While it’s healthy for patients to have visitors and all the other warm and fuzzy stuff that goes with it, let’s face it, some visitors can be a living nightmare.  They can really try your patience and have you counting the minutes till your shift ends. It’s either that or you smack them up-side the head for being so stupid, rude, arrogant and the list goes on… We asked some of our nursing community members about their worst visitor experiences, here’s what they said:

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  1. The man who snuck in three cats to visit his asthmatic mother.
  2. The visitor who ate all his father’s food, then rang the nurse to say that the patient was still hungry and needed another tray.
  3. The wife who asked you to take her stroked-out husband to the bathroom whenever SHE really was the one who had to go.
  4. The son who emptied his mother’s colostomy bag into the wastebasket.
  5. The husband who fell asleep in the patient’s bed while his wife was in the bathroom.
  6. The wife who discontinued her husband’s central line herself because “John likes to sleep on his right side”.
  7. The 80-year-old daughter of the 98-year-old man, who kept turning off her father’s continuous gastric feeding because “He never eats this much at home”.
  8. The children of one patient who insisted upon using their mother’s portable IPPB machine as a scooter in the hallway.
  9. The husband who kept sneaking chocolates in for his newly diagnosed diabetic wife.
  10. The man who never actually visited his mother, but called 12 times every shift to criticize the nurses, the doctors, the food and anything else that came to mind.
  11. The families that continuously just hover over the poor patient and wake the patient up when they’re sedated and intubated to ask if they need a drink or some food…..STOP IT!
  12. The family members that came in drunk and wreaking of alcohol and brought a beer for the patient…Um, NO!
  13. Eating in front of the patient when they’re NPO. Worse still is when they talk about how good whatever they’re eating is and the poor patient is starving…Not okay!
  14. Patient and visitor having sex. C’mon people, you’re in the hospital on a Dilaudid drip because you’re supposed to be in horrible pain. what is this about?
  15. Gross old men who try to flirt with you using their stupid and sometimes disgusting humor, that they actually think is so witty it will surely land them a date with you, while their poor wife is sicker than a dog and sometimes circling the drain. 
  16. The wife who just curled up and went to sleep on her husband’s bed when he got up to use the bathroom and he is pulling the emergency alarm because he fell in the bathroom. I go in the room and he’s on the floor and she’s laying there on his bed snoring…I kid you not!
  17.  The visitor that brought his friend some heroin to shoot up. The patient had a heroin overdose and was intubated.  We catch the visitor with the syringe in the patient’s arm. So not okay!

What are your worst hospital visitor stories? Share them in the comments below. 
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