Another Outrageous Visitor Thread - page 2

rather than revive an old thread, i thought i'd start a new one. (i always get lost in those threads, anyway -- i get called away from the computer and forget exactly where i was and miss some great... Read More

  1. by   TheCommuter
    Here's another one I just thought of.

    A visitor tells one of the aides, "I'm a trial attorney. Now put my mother to bed." This visitor proceeds to stand very close to the aide while giving cold stares.

    The aide is as cool as a cucumber and obviously not intimidated, because he responded, "Okay. Have a seat while your family member waits her turn."
  2. by   RN1982
    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    One of my least favorites was the mom (60's) who's son was ever so attentive. Ever so. When she had a BM, he'd clean her...and clean her...and yes, at 3 am one night, the telemetry went crazy, we go tearing into the room, and they were...and she was returning the favor....He got booted off the floor (the woman had had abdominal surgery, for pete's sake), and she started screaming that we couldn't keep her from having her son visit, it was illegal. To which my charge nurse said, "No ma'am it's not illegal, but incest is."

    I thought we were going to have to code the heifer right there.

    I'm glad that I am on a clear liquid diet so I really don't have much to throw up...
  3. by   flightnurse2b
    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    One of my least favorites was the mom (60's) who's son was ever so attentive. Ever so. When she had a BM, he'd clean her...and clean her...and yes, at 3 am one night, the telemetry went crazy, we go tearing into the room, and they were...and she was returning the favor....He got booted off the floor (the woman had had abdominal surgery, for pete's sake), and she started screaming that we couldn't keep her from having her son visit, it was illegal. To which my charge nurse said, "No ma'am it's not illegal, but incest is."

    I thought we were going to have to code the heifer right there.
    eww.... thats foul.
    that made me think of another one.

    young man probably mid 20's came up to the floor admitted for cocaine induced afib... was having trouble peeing, so doctor had us cath him. no big deal... right.

    well his genius girlfriend came in and i suppose they decided they were going to fool around and i'm not sure whose bright idea it was, but i heard this blood curlding scream from down the hallway. about 10 of us ran in the room and found the girlfriend holding the cath, bloody balloon in tact, and pt bleeding from penis, crying and cursing. she must have yanked that thing HARD.

    her logic? "i figured if i took it out it now would hurt less when he (word for ejaculate)". he hurts a wholeeeeeee lot worse now, dummy. the male nurses on the floor were standing there with their legs crossed in sympathy pain.
  4. by   robinbird
    Had a patient with decompensated heart failure. He was a "frequent flyer". During his previous visits we educated him and his family about salt and fluid restriction, etc.

    So on one of his admissions his son came up to the nurses station and said, "Can you heat these two hotdogs up in the microwave for Dad?" When I explained about diet for CHF he said, "But Dad eats hotdogs every day and he hasn't had any problems:grn:..."
  5. by   StNeotser
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Here's another one I just thought of.

    A visitor tells one of the aides, "I'm a trial attorney. Now put my mother to bed." This visitor proceeds to stand very close to the aide while giving cold stares.

