Other nurses said patients with lesser illnesses don’t always understand nurses need to tend to more intense injuries first.
Mayte, a nurse in Iowa, said she wishes she could tell patients they are not always the priority.
“I could have another patient that needs me now or else something bad could happen,” she told Business Insider. “I’m not brushing off their needs, but it’s not a priority.”
Sean, a nurse in New Mexico, wishes he could tell patients that their sore throats aren’t something a nurse will prioritize: “The guy that we dragged in the front door who’s been stabbed multiple times is an emergency. Sit down and wait or, better idea, go to your primary care or an urgent care in the morning.”