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- Jan 23, '12 by GitanoRNonly, a week after receiving my rn license i recalled a situation with a pt. that was scheduled for or. i worked the grave yard shift as many new grads do, and i noticed the doctor's order was still waiting for someone to check off, for a prep, appendectomy. in addition, i noticed the warning on the front of the chart that read " pt. is a mute" i gathered my supplies, introduced myself to the patient, although he was halfway asleep, i began to prep the pt. for his appendectomy. the nursing manager called me in her office, and told me that i had "shaved the wrong pt." even though i have done a great job". needless to say, from then on i triple checked all of my patients id badges and doctors orders.
p.s. i'm still lol re:quote from graciedi once un-spiked a bag of ns in a pressure bag without first releasing the pressure - i got instant, explosive rain that lasted about 20 seconds!!! fortunately the patient was intubated/sedated. i got a lot of laughs when i left the room looking like i had just taken a fully-clothed shower.
- Jan 23, '12 by MomRN0913Ok, I have done a few of them, like not unclamping the piggy back and taking a saline bath.
But my very favorite stupid memory........
I was helping my colleague do post mortem care The patient had a Udall in the groin and it was kind of halfway out, and I went to cut out the stitches and just pull it out. Patients dead! He was like "ummmmmm, it's in an artery, do you think it's going to bleed all over the place. I had done it before, not problems, so I assured him everything would be fine. SO we pulled it and no bleeding and we put a pressure dressing on it.
Well, it was a rather heavy set patient and when we went to put the shroud underneath, I tossed the patient towards him, the dressing came off and he got SOAKED with blood. All over his white sneakers, scrubs, everywhere. I felt horrible. He got some scrubs, took a shower (noc shift in ICU, he had only one other patient so luckily he had time) I kept bathing his shoes in peroxide. I felt awful, and offered to buy him some new sneaks.
I think the even funnier part was that he needed shoes so he asked the nursing supervisor (she is just about the stupidest nurse ever) to get post op shoes. She comes back with one. He says "but I have 2 feet"
- Jan 23, '12 by BrandybunsRNQuote from ibatxrnI have to tell you that this one really made me laugh! As soon as you said "ostomy" and "powder", out loud I sat here saying "ohhh please don't be glue!" .... LOL Thanks for the visualSo I got some and applied heavily to patient's armpit. I came back about an hour later and she said she had a "weird feeling in there" so I took her sling strap off and found that her armpit had been glued to her body by the ostomy powder. It was adhesive powder and it said that on the label!!!! So when she began to sweat, it turned to super glue!! Took all afternoon to get it cleaned out.
- Jan 23, '12 by mds1These are too funny!! Remember, tho, it ain't just the new nurses that goof up!! WE ALL DO IT!!! One time, back a few years, I was flushing a line with Saline using a syringe and a needle-remember I said a few years ago-. Well, in my gracefulness, I stuck that needlr right thru the port and into my finger.... So, I am standing there, with my finger nailed to the Iv tubing with the needle thru the port and line. I was afraid to just pull the needle out, cause then I would contaminate the pt. So I stood there a couple minutes, then just turned off the IV, lifted the bag and tubing down, after clamping below the port and went and changed out all the tuging. The pt was asleep, never knew a thing.
One night I was walking into a room to hang a IVPB by gravity from the hook on the rack above the bed. I have a balance disorder and knew better, but i was looking up as I was walking, got dizzy and fell accross the end of the bed with the patient lying there laughing his good looking butt off!! I was mortified.. But we had a good laugh!!!!
- Jan 23, '12 by nursecat64Quote from calinurse11And she might have been 60! I made a similar mistake. I now just ask "visitors" to step out. Or if I'm inquiring, I ask "Is this a relative?" Learned to never assume anything in this business!
This one is my least favorite to tell because I was horribly embarassed. I had a med/surg patient who's mom was with him, he was about 35 years old. Well I asked him if he wanted his mom to step out while I washed him up, he said no my Wife can stay I swear she looked 60 to me!
- Jan 23, '12 by mds1the funniest booboo I saw, was the pt was sitting inthe chair in the room and let his wife lie down in the bed with covers on. the CNA took the vital signs of the "PT IN THE BED" LOL.. which was really the wife!! The CNA got to the door of the room, said, wait a minutes, this pt is supposed to be a male, turned around to find the pt laughing. She took the correct vital signs and came out of the room so embarassed!!! LOL
- Jan 23, '12 by VespertinasQuote from MomRN0913That reminds me of a girl I once went to school with: on one of her clinical days, a patient expired so in postmortem care her preceptor yanked a rectal tube out of the body. It ended up splashing back fecal matter all over this girl who was standing in range of fire. Sadly for her, her preceptor wasn't as kind as you and instead she LAUGHED at her student and did not apologize.Well, it was a rather heavy set patient and when we went to put the shroud underneath, I tossed the patient towards him, the dressing came off and he got SOAKED with blood. All over his white sneakers, scrubs, everywhere.
...and your gem about the supervisor was just too much
- Jan 23, '12 by DixieleeQuote from mds1This happened in triage in the ED just last week! The tech called the patient name (male) but the wife stepped up. The tech had her sit in the chair and dutifully got vital signs and a weight, charted it on the patient's chart and moved on. When I got the patient in the Triage room, he told me no one had taken his vital signs but the wife said they took hers! I can't completely blame the tech for this one because neither the patient or wife mentioned it initially! So it never hurts to check the armband!!the funniest booboo I saw, was the pt was sitting inthe chair in the room and let his wife lie down in the bed with covers on. the CNA took the vital signs of the "PT IN THE BED" LOL.. which was really the wife!! The CNA got to the door of the room, said, wait a minutes, this pt is supposed to be a male, turned around to find the pt laughing. She took the correct vital signs and came out of the room so embarassed!!! LOL
- Jan 23, '12 by Jennifer0512Basically the first day we were allowed to take patients in clinical I was about to help a fellow nursing student do a bed bath on her patient. I filled up (and I mean FILLED) the plastic bucket with warm water. I started walking over to the table with the bucket while my friend was getting her patient ready, but the bucket started twisting in on itself because it is flimsy plastic and I filled it way too high with warm water and I wasn't close enough to a table to put it down, so I ended up dumping the entire bucket of water on me! I was soaked for awhile although luckily my uniform dried quickly. Pretty embarassing especially since I wanted to make a good impression to my fellow nursing students, brand new instructor, and the nurses on the floor--I couldn't even fill a bucket to give a bed bath without spilling it!