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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 01:02 PM
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88. well...I'm an ICU/ER/Tele nurse and have seen it all.
...including,of course,racism,sexism,and sexual preference-ism.When I was the charge nurse,I would generally try to make assignments in the nurses' favor,as they are the ones who have to put up with this(and other patients,don't forget).Sometimes it isn't possible.there are always people who are assholes...especially here in Texas...but something tells me this may have been more of a neurologic issue.I have seen many,many patients with encephalitis,head injuries,dementia,alcohol withdrawel....the list goes on and on...who do some really atypical crap.I did it before my brain surgery(nothing racist....mine was all....uninhibition)Most nurses realize this and help each other.Documentation of a patient's behavior is critical in this situation....including notification of physician and administration.If a patient was allowed to make a request of this sort,administration should have been contacted immediately when care could not be delivered.If care was unable to be delivered,then 9-1-1 should be called-with the assumption that pt is having a neurologic event.Just my experience(and,yes...I have had a right winger refuse ME....his loss)
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