Cell Phone Nurse

@kareng (52691)
United States
December 6, 2019 10:44pm CST
I told the nurse on duty last night before I left the hospital that if mom gets discharged tomorrow that I need a late check out. I had an appointment for my annual mammogram at 2:40 on the other side of town and I didn't want her to have to sit and wait on my test after she was discharged. I was told that this was no problem. I got a couple of phone calls on the way to my appointment from the social worker who was trying to set up Home Health. I woke up early but decided to wrangle with the laundry instead of going to hospital. I thought this would just upset my mother knowing she was going home and then I left without her. My appointment went well. I didn't have to wait more than 5 minutes and I was in and out within 30 minutes. I wish all doctor appointments went that smooth. I arrived at the hospital at 3:30 and a nurse popped in mom's room and asked if we were ready to discharge. I said yes, of course. She said she would be right back. She did come right back and I recognized her as the "cell phone nurse." We went over all the special instructions, mom's medication, and follow up appointments. I will have to reschedule both of the appointments they made because there is no way I can have mom in South Baton Rouge for 9 am. After all the paperwork was done we called for an aide to help get mom ready to leave. That went quickly and we sat and waited and waited and waited. After 40 minutes of waiting I went out looking for "Cell Phone Nurse." She was nowhere to be seen or found. I found the aide in the hall and she said, "Are ya'll STILL here??" I said, "Yes, I think somebody forgot to call for a wheelchair." She told me she would check on the matter and I followed her to the nurse's station. Yep! Bingo! Cell Phone Nurse forgot to call transportation to take mom downstairs. I really wasn't surprised, but glad to get out of there where we do not have to deal with her anymore! I did stop at the main desk and get two referral cards. I filled one out for a nurse in ICU who was outstanding and one for "Cell Phone Nurse" who needs to get her head out of her phone. I hope she gets reprimanded for her actions. Photo: Pixabay
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@Nakitakona (56322)
• Philippines
7 Dec 19
No man is perfect. Her shortcoming is understandable.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
7 Dec 19
When you are a nurse in the critical care heart unit, you should be focused on your JOB and PATIENTS, not your cell phone. I know everyone is not perfect, but when you hold such an important job, it is expected that you DO your job.
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@Nakitakona (56322)
• Philippines
9 Dec 19
@kareng You're right. Sorry I miss it. I thought a cellphone nurse is the one who contacted for the discharge of your mom. She's the one who is minding her cp while attending to sick person in the hospital.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
10 Dec 19
@Nakitakona The one and the same person. Had to deal with her Monday and Friday and both days were crappy service.
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@moffittjc (117759)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Dec 19
It is very unprofessional when people spend time on their cell phones when they should instead be doing their jobs. I'm glad you were finally able to get your mom home from the hospital.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
8 Dec 19
This one should not be working as a nurse. She is too forgetful and not personable if you know what I mean.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
8 Dec 19
@moffittjc That is true.
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@moffittjc (117759)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Dec 19
@kareng Anyone buried in their phone that much can't possibly be personable.
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@LadyDuck (451702)
• Switzerland
7 Dec 19
I hate when people are more interested by their phones than to their work. You did the right thing to fill two referral cards, I hope the cell phone nurse will be reprimanded.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
7 Dec 19
I do too. She was not personable or friendly either like the other nurses. I think she chose the wrong profession.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
8 Dec 19
@LadyDuck Exactly!
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@LadyDuck (451702)
• Switzerland
7 Dec 19
@kareng I agree, those not ready to help people and grumpy should do something different.
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• United States
7 Dec 19
yer lucky to've gotten out when ya did, hon. here, they'll tell ya yer gonna be released 't noon 'n if'n yer really lucky, they might get'cha out by 8pm. glad yer reportin' yer thoughts'n both. those good'uns need to know how much they'd be 'ppreciated. the other? hopefully they'll nip that'n the bud.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
8 Dec 19
I have another item to add to the list on the cell phone nurse. This one takes the cake. I'll be posting it in a few minutes.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
8 Dec 19
@crazyhorseladycx That won't happen since I have to make several appointments for mom and she would also have to go with me to hospital. That would tire her out too much.
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• United States
8 Dec 19
@kareng i hope ya do more'n jest fill out that paper, hon. sounds to me a visit with the hospital administrator'd be'n order.
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@just4him (300593)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Dec 19
I hope she does too. I'm glad everything went smoothly, except for the transportation problem. I hope you can get those appointments rescheduled.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
7 Dec 19
I do too. I will be focusing on that first thing Monday morning.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
9 Dec 19
@just4him Good so far. Cardiologist booked until Feb. but they are sending a message to nurse/doctor to get her in earlier.
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@just4him (300593)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Dec 19
@kareng I hope those go well.
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@theend (2778)
• Gifu, Japan
8 Dec 19
Some people drive at high speeds, but they're still on the phone from someone. need to condemn this.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
9 Dec 19
I agree. That's how lots of accidents happen that didn't have to happen. Cell phones are taking over some people!
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
10 Dec 19
@theend Just unacceptable on many levels.
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@theend (2778)
• Gifu, Japan
10 Dec 19
@kareng I agree on this. Mobile phone nurse, who needs to pull her head out of the phone.
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@GardenGerty (156347)
• United States
8 Dec 19
It sounds like a lot of the things went smoothly, but the nurse "forgetting" to call transportation is uncalled for.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
8 Dec 19
That isn't all she forgot. I'm fixing to put up another post on her. I can't wait until Monday to call up there and speak to her supervisor.
@wolfgirl569 (91856)
• Marion, Ohio
7 Dec 19
Glad you got her home. It is not unusual to have to reschedule appointments that they make.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
7 Dec 19
Yep, it would be nice if they warned you or asked you if you had preferences.
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• United States
7 Dec 19
That's a very frustrating experience and hope the "cell phone" nurse gets reprimanded. Otherwise glad everything else went okay
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
7 Dec 19
Yes, it is nice to be home and back to the old routine which means grocery shopping today...grrr!
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@JudyEv (321760)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Dec 19
That would be really annoying. I do hope she gets hauled over the coals for her actions.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
7 Dec 19
Yep, she was the only bad nurse we had in the heart center and in ICU.
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@Hannihar (128891)
• Israel
26 Dec 19
@kareng You were lucky that your mammogram That is so horrible that she made you wait. Good for you for complaining about cell phone nurse.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
2 Jan 20
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@LindaOHio (149578)
• United States
7 Dec 19
I hate when people stick their heads in their phones and ignore their jobs. I'm glad you were finally taken care of.
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
8 Dec 19
I ended up calling Nutrition myself. I never could even find her again. She apparently found a corner to hide in. Wait till you hear what I discovered this morning!! That one takes the cake!
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@arunima25 (84796)
• Bangalore, India
7 Dec 19
Cell phones can be real distractions. And when she works at a crucial place like hospital, she should realize that her distractions can be real inconvenience. So unprofessional But glad that your appointment was smooth and fast
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@kareng (52691)
• United States
7 Dec 19
Very true and should be avoided at work when you are dealing directly with a patient.