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What do patients say that irks you?

"They are going to have to take the baby"

I don't know why but that statement makes my jaw clench up everytime I hear it.

I had a patient the other day ask me how I was going to insert a foley since "the head is down there, wont that hurt the baby?" For the love god, people .... come on .. 2 HOLES! SERIOUSLY! :uhoh3:

and my favorite of all time ...

"Does that machine beep everytime I dilate?" .. this one left me speechless

Please share your "omg, no she didn't say/ask that" quotes

mariedoreen

Specializes in Med-Surg.

"They are going to have to take the baby"

I don't know why but that statement makes my jaw clench up everytime I hear it.

I had a patient the other day ask me how I was going to insert a foley since "the head is down there, wont that hurt the baby?" For the love god, people .... come on .. 2 HOLES! SERIOUSLY! :uhoh3:

and my favorite of all time ...

"Does that machine beep everytime I dilate?" .. this one left me speechless

Please share your "omg, no she didn't say/ask that" quotes

Part of our role is to educate our patients without judging what we feel they should or should not know. Everyone had to learn what they know at some point, some just learn certain things later than others.

I always hate to hear:

Why are you being induced? (2 weeks before your due date)

"Because the baby is ready" :o

I have always wanted to say, "If the baby was ready, you'd be in labor."

Oh, and I always love when the visitors ask, "How far is she dilated now?", even if I've just walked in the room to refill a water pitcher. :uhoh3:

I love it when I hear "Nurse....I want service..NOW" :rotfl:

Um if you want good service you can go to Wendy's and get it your way....I will however take excellent care of you"

prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control.

I hate coming in a room to see the grandmother feeding the baby as much formula as she can stuff in there. Me: "the baby's only 6hours old, why are you feeding him" her: "because my daughter doesn't have any milk yet". :angryfire :banghead: When I say the word 'colostrum', they nod like they've heard the word before.

Why, dear Lord, don't OBs teach those mothers anything? I just don't get it.

I need a patience supplement.

I am almost afraid to say after the "rant" thread. I don't want to come off as insensitive or too judgemental.

rpbear

Specializes in OB.

"So what time is the baby going to be born?" If I could predict this I would be very rich!

"How much does the baby weigh?" Right after birth, while the baby is still on mom's chest, or as the NICU team is bagging the baby. Maybe we should make sure the baby is breathing first.

I know my job is to educate people, but sometimes it takes all of my willpower to not say something I would regret.

Part of our role is to educate our patients without judging what we feel they should or should not know. Everyone had to learn what they know at some point, some just learn certain things later than others.

Awwww....don't be a buzz kill. :chuckle

Its good to get things off your chest and this is supposed to be the place to do it. I'm sure everyone's aware of your point already. :)

Z

SmilinBluEyes, if we can't rant here, exactly where can a nurse rant? With all of your experience I know you've probably heard some doosies. Spill 'em. All of 'em, on the table, now. ;)

OK, mine's not necessarily the patients, it's the residents at our teaching hospital. As a doula, I ask the mom if she wants me to count for her during contractions. Sometimes it's a yes but if she's a primip, it might be a no. It's funny when the resident comes in and automatically starts counting when mom is pushing. These are the same docs who probably think that all the Spanish they need in L&D is "puje" (push), "mas" or "more" if mom is not pushing good enough, counting to ten in Spanish and after the ctx is done, either "otra vez" (again) or "muy bueno." If they need more Spanish than that, they are lost. And look to the nurses as if "RN" somehow translates to "automatically fluent in Spanish."

No kidding, I've seen this many times.

Awwww....don't be a buzz kill. :chuckle

Its good to get things off your chest and this is supposed to be the place to do it. I'm sure everyone's aware of your point already. :)

Z

Thanks for saying that so eloquently. I started to reply but I couldn't think of anything nice to say, so I didn't say anything at all.

Quote from the husband of a pre-term labor patient, "well, she was dialtated to a 4, but now she's a 1, so I guess she must be getting better!" :confused: :confused:

I love it when you go into a patient's room to start an IV or some other procedure, and the patient's family asks, "do you know what you are doing?" I am so tempted to say, "well sort of, you see they were short staffed tonight, so they just yanked me off of the street corner - hey I clean-up pretty nicely don't I? I love the scrubs!". Or, my personal fave "No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!". Geeezzz :rotfl:

I love it when you go into a patient's room to start an IV or some other procedure, and the patient's family asks, "do you know what you are doing?" I am so tempted to say, "well sort of, you see they were short staffed tonight, so they just yanked me off of the street corner - hey I clean-up pretty nicely don't I? I love the scrubs!". Or, my personal fave "No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!". Geeezzz :rotfl:

:rotfl: :rotfl:

Z

"They are going to have to take the baby"

I don't know why but that statement makes my jaw clench up everytime I hear it.

I had a patient the other day ask me how I was going to insert a foley since "the head is down there, wont that hurt the baby?" For the love god, people .... come on .. 2 HOLES! SERIOUSLY! :uhoh3:

and my favorite of all time ...

"Does that machine beep everytime I dilate?" .. this one left me speechless

Please share your "omg, no she didn't say/ask that" quotes

When I read your post, I went right back to 1990 when my son was born and my BP is through the roof right now. My then husband in the room with me was on the phone with his mother telling her they had to "take the baby". Now, I was induced and had about a 40 hour labor. When I finally was dilated, I had to push for 2 hours in every position imagineable. This phrase makes me NUTS. It sounds as if I did nothing, I was a failure and the staff had to do all the work of "taking" the baby. What the heck is that supposed to mean anyhow? Sheesh!

asher315

Specializes in Babies, peds, pain management.

I hate it when everyone (mothers, fathers, family members, housekeeping, etc..) tells how "I'm hurting" the baby by giving shots, drawing blood, doing blood pressures and so on. I'm making the poor baby cry. :o

"Ok, I'll won't draw the blood and when your baby's not responding due to a glucose below 20, he/she won't be crying then." I wouldn't say it but I think it.

Same with older kids.

Yes, I live to give innocents pain.

sherry t

I cannot stand it when patient come in and throw a complete temper tantrum over having their IV started. I know people can be deathly afraid of needles but I always want to say : "If you think this is going to be the most painful part of your day, you have another thing coming. Just wait til you get the 8 inch long needle in your back later, or how about the 7-8 lb kid thats going to come out of your nether regions."

removed this post as i didnt realize this is under ob forum

MS._Jen_RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Orthosurgery, Rehab, Homecare.

"Well, I didn't want to bother anyone . . . " After not calling for assistance, falling, hitting head (etc.) and having to be lifted off the floor.

~Jen

nurturing_angel

Specializes in all things maternity.

I absolutely hate when adults have unruly children visiting with them and when I come near they start saying things like "you better behave or that nurse will give you a shot!" No wonder kids are afraid of us!!!!!!!

Vickie

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