I have a hard time with the drug seekers like a lot of other nurses. Some things that help me out:
If it is ordered and the patient is requesting it they get it IF it is due. I always go over the pain scale with patients. If they tell me their pain is a 10/10 I correlate that with mild, moderate, severely, extremely severe. I had a patient who kept telling me her pain was a 4 and it turns out she was actually experiencing mild pain. Well that would be a 2 or 3 so it required reeducation on the pain scale.
If a patient has norco and iv pain meds ordered and they are refusing the po I tell the doc. A lot of times that will have the doctor getting rid of the dilaudid/morphine.
If you are taking vicodin/norco at home and you are not in the hospital for an exacerbation of a pain crisis I really don't understand why you are requiring dilaudid just because you are in the hospital. If your pain is at the level it is when it is at home and you are at your goal we are all good.
People who have chronic pain do cry when their pain is so out of control. People who say that doesn't happen...well everyone is different.
Many (not all) patients with chronic pain need limits so they are not monopolizing all of your time. I let them know when there next meds are due. I find it extremely frustrating when they go on the call light 1 hour or more before they know their next pain med is due. I don't understand why they do it and there is nothing I can do about the timing of the pain medication. It is ordered by the doctor and If they are getting their dilaudid every 3 hours well I don't need you to start calling me 1 hour, 45 minutes, 30 minutes, 15 minutes before you can have your dose. I will give it to you 3 hours after you had your last dose because that is then it is ordered. Many of these patients have an extensive psych history and are on multiple psych meds. Sorry but these are things that make me go hmmm. These people need to find other methods of pain control besides iv narcotics. They really need to open their minds to other methods of pain relief.
I believe we as nurses should second guess a pain regimen with a doctor. As nurses we receive much more education than they do. Ordering morphine/dilaudid q6h is ridiculous when it has a short half life. I recently went to a conference and learned doctors are lucky if they get 1 hour of pain education in school.