True ER stories - page 5

Our ER gets lots of calls from residents in our rural area. One day a lady called and said her daughter had spilled some vinegar on herself earlier that day and now she has a red rash. The nurse... Read More

  1. by   emtb2rn
    Thanks owenkl for your "civilian" input.

    And now back to our thread.....

    Guy comes in for staple removal. Problem is he pulled them out himself and gave himself new wounds which required stapling. Discharge instructions were very specific about avoiding diy procdures.
  2. by   talaxandra
    Dear lay-people reading this thread,

    We get to help people when they're at their most vulnerable, in pain and distress. We do our best to make them better or, when that's not possible, to relive their symptoms. We provide physical, pharmacological and psychological care.

    We also see people who are stupid, thoughtless. Your health care team is made up of people, who are human, get stressed, become overwhelmed, often work under ridiculous circumstances and high pressure, and cop vast amounts of flack from people who are often unpleasant and abusive.

    In the vast, overwhelming majority of cases we maintain a professional demeanour in front of our patients. However, both to relieve stress and to allow our colleagues to know they're not alone, we also share stories about our experiences.

    This site is a collection of some of the experiences, advice and enquiries of a sub-section of all the health care providers in the world. As anyone can join, there are also students, potential students, doctors, complementary health practitioners, theatre techs, patients and lay people. It's the internet, so there's no way to verify that anyone's really who they say they are, or that any of these things actually happened.

    In the majority of cases, when sharing stories, we remove identifying information first, and our stories span the gamut of health care experiences - in some we're at fault, in some we're victims, in some we're heroes, in some we're educators... and in some we see the funny side.

    This thread is a collection of annecdotes that fall in to the latter category.

    If this distress you, try reading this peer-reviewed paper and see if you still feel that this thread's inapprorpirate, or if you think it indicates not only a way of coping with stress but is also a way to "enhance creativity, problem solving and memory" [p. 4]. Also ask yourself if nurses have to not only put their patients' (and their patients' families') needs ahead of their own not only at work but also in their off-duty, online lives.[FONT=Times-Roman][FONT=Times-Roman]
  3. by   Cul2
    Look, all. Do what you want. It doesn't upset me personally. I'm just
    expressing an opinion. There are consequences for everything we do.
    Some good, some bad. The fact is, you're open to the world. I see
    your points. I think I have a point, too. Best to all.
    Funny how people can say they are stressed when the first hour they are at work
    they have already made 3 visits to facebook writing confidential information about
    their patients.
  5. by   Cat_LPN
    MOVING ON with the thread...!
  6. by   advo-kate2
    I know: the trend of patient's eroding trust in the healthcare system is too complicated to express in this little box. In all fairness to some who post stories here, they probably do not realize there are millions of people refusing to seek needed healthcare because of emotional trauma and trust issues. None of us like it, but it happens to be true.
    That sort of damage is left to other people (like me and others, and some nurses here) to heal these issues and network people back into accepting care. But like it or not, posting embarassing and undignified stories here break intimate trusts and send people spiraling back to square one. Not every one has to care about this....but it is frustrating when the very people you assure patients that they can trust is shattered by...well...a few of those very people.
    Many many (many!)caregivers at AN understand this, and I applaud them so often for their dignified contact with me. Most of us work well together.
    Respect in or out of the room: off or on the computer is their primary goal.

    That being said, I believe I've made my point. Do with it as you will......
  7. by   emtb2rn
    Kate, once again, who exactly is being hurt here?

    Whatever you do, do not go to the emergency nursing forum. Y'all gonna be real unhappy with our threads over there.
  8. by   TheCommuter
    This thread has been closed for further review.
  9. by   teddywoulfe
    Quote from advo-kate2
    Some RN friends of mine directed me to this site and I have to agree with them: this is disturbing. The only good thing I can say is that it went unused for a few years.
    While there may not be direct HIPAA violations, a patient trusts and believes that what happens to them stays between them and the caregiver. To find these 'humorous' stories posted here shows a lack of sensitivity and professionalism. These days nurses are taking a fair amount of hits regarding patient dignity, and posts such as these show why.
    Any strides that respectful caregivers are making to rebuild patient trust is certainly being eroded here. Patients already face humiliation and embarrassment in intimate situations, but to laugh at them and retell their stories behind their backs further adds to this humiliation.
    Most of these 'funny' stories involve genitals, rectums, and embarassment for the patient, and sharing those stories is a travesty.
    At least some patients have trust that these situations carry a degree of privacy and understanding. After reading that some caregivers add further to their humiliation by laughing at them is shameful, and leaves them with no degree of dignity and humanity.

    Kudos to those of you who refuse to post here. Shame on you for those who do.

    I just can not believe moderaters allow such degrading behavior.
    I am a nursing student and I just took my HIPAA exam. Because of that I know that you are just not allowed to disclose personal information about someone if you also disclose their name or other information like it. It isn't against any laws or rules to say "guys I had this crazy guy today. ttooootallly made a sculpture out of his boogers". that is okay as long as you dont say "hey this guy Ted." or "this guy at gothem hospital" or "this guy who is related to obama".

    it is the same thing with psychologists. They can say "I had a patient that was raped as a child and has these issues, here is a picture they drew." as long as I don't know anything that could lead me to track down that person it is not violating anything.

    Please be informed before you make a big skunk about something that doesn't need to be this big of an issue.

    Thank you

    also, I would just like to say that this is based off of my state and the specific hospitals around me. I am not sure if it is the same in every state but here, this is okay to do.
  10. by   nurseprnRN
    It's not state, it's federal, and it applies everywhere.
    There's a whole forum on HIPAA here.
    Meanwhile, there's not a thing in this thread that identifies personal health information.
  11. by   teddywoulfe
    Good to know!! I am glad it is Federal. Things like this should really be nation wide.
  12. by   schavis
    These are simply amazing
  13. by   muffin0990
    I may not be a RN but I am a PCT in a hospital or a ERT at times and its not that we are taking away there dignity its more like we are sharing stories to let people know what we have been threw and let them learn from what we have delt with in our rooms and hospitals..... its more like letting others know what to expect when your in this line of work.... it helps me understand what brought the pt into the hospital in the first place. and how it happened....