Insane visitors! - page 5

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   canoehead
    kill all visitors, that's what we should do, hook a blowgun to the doorway and drop em as they come in.
  2. by   shay
    Originally posted by canoehead
    kill all visitors, that's what we should do, hook a blowgun to the doorway and drop em as they come in.
    Honey, after the couple/visitors you had, I think that's probably a viable option for your unit...................
  3. by   NurseyNursey
    Originally posted by ADN 2002

    **gasps in horror as the color drains from my face**

    I cannot imagine not having visiting hours, that would make me absolutely insane...
    It is horrid. I don't know who had the bright idea. I can see if it was just the FOB or one or two support persons. A few weeks ago I had a pt who had SROMed at barely a fingertip and high enough to need to have elbow length gloves. She had 6 or so people in her room all night. Get this, while she slept! They weren't the cleanest of people either, so the entire room smelled like feet. I gagged every time I went into the room!
  4. by   Dayray
    Anyone know where I can get a good deal on a blow gun?
  5. by   NurseyNursey
    Some days I would settle for a can of Lysol!
  6. by   obtnt
    I had just started working in L&D at a brand new, state of the art, "family birthing center" about 10 yrs ago. One day a lady passed me in the hallway holding a child about 18 mos old. I suddenly noticed the child was COVERED in a red rash a blind man couldn't miss. I turned and ran to her and asked her where she was going and was her child "sick" (it was OBVIOUS she was contagious with roseola)!! She snipped that she was going to visit her sister who had just given birth!!! She was furious that I should ask her to leave and she started to get upset. At that moment security came thru for their regular rounds and I told her the implications of her exposing the new baby, as well as ALL of our new babies. Matt, the security guard stopped by and she took one look at him and left in a huff. I always wondered if she was stupid enough to try to visit that poor baby at home and bring in the sick child. Some people just don't care or are too stupid to care. The problem is, we are the bad guys for trying to prevent disasters. The one thing I miss about the old days is the nurses had control over visitors and nurses were respected. It made a difference. I have had to step over little ones, sitting at the foot of the labor bed and chewing on toys in the floor (YUK)!! as I try to get to the pt. When I have been the bad nurse and tried to run them out, the docs (some of them) will let the "guests" back in and make me look bad!!! One day, when the entire neighborhood stays around and sees something they shouldn't (like a miss deformity or hemorrhage or seizure) it will be too late. I'm for more strict limits on who and how many in a labor room!
  7. by   mark_LD_RN
    i am all for visitors, but some just take it way past the limit!
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    we need to be family-centered and friendly, but, these people really DO stretch the limits beyond belief. ROSEOLA...omg the GENE POOL IS WAY CONTAMINATED, time for serious CHLORINE! OR A GOOD CAN OF RAID to get rid of these pests!!!! JEEEEEEEEEEEEZ!

    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jul 28, '02
  9. by   ADN 2002
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    Thanks Debbie! I'm really excited to be working in OB!

    About the kid with roseola...I'd love to let this one charge nurse we have get ahold of the lady that was with that kid -- she'd probably jump on her...literally! Too bad we can't implement the blowgun idea...
  10. by   imenid37
    birth- the 2nd favorite spectator sport next to nascar in these parts, thankyou very much!
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    so well-said imenid. you are truly wise and funny!
  12. by   obtnt
    Some of this %@*# CAN be blamed on the TV shows. Although I do enjoy some of them from time to time, they make the whole process look fast and friendly. All wrapped up in a 30 min show. The nurse is just a bystander and not "in charge" and does not appear to do anything resembling WORK! Also, we have lost our respect if ya ask me, from the public. Pts are now "customers", remember, and the customer is ALWAYS right! Right? Just a thought.
  13. by   joyrochelle
    yes yes...iknow this to be fact ewhen i was working postpartum a a student extern blah blah i had a patient who wasn;t married to the dad, they were younger, she was nervous,....he invited all his manly mens to be there and guffaw loudly with unlit cigars dangling, as well as a relative, his aunt i believe. I asked the mom if all the activity was kosher with her, she said that she didn';t know hwo to get them out, and I said " well we can initiate breastfeeding and I will escort them out for some privacy so we can work on it" all agreed but the aunt, who, commented when I said that the baby should remain wrapped snugly for the first 24 hours, even when feeding, but should not be so warm that they sweat...etc, said " well babies can't get overheated, you know...they've been in the womb which is a very warm environment, and all thatthey are used to".

    I didnt' argue, but said that babies have limitd thermoregu;ation, etc,...and she was all grumpy when i shoo'ed her out...

    crazy thing is....when i went to my peds clinical that next day, lo and behold....there she was....teh pediatrician for my 7 yr old newly diagnosed diabetic.

    oh those crazy crazy visitors.....