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Nobody wants to post on this one? 🙁 I guess I say NO more than most nurses, who tend to be more YES people, or at least redirecting them into something that can be a YES instead of just saying NO. Oh well, one of my favorite NO experiences was when we had a known bad guy come in via police because he was TDTF (Too Drunk Too F … fish). He wasn’t under arrest, this time, but we couldn’t let him go until he sobered up enough to stay awake for a neurological exam. The police had searched him before bringing him in, and then just put his private WC in the corner (He only had one leg.) I was working nights, and his blood alcohol was quite high, so he was going to be a bed and breakfast type of patient. He was medically cleared around 0400, but it was cold outside, we weren’t busy, and I was trying to be nice, so I let him sleep it off a few more hours until shift change. At shift change I woke him up and told him that he had to leave. He told me to F off and that he wanted to sleep some more. I told him that he had been discharged for hours now, I was going home with all of the other night shift people, and he couldn’t stay in the room any longer. He got mad, through the mattress of his wheelchair at another nurse in the room with me, and under the seat mattress one was big knife which he was reaching for! I grabbed the knife first and backed away from him as he starts hopping on one leg trying to get me. He’s yelling at me to give him his knife back, and I’m running circles around the nurses station say “NO, I wont give you the knife back.” Thankfully the police got there in just a couple minutes when the call came out including the terms crazy patient and big knife. They escorted the patient out of the department and took him to jail. I suppose I could have said something like, “I’m sorry, me giving you this knife is not an option at this time, but how about this teddy bear or warm blanket instead?” but that didn’t cross my mind at the time, and I just went straight for the NO.

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