Profiling the Problem Patient - Name JUST ONE Characteristic

  1. Ok, fess up! We've all had 'em and we all vividly remember that ONE STERLING QUALITY that endeared us to

    That *Special* Patient:

    I'll go first, with the obvious:

    That *Special* Patient wants company--YOUR company--from the start of the shift to an hour after the shift ends, and will not release the call light button--ever.
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Apr 13, '03
  2. 38 Comments

  3. by   caroladybelle

    "If I hit my call light - I need you RIGHT NOW - So don't dawdle."

    (Yeah, I just know that I twiddle my thumbs for an hour or two when the call light rings.)
  4. by   nowplayingEDRN
    The Pt from the bottomless pits of Heck never used the call bell but rather screamed "NURSE!!!!" at the top of their lungs the very minute you walked out of their room and got 5 steps in another direction.


    *this meaasge was edited by the writer rather than the administrator for use of cutesy spelling of a mild profane word. Police action has been taken and duct tape applied to the fingers to prevent further cutesy spelling of profanity in the future.
    Last edit by nowplayingEDRN on Apr 13, '03
  5. by   fab4fan
    The guilt-trippers.
  6. by   NurseDianne
    Pt's that call home, have their son, daughter, grandchild.......etc......ask you to please take them something for pain. And you were just in there 5 mins ago and they didn't want a thing or where snoring!
  7. by   cactus wren
    Patients,who deny any pain, who appeared to be sleeping peacefully all night, stable vs, stable rhythm, and as soon as doc walks in the room states" I couldn`t sleep a wink because of this crushing chest pain I had ALL night, and the nurse didn`t do a thing....Sorry, I flunked Mind Reading 101.
  8. by   memphispanda
    Extremely obese female who is a nudist and doesn't like cover either and really likes to use vulgar language.
    Last edit by memphispanda on Apr 12, '03
  9. by   gwenith
    I Have to admit i am predjudiced. It is a hard thing to admit in todays PC world but I am.

    I can't stand bad manners or B.O. I am not referring to the odour that any hardworking person will aquire after a day in hot weather I am talking haven't washed for ten years can't spell soap B.O.
  10. by   Flynurse
    The patients that call the operator because they need a new pitcher of ice water.
  11. by   Zee_RN
    The patient that just attempted suicide ("I took 15 darvocet") but is now irate at the food the hospital is serving. (You wanted your life to be OVER 6 hours ago and now you're complaining about the meatloaf?)
  12. by   nurs4kids
    The patient that has a tons of visitors that appears to have not eaten in the past 10yrs so they empty the pantry.

    We have very loose visitation rules, so the patient with more visitors than possible to fit in the room..and THEN they wonder why it's hot in the room.

    Most ALL teen patients..they whine constantly, refuse to cooperate with treatments and have attitudes.

    The parent of a small child that wants to know when WE will be bathing the child.."hello?? WHO bathes him/her at home??".

    Nasty people. People with poor manners. Body odor from parents(those there a week and never change can smell the room in the hallway).
  13. by   BBFRN
    1.) The NPO For Surgery guy that keeps pulling out his IV because it's "bothering" him, then gets an attitude when he can't get his Morphine ASAP. 2.) The Heroin Overdose with an IV who wants to "go outside with my friends just to smoke." 3.) The patient with the chest tube that smokes in the bathroom. Or anybody that smokes in the bathroom, for that matter. 4.) The 500 lb lady with Conversion Syndrome that swears she can't move her legs, but cries that she needs Dilaudid for "leg pain." 5.) Anyone who comes in on Kentucky Derby night (OK, you have to live in Louisville to truly understand this). 6.) The Direct Admit with "May take Home Meds" orders, who doesn't have their meds with them, and doesn't know what they are. 7.) Drunk people (we get a lot of these). And, my personal favorite 8.) The family members of your patient's roomate (who is not your patient, therefore you know absolutely nothing about him) who will not leave you alone while you're trying to deal with your patient, and get irate with you when you are not able to answer any questions regarding their family member. I especially love it when they come over to the other side of the curtain to ask you a question.
  14. by   KaroSnowQueen
    I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY about Derby night.
    And tonight is Thunder, I thank GOD I am not working tonight either!!!!!