There are a lot of things during the course of a shift you wish you could say out loud, both to coworkers and patients. But you're a good nurse so you keep your mouth shut and think, "Ugh, if only I could say this, or that."
Patients are people and all people can be annoying and rude sometimes. So we asked some of our fans on Facebook what are some of the things their patients do that they really wish they would STOP. Here's what they said:
"Well, I read on WebMD, or Dr. Oz said...." Carrie Foster
" Talking and/or texting on their cell phone when I am admitting or discharging them"- Kirsty Tiswell
" Asking for pain killers while they are eating a hamburger and laughing on their phone. Sorry, you're not getting any...LOL." -Kelly Denton
"Hitting the call light over and over. Please just ask me for stuff when I'm in your room...It's not that hard." -Catherine Cochrane
" Not having a clue what medications they take at home. Seriously, this is your body we're talking about and you should know everything that goes in it."-Elaine Boulder
"Telling me something completely different from what they told the physician, We do communicate you know." Debra Lancing
"When you're complaining of vomiting, diarrhea and/or nausea don't come in with chips and soda, just munching away." Carly Brandshaw
"We don't see patients in the ER in the order they come in. If you're last to be seen, you can thank your lucky stars you weren't the first. We see patients based on severity of their complaint. If you have allergies don't complain to me when I.m triaging a patient who has possibly had a stroke."Helen Gosner
" Get your annoying know- it- all family member out and please tell them to stop telling me how to do my job." Linda Brice
" I am not your waitress, please stop treating me like one." Sarah Kent
Well, let's not stop here. If you have more things you'd like to add to this list please comment below and we'll add them to the next article on this topic. In the meantime, Happy Nursing!