Bad Habits Nurses Develop - page 2

I don't know about you, but out in the "real world" I've seen a lot of things that would not fly in school! Here are a few: Pre-popping pills Not using MARs on med pass Not washing hands/using... Read More

  1. by   Dixielee
    That reminds me of a joke....did you hear about the body they found in the ER parking lot? They knew it was a nurse because they had a full bladder and an empty stomach!
  2. by   NurseCard
    My bad habits:

    Checking the obits, I am REALLY bad about this. In fact, it's usually the first section that I turn to when I pick up the local paper every day. Doesn't help that the obits are RIGHT ON THE SECOND PAGE of the paper!

    Not wearing gloves when doing finger sticks. I wear them when I start IV's, but not always when I do finger sticks. I know, I really need to wear them.

    My hospital has electronic mars and patient bracelet scanning. I often scan the patient AFTER I've given them their med. Lot of good that probably does.

    That's all I'm willing to admit to. :Melody:
  3. by   snowfreeze
    13 years later and I still love nursing but there are some dumb things I have done. Lazy, probably not, overworked and trying to just get things done, probably.
    Sent the wrong patient to the beauty shop
    Two patients in same room sitting on same bed watching tv...which one of you is Helen? one raised her hand..no arm bands on either one.... asked a few more questions about the day and how the sick stomach was going, thats when I realized I was in the wrong room. LOL The patients told me I had to go across the hall to talk to the sick Helen....
    Now I just take a deep breath, another sip of coffee and check the MAR, check the drugs, check the patients, check the time, check the coffee. And realize there is another shift following me and if my work load is not reasonable....I need to address that too for the sake of the patients.
  4. by   mattsmom81
    School is one thing, real world nursing a whole nuther world. Personally I would like to see more nurses worrying about our OWN practice vs looking so much at OTHER's.

    So...IMHO,a bad habit nurses develop is thinking they have a right to overly engage in CRITIQUING each other. Starts in nursing school unfortunately and is likely part of why new grads feel 'eaten' when they turn out.....they 'critique' the wrong person at the wrong moment.....CHOMP.
  5. by   NorthER,RN
    MattsMom, you're right! We spend a lot of energy beating ourselves and others up over what we see as bad habits - never mind that there is usually more than one way to accomplish a good outcome (although the no gloves thing is a bit unsettling) . How about if we start a new thread for great habits that nurses develop so that we can share some good news and support ourselves and each other? No offence meant to the nurse who started this thread.
  6. by   sleepless in norman
    SLEEPING WITH OTHER NURSES AND IT DOESN'T HAVE TO NECESSARILY BE AT THE SAME FACILITY
  7. by   lilpoo_1
    Quote from meownsmile
    Checkin to see if there is a full moon.

    guilty as charged
  8. by   steelcityrn
    drinking way to much coffee!
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Complaining too much!!

    Hey, life could REALLY suck: we could be working at 7-11 for minimum wage.......... :uhoh21:
  10. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Quote from mattsmom81
    School is one thing, real world nursing a whole nuther world. Personally I would like to see more nurses worrying about our OWN practice vs looking so much at OTHER's.

    So...IMHO,a bad habit nurses develop is thinking they have a right to overly engage in CRITIQUING each other. Starts in nursing school unfortunately and is likely part of why new grads feel 'eaten' when they turn out.....they 'critique' the wrong person at the wrong moment.....CHOMP.

    my my aren't we being a bad bad girl tonight
    I agree whole heartly........so true, yet made me just crack up laughing. Think it was the chomp thing at the end :chuckle
  11. by   ikimiwi
    pulling caps off tubing and needles with my teeth
  12. by   Tweety
    Quote from mattsmom81
    School is one thing, real world nursing a whole nuther world. Personally I would like to see more nurses worrying about our OWN practice vs looking so much at OTHER's.

    So...IMHO,a bad habit nurses develop is thinking they have a right to overly engage in CRITIQUING each other. Starts in nursing school unfortunately and is likely part of why new grads feel 'eaten' when they turn out.....they 'critique' the wrong person at the wrong moment.....CHOMP.

    How true, how true, how true.
  13. by   nurturing_angel
    Most of my coworkers NEVER wear gloves when starting IV's. I am looked at as a "weirdo" of sorts because I always do! I even had one nurse laugh at me right in front of the patient!

    Vickie :Melody:

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