I think one of my greatest irritations as an ER nurse is when a patient and their family can spend literally all day in the department asking when they're going to be sent home, and then four seconds after I remove the IV to finally discharge them someone says, "can you ask the doctor about this one thing?"
FOR FUCKS SAKE, people?! If you've been in the department eleven hours, and you've only just now remembered this complaint, I can guarantee you it doesn't need to be addressed emergently.
Like this lady the other day. She was there, no joke, through multiple nurses. I finally get the joy of discharging her, and as soon as I pulled the 22G intensely-difficut-to-place IV she goes "you know, I forgot to ask the doctor about this issue. Can you tell me what could be causing it?"
I politely answer that it could be many things, and that her recent bloodwork via PCP showed it to be normal but that we didn't test for it today because wouldn't ya know, she didn't complain about it. What then ensued was a prolonged request for the doctor to come back in to address it. I'm new at this hospital, so I don't know the docs very well yet - thus I was dragging ass to relay this request. As much as I can't stand not being able to discharge someone, the docs hate it even more. Top it off with a strange nurse asking them to come do my work for me...it's not a good combination.
The doctor was fortunately very nice and came back in, and had a good long conversation with this lady about multiple things. His poor scribe, who had already clocked out, very kindly stayed late to document all this foolishness. After they both wandered away, I went back in with the discharge paperwork. "Oh!" she said, "I forgot to ask him about the main thing I wanted to know!"
I can't win.