Nursing is one of the most underappreciated professions out there. Most nurses work 15-hour long shifts where they are constantly on their feet, but (despite all of their hard work) they are often treated like they’re not even in the room.
Although they’re often overlooked, they had a chance to open up about some of their worst experiences. These nurses shared the worst things a patient’s family member has said to them; what some humans will say about a loved one will shock you.
I was starting to do discharge instructions on a patient, and the patient in the bed beside them started having a heart attack. They had a angioplasty/stent the previous day and the artery was closing up again. The s**t was totally hitting the fan. The patient who I had been giving discharge instructions to had a daughter with her who threw a shit fit because I had to stop and focus on the patient who was potentially going to die. After appeasing her over and over, I finally had the last straw and I said “This is not McDonald’s, we don’t just run people in and out the door. Sometimes emergencies happen and you should feel lucky that the emergency is not your family member.” They took the heart attack patient to the cath lab and her artery was almost completely closed off. They got it open again and she was fine. The daughter of the discharge patient acted like a complete a** the whole time I got her ready and walked her out, and her mother, the actual patient, was embarrassed by her daughters behavior. The daughter complained about me to administration, but it was worth it. F**k that b***h. If it had been her mom having a heart attack I would have done the same for her. (Casperboy68)
“You aren’t worth a dime, b***h.”
“You got a baby in you?” I said no, and so the 90 yr old woman proceeded to kick my stomach.
Those were both elderly/confused patients. Sometimes it’s funny, nurses laugh at the darkest things. I’m fine! (Ashtem)
This was not so much of a rude comment (those all kind of blend together after years in the ER) but in my busy city ER on Christmas Eve the medics came in recusitating a baby that had been born to a woman who didn’t know she was pregnant. They rushed in doing chest compressions on its tiny chest and our code team assembled to help. I was working at the paediatric triage desk and a woman (whose kid was there for an ear infection) said “oh so I guess it’s going to be a longer wait now”.
I had only been a nurse for about a year and the situation and the callousness made me just burst into tears right there. (Rhymeswithdracula)