I cannot believe a nurse did this...... - page 5

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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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    It's unprofessional, even if it was just vitamin C or something, what if the little boy was allergic to the preservative? It sounds like she just wasn't thinking. That kind of behaviour I would report, if I felt inclined to, to the NUM or DON, not to the nursing board.
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    You are really going to report this? Wow, now I see why nurses are leaving this field. This is so unfair! I am killing myself to finish college nursing vs. teaching... but this is really scary stuff to hear and out of line in my point of view... The poor nurse, just trying to make light of her day and for your kid! Yikes! Are you a nurse? A student? A soft cotton ball, really. Give the nurse some credit please. Yikes!!!!
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    And if the nurse had ignored the child, she would be reported for not being customer service oriented enough and not entertaining the young visitor.

    Really, I'd be way more worried about the germs in that place than any "residue" on a cotton ball. Actually, I'd be way more worried about the germs OP's little darling carried into the place possibly infecting grandma and her fellow residents.
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    The horror, the horror!

    But in all seriousness, OP, this is a NURSE we're talking about. The very same one who is taking care of your other family member. The grandma in law. I am sure she has enough knowledge under her belt to know whether or not the cotton ball she is taking out of the medication bottle is harmful or not to your child. And it wasn't! You didn't report any side effects...such as a rash or the like there after

    But as mentioned also, if you do not approve of such behavior, then report it to the manager. I am sure you will get a more stiff replacement that will not bother with trying to make your child's experience a bit more positive...
    Last edit by Beautiful Mind- on Dec 30, '12
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    I would be furious if nurse wipped granny's behind in front of the child and asked the husband to help turn her on her side but the nurse's action of trying to entertain your son in a scarry environment was kind'a cute... IMO...
    Last edit by rnwiz on Dec 30, '12
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    Quote from canned_bread
    It's unprofessional, even if it was just vitamin C or something, what if the little boy was allergic to the preservative? It sounds like she just wasn't thinking. That kind of behaviour I would report, if I felt inclined to, to the NUM or DON, not to the nursing board.
    Usually, symptoms of allergies to preservatives in foods/oral medications do not manifest themselves unless a sufficient amount to cause a reaction is actually ingested. Unless he has some sort of rare allergy, (which she obviously did not state) it would not affect his skin or system significantly simply by her lightly "feathering" his nose with a cotton ball that may contain at most, a very minuscule amount of residue of whatever preservative he may be allergic to.

    That's like me saying that I am allergic to MSG or high fructose corn syrup and someone "tickled" my nose with the lid of a can of Pringle potato chips or the wrapper of a piece of candy, causing me to break out in pus-filled blisters and hives before going into anaphylactic shock and dying a horrible death. Come on now--please do not entertain this rubbish.
    Last edit by sixela21 on Dec 30, '12
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    Seems like you are making mountains out of mole hills. Not to be mean, but as women we can be very dramatic sometimes for no reason. This sounds like it is one of your times.

    Oh and by the way only bottles of pills or tablets have cotton. If it is an oral suspension or something of that sort that comes in powder form it would not have cotton inside the bottle.
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    Quote from canned_bread
    It's unprofessional, even if it was just vitamin C or something, what if the little boy was allergic to the preservative? It sounds like she just wasn't thinking. That kind of behaviour I would report, if I felt inclined to, to the NUM or DON, not to the nursing board.
    Really? Come on... Is this what nursing has come down to? Did this little child have a sad look in his face, a tear in the eye, or worst... A soft touch to ease his fear most likely! Mom has a problem with this... Did she or the husband ever speak to the nurse face-to-face? Hum, my gut tells me she was a pretty one! Did the child jump back in fear of the on-coming big fluffy cotton ball? Something tells me there is way more to this story that meets the eye! Sounds very strange to me! Next, a nurse will lose his or her job for smiling, coughing, and/or touching an arm to comfort ones fear! Really... 1-800-wha-whaa
    Last edit by violetgirl on Dec 30, '12 : Reason: Forgot phone #
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    I think that these are some harsh answers. Parents do get overprotective of their children, and most especially when Mom is not present. Seriously. Hence why perhaps if one is sensitive to someone touching their child, no matter how well intended(and some parents are) re-think visits when Mom is not there to "supervise". The child perhaps should not be running up to a med cart to begin with. Not sure how many nurses bring entire unopened bottles of anything into a patient's room, open it, take out the cotton, etc. This is all done, in my experience, at a med cart, so apparently the child was doing a bit of "exploring"? This is totally assuming, and I was not there, but neither was Mom, so you can not and should not report a nurse for something you were not a party to. And what Dad is going to say "Junior was getting restless so I let him wander". The child is unharmed I am assuming, make note for next time that all visits to Gram are going to be done with you present, or the kids stay home with you and let hubby go visit his grandmother. I get that you are upset, but an experiment that often works for me is, ask your husband again exactly what occured and you will get a)more details that were not initially apparent and b) the exploring child grabbed the cotton--most likely from the trash--and the nurse was trying to take it away from him/her or something of that nature. Kids are curious, they like to explore, and they get really, really bored really, really quickly when visiting over the holidays (or any time, really).
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    You're having an overreaction to this. I'm sorry that your husband's grandma is in a nursing home. It must be hard for him and you to see her like this. But you cannot take it out on the nurses taking care of her. It's not right to that nurse... you can usually seek EAP at most employments for counseling if this is affecting you this badly about this "incident."
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