    The aide is as cool as a cucumber and obviously not intimidated, because he responded, "Okay. Have a seat while your family member waits her turn."
    What a great aide you have. I'm going to be using that line too.
  6. by   2BSure
    Quote from StNeotser
    I think I mentioned this before but I am still fuming at the family who wanted to take mother out in the gardens as everything looked so pretty, but wanted a nurse to push her while they walked along. Oh yes sir, I'll just leave the other twelve patients to their own devices while I dress up in an old style nurses dress with a big apron like they did at the sanatorium!
    It is hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys!
  7. by   tishirajan
    We had a pt that was NPO and scheduled for an endoscopy the next morning. We put a sign in big letters saying this pt was NPO. Well, his wife decides that a milkshake couldn't hurt and when I checked on the pt he was happily sitting up in bed enjoying his milkshake. I had the task of taking it from him and explained to his wife it was imperative that he have nothing until his procedure was done. "Can you at least get him some crackers and a Sprite?" Eventually the CN came in and explained, yet again, what NPO meant. The wife was concerned that he was literally starving! Come on! He weighed over 300bs! I doubt seriously that he was going to stave to death within 14hrs! ARGH!!!
  8. by   robinbird
    It was another busy night shift. Had a patient going for open heart surgery the following morning. Daughter flies in from somewhere across the country. She walks into her mother's room pushes the call bell and asks to speak to a nurse. She wants to find out how her mother can make a Will. We called a chaplain to come talk to her. Turns out he can help her with a Living Will but not a Last Will and Testament. The daughter calls a lawyer- friend from her home town who advises her on such short notice she should get a generic will from Office Depot or from the internet.
    So the daughter left her mother to search for a fill- in- the-blank will that she found at a local office supply store. She brought it back to the room and spent the next hour or so quizzing her mother on her wishes and filling in the blanks. Meanwhile, we were prepping the patient for surgery (bath, consents, teaching, etc.). The daughter continued questioning her mom and filling in the blanks. The patient seemed tolerant of what was happening. She seemed used to this type of inappropriate behavior from her daughter.
    So the daughter tells us she had completed the will but she needs three RN witnesses to make it official. So, now we're approaching 10:30 at night and I told my charge nurse that we needed 3 RN witnesses for the signing of the will. She calls the House Supervisor who calls our Risk Management team, who finally tell us we need three nurses and a notary. We gather together all the RNs (pulled them away from their patients) and the notary, and it turns out the Will wasn't filled out correctly. We were in the room for 30 minutes while the daughter made the corrections. But, alas, the patient didn't have her picture ID with her. The notorization couldn't happen without it. So the daughter drives to her mother's house over an hour away. She finally returned at 3am with her mother's driver's license and wakes her up. We again gathered together all the necessary people and the notary finished officiating the will.
    This behavior was so inappropriate; I didn't even know how to handle it as it was happening. I just can't believe there are really people out there that would behave like this.
  9. by   Valerie Salva
    Had a pt's family member who brought her huge dog to our inpt hospice and kept it in the pt courtyard. She left it there all day, every day while she was at work. She asked mgmt if the nurses would pooper-scoop after her dog, and mgmt told us to do it! We didn't.
    Her rationale was that she had to come straight from work to spend the evenings with her mother at the unit, so she couldn't go home and let her dog out first.

    Another facility shared the courtyard with us and complained to our mgr that some of their pts had gotten dog poop on them, and our mgr reluctantly told the visitor to take her dog home. The visitor then called whining on the phone complaining that her dog had pooped in her apt and now she had to clean it up.
    I wanted to say "Well, it's your damn dog, lady!"
  10. by   AngelsWings09
    I work in long term care, so I have had many times that the families all gather around grandma while she is passing. It is kind of like they are all on "death
    watch". So sad when they all cry and grieve for grandma, even though they
    live 10 minutes away, yet have not seen her in months. This just makes me furious. Had one family, 4 sisters, all had a "pronounced" opionion for each
    other. Could not stand to be in the same room with each other. And each one
    had a differant way which they wanted mom to be cared for. One wanted "everything possible" done. One wanted her to go out to the hospital if she
    as much as sneezed. One wanted her to only go out if she really needed to. Forth wanted nothing done at all. They fought on the phone with each other
    constantly. One actually had been writing down everything she had done for
    mom for the past months, to prove she loved her the most.

    When mom finally did come to the point of passing, they all came together.
    They were fighting over who was going to get mom's rings, who was going to
    get her afghans she had made, EVERYTHING!!! It was like the most morbid
    show of "Let's make a Deal". My CNA's informed me that they were practically
    beating the snot out of each other. I promptly went in and ordered each and
    everyone of them out of the room, so the mom that they all professed to
    love so much could die in peace and quiet.
  11. by   Hygiene Queen
    I told this before on another thread, but it is still my favorite...
    Had a pt that pooped allllllll down the hallway. I literally had poop in each hand as I desperately tried to clean it up as quick as possible when a family member was stupid enough to approach me...
    To get her and her family... a Pepsi.
    Ermmm, sure. I'll crack the bottle open for you RIGHT NOW!!!
  12. by   tencat
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    I told this before on another thread, but it is still my favorite...
    Had a pt that pooped allllllll down the hallway. I literally had poop in each hand as I desperately tried to clean it up as quick as possible when a family member was stupid enough to approach me...
    To get her and her family... a Pepsi.
    Ermmm, sure. I'll crack the bottle open for you RIGHT NOW!!!

    You should have said "Sure, I'll get one right now. Hold THIS for me while I go get it....."
  13. by   Sonia,RN
    One patient was a young man with HIV-induced encepalopathy who was hitting, biting, and spitting at nurses and doctors. His visiting mother was furious because we did not keep his gown clean (he had bit his own tongue and was constantly bleeding on to it, a little--he had a very bloody mouth but would bite you if you tried to clean him. And he bit the MD who tried to suture his tongue.

    I tried to explain to the mother that her son's behavior was endangering the nurses and MDs who cared for him, and that this was why we were limited in the amount of care we could provide. She said we should anyway. I explained that we had spouses and families to go home to, and could not put ourselves in danger of contracting HIV from a violent patient. She said that people with spouses and families shouldn't be nurses.

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