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Your CALL LIGHT privileges have been revoked!!!

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Orca has 25 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC.

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There are times I have been tempted, believe me. Worse than this, IMO, are the patients who won't use the call light at all. Instead they insist on yelling for the nurse repeatedly and disturbing everyone else on the unit.

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I deal with a lot of patients that have CHI and dementia issues. Do you have patient black boards in your rooms? Write down when you gave them their meds and when they have something else due. That way they can refocus most of the time themselves if they aren't too far gone.

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Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

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evidently i'm a horrible nurse and i'm going to hell because i have taken a patient's call light away, and i'd probably do it again in similar circumstances. but then, i work in icu so i pretty much have eyes on my patients most of the time. i had a patient yesterday who sounded quite similar to the op's patient, and the second patient had diarrhea, pain issues and bellowed for ice every 2 or 3 minutes. after three or four bed changes on each patient, i had no idea where the call lights were, nor did i care. it's not as if either patient would use it correctly if they had it and, since our call lights ring only in the hall and not in the room, it's not as if it would have done either patient any good if they had used it correctly. i was in the room all shift except for brief forays out for clean linen and meds.

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locolorenzo22 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Ortho, Neuro, Detox, Tele.

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you NEVER take a call light away....EVER. I might conviently place it in the bed, under a blanket, and KNOW that I'm going to round on that patient every 1/2 hour -1 hr or so, make sure the bed alarms on, rails up, etc......

sometimes you do have to get them in a recliner, and get them out near the station.....

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zofran has 5 years experience.

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I admit, I did take the call light away from a pt once....The pt was very similar to the OP's pt. Literally calling every 5 min. It was so frustrating and distracting for me, the secretary, and the other nurses. We could not get anything done. I made sure I layed eyes on that pt at least q30min though...and the other RN's and CNA's that day peeked in on the lady too...We all agreed to do this because nothing was getting done that day. I didn't feel all that great about it but I saw no other solution.

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KeechieSan has 8 years experience and specializes in ICU, MICU, SICU.

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Yeah, I've taken away call lights..but only on patients who I have eyes on. I really don't care if that makes me "bad" nurse, I'm a humen being and I shouldn't have to deal with the constant BEEP BEEP (thats our call light) all night when I'm trying to chart/eat/pee. I've never taken away an AAOx3 pt's light, but the confused ones heck yes. Sometimes they are too confused to even know what the light is for and they just push it over and over and over again for no reason. As long as I have eyes on them, they are fine without a bell.

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chelynn has 4 years experience and specializes in ER, LTC, IHS.

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My point is you better check hospital/facility policy to be sure you are not breaking policy by taking it away. If you are and something happens to your patient/resident then it is you butt and that could mean your job/license. Just my opinion.

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Nurse_Diane has 10 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in psychiatry.

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I had an AAOx3 pt who was a serious 'attention seeker." Instead of using her call light to get us in her room (every 10 minutes in them middle of the noc), she would take her remote telemetry leads off. It worked like a charm (in her favor). :angryfire

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Sorry guyz..now that I am fully awake after night shift, I can clarify a few things. This patient wanted to call light across his thighs with his hand on the nurse button. He even called when I was standing right next to him in the room. By "taking his call light away" I mean, I put it on the left side of his thigh - still within reach- but I knew in a few minutes he would NOT REMEMBER the thing beside his thigh was a call light. He had to have his finger on the nurse button at all times. Pt is bedridden and the bed alarm was on at all times, just in case a miracle happened that he could walk. Our call light system is set up so that we HAVE TO turn it off in the patient's room. Can't be turned off in the nursing station. And the place I work is a telemetry floor, so he was on the monitor.

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This is why I do not work Med/Surg!! I will repeat, the dazed and confused scare the hell out of me!! I love labor & delivery, ER, sick kids and babies - but the dazed and confused are REALLY SCARY!!

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I have often thought it would be great if call lights were like buttons for PCA's, patient can push them as often as they like. If they use their call light too frequently, a little prerecorded message would announce" your call light has been answered recently, please try again later."

There's 30 patients and 3 cna's. And 1 nurse. That's 7.5 patients per staff person. If everyone put their call light on at the same time, and every patient needed 10 minutes of service that would mean that the last patient on the list might have to wait more than 60 minutes to get their call light answered!!!! If a patients light was inoperable for an hour after it was answered, it might work!!!

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canoehead has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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15 minutes...just give me 15 minutes to get the stuff you sent me for, then I'm coming right back.

The long term ETOH/drug use people in the ER often can't remember that I just left the room, they just know their need has not disappeared, and they are alone in the room so they must call someone. I had a sincere talk with one lady who couldn't hold on for 30 seconds at a time. I was responding promptly, and every time I had to go into the room I was interrupting getting the meds she wanted. I showed her the clock and said I need X amount of time to get your stuff...and she called 60 seconds later (doubled her best time!)

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