Nurse's intuition

  1. Have you ever had a premonition that a patient was going to code (and been right) without any obvious symptoms, abnormal labs, or vitals?
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  2. 39 Comments

  3. by   Stargazer
    Yep. A lot.
  4. by   CATHYW
    Oh, yes! And, even worse, when the patient tells you that they think they are about to die, you'd better listen-they are rarely wrong!
  5. by   jemb
    More times than I can count. Once I even woke up in the night concerned about a former patient, and found out a couple of days later that she died right around that time!
  6. by   baseline
    TNTC gives me the creeps everytime.
  7. by   Stargazer
    The who in the what now, baseline?
  8. by   Sleepyeyes
    yep, but i like the "this one's gonna make it" intuition a whole lot better.
  9. by   Tweety
    Absolutely! More times than I can count I've made a turn into a patients room for no good reason, had no business whatsoever being in that room, and have found them on the floor, or in some kind of distress.
  10. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by CATHYW
    Oh, yes! And, even worse, when the patient tells you that they think they are about to die, you'd better listen-they are rarely wrong!
    Absolutely right!! I know a couple of surgeons who will consider canceling their case if the patient tells them "I think I'm going to die on the table" or anything to that effect.

    Kevin McHugh
  11. by   bagladyrn
    Definitely know the feeling, your subconcious working overtime to warn you of things you don't conciously notice. And high praise for the rare docs who will take you seriously when you say "This one's going to crash". (And especially to the anesthesiologist who stayed in house one call night after a pt. with a placenta previa-supposedly stable-not in labor-asked the nurse "Please don't let me die" She tried to bleed out later that night)
  12. by   Rena RN 2003
    doesn't have to be a straight out "i'm gonna die today" kinda feeling either.

    had a lady tell me she was just soooo tired and didn't know how she kept going. died in my arms a few hours later.

    i shall never again dismiss that gut feeling of "something is about to happen."
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    oh you don't even know how this hits me right now...answer is yes and very recently. all i can say. and no, it was not good; it shook me to the core.
  14. by   fab4fan
    You bet your bippy...happened ALL the time when I worked in hospice.

    I also give kudos to the pediatrician I used to work with when I was a peds nurse...if I called him and said, "I really can't give you any evidence to prove it, but I think this kid is gonna crash", he'd come in, and inevitably, something bad would happen.

    Smilin': I had a hospice case that rattled me like that...feels terrible. (I was going to abbreviate your name "SBE", but that made me think of subacute bacterial endocarditis...not a good nickname!)
    Last edit by fab4fan on Dec 1, '02

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