Scariest things you've seen - page 6

What is the scariest thing you have seen other nurses do? We have all seen some pretty ignorant, or uncaring things. Just curious. Someone should probably write a book.... Read More

  1. by   Altra
    I was assigned a pt. with a couple of necrotic toes on his left foot r/t diabetes, neuropathy, etc. When I went to chart my assessment, I noticed the note from the nurse on the last shift - describing his RIGHT foot. I was unnerved by this enough that I went back in the room and stood at the pts' bedside for a minute, just to double-check my left & right!

    As a student, the last thing I'm there to do is pick apart other people's charting, but this really disturbed me.
  2. by   Dixiecup
    This happened several years ago. A two patient room with two patients. One of the patients had a trache and the other patient kept complaining about the noise he was making. Later in the night the nurse went into the room and the patient w/o the trach said. "I figured out out to stop that noise, I plugged up that little hole in his neck" !!! True story! :stone
  3. by   melpn
    Quote from cannoli
    What's a guedels?
    Glad you asked- I had no clue either. I Googled "guedels" and it looks like it's an oral airway (Aussie style).
  4. by   eternaldaisy
    While I was in OB clinicals, I saw a nurse trying to put an IV in a baby. The needle came out of the baby and into her thumb. She was not wearing gloves. She then stuck her thumb (that had not only her blood but also the baby's on it) into her mouth. When she saw the look of horror on my face she said, "don't worry honey they're nice people".
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from Angela Mac
    this one upset me more than anything I had ever seen before

    A Priest came out of an elderly woman's room and approached the nursing station. He asked my co-worker to sign a document. It was a change in the woman's will. He had convinced the woman to sign her estate over to the church. Without a second of thought, my co-worker signed it. He looked at me, but I guess he could read the look on my face, and did not say a word. This matter was brought to the Administrator's attention right away- the family needed to be notified. My co-worker was so upset when she realized what she had done, I do believe she felt intimidated by the Priest, or that it was the right thing to do. I was disappointed in her action without thought, but was very upset and angered by what a man of the cloth had done.

    Was anything done about this?


    When I worked hospice, I was also appalled by the conduct and behavior of a couple of priests.
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from heart queen
    Pt. with an ignored abcessed tooth. Infected his jaw, sinuses, all the way to his chest cavity. He swelled up with the puss from the infection, needed a trach, vented, multiple chin and thoracic drains, went septic, swanned, dying, multiple surgeries to clean out the puss pockets. puss pouring out of so many thoracic drains... family can't understand why he's so sick from a "bad tooth" when all they ever do is "yank 'em with plyers".


    Family wants to sue the ER nurse for telling him a "long while" back to take those PCN pills, which were "just a bunch of nonsense"

    puss filled, I mean flowing night....aaaggghh
    What happened?

    Hopefully, they were not able to sue the nurse. What ignorant, ignorant people.
  7. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Here is the worst thing I've ever seen. It still bothers me to remember it.

    When I was an LPN in a hospice inpt unit, I worked w/ an RN who was very lazy, but highly though of and respected by the company. She slept most shifts. One noc, when she was sleeping< I was rounding and found her pt very agitated, flailing her arms, trying to het oob. Obviously hypoxic and it a lot of distress. This pt needed her prn MS. but it was ordered IV, so I could not give it. I went and shook the RN awake, and quickly told her what was going on, and to draw up some MS. I stayed w/ the pt and trued to giver her a neb tx, and keep her from hurting herself, but she was too agigtated. I waited and waited for this nurse. I put on the emergency call light in the bathroom, and she still did not come. I packed pillows around the pt for safety and went and found the RN. She was smoking a cigarette, and a pot of coffee was just starting to brew. She said "I have to wake up first before I go down there."

    I remember clucking in disgust at this "nurse."

    I drew up 20mg of MS and gave it sc.

    I reported my co-worker to mgmt. Nothing was done.

    Another bad situation-


    I worked w/ an LPN at the same company who would sit at the nurses' station and brag about the group sex and swinging w/ her husband that she was involved in. She had a filthy mouth, and was a basically awful person. This is so gross- she would actually compare and contrast the characteristics of the sperm of her different partners in graphic detail. She had two young sons in her home.
    Mgmt loved her and she was the only LPN at the company to ever be promoted to the position of admissions coordinator. She was unable to handle the job and she quit.
  8. by   alisunshine9
    An admission came to our floor from the ER. She managed to be there for 3 shift changes before someone noticed she was wearing a diaper which had been soiled for at least 24 hours. :uhoh21:
  9. by   Repat
    Got my assignment for the day - no report on one of the patients. Went to find the nurse who had taken care of the patient the night before (he was admitted at about 10 pm). Guess what? He hadn't been assigned to anyone all night - he hadn't been seen once. Thank you know who that he was relatively stable and self care.
  10. by   Angela Mac
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    Was anything done about this?


    When I worked hospice, I was also appalled by the conduct and behavior of a couple of priests.


    I don't know how things worked out. It was followed up by the Administrator & the Social Worker & the family. I know nurses are not allowed to get involved with such politics, but as for the nurse that signed it, she acted like she had not done anything wrong. I have noticed, alot of things are quickly brushed under the rug or covered up though.
  11. by   cannoli
    Quote from melpn
    Glad you asked- I had no clue either. I Googled "guedels" and it looks like it's an oral airway (Aussie style).
    Thanks, I figured that's probably what it was.
  12. by   cannoli
    Quote from Repat
    Got my assignment for the day - no report on one of the patients. Went to find the nurse who had taken care of the patient the night before (he was admitted at about 10 pm). Guess what? He hadn't been assigned to anyone all night - he hadn't been seen once. Thank you know who that he was relatively stable and self care.
    That's a nightmare, it's never happened to me personally but I know of it happening. Whenever I get an assignment that has skipped rooms or skipped beds I always ask and make sure someone else is assigned to those rooms or beds. I guess people must think I'm crazy but oh well.
  13. by   RN92
    the stupid idiots kept her there most of the day, gave her some iv fluids and gravol, and sent her back home!

    i saw her the following morning, wrote a very nasty note to the er, along the lines of dont you idiots recognize the s&s of a raging infection when you see them?? and sent her back.

    just curious, did you call and give report to the er nurse before you sent the pt. did you get report from them when she came home? i did home health 9yrs and it was mandatory that we communicate with the er..sounds like there was a lack of communication between her healthcare providers. i do understand your frustation, though. ive been in your shoes and that has happened to me
    Last edit by ERslave on Jul 24, '04

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