I cannot believe a nurse did this...... - page 4

by shellybsn 19,761 Views | 82 Comments

My grandmother in law is a resident at a local nursing home. My husband took my kids to see her today (I was at home with the baby). The nurse there took the cotton packing out of the top of a bottle of medicine she was opening... Read More


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    Your reaction is way overboard OP, and certainly not worth trying to ruin someone's career. At the most, maybe what the nurse did could be considered inappropriate, but she was probably trying to lighten the situation. And it's doubtful there would be any trace of residue left on the cotton ball that would be harmful to anyone. There are more germs and particles in the air that you should be concerned about, not a piece of cotton.
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    Quote from nurse_tiff
    To answer your question..no you aren't crazy...
    I respectfully disagree.
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    I think whether she is crazy or not is irrelevant. Maybe she is, maybe she isn't, but she is definitely overreacting!
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    Really? report the nurse to the BON? Really? I think this is truly over reaction, not to mention that the husband that was present didn't complain. And the wife/mom wants to report fact she didn't actually see because she wasn't there. Really? Unbelievable!
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    Quote from sali22
    So you call the BON.
    "hello, I would like to report a nurse, she assualted my son with a cotton ball!"
    "assualted? how so?"
    "well... it was more or less a tickle."
    Then there would be a long period of silence follwed by uncontrollable laughter.
    I was laughing so hard out loud, literally. I was picturing this phone call.
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    I don't understand why a complaint would even be warranted at all in this case, with the details given.

    The nurse did not use the cotton batting on a private or personal area on the child. The cotton being contaminated with dangerous substances is just ignorant. The nurse's bare hands probably harbored more dangerous things. I just don't get it!

    Parents like this make me nervous. When I'm playing with my kids on the playground, I also interact with other kids if they initiate talk with me. I always get that oh no feeling when, God forbid, strange kids hug me. Not because I'm weirded out by contact, but of the fear of their parents hopping off their helicopter and arresting me!
    Last edit by FlorenceNtheMachine on Dec 30, '12
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    This is too funny. Is this post a joke?? it must be. The best part is that the person who posted this is shellybsn........ Do u seriously have your bsn?? Either u are the dumbest nurse I've come into contact with or you aren't really a nurse.
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    Oh man, you're one of those moms.....

    Dude, I would be more concerned about giving Grammy whatever nasty germs were on your kids face!
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    This is the second post in a row tonight that sounds totally made up. Funny.
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    My goal is not to patronize you, although this is an interesting post--when it comes to your children, you have a right to be protective and have certain feelings, but there is a limit to what you allow those feelings to lead you to do. I have also visited family members in nursing homes and worked in them in a volunteer capacity and have seen some shady things, but this does not sound like anything worth ending a nurse's career over. It was a light-hearted (albeit strange) attempt to curry your son's favor and make him laugh, and I'm sure it did just that. I work with children and have also done some "questionable" (although never crossing the line) things to make children laugh. The cotton is not a deadly weapon, and she did not assault him with it. It sounds like your husband shares your somewhat extreme concern over this matter.

    Pills are created in the form they are in to avoid hitting the bloodstream like a ton of bricks and causing a shock to your system(reason why you should never crush certain pills or open up capsules to empty the contents). They are time released, so I am sure a cotton ball that happened to be in the same container as these pills (in whole form) would never contain any dose large enough to harm a child unless it was a bottle of powder or crushed pills. Even then, your son would not require medical attention. It is not airborne nor is it anthrax. I would agree with you, however, that a nurse should use better judgement, and in the future never put anything on anyone's face inside of a nursing home unless treating a specific patient. I am curious to know what other things she has done? Maybe this was sort of a last straw for you, as she has done other things that were unprofessional? Please share if she has, but if you are contemplating reporting her off of this one situation, I would say do not waste the time. Your son is ok, and that is the most important thing here!


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