Meet nurse Preen from the movie The Man Who Came to Dinner. Nurse Preen faced a common problem. She had a patient that drove her nuts. His name was Sheridan “Sherry” Whiteside, a caustic radio personality and critic. This is my favorite interaction in the movie.
Sherry: “Ah, pecan butternut fudge!”
Preen: “Oh, my, you mustn’t eat candy, Mr. Whiteside, it’s very bad for you.”
Sherry: “My great-aunt Jennifer ate a whole box of candy every day of her life. She lived to be 102 and when she’d been dead three days, she looked better than you do now!”
Nurse Preen gives a great speech when she quits her job:
“I am not only walking out on this case, Mr. Whiteside, I am leaving the nursing profession. I became a nurse because all my life, ever since I was a little girl, I was filled with the idea of serving a suffering humanity. After one month with you, Mr. Whiteside, I am going to work in a munitions factory. From now on, anything I can do to help exterminate the human race will fill me with the greatest of pleasure. If Florence Nightingale had ever nursed YOU, Mr. Whiteside, she would have married Jack the Ripper instead of founding the Red Cross!”
Oh yeah, baby! Let it rip!!! Give him that last parting shot. She says that she was going to quit nursing, but I bet she never did. Every nurse has a story about an infamous patient, and about why they never leave the nursing profession. Martin from Online Nursing Degrees posted a series of nursing interviews on their website. The series, Nursing Beyond the Books, is worth checking out. I wonder what Nurse Preen’s interview would look like. I want to thank Martin for including my interview in the series.