Cant believe the nurse did..... - page 9

by Daisy_08 27,206 Views | 126 Comments

A few threads latley have had tittles that got me all excited to read the juicy "gossip", only to be very disappointed or think the OP was a little on the the nutty side. So I thought we could share our juicy "I can't believe the... Read More


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    I knew better, you get to know posters here
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    Probably the one of the worst things I seen was when I was an STNA in LTC. Had an agency new grad LPN come in for a call off. She was supposed to remove some staples from a patients leg but could not find the stuff to do it with. She sent me on my break and when I come back her and the other aid on the hall where using a suture removal kit to dig out the staples in this patients leg. It was an absolute mess and the only reason the guy wasnt screaming was he was out in la la land on pain meds.

    That was not a pleasent phone call to the DON, which I had to make becasue the nurse refused to.
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    Quote from chrisrn24
    I think it is more of an issue of needing assist of two to the commode or toilet versus being able to clean the resident up by yourself.

    Things are not perfect in LTC. The majority of the time we do okay, but sometimes if a person needs AX2 to the bathroom and the aides aren't available, I'll say "I can get you on the bedpan myself or I can get someone to help me get you to the commode but it might be a few minutes."
    Good to know. I can rarely clean someone up by myself, to be honest. They don't roll far enough to be helpful, or too weak to roll.
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    A fellow nurse approached by a family member at the nurses station looking for his wife, she got the name and then said "oh I'm very sorry, she passed away". The guy went chalk white, then she grins and in her usual chirpy voice said "i was only messing with you, shes in bed two". I stood by speechless.
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    Annmariern.....I'm speechless
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    Quote from annmariern
    A fellow nurse approached by a family member at the nurses station looking for his wife, she got the name and then said "oh I'm very sorry, she passed away". The guy went chalk white, then she grins and in her usual chirpy voice said "i was only messing with you, shes in bed two". I stood by speechless.
    Yikes. Someone's got a twisted sense of humor.
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    When i worked in the hospital, a nurse went in a recently deceased pt's room to perform post mortem care. Another nurse called this nurse's cell from the nurse's station and pretended to be the dead pt's grandson asking how grandpa was.
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    Quote from annmariern
    A fellow nurse approached by a family member at the nurses station looking for his wife, she got the name and then said "oh I'm very sorry, she passed away". The guy went chalk white, then she grins and in her usual chirpy voice said "i was only messing with you, shes in bed two". I stood by speechless.
    I have no words.
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    I'm of the opinion that nurses do and say outrageous things all the time, but we just don't see or hear it and some folks don't say all that they've seen or heard. The worst thing I've ever said was something along the lines of "be quiet, you aren't dying and someone else is right now" to a mentally retarded adult patient... and I have to add, I had just had a totally unexpected exposure - poop flew in my mouth- and I was trying to wash my mouth out at the time, in between phone calls, telemetry alarms and the new orders for my dying patient. Really bad morning. But still, I just know that one comment is the reason I'm going to hell.

    Some days I just pray that I will be nice. It's all good if we can just be diplomatic. Because the crap is gonna hit the fan anyway.
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    1. The RN was precepting a newly hired student RN. They were assisting a resident with an arterial line placement. The resident couldn't get it in & went to get another doc to try. While he was out of the room, RN says to student "You didn't see this", and tries to insert the art line! Umm...First, totally NOT within your scope of practice, and, second, what if you get it in? How do you explain that when the resident gets back?

    2. Same RN as above. Patient has a cuffed trach & is on a vent. He codes. She places ambu bag over his nose & mouth. DOH!

    3. Same RN as above. She is now a manager. She is helping me turn a patient so I could wash his back, change sterile dressings, and change his sheets (this was a burn unit & the patient was on a vent). The guy had just about every line or tube you can think of. Foley, Zassi, CVP, art line, leads for the monitor, PulseOx...The PulseOx was on his toe because his hands & arms were burned. I had completed most of the dressing change--everything I could do without another person to assist. I had also changed the heparin bag for his art line. We rolled him toward her first, she pulls (accidentally) the live out of the haprin bag, so it is spraying al over the patient, bed, floor, and me, and his monitor almost immediately starts alarming. She starts yelling at me to turn his vent up to 100%, give her the ambu bag, and call a code. His sats were gradually dropping, eventually into the 70's. I said "Let's check him out first". Sure enough, the PulseOx had gotten crooked on his toe. I straightened it out & he went back to 100%.

    4. Same RN, still a manager. I had JUST passed boards a few weeks prior. She kept assigning me the same two critical patients. They were 2 of 3 patients we had at the time who we referred to as "The Triplets". They were all the same age, height, weight, hair color, about 60-70% burns, all on vents, and in rooms right in a row, but they were from 3 different incidents. Anyway, I get both of their dressing changes done, except for turning the 2nd guy to clean his back & change his linens. Before I can leave his room to find someone to help me turn him, he starts showing signs of distress. I call the trauma team, and they rush up to fix him. They get him taken care of, and as they are about to step on the elevator to leave the unit, the FIRST guy crashes! I yell at them to come back. They fix HIM & leave. By now, it's about 3pm. I go to the manager to ask her to help me turn my other patient so I can finally clean his back & change his linens. She looked at me and loudly barks "You need to get your **** together! Your time management skills are in the toilet!" I was MORTIFIED. Needless to say, she was the driving force behind my quitting that job!
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 5, '13 : Reason: TOS/profanity/use of letters and symbols


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