We had a patient, recently off sedation, wake up just in time for one of our residents to do their rounds. Hoping to assess this lady’s mental status, the resident asked,
“How old are you, Mrs. R?”
Mrs. R, smiled and replied, “I was born in 1938.”
That wasn’t the text book answer the resident was looking for, so he asked again. “But how old are you?”
That’s when Mrs. R looked up and said, “You’re the doctor, YOU do the math!”
He didn’t ask her again!
I was cleaning the nurse’s break room one morning, but let’s be clear about this, it is not part of my job (Housekeepers Manual, Chapter 4 …. Section 2 … Paragraph 3 … sub section 6 (a) … part 3.456 … 3rd Edition). It was about 20 minutes after change of shift report and nursing staff had left for their bedside assignments. Each morning the oncoming shift receives report from the night shift’s BIC (Bi-otch-In-Charge). The room is typically left messy but today it was a disaster area I couldn’t ignore. (Do nurses live like this at home????) (more…)
After many weeks of being hospitalized, one gentleman was fairly tired of the numerous residents coming in every morning to see his incision. One morning on rounds, the chief resident asked if she could see his incision. The patient complied and pulled up his gown. (more…)