes: 66Quote from cvicugirlLOL, hey we all have our favorites!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.
Feb 14, '07From: US ; Joined: Dec '05; Posts: 307; Likes: 195Some 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.
Feb 14, '07Occupation: cardiology R.N. Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in cardiac med-surg ; From: CA ; Joined: May '03; Posts: 8,489; Likes: 147continent mouth and continent perineum !!!!!
Feb 14, '07Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 20,715; Likes: 23,951A 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.
Feb 14, '07Occupation: L&D Specialty: OB ; Joined: Aug '03; Posts: 501; Likes: 10A 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!
Feb 14, '07Occupation: RN in Prior Authorization for State Sponsored Business Specialty: Emergency room, med/surg, UR/CSR ; Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 706; Likes: 146Quote from emsbossExactly 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.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.
Feb 15, '07Joined: Apr '06; Posts: 12Oldies 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.
Mar 8, '07Occupation: medical icu staff nurse Specialty: icu, dr office, med surg, day surg, ; Joined: Jan '07; Posts: 13; Likes: 1an 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.
Mar 8, '07Occupation: Yeah, I have one Specialty: 14 year(s) of experience in jack of all trades, master of none ; Joined: Jun '01; Posts: 669; Likes: 42OR 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!!
Mar 8, '07Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 4,738; Likes: 104the harmless wandering dementia types whose sole motivation is looking for snacks and hugs.
Mar 8, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: 13 year(s) of experience in ICU, PACU ; Joined: Feb '02; Posts: 53; Likes: 5A patient who plays an integral role in their own health. I like patients who ask questions about their health and their care we provide.
Mar 8, '07Occupation: Nurse Consultant to a government agency Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 1,052; Likes: 806I 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.
Mar 8, '07Occupation: cardiology R.N. Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in cardiac med-surg ; From: CA ; Joined: May '03; Posts: 8,489; Likes: 147the one that has already had the hour of dicharge teaching/documentation with one foot out the door !