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What kind of patient would you make????!!!

Specializes in surgical, neuro, education.

I am just curious what kind of patient you would be. I have visions of letting the residents cut up my meat. Having the housekeeping actually clean my room. Ear plugs for every patient or at least a machine that provides white noise. Food catered from bruger's bagel for breakfast, and a fancy restaurant for dinner (skip lunch I will be taking a nap). :coollook:

Actually, I have been a patient more recently than a nurse--I try very hard not to bug anyone unless I really need something. I have even changed my bed linen when able. The only stipulation that I have is that I have a PRIVATE room. :balloons: I don't want a screaming roommate to interupt my only time without kids. (LOL) I have had confused elderly roommates that have made the 36$ day worthwhile.

I have recently been one. I was good---except I insisted on getting out of bed too early and the dr was NOT happy. I just HAD to get up and walk to relieve the gas in my abdomen------

Other than that I tried NEVER to ring my light unless I was in dire need.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

I'm betting I would be horrible. So...I avoid doctors like the plague.

Aneroo, LPN

Specializes in Cath Lab, OR, CPHN/SN, ER.

Bad patient here...because I was trying to be a good patient. I didn't want to call out for pain meds (tylenol for abd. pain), because I was afraid they'd think I was drug seeking, or I didn't want to bother them for something so small....I am my grandmother. :lol2: (This was in the ED when I thought I had another ovarian cyst, which always happens on the right side...so I always have to have them r/u appendix issues) Also, if I don't feel well, I get GRUMPY! Ah well...hopefully I won't be a patient in a hospital for a while. -andrea

begalli

Specializes in Critical Care/ICU.

I'm afraid that I would be a horrible patient in terms of wanting to know everything. My chart would probably be my bedtime reading!

I would however try to group my needs together so I wouldn't have to call for help too often and I would want to have a family member or friend with me all the time!

I've taken care of many nurses over the years. Really, to me, they don't seem any different than any other patient. One was the active nursing supervisor of the ED of a local hospital (and a friend of my NM :uhoh21: ) in for valve surgery. Her friends (all RN's) stayed quite a bit in the room and they were a hoot! I was a little nervous (still relatively new), but her experience was good and I got her extubated within a great time-frame and had her pain under good control (like with all my patients!). Just THANK GOODNESS all went smoothly. Her friends fed us the first night and she sent a nice letter of thanks and a little gift a few weeks after discharge!!

I would probably be undemanding, but somewhat non-compliant.

I've been a patient for most of my life, and I'm horrible. I react to alot of drugs, and have been known to destroy OR's and smack staff around. DH is an RN, and he takes care of me now. Poor guy.

I ve always been a pretty good pt until I went to Nursing school. Now..I know stuff...... :D

I've never been a pt. I even gave birth to my 6 children at home. I'm deeply distrustful of doctors and the medical system.

nurturing_angel

Specializes in all things maternity.

I have been a patient many times in the past year and I think I was a pretty good patient. I didn't call the nurse for stuff I could do myself and I stayed in bed and slept like a good little girl. I tried to cooperate with all they asked me to do and didn't complain about anything.

Vickie :balloons:

begalli

Specializes in Critical Care/ICU.

I'm deeply distrustful of doctors and the medical system.

:rotfl:

tattooednursie, LVN

Specializes in Mostly LTC, some acute and some ER,.

hmmmm last time I was a patient I was yelling at the top of my lungs cause I was getting an IV lol

I guess for me it depends on the situation. Last itme for an asthma attack i was really good and sat and took all the meds (although I did go rolarbladine ealier in the day, weezing quite a bit...ooops)

But I once went in with a head injury, I don't remeber it. But i hear I was a little less then friendly and told everyone where i thought they could go. including my mother.

So i guess it depends. I'm a little fidgety so the problem would be staying in bed for any length of time.

SR

I've got nasty chronic migraines(to the point where I'm getting some pretty clear brain changes), and when I go in for them I'm so terrified of being labeled a drug seeker(esp. with the migraine dx...) that I don't think I've ever asked for more pain meds unless it was offered to me. Suffered a long time because of it, probably, but when I'm at that point I'm afraid of getting a nurse who's biased against pain meds and assumes that everyone asking for pain meds is an addict and trys to withhold the meds from them...

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Well, I've been a patient many times prior to becoming a nurse, and a few times since becoming a nurse. I've been good and bad before and after...just depends on what's going on with me at the time. If a nurse is good to me, I'm good to the nurse. :)

I've been told I am a good patient.

I don't use the call light unless I am totally helpless or in dire need of something. I know I am not the only patient in the hospital, so if it takes an hour for me to get a glass of water I won't throw a primma donna fit over it.

I did, however, complain about not getting my meds on time. In fact, I didn't receive my meds at all . I was in pain and had a 103 degree fever........so I let the staff know I was not a happy camper.

