Some of these students, jeez...

  1. I'm sure many of you know the type of person I am getting ready to describe. Today in clinical, this guy, who we will call Francy, had a patient today that wanted some Pepsi. Well, the unit was out of Pepsi, so Francy went up to the clinical instructor and said "My patient really wants some Pepsi, and we are out! What should I do?" and the instructor, completely suprised and irritated at the same time replied "Get her something else...." Anyways, this guy had the audacity to leave the hospital, go to the gas station and get some Pepsi for the patient. I mean, seriously?! Why are some of these people complete tools? This is the type of person that would be at an intersection, press the button to cross the road which would light up to tell him not to walk, stand there waiting even though there is absolutely NO traffic and wait for the little light to say cross. This stuff aggitates me to no end... Ok, vent over.
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  3. by   DuluthMike
    I don't see anything wrong with going above and beyond if time allows. What if the pt was extremely ill and a Pepsi would make his day? What if the pt was on their death bed? How would you like to be treated if you were in a hospital bed, confined, trapped. You would be surprised at the small things that could absolutely brighten someones day. Especially someone confined in a hospital bed. On the other hand, if the pt didn't put much value into the Pepsi, it was probably a big waste of time to go that much out of the way for it.
  4. by   rn/writer
    If he left the floor (not to mention, the hospital) without telling his instructor (can't imagine the instructor would have approved), he committed one of the cardinal sins of clinicals. You NEVER leave the area without communicating with your instructor. EVER.
    Last edit by rn/writer on May 6, '09
  5. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    I wait for the walk sign, I don't think I have ever been at a cross walk with no traffic though. LOL

    Talk about going above and beyond LOL
  6. by   cjcsoon2bnp
    It wasn't very smart of him to leave the clinical site without asking the instructor but going above and beyond for his patient isn't stupid at all.

    !Chris
  7. by   Skeletor
    Quote from HumptyDumpty
    I'm sure many of you know the type of person I am getting ready to describe. Today in clinical, this guy, who we will call Francy, had a patient today that wanted some Pepsi. Well, the unit was out of Pepsi, so Francy went up to the clinical instructor and said "My patient really wants some Pepsi, and we are out! What should I do?" and the instructor, completely suprised and irritated at the same time replied "Get her something else...." Anyways, this guy had the audacity to leave the hospital, go to the gas station and get some Pepsi for the patient. I mean, seriously?! Why are some of these people complete tools? This is the type of person that would be at an intersection, press the button to cross the road which would light up to tell him not to walk, stand there waiting even though there is absolutely NO traffic and wait for the little light to say cross. This stuff aggitates me to no end... Ok, vent over.

    :lghmky: Thanks Humpty, that was good
  8. by   Screen name
    RC > Pepsi


    /end thread
  9. by   elkpark
    Quote from rn/writer
    If he left the floor (not to mention, the hospital) without telling his instructor (can't imagine the instructor would have approved), he committed one of the cardinal sins of clinicals. You NEVER leave the area without communicating with your instructor. EVER.
    Yes -- in the programs I've taught in, a student would flunk the rotation (and, therefore, get kicked out of the program) for that.
  10. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Was the person on their break when they went and got it??
  11. by   HumptyDumpty
    Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~
    Was the person on their break when they went and got it??
    I don't know, but seeing as how much of a tool he is, I would assume YES. He would never break the rules regardless how dumb they are (i.e. the cross walk reference). The subject is not about leaving the hospital without notifying the instructor, its the behavior of the student. Oh, and leaving the hospital? This happens all the time if you were unaware of it...
  12. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Quote from HumptyDumpty
    I don't know, but seeing as how much of a tool he is, I would assume YES. He would never break the rules regardless how dumb they are (i.e. the cross walk reference). The subject is not about leaving the hospital without notifying the instructor, its the behavior of the student. Oh, and leaving the hospital? This happens all the time if you were unaware of it...

    I was only asking because it was being pointed out how it's a huge no no to leave without permission, so I was curious if this was the case.

    Although I don't think someone is a tool for following rules. If he chose to on HIS TIME, go and get the Pt. what they were really wanting and what the hospital happened to not have, I don't see anything wrong with it. I would hope he would learn that he can't cater to everyone or keep spending his money to make sure they have the LUXURIES they want. At the same time though, I also don't think him doing that for his Pt. was a bad thing either. I don't know the circumstances of the Pt. Could have been a really really bad day and this one comfort thing was all they needed to feel better.

    If I have a Pt. that I really like and is feeling really down and I can somehow help them to get to a better place by such a small gesture I would do it. If pt. was being a total prick and was rude and hostile and so on, then no I wouldn't go out of my way like that.
  13. by   cjcsoon2bnp
    Quote from HumptyDumpty
    I don't know, but seeing as how much of a tool he is, I would assume YES. He would never break the rules regardless how dumb they are (i.e. the cross walk reference). The subject is not about leaving the hospital without notifying the instructor, its the behavior of the student. Oh, and leaving the hospital? This happens all the time if you were unaware of it...
    So your saying that this thread is not about him breaking the rule and leaving the hospital without the instructors permission? So what exactly are you so ticked off about? From what you have said I see that the only thing he really did wrong is leave the hospital without your instructors permission (which is a big deal.) You seem more upset that he went to get a Pepsi for his patient then about him breaking a rule.I believe another user pointed out that if getting a Pepsi meant a lot to his patient then it was good of him to try to get the patient a Pepsi, its going above and beyond your duty as a nurse and its nothing something that should be looked down upon. Yes he wasn't very smart for leaving the hospital without permission but what he did for his patient wasn't stupid at all.

    !Chris
  14. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Quote from cjcsoon2brn
    So your saying that this thread is not about him breaking the rule and leaving the hospital without the instructors permission? So what exactly are you so ticked off about? From what you have said I see that the only thing he really did wrong is leave the hospital without your instructors permission (which is a big deal.) You seem more upset that he went to get a Pepsi for his patient then about him breaking a rule.I believe another user pointed out that if getting a Pepsi meant a lot to his patient then it was good of him to try to get the patient a Pepsi, its going above and beyond your duty as a nurse and its nothing something that should be looked down upon. Yes he wasn't very smart for leaving the hospital without permission but what he did for his patient wasn't stupid at all.

    !Chris

    I think he was saying that YES as in YES the student was on their own time, like during break because he said this guy was such a tool he doesn't break rules, not even dumb ones. From what I can tell the student didn't break any rules, they catered to a PT by getting him a Pepsi and that is what has Humpty annoyed, Obviously Humpty can clarify, but that is what I am getting from this. Seeing as in another post Humpty stated giving Pt's a "shower" was a waist of his time, it seems a lot of these little things annoy him.

    Again, just what I am gathering from varying posts.




    As someone who has been in the hospital for a few days, a few times, I can say, the little things DO count and help and can make a difference. I didn't really have anyone visiting. My husband had to tend to work and my Dad came up to watch my kids, they would stop by for maybe 30 mins a day with the kids, long enough for me to see them and give them some love (was surgery nothing contagious). The rest of that time I was alone, I was a very easy Pt. but I had a few Nurses that seemed to go out of their way to always make sure I was good and if I asked for a snack and they were out I would say that's ok I will just have this instead, they would go to another floor and get it. Totally not necessary and I didn't ask them too, but it sure made me feel like that truly cared.

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