Nurses: Don’t mess with old people! 138



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One time I got sick and landed in hospital.

There was this one particular nurse that just drove me crazy.

Every time she came in, she would talk to me like I was a little child.

She would say in a very patronising tone of voice, “And how are we doing this morning?” Or “Are we ready for a bath?” or “Are we hungry?”

I had had enough of this particular nurse.

One day at breakfast, I took the apple juice off the tray and put it in my bedside stand.

Later I was given a urine sample bottle to fill for testing. So you know where the juice went!

The nurse came in a while later, picked up the urine sample bottle, looked at it and said,

My, my, it seems we are a little cloudy today. At this, I snatched the bottle out of her hand, popped off the top, and gulped it down, saying,

“Well, I’ll run it through again. Maybe I can filter it better this time!”

The nurse fainted… I just smiled.


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  1. A few years ago I was in hospital for major surgery and quite often found the nursing staff would speak to patients like this – its very annoying, patronizing and means they are talking at you not to you. I had to bite my tongue and tell the staff that spoke to me in this ridiculous manner that I am an adult not a child please don’t speak to me like that.

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  2. I’m a nurse. The way some patients talk to us is disgraceful.

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    • Yep….me too Jane.Ive been spat on, physically and verbally abused…the list goes on!…I don’t believe the majority ofNurses deliberately speak down to people.

    • To the whingers who are complaining about nurses. Just think what you would really have to complain about if they were not there. Just be grateful that they are there to care for you…

    • Since when is dignity and respect subject to gratitude. Nurses are paid to do a job, being courteous to a client is part of every job description.

    • It works both ways I believe.its just upsetting when you are polite and you are returned a torrent of abuse.

    • no doubt Jane some people have no manners talking to you poorly, but there is always 2 sides to every story

    • I can imagine l would hate to be a nurse these days.lve always found them lovely and Ambulance men and women

    • I’ve always been treated well and with respect and I’m old. However the last time I was in hospital there was one old rude distasteful man who abused every single woman nurse every time one entered the room. I told one of the girls to give him an extra sleeping tablet and smother him through the night. Oops turned out he had dementia and there were no beds available where he should have been to be cared for. Sad really, I wondered if he’d been violent as a husband and father, whatever for both his family and all others dealing with him for the rest of his life I think he was going to be a horrible old man.

    • Denise, my father had dementia and became, as you like to call it, a horrible old man! But my sister and I kept him at home and looked after him till he died in his own bed surrounded by his family. That horrible old man was still our father even though he had become very indifferent to us. Dementia and althizemers (spelt wrong) are distressing diseases for family members and the person who has it looses the ability to communicate and behave normally. What you see isn’t them but a manifestation of their illness. The nurses would have been aware of that and would have treated him accordingly. Some tolerance and understanding from other patients in the room would not have hurt.

    • Jean prince we arent paid to take abuse from ungrateful patients we work long hours and we work hard to take care of our patients but we shouldnt have to take being spat at punched kicked or sworn at this why i am no longer nursing i have had enough its just not worth it God bless all the nurses who are still nursing

    • lynn we have nice patients that make up for the horrible ones that think it’s their right to hurl abuse. but it’s no wonder nurses burn out faster these days.

    • Lynn I have spent many days in hospital over 20years. I am always polite & usually just keep to myself. I have received a lot of rudeness from some nurses. I suffer from a chronic disease & these nurses do not show compassion or understanding, they obviously have not had training in dealing with these type of sick people. I have also met some lovely nurses, but there are nurses out there were their rudeness

    • Denise Knight, I hope that no one close to you gets Alzheimers or any other sort of dementia. You would have to learn how to cope with their behaviours. This old man was probably frightened and confused, of course he would lash out, either physically or verbally. Also, for your information, dementia changes people, so you would probably find that the violent person becomes less aggressive, just as someone who was very house proud becomes slovenly.

    • There are many good nurses, but there are some who are there for the money and that’s it. You can tell the nurses who are dedicated and those who aren’t.

    • The money!….while I agree there are good and not so good nurses, I can assure you it sure isn’t for the money Helen.

    • I admire nurses who often are doing a thankless job caring for people but I’ve seen a few very rude & not very caring nurses too. I think they must be just plain burnt out or simply not cut out to be caring nurses & should look around for an admin role where they don’t have to deal with patients.

    • It’s a two way street. I have never had a bad experience with the doctors or nurses. I know they take a lot of verbal abuse from some patients.

  3. The last time I was in hospital after major surgery, I had a member of staff just leave a tablet on the table whilst I had gone to the toilet. Years ago you would never just leave a tablet on a table for a person to take. A nurse always had to observe that you had indeed taken it. I don’t know if procedures have changed over the years, but I did not find it very satisfactory.

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    • Robyn, this happened in March 2013 after a total knee replacement and I did make a complaint about it but the head nurse did not seem to be too bothered by it.

    • No procedures haven’t changed , it is wrong to leave meds on a table when the patient is not there, you go back when they are there

    • Thanks for that. I wasn’t sure. This makes the person in charge very poor. She did say at the time that they hadn’t had any complaints for 3 months. It is a big hospital here in Perth.

    • We tend to forget that nurses work 10-12 hour shifts. They work very hard and are probably exhausted I’ve always tried to be polite and considerate of my nurses and care people. I’ve had 6 major surgeries over a period of time. The majority of the medical professionals have been competent and caring people. Respect them and you will get respect back

    • Sandra, I fully understand that nurses work very long hours and I am never rude to anyone. I merely felt, unless procedures had changed, it was totally inappropriate to just leave a tablet on someone’s meal table. I was doped up to the eyeballs as it was. Respect also works two ways. I have a daughter who is a paramedic and her partner is a nurse.

    • Disclaimer! I do respect nurses; – just not my experience! Last year local hospital by ambulance following horse related accident – 4 x broken ribs; painful swollen ankle with 2 skin tears –
      In emergency ward nurse put 3 pills, bottle water (unopened) on tray beside bed. Me lying flat on back….I dropped one pill on’ve guessed it..nurse picked up gave back to me….asked if needed wheelchair to ward or would I walk ??
      Just the beginning – to discharge following day with no consultation for managing at home…(76 yo on my own)
      Knew the current Head was about to retire…fully intended to lodge complaint with Ombudsman…didn’t happen.
      Very thankful to be an active fit outside girl….!

  4. ….I doubt the Nurse fainted..unless she was a newbie.I have seen adults drink there own urine and faeces…and I’m not talking about Demented people.All you have to do is ask to be spoken to as an adult, she most probably didn’t even realise she was doing it!

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    • Yes, I certainly agree with you Jean…what I mean is ….maybe the nurse didn’t realise how stupid she wS sounding…just speak up is all I meant.

    • I really dislike anyone saying “and how are we today” or the likes. I usually reply “I’m fine thank you, I don’t know about you”. I have a dentist who is very patronising

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