First of all thank you to Fribblet and CardinalRN who recognized that I was venting AND that I was referring to the VAST (sorry, but it's true) amount of drug addicts and freeloaders. We see a lot of them in our ER. If you don't in YOUR ER, know that you are lucky. We have frequent flyers. We live in a small beach town and it's interesting when the pt who claims he/she can hardly move (and, my Gawd, can't dare WORK for a living) is arrested in a bar brawl or seen body surfing.
I also noticed that not one person had anything to say about the example I gave of the woman who choose her cigs, beer, nails, etc over buying Motrin for her child. While that was just an example, we see that DAILY!
I think some of you missed my point or maybe I was unclear....I was referring to the seekers and the low lives. Many people are simply jerks and get labeled bipolar. I have a stepson who truly has the illness and it annoys me to hear how quick our society is to throw a diagnosis at someone and medicate them into oblivion. For the record, my stepson does NOT collect disability and works. I know all too well about chronic pain....my dad broke his back yrs ago and uses oxycontin AND percocet daily. He doesn't crush and snort them, or shoot them up. He doesn't walk around wasted, drooling on himself. He WORKS.
I am venting and I am sorry if you feel I am some horrible nurse. I came HERE to vent, to talk with other ER nurses. I love my job and my pts always like being cared for by me. But like another poster above said, when we drag ourselves to work with a migraine, it's annoying to take care of someone begging for her "fast push" of IV dilaudid (you know the one, she is allergic to all NSAIDs, forgot to follow up and was here 4 days ago)....and low and behold she is disabled from monthly migraines??
One time this young girl came in with her own xray of her mild scoliosis. Yes, she was "disabled" from it. Even on meds all she can do is sit and watch TV she says. She wanted percocet. Lol, my scoliosis is awful to look at, I have awful pain from it and there I was on my knees yanking her shoes off. She didn't get any narcotics from us. 3 days later she came in my EMS, she fell while wakeboarding! Hmmm....maybe *I* need to go on disability. I'll pass on the narcotics but I'll take a warm blanket, my free sandwich, and a soda oh and hurry UP! : )