I really wasn't very nice once during an emergency hospitalization (just before an emergency surgery) and cursed out my nurse, my husband AND my mother, and tried to deck the nurse. :uhoh21: (I never hit anyone, or would dream of doing that when I am sane!) We figured it was an adverse reaction to the Dilaudid, where it calms most people down and relieves pain, for me it did the opposite. I became a wild patient from hell. They did, Thank God, realize that this was the dilaudid, had seen this before, and told my husband and Mom that I was *really, really * sick, and that this was not a big deal.

( I was mainly angry with my husband, who had been pushing me to have this surgery for a Loooong time, and I had been trying to avoid it, so when I was in an emergency state, and forced to have the surgery, he was gloating, and saying "See, I TOLD you you should have this! Now you have to have it ANYWAY" etc. etc. Then they gave me the dilaudid, and well.... the rest of the story you know.

Dear Sis,

I'm sure the nurses had a few pointed comments about you back at the nurse's station...:rolleyes:

I am just curious what kind of patient you would be. I have visions of letting the residents cut up my meat. Having the housekeeping actually clean my room. Ear plugs for every patient or at least a machine that provides white noise. Food catered from bruger's bagel for breakfast, and a fancy restaurant for dinner (skip lunch I will be taking a nap). :coollook:

Actually, I have been a patient more recently than a nurse--I try very hard not to bug anyone unless I really need something. I have even changed my bed linen when able. The only stipulation that I have is that I have a PRIVATE room. :balloons: I don't want a screaming roommate to interupt my only time without kids. (LOL) I have had confused elderly roommates that have made the 36$ day worthwhile.

:innerconf Just for the doctors (teaching services...oh yea...) I was the patient from hell. As to the nursing staff...I was an angel...very sweet and not too demanding...

:smackingf I had a very unlucky day last year. While working in the ICU...I unknowingly obtained a paper cut in my finger (probably while charting)...and unknown to me....I touched something in a patient room with a very virulant form of MSSA. No adverses signs or symptoms until three days later when I found myself in critical condition. I was admitted into the ER in extreme pain and unable to walk (I went from a slight lower back ache to being completely unable to walk and in extreme pain within a matter of hours). I couldn't explain how I did it...but figured it had to be some type of skeletal injury....what else could hurt so bad? After so many pain meds, extreme high doses one after another....the ER Doc, ER nurse, and myself were dumbfounded.....none of us could believe I was still talking as coheritently as if I'd only had a tylenol...and ya...still in a whole lotta pain. I've never given that many narcotics to a patient at one time before. (Let's compare my pain to that of someone with advanced stages of bone cancer....that's a very good comparison). Well, I was admitted. It wasn't until the next day that I had elevated temeratures and became very septic. :selfbonk: That's when I began the "lights are on...but knowbodys home" phase of my hospital stay. Oh yea..... I was the MYSTERY PATIENT....so I became very popular with teaching services very quickly. Oh but they were very quickly NOT becoming very popular with me....thus producing the patient from hell who was vocal and knows their turf! I was nice at first but I grew tired of teaching services because they were coming in to do assessments all day long (in pairs!!!). The assessments were EXTREMELY painful....especially when they touched my right leg and God Forbid....try to do a neuro check or lift my leg....it sent me into spasms over my entire back....which would last for 10-20 minutes each time and I was already in extreme pain to begin with. I tried to cooperate....but hey....when the teaching service comes at you in two's throughout the day...causing you pain & spasms over and over again...there's gonna be trouble! I very quickly set the rules. I called in their director of teaching services and a bunch of others....New rule...teaching services could only follow me if they did one assessment as a group....no more of this two by two stuff. Don't they learn compassion anywhere?! I was eager and willing to cooperate and take the pain for that....I wanted to find out what was going on and get better. (I should mention that I was on the very highest PCA dilaudid gtt, along with various PRN pushes of morphine, more dilaudid, etc etc etc.......I've never seen so much medication....and can you believe my husband tells me I was talking as plane as day...wow!) I was totally overseeing my case too....asking if they checked this lab and that, and what about this or that, etc.

Anyway....long story short....the MSSA I obtained settled into my SI joint and towards my right hip....in a very big way. I obtained a sacral osteomyletis as a result. I spent weeks in the hospital. Months on IV antibtiotics and many more months dragging my right leg along with a walker. And I'm only 42 years old. What's worse...is that I got this on the job (working extra for them on my day off!). Talk about bad luck. I should say...for the record...I was a very regular handwasher and yes...I did use the antimicrobials on the wall.

While I was in the hospital....I may have been terrible towards many of the doctors (not all) but I was so very sweet to all of the nursing staff. They loved me! Guess turn-about's fair play... I was the patient...and I did know my rights...and regularly preached them to the docs...even pointed out the patients right list posted on my room wall to them at one point. :devil: But I can't be held accountable for my bad behavior....I was under the influence of drugs afterall....

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