Bad Habits Nurses Develop - page 6

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   LPN1974
    Quote from stevielynn
    Who charts from memory?

    steph
    I USED to....but now I'm starting to need to write V/S and blood sugars down as I take them, or I will forget.
    I guess it's a thing called age.
  2. by   JVanRN
    Quote from LPN1974
    I USED to....but now I'm starting to need to write V/S and blood sugars down as I take them, or I will forget.
    I guess it's a thing called age.
    No...I'm 24 and I still have to do that. I was NEVER able to chart from memory. I get sidtracked to easily.
  3. by   sparkplug
    I do not see anyone not wearing gloves but if I did I would tell them about it and if it continue I would speak to my manager. This is a health risk for everyone and even if you are a student the time to start advocating is now. As for the MAR's and popping the pills prior to getting into the room, I will tell you that I have done this and have had 2 med errors in 30 years. I sometimes take the MAR and lately I have been doing this all the time. The thing is when you are in school you do everything by the book, when you are a staff nurse you learn what you can safely do and what you cannot.
  4. by   tracytoon
    I can remember when nurses still smoked at their station. (Bad habit)

    I recall a nursing instructor saying "As students, you haven't earned the right to cut corners. When you get into the real world and know what you're doing, then you may not be so quick to judge other nursing performances."

    I constantly remind myself that no one is perfect. The only time I really concern myself with the nursing habits of someone else is when they are actually creating a life threatening situation for a patient.

    Two bad habits I have noticed recently: eating nachos at the med cart and never ever stocking it for the next shift.
  5. by   grimmy
    Quote from mattsmom81
    <sigh> was this really necessary? why disdain older nurses in order to build up a student? refer back to my earlier comments regarding the worst bad habit nurses develop.
    [font=book antiqua]
    just to be clear, i am an older nurse, and far be it from me to disdain "older" nurses. what i said was the truth...it's too bad that i would be chided for speaking it.
  6. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from NurseFirst
    Would I not give breaths to person who wasn't breathing because I didn't have a protective mask? I'd probably weigh the cost/benefit analysis, for myself and for that person.
    Quote from NurseFirst
    The statistics for people who come down with AIDS after having been stuck with a needle which had been used on an AIDS patient is under 1%. So, what is my chance of getting AIDS if I give "unprotected" mouth to mouth on an AIDS patient? Well, let's see--do I have any open sores in my mouth?
    I am guessing you have never given someone breaths (or bagged them). I say this because they have a very frequent tendency to vomit. I don't know about you, but I REALLY don't want someone's vomit in my mouth, whether I have open sores in my mouth or not. Gross.
  7. by   LPNer
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Look here, Toots. I don't call not gloving for a quick cleanup "bad medical care." Either you're not a nurse or you haven't been one for very long.

    If you were or had you read anything about the history of nursing and/or infection control in healthcare, you'd learn that it's only been since the "Age of Aids" that we were able to use gloves at all for anything but sterile procedures. We were formerly taught that gloves were too impersonal and their use would offend the patients.

    Quite a debate raged about how to use protection without offending the patient. We then went to Universal Precautions. Now it's "Standard" Precautions and offending the patient is not even factored in.

    Some people find that horrifying, considering the messes that we have to clean up. It's hard for me to imagine that back then I recall ASKING to use gloves--and being refused because except for sterile gloves, there were NONE in the building!

