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by SDALPN SDALPN (Member) Member

SDALPN specializes in Peds(PICU, NICU float), PDN, ICU.

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Finish that sentence. Could be clinical, could be every day annoyances.

I'll start. It drives me nuts when nurses pull the rings to open the binder/chart. It breaks them and then the rings stay partially open so paperwork falls out. That's why the little tabs to open them exist. With our binders, its one tab to pull to open them. Its more work pull the rings anyway! I guess it goes back to basics...if you have to force it, you're probably doing it wrong. Kind of like the nurses that force the gt extension until it doesn't lock because they force it to turn past the point it should.

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Elektra6 has 14 years experience as a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Home Health, LTC, subacute.

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......the staffing mgr calls my cell phone when I am working and then when I don't answer calls the client's house phone. I mean if it's not urgent leave me a message and I will call you back. I hate having to interrupt patient care to talk to you about working next Tues or whatever. It's rude to the client.

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SDALPN specializes in Peds(PICU, NICU float), PDN, ICU.

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......the staffing mgr calls my cell phone when I am working and then when I don't answer calls the client's house phone. I mean if it's not urgent leave me a message and I will call you back. I hate having to interrupt patient care to talk to you about working next Tues or whatever. It's rude to the client.

I thought that was just me. How about the email after that? Just to make sure. It just makes them look like they have too much time on their hands in the office. I had a supervisor get mad that I didn't answer the door one day. I was changing a central line dressing which takes a lot of time the way this one was done. I had a sterile field and wasn't walking away. It could have been a Jehovah witness or door to door salesperson at the door. No way!

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chiandre has 25 years experience and specializes in EDUCATION;HOMECARE;MATERNAL-CHILD; PSYCH.

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...health-care providers are taking personal calls at the bedside or eating at the bedside. It is gross and disrespectful.

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SDALPN specializes in Peds(PICU, NICU float), PDN, ICU.

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...health-care providers are taking personal calls at the bedside or eating at the bedside. It is gross and disrespectful.

I posted this in the PDN area for PDN related stuff. Some of us must eat at the bedside since insurance requires us to be in the same room as the patient and we don't get breaks. We also take calls. Its a different world from the hospital.

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smartnurse1982 has 7 years experience.

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I know it may sound silly,but it is annoying to me when some nurses show up 30 minutes before my shift ends.

It is distracting because i cannot talk and write my notes at the same time.

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middleagednurse has 50+ years experience and specializes in nurseline,med surg, PD.

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It drives me crazy when mom texts me after hours to ask why I didnt fold the laundry. Maybe because your child was SICK and I was taking care of her?

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience as a LVN and specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab.

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It drives me crazy when mom texts me after hours to ask why I didnt fold the laundry. Maybe because your child was SICK and I was taking care of her?

That's why no matter how much I got along with the family I never ever gave them my personal number. I didn't need them texting me with stuff like that. Ugh.

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smartypantsnurse has 1 years experience as a LPN and specializes in Peds PDN, Med-surg.

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Hmm... I can think of so many things lol.

Here are a few:

When parents call (family provides a cell phone to keep in touch w/ the nurses) 10 min before the shift ends to get a "mini" report on the patient while I'm trying to change pt's diaper/clean up/finish charting. This is especially frustrating considering they already make us fill out a sheet basically stating how the shift went. If there's a problem I'll call you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When supplies get put in ten thousand different places and you can't find what you're looking for.

Nurses who think they're God's gift to the nursing profession and make sure you're aware of it.

Nurses who write passive aggressive notes to each other and gossip about one another to the agency and family.

Families who gossip about nurses to other nurses.

Families who change the way they want certain things done five million times (and I'm talking petty things like how to organize the kid's backpack).

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kiszi has 9 years experience as a RN.

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....parents complain about this issue or that issue constantly but then refuse to follow the doctor's advice and/or (gasp) medicate for same issues

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mluvsgnc has 1 years experience and specializes in pediatric.

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It drive me nuts when:

*the parents aren't on the same page regarding patient care. Mom says to do it one way, dad says to do it another- communicate, people!

*I'm trying to get my toddler SMA pt. (who only communicates with eyes) ready for school and mom is giving her choices for EVERYTHING- which socks? which shirt? which shoes? What color medicine first? etc. I understand giving choices, but there is a time and place (and 15 minutes before the bus leaves is not the time).

*sloppy/subjective charting. Nurse charts "pt. shows s/s pain" and leaves it at that... what?? "pt. unhappy" and leaves it at that- what?? How about AEB...... I personally chart as if an insurance person is going through the note with a fine toothed comb. And please follow up with the effectiveness of interventions- how were the lung sounds after suction? How did the pt. tolerate this or that?

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mluvsgnc has 1 years experience and specializes in pediatric.

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And I agree with SDALPN about the eating. In PDN I have to be able to jump up at a moments notice to follow my mobile pt. who has his feed (pump in a bag) attached to his GT and is on the move. I have to be right there to intervene when his self harming behaviors are present. I cannot leave the side of my ventilated pt. who requires frequent nasal, oral and trach suction (q 5-10 minutes). I have eaten my lunch (noting that requires a fork, lol) on the floor, in the bathroom (while clt. in drained tub), and almost always at the bedside. The only other option is to not eat (which has happened as well, but not by choice. Once the dog ate my turkey san :( ).

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