Insane visitors! - page 3

I'm a graduate nurse (took my NCLEX last week) and I work on a postpartum floor in a rural hospital, and for the most part, I love it. I'm just a little baffled by some of the visitors we get -- we... Read More

  1. by   L&D.RN
    Ahhhh, you guys are making me feel like I'm at work! I guess it's the same story all over, huh?! A lot of nights I just scratch my head & wonder where these people come from.

    I agree, we need Heather here in Washington too! (Still laughing!) LB
  2. by   fergus51
    LOL!!! I love ya shay! I had to kick out a room full of visitors last night. All our private rooms were full so we had to put 2 patients in a shared room and one's boyfriend wanted to sleep there. We don't allow co-ed shared rooms for a good reason (you don't want to hear that story!) so I had to kick him out (and the other 5 people with him) and they made it seem like it was the worst thing in the world. Freaks.
  3. by   CATHYW
    Mark, you sound like you are just a very compassionate nurse! On the flip side, though, you'd better watch "escorting" one of those lovely horror tale-tellers! If you touch her at all, she is likely to charge you with battery! Best let security handle those kind. You need to "save yourself" (LOL) for those who need you!
  4. by   NICUNURSE
    I worked on a postpartum unit for a year and here's what I found works. First, when visitors come in after hours, I let them know right away, that visiting hours ended at 8 pm, but, I will allow them to visit for 10 minutes. That way, they feel that they are getting to see whoever they came to see, but the limits are set right away. I've found that this usually works and if not, I have no problem going into the room and asking them to leave. Also, I have had a patient (before her visitor arrived) tell me that she wanted everyone to leave by a certain time but she didn't want to seem rude. Sure enough, ten minutes before she wanted them to leave, I went in there and gave them the 10 minute warning. Worked like a charm. As for children on the unit, we have a standing children, except for those of the patient are allowed on the floor. That means in the hall, in front of the room, anywhere. Even though the baby will be exposed when they go home, we still have the other 20 or so babies on the floor that are suseptible. I don't know about you guys, but I wouldn't want my baby exposed to unecessary germs, just because aunt jane didn't want to leave her kid at home
  5. by   ADN 2002
    We have a BIG problem with kids coming onto the floor. Our rule is 14 and over can come in, unless they are the baby's sibling then they can be any age. What is it with people? We're constantly kicking kids off the floor. And, we've had people snuck in, we've had people hiding under the bed, behind the curtain, in the bathroom - they KNOW they're not supposed to be there! We had to call security the other day (such as it is - we have 1 security guard for the night shift only) to escort some people out.

    And cell phones...I can't tell you how many times I've gone into a room to see somebody shove a cell phone under the blanket. It's like hello? I've already seen it! And, I tell them the policy, no using the cell phone in the hospital. For whatever reason, people know they can't use it in the hospital, but that just doesn't apply in L&D or out on the floor right after the baby's born. Any other time, it's not a problem up there. I had to tell one family to quit using the cell phone the other day and I came back and somebody's cell phone starts ringing, and the patient starts shouting, "Turn it off! Turn it off! You can't use that thing in here!!" I kinda liked that pt...

  6. by   mark_LD_RN
    thanks shay, for the compliment!

    Cathy, I had given some though about the escourting out scenario. I had witnesses near by, and security was supposed to be on the way, but at night we only have one security guard, he has to make rounds and is main priority is ER. I just could not stand to watch it go on any longer my poor patient was crying and shaking she was so upset.

