Friday, September 17, 2010

Pure Meanness

We have a Doctor that addresses one of his patients as "Meanness". As in, "Hello, Meanness, how are you today?"

I've said before that the meaner they are, the better I like them. Why I get so much joy out of the nasty things they say, I don't know, but I do.

Case in point: We have a family member that is very obviously going through her mid-life crisis. She's had her eyes "done" and has changed her make up and has dyed her hair. I don't work with her dad much as I usually have the other side of the nursing center, but she's there several times a week, so I know who she is.

The other day, Meanness was chatting with her about something and then looked her straight in the eye and asked, "Is that your real hair?"



Mark said...

Well, that's not good! I hope the patient is care-planned for this and likes the nickname. Otherwise, the physician is putting your facility out of compliance with the verbal abuse tag.

If the State gets ahold of this, it will be tagged as abuse after they interview the resident and she says "No, I don't like the nickname."

The administrator probably needs to go over this with the physician and put an end to it.

Every physician who deals with NH residents needs to know the rules. They are not exempt.

K. Tree said...

Honestly, I didn't think about it that way. To me, it was just funny. And when I overheard the conversation, the resident did not seem offended. I believe that they have been in the Doctor/Patient relationship for a long time. Though Meanness had plenty to say about him after he left. Meanness doesn't mince words. :)