I Never Remember.... - page 4

where they store the blood tubing. What is one thing that you just cannot seem to remember?... Read More

  1. by   ertravelrn
    Quote from RNsRWe
    Maybe I can help

    Remember this, when facing the patient, starting with pt's left side: Smoke over Fire, Clouds over Grass, throw Dirt in the middle. Translates to Black over Red, White over Green, with Brown in the middle of the chest. You'll remember White on Right, too

    I recite this in my head every time I apply leads
    I have been placing leads on folks for 12 years now and I still recite this when I put them on. I assume I can do it without reciting but just in case....lol
  2. by   tinkrbll_bel
    I always forget what list of meds I went to the pyxis for (I usually remember the letter their last name starts with so I am good on remembering their name, but I get to the pyxis and go "I know I need lisinopril, no wait, it's the lovastatin, oh and there was another 5 I needed too" and then I have to go back to my PC to get the list and not forget it before I go back to the pyxis. Oh, and our pyxis doesn't list the administration times on the meds so this isn't there to help either. Aye yai yai!
    Oh, and I tend to forget my flush whenever I give an IV med (we aren't allowed to carry flushes on us or put them in the pt. room or whatever...they have to stay in the supply room until we need one, which is no where close to where the pyxis is or the IV cart), so I go carrying my morphine in its syringe, that I drew up out of the cartridge and then put into a flush to dilute, and then grabbed my heparin to administer in another syringe, and then their solumedrol in another syringe, so I have 5 different things already in my hand, and I forgot to grab my flush. Now I have to truck it all back out of the pt's room to go get one. Ahh! It's always the little things!!!
    And why can't I ever grab enough alcohol pads and put em in my pocket in the am? I grab 4 and I need 20, I grab 20 and I only need 2...there is no happy medium! Sometimes I imagine having a nurse's toolbelt that had everything I need in one place (just in case!) but then I am sure I'd still find I was missing things anyways, or I'd be so mad that I couldn't bend over to wipe up something because of the infirmary I was carrying around with me. You just can't win I swear!
  3. by   jerseyRN
    to ask the patient's height and weight on admission
  4. by   angel o' mercy
    An easy way to remember where the tele leads go is white on right red on the heart side. For remembereing placement of all leads white and green(snow on the tree) for red and black (smoke above fire) and brown is the ground or center.
  5. by   cherriterri519
    One day a patient was getting blood. I filled out the paperwork and was waiting and waiting for the blood to come. After a while, I called blood bank. I forgot to send the blood dispense form... oops. There I was thinking they were slow when really I'm forgetful.

    Something I forget on a regular basis is where everything is in the supply room. Whenever I need anything, I pretty much have to search through all the drawers!
  6. by   NurseShelly
    Quote from mjlrn97
    How to hook up the TPN and lipids without fouling the filter.:imbar


    Me too!!!!
  7. by   kbm411
    Quote from RNsRWe
    Maybe I can help

    Remember this, when facing the patient, starting with pt's left side: Smoke over Fire, Clouds over Grass, throw Dirt in the middle. Translates to Black over Red, White over Green, with Brown in the middle of the chest. You'll remember White on Right, too

    I recite this in my head every time I apply leads

    here's another one....
    1.right on the right
    2. snow lies on the grass
    3. smoke rises over fire
    4. keep the CHOCOLATE close to your HEART
  8. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from kbm411
    here's another one....
    1.right on the right
    2. snow lies on the grass
    3. smoke rises over fire
    4. keep the CHOCOLATE close to your HEART
    or...
    starting @ top right of pt and going around clockwise
    SALT
    PEPPER
    KETCHUP
    GUACAMOLE
    leftover goes in the middle..
    I like the "keeping the chocolate close to your heart"!
  9. by   aussiemags
    I too use room numbers to identify my patients, mostly because I am an agency nurse and change hospitals daily -the old brain cannot keep up with so much change. I almost always know their names by the end of each shift, but then it's time to move to the next ward!
  10. by   aussiemags
    it must be an australian thing with the pens going missing because it is mighty hard to go an entire shift without losing one. I have however rarely found my pen before the end of the day. Once I swear I found it in another hospital but I'm sure it was mine!
  11. by   P_RN
    For 30+ years I have developed the habit of keeping my pen in my hand in the writing position. I can even start an IV if I really HAVE to with the pen still there. Now retired I still carry a pen most days just like that.

    Otherwise what HAVEN'T I forgotten. Which way is up so the addressograph prints correctly.....I know most labels are computer generated now.

    I haven't seen lipids separate from TPN in a dogs age.....I didn't even know anyone gave them separate anymore.

    I always forgot either to clock in or out at least once a pay period. And where on earth are the extra deadender caps for the unused 3 lumen ports. .

    Oldtimer's has ahold on me for sure.
  12. by   aussiemags
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    where they store the blood tubing.


    What is one thing that you just cannot seem to remember?
    Quote from Chaya
    It's connected via a warp in the time-space continuum to the place where lone sox go!
    Maybe the socks act as sleeping bags for the pens???
  13. by   Ivanna_Nurse
    Hahaha :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll I thought that the pen thing only happened to me...

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