    I feel the same way shay, why do people feel the need to tell those exagerrated birth stories to their supposed friends and family it does no good. i can usually spot the ones that heard birth stories a mile away just like you can. I make all my patients promise to tell only truthful version of the birth if they must share it with others.

    by the way i heard a good birth story the other night, patients mother was telling her " when i had you i screamed and cried for 12 hours in severe pain before the doc realized you were going up in the wrong direction instead of down. so he reach in up to the elbow and grabbed you and pulled you out. when he did he broke 2 of my ribs." I could not contain myself i had to leave the room in laughter, after i composed my self i came back and explained how unlikely that was. any one else heard some good stories lately?
  7. by   finallyRN
    Last night we had a 20 week fetal demise. I had just brought the baby in for mom to see for the first time. The door flies open and four people walk in, 2 adults and 2 children. I went to the door and asked them to give me a few minutes and closed the door and curtain. As I went to walk back to mom the door opened and they came barging in asking to see the baby too. I tried to tell them that it was up to Mom but before the words came out of my mouth they were right up at the bed looking and trying to touch the baby. Mom started to cry right then. I asked them to step out for a few minutes then, that they could see the baby after mom was done.
  8. by   shay
    Finally RN, THAT IS DISGUSTING. God. Some 'friends.'

    I love that my unit is LOCKED. It really cuts down on the freaks and whackos. And when we have a demise, forget getting'd have an easier time sneaking into Communist China than sneaking past our unit secretary. I am very protective of my poor demise pts, and that would have just pissed me off to no end.

    Mark, there have been some times when I hear those STUPID birth stories (baby going up instead of down? UM, WAS SHE GIVING BIRTH ON THE MOON??) that I have a hard time not just busting out laughing and ROLLING MY EYES.
  9. by   mother/babyRN
    Ok, here's my thing...Hospital spends a zillion dollars to "educate" it's staffers how to be nice to each other. The customer is always right and all that...Cater to everyone...NOW, they want us to throw people out....MY position. Not the jailer. Not environmental services. NOT dietary or anyone ELSE but nursing....
    My pet peeve is the boyfriend in bed either with the pt or instead of the pt. I throw them out of the bed. It's the priciple of the thing...The other night I was alone with 8 pts in various stages of recovery and I have visitors on the night shift requesting tea and toast AND wake up calls......Nope...No can do......
  10. by   mark_LD_RN
    mother baby you are not alone. i feel like a butler at times, bringing tea,coke snackes etc. I really hate when i get the pt something she requests then all the visitors in the room start asking for coffee or snacks. what do they think it is.
    i see the s/o or family in the patients bed frequently, the best one is i had a pt she had identical twin sister, often the sister would be in bed instead of the patient, being i work nights it gets hard to tell the difference at times. our tech actually took the sisters temp and bp by mistake. good thing i did not go in and check her bleeding,.
  11. by   ADN 2002
    I cannot stand it when there are other people in the pt's bed. Don't these people know what's coming out of that patient?? I am constantly changing sheets b/c they've got blood on them (and this is something I expect to be doing on a PP floor) but I wouldn't want to go laying around on some bed that has who knows what in it!
  12. by   NICUNURSE
    My pet peeve is the boyfriend in bed either with the pt or instead of the pt. I throw them out of the bed. It's the priciple of the thing...The other night I was alone with 8 pts in various stages of recovery and I have visitors on the night shift requesting tea and toast AND wake up calls......Nope...No can do...... [/B][/QUOTE]

    Man, I thought I was the only one. It really bothers me when I see the s/o in bed with the patient. Especially when the pt. is a 14 years old who just gave birth to her 3rd child. Call me over-protective, but it's just wrong. But have you ever walked in on a PP pt. in a...compromising position? I always knock on my pt. door before entering, but I guess this particular pt. was so otherwise occupied, that she didn't hear. As I'm walking in, her boyfriend is jumping off the bed and she's pulling the coveres up around her neck. HELLO, you just gave birth 24 hours ago!!!

    I've gotten to the point that when visitors start requesting water, food,etc. I have no problem telling them what flooor the vending machines are on or that we have a water fountain in the hall.
  13. by   KaraLea
    Originally posted by Dayray
    Just who the hell do you think you are"
    Actually, I am the Evil Bit*@ Nurse who will be kicking your but out in 5 minutes...