Does it get on your nerves...

  1. ...when someone (say, a relative or a friend) calls you up, gives you a list of symptoms, and asks for your advice as a nurse...and then doesn't do anything you recommend?

    My girlfriend is an ex-OR nurse who is now a head nurse (I'm looking into the field), and she says that's something that really irritates her, when people (especially her family) ask her what they should do, and then they go and do the exact opposite. She just wonders, "Well then, why the HECK did you call me???"

    Anybody else?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   nursedawn67
    Sometimes it bothers me, but I look up what ever they have asked me online or in medsurg books, and I tell them that I found it there and this is what it says. Then they are on their own how they handle the info. I'm not going to tell them what to do or not to do, for fear it backfires and I hurt someone or I lose my license because I gave them wrong info.
  4. by   Tweety
    I can't say it bothers me, but sometimes acquaintances can be too intimate. Like when they describe their stools. I had a friend describe his bloody urine. A diabetic friend of mine told me about his impotence and his penile implant. Another one asked me what does it mean when his semen is hot feeling.

    Sometimes I want to put my hands on my ears and scream "TOO MUCH INFORMATION!".
  5. by   Mkue
    LOL.. TMI for sure.
  6. by   deespoohbear
    Irritates me to no end. The only advice I hand out though is to my hubby (who doesn't appreciate it ) and my parents. Otherwise I keep my advice is to call your healthcare provider....I figure I am pretty safe with that advice....
  7. by   fab4fan
    My standard answer: "Hmmm...sounds like you should give your doctor a call."
  8. by   Lausana
    Geez 3rdshift!! I think you should start a call in radio show :chuckle
  9. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    I can't say it bothers me, but sometimes acquaintances can be too intimate. Like when they describe their stools. I had a friend describe his bloody urine. A diabetic friend of mine told me about his impotence and his penile implant. Another one asked me what does it mean when his semen is hot feeling.

    Sometimes I want to put my hands on my ears and scream "TOO MUCH INFORMATION!".
    LMAO!! My SIL called me a few weeks back and said she had blood in her poo. After asking the normal ???, I told her it sounded like she has internal 'roids. She didn't do anything about it for a week and finally asked her doctor when she took the twins in. I was there (had to love that... ), and he told her the same thing. Neener.....

    I just told her that if she asks for advice, then she should take it or follow up on it. I said I refuse to help if she's not going to be proactive about her health....
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    No it never gets on my nerves cause I never let it get that far. I simply remind them I am nurse, don't diagnose or treat medical conditions and kindly refer them to their doctor. It keeps me out of trouble,but more importantly, keeps THEM safe.
  11. by   JonRN
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    No it never gets on my nerves cause I never let it get that far. I simply remind them I am nurse, don't diagnose or treat medical conditions and kindly refer them to their doctor. It keeps me out of trouble,but more importantly, keeps THEM safe.
    Exactly!! Sometimes they expect us to diagnose stuff that the Docs can't diagnose with all the equipment they have at their disposal. When I was doing Case Mgmt., one guy's wife called me at 11 pm after I had gone to bed to ask for advice because he had a boil on his azz and it hurt. Then she told me her daughter was also an RN, but he was too embarassed to ask her!!! What an idiot!!! I told her to take him to the ER ASAP.
  12. by   BadBird
    It only bothers me with my hubby, he tells me his problem of the day I tell him what I think then he ignores me, Now I have been a nurse for 8 years, critical care and all. He calls his brother who took a nurses aid job 10 years ago and lasted all of 6 months, but whose advise does he follow? Yup, his brother. When it gets bad enough that he goes to the Dr. and the Dr. tells him the same thing I said, he says I got to call Lee and tell him, ARRRRRRRRGH!!!!! I have simply learned to play his problems down and say gee, I don't have a clue why not ask Lee?
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Hmmm... I gotta listen to everyone's labor story, as if it's the most original delivery known to man.

    Heather
  14. by   night owl
    I wanna tell them, "You don't need Dr. Phil's permission to take a big swim in Lake Jackass!" "Am I a doctor?" "NO!" "So why are you asking me? Ask YOUR doctor...He has BETTER advice than what I can give you."

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