you know you are in for trouble when..... - page 2

I was just thinking about the family of a recent admission.We knew we were in trouble when we met the adult children. The #1 contact had tardive dyskinesia and it quickly became clear that... Read More

  1. by   oramar
    Quote from travel50
    I know it is likely to be a problem patient when our nursing home gets the referral instead of the other home. We are the smaller home, in the country, older bldg, as opposed to the county home with all those county funds.

    We have one lady who, no matter what anyone else has, she has it worse. Last wk it was, "Oh, Lord, what am I gonna do...I have the swine flu...Oh, do something.." and on and on. She has whatever she hears about on tv. Thank God she doesn't watch House!!!

    Our winner though has to be the constantly intoxicated husband of a very nice little lady, who understandably lost her mind. By the middle of the month, he has spent all his money on booze and a prostitute (no joke), and he demands that "mama" come back home. Fortunately, a sensible daughter (along with her constantly intoxicated brother) are co-POAs. Dau. says mom is not going anywhere, so I have to excort Mr. Drunker-than-Cootie-Brown out the door screaming and threatening me with bodily harm, removal of my license, invoking the wrath of God, etc....and i do this job willingly???
    You are a saint. But then again most nurses are saints. A lot of people try to tell us we are angels but actually the truth is closer to saint.
  2. by   mauxtav8r
    . . . as you are waiting for the off-going nurse to give report, you hear (from 4 rooms away) a patient bellowing "Get me out of here!!!", and the nurse you are looking at says, "Yes."
  3. by   Batman24
    When before you can even smile and introduce yourself they cut you off and start whining and moaning. Let me at least fully enter the room first.
  4. by   southernbeegirl
    Quote from Magsulfate
    YOu know you're in trouble when..............

    You turn a younger adult patient who cannot turn himself,,, and he is perfectly fine,, but then is mother walks in and GASPS "OH MY GOD YOU TURNED HIM!!!! DO NOT EVER TURN HIM UNLESS I AM HERE! EVER AGAIN!!"
    omg mags! i had that same patient too!
  5. by   Morning-glory
    You know you are in trouble when the patient comes on to the unit with shopping bags full of meds. Some with expiry dates that go back to before you were born.

    Got to love it.
  6. by   mama_d
    from mi vida loca:

    i know i am in trouble when my first and middle name is used. my kids know they are in trouble the same way.

    i work with quite a few nurses who are the same ages as my younger siblings. being that i'm the oldest in my family, and have four kids of my own, i am quite comfortable calling out both first and middle names at people in that "mom" voice...and i do sometimes to the "younger" nurses i work with when they are annoying me (they're anywhere from five to ten years younger than me). it cracks me up every time b/c they all get the same "what'd i do, mom?" look on their face before they laugh at it. (i should also add in here that we're a tight knit bunch, and it's done out of exasperated affection when it happens.)

    from southernbeegirl:

    i knew we were in trouble recently when i got report on 2 pending admissions and the first words out of the mouths of the nurses calling report said ..."i'm sorry".

    i do that to people when i'm calling report...part of me hates doing it, but the other part considers it a needed heads up.

    from mauxtav8r:

    . . . as you are waiting for the off-going nurse to give report, you hear (from 4 rooms away) a patient bellowing "get me out of here!!!", and the nurse you are looking at says, "yes."

    which is only slightly better than having three day shift nurses look at you and say "run, just run" as you're clocking in. that's when you know almost the whole floor is full of those patients.


    when their etoh level is higher than their weight...and the reason why they're not on the floor yet is b/c you're waiting for that bariatric bed to arrive.

    when the ed nurse starts off report with "you know that security has to be called to unlock leathers, right?"

    when i start singing the ama song in the med room, you know it's gonna be rough.

    when you hear that dreaded name...we all have them...and the entire staff goes "it's not my turn, i had him last time!"

    when the only test that's negative is their pregnancy test...positive for mi, pe, crack, meth, pot, pcp, etoh, uncontrolled seizures, possible cva, and new spot on the lung on the ct scan...

    when the patient's daughter calls you up before the patient even hits the floor to say "mom called me and said she was dying, i just wanted to see if she was lying again before i got out of bed."
  7. by   GomerPyle
    you walk into the room to introduce yourself to the new admit...and before you can say "hi, i'm _____ , they say " is it time for my dilaudid yet?"
  8. by   ChineseRN
    This happened when I was a student:
    You know you are in for trouble when, you walk into a pt's room, you introduce yourself, and the pt takes one look at you, closes his eyes, and says, "I need to rest. Leave me alone."
    When administering meds, he would question the class of the drug, generic name, etc. As a student, I don't know of all the meds yet, so I whipped out my PDA and read of Davis's drug guide. He was satisfied for the moment.
    Later you find out he is a pharmacology professor.

    And he eloped in the afternoon. :smackingf

    Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork!
  9. by   sissiesmama
    Quote from southernbeegirl
    i knew we were in trouble recently when i got report on 2 pending admissions and the first words out of the mouths of the nurses calling report said ..."i'm sorry".
    Oh no! I thought I was the only one who lucked out and got that kind of patient! And on my old unit, it never failed. That was always MY patient, it seemed. It makes you want to just clock out right then, and save yourself the possible nervous breakdown or worse!

    Anne, RNC

    And the nurse usuallt goes with that patient when they are transferred, like the patient couldn't go any faster if they had a rocket ship in the butt.
  10. by   TuTonka
    Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~
    I know I am in trouble when my first and middle name is used. My kids know they are in trouble the same way

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm did your mom know mine? lolol
  11. by   rngolfer53
    When the family member in the room says, "I used to be a nurse."
  12. by   icyounurse
    Quote from rngolfer53
    When the family member in the room says, "I used to be a nurse."
    LOL. Or even better: "My grand niece's sister's cousin twice removed is in nursing school, and she wants to talk to you and look at the chart."
  13. by   HelenofOz
    Quote from JennRN65
    You know when you are in for trouble when:

    The first family member you meet apologizes in advance for the behavior of family members yet to come.....
    Been there, done that.

    When my mother-in-law was in hospital last year the eldest D-I-L never actually came to see her before she died, but spent alot of time on the phone telling the nurses & doctors how to do it right (she was a 'carer' and thus knew it all). In the meantime whenever the other two D-I-L's went to visit they had to preface any conversations with 'No, I'm not that daughter'.

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