The Things That Come Out Of Your Mouth...

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by Joe V Joe V (Admin) Columnist Innovator Expert

Specializes in Programming / Strategist for allnurses. Has 25 years experience.

amoLucia

Specializes in retired LTC.

I'm old school. I graduated 1974 in the days before Universal Precautions. Now (in the time before I retired) I would hand wash and/or sanitize. And I wore gloves SENSIBLY.

One night, I went in to check a NH pt's IV site. I just touched her arm (not the IV site) and she recoiled while screaming "you're not wearing gloves! Where's your gloves?". I swear before I could stop the words from jumping out of my mouth, I asked "Why? What do you have?"

Now remember, Univ Prec were devel & implemented at about the time of AIDS/HIV & Hep B vaccinations (early 1980s ish) and were intended TO PROTECT THE EMPLOYEE. Not the pt.

Just shows how deeply ingrained that early education was - all I could think of was I exposed to???

Just couldn't suck those words back in fast enough!!

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 42 years experience.

On 9/20/2021 at 6:13 PM, Hannahbanana said:

That was supposed to be me, I think.

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NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

I went in to greet my patient at the beginning of the shift. Before I could say hello, she fired off at me, asking “why is my d*** leg hurting”? My reflexive response was “how in the h*** should I know? I’ve never met you or your d*** leg before”.

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Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 42 years experience.

I came to the adult psych unit on my midnight shift back when I was working eights and passed by a patient sitting in the hallway outside of the NS. I knew that he was probably a new admission, waiting for the process to begin.

I greeted him rather warmly, introduced myself, and said I'd be right with him after I got report. He merely grunted.

During the assessment/admission process, he crassly insulted me. I replied, "You know, your comment would really bother me...

...if I had any respect for you".

I added: "Just because I was pleasant to you doesn't mean that I'm..."

He finished my statement for me and said, "Weak".

I agreed, we had a nice chat, and got along swimmingly after that.

Another time,  under the same circumstances, I walked into the day room were a patient was waiting to be admitted. I again greeted him, introduced myself and informed him of the admission process. He said, "F you!"

I replied, Well, F you!"

I immediately went into a rote spiel, part of it being, "I can be your best friend, or your biggest stumbling block. The choice is yours".

Again, he apologized, we had a nice chat, and completed the admission process without incident.

BetterTomorrowThanToday

Specializes in Flight/ICU-CCU/ER/Paramedic. Has 18 years experience.

A woman called and mentioned that her nephew had intestinal worms and she had managed to catch one on the way out, but it tore in half, and being unable to tell if she had the head part or tail part she was unsure if the worm would die or grow a tail back. 

Me: 😳😳😳 for about 3 seconds as I repeated the essence of the matter to my L hand (also my ER doc). 

Now my ER doc: 😳😳😳

Me: It’s impossible to say. Was this a large worm? 

Caller: About a foot long. 

Me, ER doc & small support group:  😬😬😬 That’s a big worm. We recommend that your nephew be seen by his pediatrician for treatment. Call in the morning and tell them the ED advised you to call to be seen, describe the issue to them. Of course, we are always here, we do recommend that you contact your primary care doc or insurance nurse line for guidance. Worms happen in kids. How old is your nephew? 

Caller: 17 

Me: Your 17 year old nephew actually let you look at his butt and then pull a worm out of it. Wow. 
(I couldn’t stop myself). 

ER doc: And remind me again of your previous high-end career in PR and all those witty beauty queen answers you always had ready to share. 

Me: Bite me. 

T-Bird78

Has 6 years experience.

I’d opened the door to the waiting room and called my next pt back. Pt stood up and told me to keep talking, as he was following the sound of my voice. Pt had on the dark glasses and unfolded his cane, completely blind, and I guided him verbally to me and counted off steps to the door (he’s a regular so I knew about his blindness).  Pt asked to use the restroom before we get into an exam room, so I guide him physically to the bathroom door, open it for him, and tell him “light switch is on the right!”  I’d been so careful not to say the usual ‘good to see you again’ like I do with most pts, and had to go and do the light switch thing. LOL. 

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 42 years experience.

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