Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Nurses....

So often, when a patient refuses to allow me to counsel them regarding a new prescription, I hear "I'm an RN" as the reason they don't need/want drug information. Every single time, I get flashbacks of all the dumb nurses I have ever encountered, like....
When I worked in an emergency room, I overheard a nurse going over discharge instructions with a patient in the next bay (cubicle? - whatever you call the area of the room divided by curtains). "This prescription is for ibuprofen - it's your muscle relaxant" I challenge any of you to find that description on the label of your Advil or Motrin IB bottle. Leave the drug info to the professionals, ma'am....
When I was a patient in an emergency room, I had a nurse tell me that I had to have two separate injections because the drugs weren't compatible in one syringe. When I informed her that the products are commercially available premixed in one syringe, she actually argued with me (after I told her I was a pharmacist). Needless to say, I'll never go to that ER again, at least not while I'm conscious!
At least once a day at work, I'll listen to a voice mail from a nurse who missed her calling as an auctioneer. When prescriptions are left on voice mail, we must write the info down as we listen. It never fails - there's at least one nurse that makes me rewind the voice mail half a dozen times, only to have to call the office because I can't get the information correct. Then, when I say that the reason that I'm calling is because she was speaking too fast on the voice mail, all I get is a giggle...
And then, there are the voice mail prescriptions that can't be figured out because the nurse leaves out vital info - like the patient's name, the drug name, the doctors name (or the spelling of it - like I would be able to guess the spelling of a 10-letter name that only has one vowel?), or even worse - the office phone number so I can call back to get the information Ms. Bonehead left out.
And the worst - the ones that are so dumb that they don't realize what they've said or done is dumb and get all pissy when I try to clarify... "No, I didn't get that fax" "I KNOW I sent it!" Well, you must be right then, because I LOVE taking the time out of my totally boring day to call and argue with you over something that's in my hand right now - I'm just having fun making you yell at me.....

30 comments:

RPh2005 said...

I love the nurse comment too. I have fun though and say, "Oh, where did you get your RN education?" Usually its an MA that is telling me this at the counter...then they have to fess up to their education. I'm not demeaning the profession, just don't put your level of education/knowledge paralell to mine you glorified butt-wiper!! hee hee hee hee!!!

wisrx7 said...

I had one get called in today, the nurse did a great job spoke slowly and when she couldn't pronounce metoprolol she spelled it out, spelled the doctors last name. She left out one piece of crucial information, the patient's name, haha I love it. Not only did she forget to say their name, in the middle of the script she said that she called it in 2 days ago, but we must not have gotten her message. Never fails

ala_mom2 said...

To rph2005, just wanted to say that I worked very hard for my education and that I do not appreciate being called a glorified butt wiper. We do more than just wipe bottoms but since you are stuck behind a counter filling medications you probably don't realize that. I will tell you that I love the pharmacist that work for our hospital and admire them very much. You obviously need an attitude adjustment.

Beth said...

I have no medical training and I have observed for many years that nurses are the most stupid, neurotic people on the planet. I hate subjecting my children to them.

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displayname said...

This is hilarious, I love it.. Sooo I'm a nurse .. and I can say with confidence that the people I worked with at my service sector job while attending university were exceedingly more intelligent than the other RNs I am currently forced to work alongside... Seriously guys. It's a problem.
Nursing IS really hard work though - physically demanding, labour intensive, emotionally taxing and there's very little recognition for the well-executed tasks - it can be a pretty overwhelming middle-man job, we get dumped on by docs, families, pharmacists, physio, you name it. I wish it were just butt wiping.. I'd take my pay rate for that haha .. Just saying, don't rag too hard unless you've walked in those shoes. Lol I know its hard to imagine but I'm sure there are at least a few reasonable nurses, so don't go overboard with the pretentious derision
Buuut unfortunately yes, leave it to the pharmacists to figure it out bahaha.. most nurses are DANGEROUSLY RETARDED.
For example:
"oh, daily vomiting is normal for him"
"He was satting 88 overnight .. But he's been satting well on 2L so I just took the oxygen off"
"Well the doc d/c'd the antibiotic because she's allergic"
the woman had been on the drug tid for 3 days already. pretty sure shes not allergic to that drug, I said...
"well noroxin is a penicillin. She's allergic to that" (I wish I could emphasize the condescension in her voice too... ugh so painfully dimwitted)

just a few fun times. the women I'm quoting are my "superiors"

WHEN IS DAILY VOMITING NORMAL? unless you're full of Ca I guess..
TOOK THE O2 OFF A GUY WHOD BEEN SATTING 88%??? would you like a coroners case with that?
NOROXIN A PENICILLIN???
I'm pretty sure they don't even act by the same mechanism.
Bitches should dig a hole. And jump in. I'll be going back to school.. take some calculus and physics and throw eggs at the english lit kids.

Samuel said...

I still having trouble considering whether or not to become a nurse. I want to focus on more trauma care or become a paramedic, than something like geriatrics (although I wouldn't mind doing that as well).

I currently work in a hospital, and some of the horrible things nurses make my jaw drop. I definately know I wouldn't go to my hospital unless I called to see who was on shift.

Another thing that makes me mad is this mentality that you can't be a nurse for the money. Excuse me - but it's none of your damn business, and this coming from several lazy, dumb, smoking, fat nurses who make $70,000+ a year trying to give me and their patients health advice.

What ever happened to shut and do your job?

CHRIS said...

How sad...spending so much time and energy blogging about those who aren't as brilliant as you.

And then to demean a whole profession? Yes, I am proud to say that I am a RN. Most RN's I have worked with or interacted with while in school are very good at what they do. And, they do way more then what most people will ever realize. Of course there are a few who have issues. The same can be said of MD's, attorneys, waiters, engineers, mechanics, housekeepers, and even pharmacists.

