New Grads-What are some of the silliest things youve done so far?!?! - page 2

:smackingf :smackingf Ok-so im a new grad. Still in orientation. Thank goodness my preceptor keeps me in line, however, I still do dumb stuff all the time, lol. Last week, while drawing blood off... Read More

  1. by   cardiacRN2006
    I meant to tell the doctor about changing the pts medication which was Clonidine. But I really asked if we could change him over to Clomid (a fertility medicine). Guess everyone knew what I had on my mind!

    I forgot to put propofol up with vented tubing. A couple of minutes later when the pt was sitting up in bed about 2 inches from extubating himself, I said to my preceptor, "wow! Look at the drip chamber...it's all compressed..." She was not happy...

    Accidently gave 1000cc of lactulose enema instead of 300cc. I must have said 3 times, "gees, 1000cc seems like a lot to give!". I paid the price for that mistake all day!
  2. by   Noahm
    So glad I am not the only one who does this stuff. Keep them coming guys.
  3. by   bigmona
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Accidently gave 1000cc of lactulose enema instead of 300cc. I must have said 3 times, "gees, 1000cc seems like a lot to give!". I paid the price for that mistake all day!
    oooh! yuck!

    i have tried to change iv bags with the bag still hanging and fluid still in it-- got a little wet doing that

    also i have accidentally squirted out IV ativan all over the wall (and myself too) right after drawing it up

    done many more silly things, i'm sure, but i'm sort of tired now and can't think.
  4. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Quote from bigmona
    also i have accidentally squirted out IV ativan all over the wall (and myself too) right after drawing it up.
    I redecorated one of our isolation rooms with rifampin once. The stains are still there to this day.
  5. by   lysh7777
    My embarrassing moment....
    well I was still in nursing school...and in the med room and there were like 4 different nurses, my instructor and a fellow student. One of my patients needed Heparin, so I got out my carpujet and tried to put air into the vial of Heparin. Before I knew what was happening the whole carpujet vial of Heparin blew up sending the cork at the end of the vial flying across the room, and glass and Heparin all over the floor. Everyone turned and looked at me How embarrassing!
  6. by   tencat
    It's so nice to know I'm not alone! I had just changed the bed and the patient needed a new IV. So, I get all the IV stuff, double check to make sure I have everything. I'm thinking "I've got it. Now I'll do the IV." Proceed to stick the lady, unhook the needle, think I've got the catheter end under pressure from my finger, and get blood EVERYWHERE! I forgot to put down a towel or the &^%$ chucks (chux?). Had to change the bed again! :trout:
  7. by   augigi
    When I was a nursing student I had to give an IM analgesic injection to a delightful old lady who was very cachexic. Unfortunately, I was so nervous that I forgot to change needles after drawing up the medication, and yep gave her an IM with a 19g needle... realised my mistake when I hit bone. Ouch.

    Tell you what though - I never forgot again.
  8. by   AB_NormalRN
    On a serious note....Trial and Error and OJT SHOULD NOT be 'THE' way we learn...

    With that said....you shoulda seen the experienced nurses in the ER when I came out and told them I had gone ahead and Dermabonded my pts lac on his forhead! It was priceless. As an RN I can put steri-strips on a lac, I can dress and bandage a lac, I can even put bandaids on a lac....so whatz the big deal with a little dermabond? Heck, as a Paramedic I've intubated pts, ran codes, pushed meds, etc. Even though my state says an RN with training can suture, the hospital says Dermabond is suturing and only and MD can do that. On a side note---the MD said I had done a wonderful job. ARGGH!

    My second funny? Throughout orientation I had torn the covering bags to the IV fluids with my hands. Just the other night I had this one covering bag that was stubborn. The only time I ever got the scissors out...and what did I do? *I can see the look on your faces coz you know what I did.* Yep, cut the tip of the bag and had D5 all over the floor.

    Very frustrated at times....
    AB
  9. by   Indy
    I have a little trick for that. If the bag won't tear all the way open, I tear it some, then stick the funny looking end of the scissors (the part that is made to go under a bandage, looks like a tongue) in the hole in the bag, THEN cut the bag wide open. This works well enough to do in the dark. Of course, now that I've said something, I'm probably gonna rip a bag of NS from one end to the other this week!

close