Karen possibly killing patients in a hospital

I’m a nurse and have been working like crazy in these wonderful times of plague.

I need to get a patient to another ward and luckily it’s in the same building so instead of waiting for the porters (who have been run ragged as much as anyone else in a hospital, praise to them too!) I decide to wheel the patient there myself. We have a large lift (elevator for you Americans) designed for gurneys and the like, so I bring the patient there.

The door opens, and in the middle of this large space… is a Karen.

The hair, the clothes, the age, the sneer. Everything about her screamed “I want to speak to your manager.”

She gives me one look with my patient and steps forward, blocking my path.

Karen: “No. Wait your turn.”

Me: “What?!”

Karen: “This is my lift. Wait for the next one.”

Me: “No, this is not YOUR lift. I need to get this patient to the ward upstairs.”

This Karen actively sticks her FOOT out to block my gurney before I can get the patient in.


Me: “Back OFF! Patients take priority, so if you don’t want to be close to anyone else, YOU wait for the next one. Or take the stairs. I don’t care but get the hell out of my way.”

Karen: “But HE could infect me!”

She’s pointing at my patient, who is just staring at this woman like WTF. I am DONE with this woman."

Me: “I am nine days into an eleven-day run of shifts, most of them running twelve hours. I do not have time for this, or you, or your fuckery. Fuck… OFF.”

Something broke in me and I think she saw that too. She gave a loud “Harrumph” and stormed off, making sure to “accidentally” hit me with her handbag as she swung past me. So much for social distancing!

As the doors closed all my patient could say way:

“I’m about to have an operation but THAT was the most painful thing I’ll experience in this place.”

He (and I) are doing fine!

Karen hopefully is still waiting for a lift somewhere wondering why she has to share them in a busy hospital…


Submit this. Please!


Hahaha this is great. Good for you! I can’t stand people like that. And I agree with @Jonnie_Madison please submit this. hahaha.


I am so with you on this. I’m a speech language pathologist and I work in both a nursing home and a hospital. Today I was wearing a respirator hood only for reasons (management is being weird) and I flat looked like an alien or a villain (I poked fun at myself).

People need to get over themselves. At least your patient has a sense of humor!


I will grant her a point when it comes to social distancing… Elevators and other metal boxes are a really good way for a virus to spread.

BUT… You still had a patient, and patients do take priority. Would she still have tried to stop you if you were trying to rush a patient that was in medical distress to the ER or something?

No, she can wait her turn. You have priority.


Most ERs are on the ground floor because of this - no time wasted with elevators! :slight_smile:


Yup! I’m not in the ER though (I don’t think I could do what they do!).


I meant if you were taking a patient from their room on another floor to an emergency room because they were suddenly in medical distress.

I’m sorry, I’m not a doctor or nurse, so this is the best I could do with that scenario. I was just wondering if she’d still stop someone in an emergency.

…and it has been posted! That’s what I call a quick publish :smiley: (Provided you didn’t already submit this on NaR much sooner than here.)


For the interested, Its here: Why Nurses Should Rule The World, Part 14 :slight_smile:


I absolutely abhor Karens. At one of my old jobs I had a Karen who would refuse to wear a mask while defiantly staring at you if you asked her to wear one. She would argue about prices nonstop in hopes of getting a sale. And then she would sometimes swipe something on the way out.

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Submit the story? Sounds exactly like NAR fodder. :slight_smile:

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