    PS The next thing we touched was the sink to wash our hands.
    Couldn't have said that better myself!
    Though not in the context of this thread, this also reminds me of years ago if the super heard you refer to a pt as "room 662" she would have wore your ears out on being so impersonal. Now, with HIPPA you are not alolowed to say their name! Talk about turn around. Same as the impersonnal use of gloves. Wearing gloves for personal care, at one time, was the same thing as telling the pt they are gross.
    However, now-a-days there's aids, mrsa, cdiff, etc. Wouldn't catch my fingers in it without gloves! However, I do start some IVs and do some finger sticks without, depends on pt cooperation, Dx, etc.
  8. by   slinkeecat
    MY BAD HABIT IS THROWING EVERYTHING IN TO MY POCKETS IN THE COURSE OF MY SHIFT...THEN I FORGET TO EMPTY MY POCKETS, i HAVE A LOT OF POCKETS... SO WHEN I GET HOME I EMPTY THEM AND I HAVE A BAZILLION ALCHOL PADS, ADAPTERS, SALINE SYRINGES, 2X2'S , Opsites AND BANDAIDS And rolls upon rolls of tape.... not to mention a tubex or two.....
    I alone am probably the the reason for the rizing cost of health care lol...Ohhh, and it is a mystery how I start my shift with one highlighter, and two pens... and can magically pull out 3 of each......
    That is my bad bad HABIT...
    I NEED HELP....LOL
    i CANNOT SEEM TO STOP MY SELF

    DOES NAYONE ELSE SUFFER FROM THIS 12 HRS BOUTS OF KLEPTOMANIA???
  9. by   Pill Hoarding Hussy
    Quote from slinkeecat
    MY BAD HABIT IS THROWING EVERYTHING IN TO MY POCKETS IN THE COURSE OF MY SHIFT...THEN I FORGET TO EMPTY MY POCKETS, i HAVE A LOT OF POCKETS... SO WHEN I GET HOME I EMPTY THEM AND I HAVE A BAZILLION ALCHOL PADS, ADAPTERS, SALINE SYRINGES, 2X2'S , Opsites AND BANDAIDS And rolls upon rolls of tape.... not to mention a tubex or two.....
    I alone am probably the the reason for the rizing cost of health care lol...Ohhh, and it is a mystery how I start my shift with one highlighter, and two pens... and can magically pull out 3 of each......
    That is my bad bad HABIT...
    I NEED HELP....LOL
    i CANNOT SEEM TO STOP MY SELF

    DOES NAYONE ELSE SUFFER FROM THIS 12 HRS BOUTS OF KLEPTOMANIA???

    *****! yeah. lots of uses for those alcohol pads, though... cleaning manicure scissors, computer keyboards... my husband used to think i was nuts, now he uses them too!
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I do that too! My pockets are full of bandaids, wipes, pens, and tape when I am done! I look like a double-pouched kangaraoo when I am done w/my shift.
  11. by   bissie
    What about not wiping Y-ports on IV tubing with alcohol prior to accessing?
    This just isn't done in the ER..but when you think about it...eww
  12. by   night owl
    I have the bad habit of losing my pen :selfbonk: and then picking up someone elses. :uhoh21: Must learn not. to. lose. my. own. pen. And it goes like this...

    THEM: "Hey, that's my pen!"

    ME: "It is? Here ya go. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to steal your pen." :smackingf

    ME:"Anyone seen mine? It's purple with the drug name Nexium written on it?" "Can I borrow your pen? I'll give it right back."

    Next day...

    ME: "Hey that's MY pen!"

    THEM: "It is? I was wondering who it belonged to."

    ME: "Thanks."

    Then it starts all over again.

    ME: <to self> Dam, where's that pen? Here's one...
  13. by   dbsn00
    Quote from slinkeecat
    MY BAD HABIT IS THROWING EVERYTHING IN TO MY POCKETS IN THE COURSE OF MY SHIFT...THEN I FORGET TO EMPTY MY POCKETS, i HAVE A LOT OF POCKETS... SO WHEN I GET HOME I EMPTY THEM AND I HAVE A BAZILLION ALCHOL PADS, ADAPTERS, SALINE SYRINGES, 2X2'S , Opsites AND BANDAIDS And rolls upon rolls of tape.... not to mention a tubex or two.....
    I alone am probably the the reason for the rizing cost of health care lol...Ohhh, and it is a mystery how I start my shift with one highlighter, and two pens... and can magically pull out 3 of each......
    That is my bad bad HABIT...
    I NEED HELP....LOL
    i CANNOT SEEM TO STOP MY SELF

    DOES NAYONE ELSE SUFFER FROM THIS 12 HRS BOUTS OF KLEPTOMANIA???
    :yeahthat:

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