posted on Oct, 19 2008 @ 01:19 PM
So many rants, so little space....
I was thinking of this one yesterday. I am a surgical nurse, currently in cardiovascular surgery, but I've worked in general surgery too. When I
go to interview a patient, I need to ask questions. This is for the patient's SAFETY, and it's a requirement of my job. I get all kinds of cutesy
little answers, insults, belligerent/defensive behavior, stupidity, or just rudely ignored.
There are times when I can't get through asking questions because the patient has to break off and talk to their relatives or WATCH TV. Just let
the doctor walk up, they get attentive, and act like (name that deity) just came in the room. Guess what Nut Head, the NURSE is the one watching out
for your safety. I am the one watching the whole room while your surgeon peers into a hole in your body. I am double checking your monitors, the
surgical field, the sterility, instrumentation, stage of surgery, time, temperature, the anesthesiologist, etc.. Can I have two minutes of
cooperation from you? What you say, or don't say, could have a profound impact on your outcome.
I'll introduce myself and ask what the patient's name is. I HAVE to do it this way to make sure the person is aware of who they are, as some people
aren't. The person may snap, "Don't you know my name? It's right there in front of you!!" Yeah, and don't YOU want to know that I have the
correct Mary Jane Smith for a gallbladder removal instead of Jane Marie Smith for left leg amputation? A lot of people are involved in your visit,
and we are all human. Just HOPE that I catch any mistake that was made.
Then comes the date of birth. Is this difficult? I guess so, because I get the same smart answers.
I'll need ask what procedure they are having done. I need to make sure they know what we are about to do. You may be thinking, there is NO WAY
someone doesn't know what surgery/procedure they are having done. You would be surprised how many people say, THEY DON'T KNOW or they aren't sure.
"The doctor told me to show up here, so here I am." We are about to cut open their whatever, ram a scope up somewhere, remove xyz, etc., and they
DON'T KNOW??? Yup.
Now, in no particular order:
People standing in line to get food and they have this entitlement attitude that allows them to dictate every minute detail of the order. "I need
more beans and put them just on the left side.... Oh no! I need more meat than that! Extra tomatoes in the middle...." Princess, stop holding up
the line!! Why do you get more food than I do, but get to pay the same price? Order and MOVE.
People who have to chat up the cashier. Please spare the rest of us the need to share your deep concern for the cashier's personal life, and spare
the details about your own. Speed dating is faster than this. Pay and get out.
Being told I can't have photos of my healthy, clean, vaccinated dog made in (large, evil retail outlet) because there is...gasp! a McDonald's in
the same building, even though it's 75 feet away. The Quickie Medical outlet is there too attracting sick people like flies to a Happy Meal,
coughing, feverish, snotty, puking, but it's my DOG that is a health hazard. How many times have you ever caught something from a dog? I'd rather
kiss my dog on the lips than touch a nasty shopping cart handle!
Jesus freaks that fell compelled to hand me pamphlets on the public tram/bus and tell me all about how their belief in mythology has changed their
life. Who cares?! Funny, no one ever tells me about Zoroastrianism.
People who don't read anything of any importance and/or think the MSM is telling the truth. The world is passing you by. You are 40 y/o and know
what Paris Hilton is doing? Think about that.
Sex offenders/child abusers: food and entertainment for big cats.
This is is just the tip of the rant iceberg.