And who do you suppose is taking care of the "stupid" people when they are very ill? Often 6 of them at a time, for a 12 hour shift. It's nurses and their techs solving the problems, or finding the right people who can. Do you think that is a picnic? In one night I have recognized someone having a stroke, had blood sprayed on me while doing chest compressions, been yelled at for not applying prep-h to a patient's satisfaction, stepped in poop, all while trying to keep tabs on Mr. Smith with Alzheimers who continually wants to pull out his IV line and foley and to physically fight me when I come see him. In in the AM what do I have to show for it all... a complaint to my mgr because it took me 15 minutes to get Mrs. Doe her cup of jello she asked for.

Please forgive me if in the middle of doing my job, which is simply impossible to do to everyones (including my own) satisfaction, I forget to leave an important detail on a voice machine.

RilianSharp said...

What! A dentist told me to take ibuprofen because my jaw was hurt, that it would relax the muscle and let it something something. I didn't take any, though, and I don't go to that dentist anymore, for other reasons.

Bella said...

The gal upstairs (I have known for over 20 yrs) is an RN. She is the dumbest person I have ever met! Frankly, I find it very hard to comprehend how one could be so "clueless" and navigate in the medical profession. Once, she asked me to remind her what a cadaver was as she had been out of nursing school a long time! I do know she failed her practicals first time out and threatened to sue the school. The teacher (an RN) recommended she look elsewhere for a career. Another school eventually passed her with a BA degree in nursing. I have a BA in Communications/Entertainment. Friends put be down and think she is an absolute genius! One time she offered to stand on my coffee table to see if it would break. If it didn't, it would hold my 120 lb TV.

florid nightingale said...

Nurses have long struggled against resistance to improve education and practice environments. Before you call us stupid, consider that over half of nurses have only an associate degree, and many non-RNs call themselves nurses (as evidence in RPH2005's remark.) Working together is essential to patient safety; do not demean your fellow health care providers.

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Mike Decker said...

My aunt is a RN. She dropped out of high school after barely completing the 10th grade on her second try. She barely passed her GED exam, and promptly went to nursing school, and completed without any issues. Soooo...if 10th grade is difficult, but not nursing school, it should tell you something.
Most of the examples listed should never happen in the first place. Nurses are NOT supposed to tell patients what is wrong with them, to take or not take medicine, etc. They DON'T learn this stuff in school, so they don't know what they're talking about.
I equivalate a nurse to an auto-mechanic. Some know a lot, and could design and build a car from the ground up...however, most should just stick to changing oil.

over60 said...

When my first baby was born he was taken away from me and placed in the nursery. I was in a So Cal hospital. The nurses told me that my milk wouldn't be coming in for 3 days. They wouldn't let me hold my baby. My breasts swelled up to twice their normal size. After 18 hours a Scandinavian nurse came in, looked at me, and went and got my baby for me to nurse. My beautiful breasts were totally stretched out, thank you very much. And I was crying all the time because I wanted to hold my baby. Even though it happened over 40 years ago (they also were bleeding patients then)I cannot forget the terrible treatment of the nurses.

Alyssa said...

Touche

Alyssa said...

Equate, not equivalate.

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Jacqueline Kintner said...

A nurse is not a health care provider but a Nurse Practicioner is. A nurse with two years doesn't have an associates of science but an applied.

Laura said...

Jacqueline Kintner said...
A nurse is not a health care provider but a Nurse Practicioner is. A nurse with two years doesn't have an associates of science but an applied.

August 20, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Every single part of this is completely incorrect. Try again.

Unknown said...

Actually this is really incorrect. I have a BSc in Nursing (4 years) and my education covered a number of areas including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology and pathophysiology. I also had to take statistics as part of my course requirements to graduate.

As an RN, health teaching is actually part of my scope of practice. This means it is my job to educate patients and their families about their diagnoses and treatments - especially medications.

Sometimes nursing aids have a tendency to call themselves nurses. Aids are actually the ones who are not allowed to discuss conditions, medications or give health advice whatsoever because their level of education does not permit them to. Perhaps that's what your aunt is.

Lucy said...

What is wrong with you people, you are so disrespectful. I hope you never get sick, but who the hell do you think is going to be taking care of you at your worst. please don't generalize it's incredibly offensive and ignorant.

ThisNurse said...

And they just mentioned the stupidity...smh it is called ASSOCIATES OF APPLIED SCIENCE degree. And if you want to be technical,fine,nurses are health care professionals then if we shouldn't be called "providers"

ThisNurse said...

Yeah I have to agree with the last comment... if your aunt is indeed a nurse then idk what school she went to or how long ago but I finished nursing school in 2014 and it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. All other school/tests were a breeze compared to it. But... I actually have met some really ditsy and dumb nurses before.. I think it depends on the person as to how they function as a nurse honestly.. sometimes a lot of nursing actually takes common sense (with a foundation of nursing education) to do the job well. Some people are just stupid honestly

ThisNurse said...

Thank you someone said it lol

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ThisNurse said...

It is ignorant to generalize an entire profession but I don't take offense to any of it bc I know I am not a "stupid nurse" & I actually understand their frustration due to having dealt with incredibly dumb colleagues... not just nurses either- I know a very stupid doctor who doesn't give a shit about anything, I know lazy pharmacists who act like you're asking them for an organ if the pyxis needs a med refilled, stupid secretaries who handle patients medical records!, stupid nurses, & stupid CNAs... I think there are just stupid people where ever u go in any profession

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Nobody important said...

Yes you are correct. There are many StStupid rn's. I used to work with one. She also smelled of menses, which was intolerable.