Horrible Patients

Horrible Patients

I had a patient who had chronic pain. He was given fentanyl patches for pain. The instructions were apply a new patch every 24 hours to the skin. He nodded and smiled, thus concluding his appointment.  About 2 days later, the same gentleman returns with weakness and delirium and in fact,  had over 6 patches over his body. Now do...

Everyone loves a good medical horror story. The number one question most nurses are asked when it is discovered that they are a nurse: “What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen?” Every nurse has his or her favorite answer to this question, too. The longer you’ve been a nurse the more practice and better your anecdotes become. Without further...

  Being a nurse, I can remember quite a few patients who caused more than just a little trouble in the ER. There were always a few but one thing I noticed was, unfortunately, they all had substance abuse in common: Worst the First: A bride was dragged into the emergency room because she couldn't behave due to her level of intoxication....

We all talk about health care workers stress like it involves critical anxieties and to some extent, it does. In the words of the show Pawn Stars, “you never know what’s going to come through that door.” The emergency room door, that is. While domestic violence victims, trauma patients, pregnant mothers, and more are sure to send the occasional...

There’s many types of stress associated with working on the medical floor. Of course, I’ve faced practically all of them. From the heart pounding anxieties of not being able to resuscitate a patient in time, to the more mundane worries of showing up late to work or getting overworked, for that matter. Rarely, I am faced with the stress...

I work as a Dental Assistant in a busy and successful suburban dental practice. We see about 15-20 patients a day and, given my role, I wind up spending quite a bit of time with each one. Some are very nice and are good and cooperative patients. And others are the ”patients from hell.” I’m no longer objective about...
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