Dear Mr. Nurse Ratched:

I realize you must have had a propensity to watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest over and over again to hone the fine skills you portrayed during my overnight hospital stay.  I applaud your studious attention to details on how not to treat a patient.

When you’re wheeling your charge to a room after surgery, make note when they are clearly groggy and completely out of it to follow your stern instructions about the ‘nurse call’ button not actually functioning.  You know the one, clearly marked ‘call nurse’.  Broken.

Instead, there’s a replacement one that isn’t marked, that happens to look exactly like the controller to adjust the bed.  When the groggy person nods in agreement with her eyes half closed, it may be in your best interest to double check when they are more lucid after a time to reiterate the broken button not actually being effective in calling a nurse for assistance.

The attitude you portrayed after said groggy person has been left unattended for hours was uncalled for.  You know the one I’m talking about, when you exhibited an exasperated persona chastising that person for not listening to your previous instructions and being obviously put out because your nurse’s station gossip session was interrupted by the groggy person setting off alarms when she took those binding leg massage thingies off her legs because she had to pee.


Rather than the rant you rained down on her, scolding her because she wasn’t able to call for assistance to walk the short distance  from the bed to the bathroom to take care of the 16th letter of the alphabet, you could have applauded the fact that she was able to function that little detail all on her own without needing the aforementioned required assistance.

When you gotta pee, you gotta pee.


  1. Sounds like a guy who really does not care about his job!

    Regardless of the idiot nurse, I am glad that you are okay and back in circulation. You had us worried!
    .-= Otin would like you to read ..Kristy’s Journal =-.

  2. I think you let Nurse Wretched, oops, I mean Ratched off fairly easy after her bad attitude and considering the fact that when you gotta pee you gotta pee! Hope you’re feeling better soon!
    .-= Suzicate would like you to read ..Sinful Cyber Schemes =-.

  3. Oh my goodness, I hope you are feeling better! I can’t believe your nurse. You would think, working all day with patients recovering from surgery, that he would realize that when you are under anesthesia, nodding and agreeing does not mean you were listening. Please!
    .-= Anne would like you to read ..Where Am I and Where Am I Going? =-.

  4. So sorry to hear about your bad experience. It seems the men are not as compassionate. Also do not follow the rules of the hospital or their profession. My wife had a problem with a pulmonologist male nurse. He didn’t even wear gloves and was blowing his nose and etc.
    A report to nurses union and the hospital should be made by you.
    Glad you are feeling better.

  5. My sister ate a nurse like that alive recently; the woman came in to care for my nephew while he was recovering from the surgery for his skin graft. The nurse was in a FOUL mood and jerking the equipment – AND my nephew – around. My sister asked her if there was a problem and the nurse says in the snottiest possible manner, “You BET there’s a problem – I’m ALL STRESSED OUT! THAT’S the problem!”

    My sister ripped into her with a gusto that would frighten you if you’d ever seen my sister rip into someone. The head nurse came in to see what was up and after listening to my sister (and the nurse’s aide, who confirmed what the nurse had said), the sent the biotch home for the rest of the day. I hope she got a big, fat reprimand, too.
    .-= Jan would like you to read ..Glitter, Glue and Poster Board =-.

  6. I hate nurse that are like that. I want to be a nurse and as far as I know that isn’t accepted at all. You should call the hospital and report him.
    .-= Margaret would like you to read ..Wow… =-.

  7. If that nurse wants to continue to be able to pee standing up, he’d better check himself. Next time, you may get those leg cuffs off a lot quicker and be in better placement to kick some common sense into him.
    .-= Sprite’s Keeper would like you to read ..Impulse Buy =-.

  8. That just sucks. Uhm, care to do your damn job, oh nursie one? I can’t believe he didn’t check on you before you ended up in that situation. Jerk. Glad you’re out and back in the real world again!
    .-= Mama Badger would like you to read .."I’d Rather Be" Monday =-.

  9. Bummer. You are one of the sweetest people on the planet. It stinks that someone who could have shown compassion and kindness chose instead to berate and spew unkindness to you. Good to know you are doing ok now and can put the not so nice experience behind you. Take care.
    .-= Technobabe would like you to read ..Some Things I Cannot Speak Of =-.

  10. As if getting over the surgery was bad enough, you have to deal with a guy that doesn’t seem to give a damn about his job. Not what you want…even for the toughest of ladies like yourself.
    In other news I wanted to let you know that I leave in 6 days so not sure how often I’ll be able to get on here. I didn’t know if you realised I was going so soon as I haven’t seen you at my place for a while xx
    .-= Aloha Toni! would like you to read ..Mañana! Mañana! =-.

  11. Oh my, I hate when that happens. Poor bedside manners really leave a bad taste in one’s mouth for hospital/nurses. I had a Orthopedic Surgeon who was just like that who drove me nuts. UGH! Such a story I could tell, but his assistant was so nice that practically did all the work anyway is the only reason I stayed with him. They should teach good bedside manners in medical schools maybe!
    .-= Xmasdolly would like you to read ..God’s Pharmacy =-.

  12. What the hell? You never mentioned having surgery! Did you? Are you okay? What did you have done?

    You should go back when fully recovered and kick him in the balls.

    Justine 😮 )
    .-= Justine would like you to read ..Sunday Scramble: 3-7-10 =-.

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