Commuter, thank you! Great OP!
1. People (nurses and doctors) can really be judgmental jerks. When a patient presents in a full blown, self-injurious panic attack, it's amazing how creatively people will explain stuff that is explainable by legitimate causes.
2. A doctor can't just involuntarily commit a person. There is a process, and there needs to be justification that is legal and ethical. (I didn't learn that but a doctor did.)
3. If a patient has a family member sneak in pills, they'll do it again.
4. If you are concerned that person might be suicidal but you have nothing more to go on than your spidy sense, you might want to pay attention to it.
5. If a grumpy, tense patient gets all googly-eyed over you and starts flirting, the doctor might actually be initially concerned about a change in mental status. [emoji23]
6. The whole damn hospital was exposed to TB for over 3 weeks.
7. My dog can pull and door open but has no idea she can push doors open, including the one on her crate. She'll just sit there freaking out because she thinks she's trapped.
8. Never underestimate the power of an easy work week.
I saw a surgeon last year to talk lumbar fusion. He quite breezily said I'd be back to work in less than 6 weeks knowing I'm a floor nurse. I've just scheduled surgery, and it's not with that guy.
Just a reminder to all - if we veer off topic from nursing/nursing related things, our thread will turn blue.