What Kind of Patients Do You LIKE Most? - page 3

OK, we have an active thread about the types of patients and conditions we don't enjoy dealing with......now let's have one about the ones we DO like to take care of. :D As I said on the other... Read More

  1. by   hurty25
    I liked those patients who believe in your talent and that you can help them to get well.Thier smile and thanks makes my heart rejoice!...I love to see them smiling when they recovered and full of hopes!
  2. by   opossum
    I love grumpy old folks.

    I also love watching any patient make a big recovery when their prognosis was grim from the start.

    Anyone who uses humor to cope - it's how I deal w/stress and uncertainty, so I feel more connected to these pts
  3. by   wooh
    Cute babies. Loves me a cute baby.
  4. by   Nursetastic
    Severe sepsis, lactic acidosis, open bellies fresh from the OR, fresh post op open hearts. Basically anything with about 10 pumps and a lot of critical thinking. Of course, I enjoy them more if I'm able to start weaning drips and watch them improve.
  5. by   Aurora77
    I love the gruff little old men, pleasantly confused little old ladies, and knee replacement patients. I love it, too, when I'm able to teach a patient something and I see that lightbulb go off that they get it.
  6. by   not.done.yet
    I love pretty much any patient that I have been told in report is difficult to deal with. I seem to have a knack for turning those into a "good day" patient and I enjoy the challenge.

    I love families who are loving, involved and realistic with an actively dying loved one.

    Any patient that wants to touch, pat or hold my hand while I am providing care. Melts me every time. Almost always the elderly.

    I enjoy having patients from a different culture. Usually they are very eager and willing to educate me on what is important to them and I enjoy making their stay feel more comfortable.

    Patients who are in genuine pain or genuinely fearful who look to me for comfort and assistance and then utilize the tools I give them. I like seeing them gain trust, feel better and, of course, afterward think I am the bees knees.
  7. by   RainMom
    Quote from AngelicDarkness
    Those that are appreciative. It is so common never to hear a thank you anymore, but one rare one and I can't stop smiling. Brightens your WHOLE day!
    Love to hear a sincere thank you! A few nights ago, had a pt that even elaborated, stating how she appreciated how much time I spent, how I was the only one to offer to help her turn, etc. It really warms your heart & makes you want to stay just a bit longer to make sure everything is just right for that pt!

    Also love any pt that has a good sense of humor & a good attitude!
  8. by   flowerfield
    from a psych nurse perspective-- the ones with super grandiose delusions. sure, it's always nice to get a thank you-- but i love the grandiose delusional ones that offer you a promotion/raise/100k bonus for a jello cup because they think they own the hospital.
  9. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from flowerfield
    from a psych nurse perspective-- the ones with super grandiose delusions. sure, it's always nice to get a thank you-- but i love the grandiose delusional ones that offer you a promotion/raise/100k bonus for a jello cup because they think they own the hospital.
    Had a guy in gero-psych once offer to make me his running mate/ mistress!!
  10. by   NurseDirtyBird
    Anybody with a sense of humor. Hard times lead to dark humor, and that's my favorite kind. These people can find the good in any bad situation and make the most of it.
  11. by   tokmom
    I like difficult family members that come to me and complain. I'm good at resolving issues and making them happy even though I have set guidelines.
    The ones that swear they will never come back and complain about everything on day one. My goal is to get them to change their mind and love us.

    Another grumpy old men lover. They cuss, grumble and give scornful looks, but will usually do what I say.

    Of course for easy days, give me a male pt with cellulitis.
  12. by   JZ_RN
    People who actively participate in their care.

    Patients who follow the rules.

    Patients who respect you, their fellow patients, the other staff, and themselves.

    Patients who APPRECIATE how hard you work.

    Patients who have patience with you.

    Patients who get better.

    Patients with a sense of humor.

    Patients who have realistic goals, expectations, etc.
  13. by   wannabecnl
    I also love taking care of elderly men, grumpy or otherwise. I don't know why; I used to think it was because I had an older father (WWII vet, 47 when I was born, looked like one of the Rat Pack until he died at 82), but is that true for the rest of you?

    An elderly man was also my only patient in nursing school who passed away. He was one of my favorites of the favorites, too; we had a great rapport, and when things were going bad, I went in to see how he was doing (everyone was conferring out in the hall and no one was in the room with him). Even when feeling bad and probably scared, he was gracious, respectful, intelligent, charming, and so strong. I think of him often and hope that he felt like we all treated him with the dignity he deserved.

    Also, at 42 years old, I confess that I get a kick out of being called a "pretty young girl." And those are about the only guys who still say that to me besides my husband!

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