You never know what is going to come out of your patients’ mouths, but often, it’s a variation of something you’ve heard (a million times) before! We asked our nurses on Facebook for their favorite “lines” they repeatedly hear from patients—how many of these sound familiar to you?
Your favorite patient “lines” revealed!
I like when patients ask for their nausea medicine while eating a cheeseburger and fries and requesting a second tray from food service.
“I’m allergic to 25 mg Demerol, but I can take 50.”
When patients with severe acid reflux ask, “What do you mean I can’t have pizza? What else am I supposed to eat?”
On their 100th visit for treatment: “How long is this going to take?”
—Leslie S. Peguero
“I’m not obese—my clothes are shrinking!”
I love when the elderly patients use their call bell for something and say, “I’m sorry if I woke you up….”
—Keri Greenier George
“Can I borrow $300? I promise to pay you back. You’re a nurse, you look like you make good money.” (Awkward!)
“I have end-stage fibromyalgia and need refills on my two narcotics.”
—Kimra M Griffith
“I get redneck syndrome from that antibiotic.”
What are some of your favorite “lines” from patients?