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    What is your pet peeve at work? Mine is listening to the monitor alarm going off and having the monitor tech not silence it or report it. If it is artifact and it is just ringing, silence it. If it is an alarm that is important, report it. Don’t know how some people can tune out alarms … it drives me crazy.

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    I agree, but even more so than the annoyance, it can be dangerous. Did you hear Joint Commission’s new concern about alarm fatigue?

    My biggest pet peeve when I’m nursing is patients who ask for everything one at a time. Just as I’m bringing back a pitcher of water, they remember they would like another pillow… Then a note pad… Then a carton of milk. It probably wouldn’t frustrate me as much if they weren’t always in one of the last rooms down the hall or if i wasn’t already busy with my other patients too! Haha, but tis part of being a nurse and making our patients comfortable.

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    Oh Nurseables is right about this but I think my #1 pet peeve is associated c the staff. I have a HUGE issue with a any staff member that is dead set on causing problems. My rule has always been “The bull stops at the door”. I did not allow my staff to gossip about other employees on duty. If I heard they were I took action. In our line of work we have to be able to work well with those we work with, a TEAM is needed. If 1 is causing a team split it not only interferes with our effectiveness to our job to our fullest ability, but the pt’s feel the effects too. It’s also difficult to find good employees that can work independently and who are competent. Gossip I have find is usually directed towards those who are more efficient with their duties from those who are less efficient. I hate when I have an awesome employee who is ran off r/t the ignorance of difficult staff.
    #2 pet peeve is a pt who fakes a s/s of a possible serious issue like CP, just to get more attention. I have had many who did this. They KNOW we are busy and would LOVE to just sit and visit but are not able to do this. So they fake s/s. I had 1 man who did this not to long ago who told his CMA he was having severe CP. I came running clear across the NH to assess. When I got there he as calmly sitting in his W/C looking at CD’s. I asked him what was going on. He said “I don’t know, what?” I asked if he had CP. He said “No”. I asked “Didn’t you just tell your CMA you had severe CP?” he said he did… I said “So you don’t have CP at all?”. He said “No”. I asked “Do you have ANYTHING that is wrong with you?” He said “Oh I have a little bit of a upset stomach”. I was FURIOUS!!! But I calmly explained the importance of him being honest about his s/s, that his dishonesty was taking away from the care of other pt’s who I had been caring for, I explained that if it continued, we could not allow 1 pt to interfere with the quality of care given to the rest and our next step may have to be to send him to another facility for Tx. I had NO further issues after this. Though the other nurses did. lololol I just don’t think that some pts understand that we are not sitting behind the desk just waiting for someone to need us. But in fact we are constantly doing pt care or documentation of care given.

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    I work in a pediatric clinic and my pet peeve is parents who use nurses as a threat to keep their kid’s behavior in check. Specifically, I hear “If you don’t behave, the nurse is going to give you a shot!” Gee, thanks! I always wanted your kids to be scared to death of me a cry the minute they saw me! This happens *every single day* usually from parents who are too busy texting on their phones to actually monitor what their children are doing, mind you… When I open the door to the waiting room to call the child’s name, they literally scurry behind the parent’s leg and hold on for dear life like I’m doing to run after them with a meat cleaver! When we go into the room to get vitals, I literally have to repeat over and over, “Nothing’s going to hurt you in here… I’m just taking your temperature with my magic wand… I just want you to step up on the scale…. I’m just going to slide this down on top of your head to see how tall you are… Nothing’s going to hurt you in here” and they’re screaming bloody murder the whole while. It’s awful that I have to even SAY I’m not going to hurt them – they shouldn’t even EXPECT me to hurt them – but their parents have put that into their minds that we nurses are going to do that to them… “You motherXXX, this is all your doing!” is all I want to say to the parents, but I hold my tongue because I’m a professional…

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