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Just curious as to what you would do in this situation.

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by NurseCard NurseCard, ADN (Guide) Guide Expert Nurse

Specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health. Has 13 years experience.

Okay, I was looking for the "joker" icon to stick to this thread, but there isn't one so I used the comedy/tragedy masks instead.

Okay, so what would YOU do if this happened to you?

You are working the admissions office of a psychiatric hospital/chemical treatment center, which happens to be located in a large college town. It is three o'clock in the MORNING. In walks three young men, early 20's. One of them says "I need to be admitted for rehab, I'm a huge alcoholic.". You're like "Okay, have a seat in this office and we'll talk about this, see if we need to admit you", or whatever. One of the young men then says "Ma'am, he doesn't really need to be admitted, he's not an alcoholic, we are just fraternity pledges and this is part of a scavenger hunt. One of the things we had to do was get 'admitted for rehab'"

So what do you do? Do you sort of play along, especially if you're bored and there is no one else waiting to be admitted? Take his picture, stick it to a form with the hospital logo on it, stamp "admitted" on it or whatever, and then send these fun loving young men on their way?

Or do you immediately tell these fools to get the f out of the building, this isn't a place for joking around?

Forever Sunshine, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 7 years experience.

The latter...

..personally I have a huge pet peeve with the whole sorority/fraternity thing. I just don't see the point of it.

My first instinct is to admit them. Then "treat" them. ***Evil laugh*** In real life, however, I'd probably fake it long enough to get their names then kick them out and call their school.

annacnatorn

Specializes in LTC, Home Health, Hospice. Has 16 years experience.

I would ignore the 2nd guys comment, interview the original guy, admit him...put him in a "special ward"...then.....do what ever comes to mind.

This college crap needs to stop. It is a waste of precious resources and brains.....

annacnatorn

Specializes in LTC, Home Health, Hospice. Has 16 years experience.

my first instinct is to admit them. then "treat" them. ***evil laugh*** in real life, however, i'd probably fake it long enough to get their names then kick them out and call their school...............

cool thought....

Conqueror+, BSN, RN

Has 27 years experience.

If you put your hospitals paperwork and logo into a situation like that it could come back to bite you.

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

What exactly did they want? A note on letterhead? I admit I would probably give it to them, notes from our university health center were commonly abused by much less honest folk where I went to school.

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 45 years experience.

My first thought was that I might make up a ludicrous piece of faux-admission paperwork, but as pageantnurse said- your employer most likely won't see the humorous intent behind it.

I've changed my mind. What it's doing is making a joke of the frat boy boozer image-- and right now I'm picturing the bereaved parents of a young man full of promise who died of alcohol intoxication in their first few weeks of college. Not funny. Not even a little bit. :-(

metal_m0nk, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

I wouldn't be too sure it was a pledge situation...It could be that college has nothing to do with it...What if he needed proof of admittance to a recovery program for a probation officer - like a repeated DUI type deal. You could be getting in the middle of something legal or worse, criminal...

The latter...

..personally I have a huge pet peeve with the whole sorority/fraternity thing. I just don't see the point of it.

me too...my daughter, who was in a sorority, insists that they are service organizations:yawn:

I think, in this situation, I would not give any attention to the 3 stooges, and shoo them out!

juliaann

Specializes in ICU. Has 1 years experience.

I would tell them no. Rehab is not funny.

whodatnurse

Specializes in Psych.

I might have burst into song:

They're tryin' to make ya go to rehab

But I say NO NO NO

They're tryin' to make ya go to rehab

But now you gotta GO GO GO

NurseCard, ADN

Specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health. Has 13 years experience.

to the last poster... *chuckle* that song came to my mind too. :lol2:

Anyway, thanks for the replies... my answer was, I would have shooed them out and probably said exactly as I quoted in my post. I'm pretty far removed from those college years though.

My coworker, who is NOT so far removed from those years, thought that the whole thing was rather humerous and talked like she could TOTALLY relate. :rolleyes:

talaxandra

Specializes in Medical.

I wouldn't be too sure it was a pledge situation...It could be that college has nothing to do with it...What if he needed proof of admittance to a recovery program for a probation officer - like a repeated DUI type deal. You could be getting in the middle of something legal or worse, criminal...
Oh, good point! I'd never have thought of that possibility

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 45 years experience.

I might have burst into song:

They're tryin' to make ya go to rehab

But I say NO NO NO

They're tryin' to make ya go to rehab

But now you gotta GO GO GO

And she should have GONE GONE GONE. . .:)