Friday, September 09, 2011

the ER bitch follies

If you wonder why the ER staff is cynical.... If you wonder why the ER staff sometimes seems to be going through the motions...If you wonder why the ER staff doesn't greet you like a rich person going into Tiffanys, here's why: It is because of people like the woman who called my coworker "a fucking bitch" yesterday. She was a fucking bitch because the ER doc chose not to fulfil her dream of a script for narcotics.

These are the kind of people we are dealing with on a daily basis folks. Now I want you to imagine a job where you have to be highly skilled, a mistake may lead to death, peoples lives can be literally in your hands...then I want you to imagine that you just helped saved someones person you deal with calls you a "fucking bitch" because they didn't get their narcs.

ER nursing in a nutshell.


rnraquel said...

My last shift in the ER, I got called a "fu%^ing whore" when I would not let a car accident victim off of the backboard until he was cleared. He had been driving drunk too. What a charmer!

Nurse K said...

I barely even react to this crap anymore. The choices are "security escort out" if they don't want to stay or "security watch until discharge" if they do.

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

hate assholes. lots of them around.

Miss B. Havior said...

We've been told that security has "no place" at the bedside. It only makes the patients "worse".

ERP said...

I just throw them out instantaneously. If I could order an asskicking, you I would.

Anonymous said...

On the other hand, you so called "professionals" know that the back of a hand is the most painful place for an IV, yet for some reason this is your preferred placement, and then skilfully taped to the knuckles and fingers for stability.
Allow me to vent here - bitch.
Then, all following nurses refuse to move that IV. Then, when the patient removes that IV, you look for another uncomfortable entry. When the patient finally insists you properly insert into the forearm, you make damn sure to wrap that tape over as much of the hair as possible. I think patients should be given nurse rating cards.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
It is best practice to start an IV in the lower veins so that if it infiltrates the iv placement can be moved up the arm. If you start an iv higher in the arm and it infiltrates you can not place a new one below that. There is a reason "professionals" do the things we do.