Scariest things you've seen - page 7

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   nursbee04
    As a student I saw a resp tech drop a suction catheter on the FLOOR and pick it up to use again :stone . At one inch from the pt's nostril I asked if he would like me to get him a new suction kit. Flustered, he said sure. Could anything be germier than a HOSPITAL FLOOR????
  2. by   RN92
    Once, I had a pt who was getting nitroglycerine drip. very unstable pt. xray had called and was ready for her. without me knowing - the nurses aid took the nitro off of the pump. it was clamped but the pt didnt get her nitro for at least 30min. I had walked by her empty room and saw the pump sitting by the door.
    That same aide took the kcl 40meq off of the pump and the tubing was not clamped. Luckily, I saw them before they got off the floor (I noticed she didnt have the pump). There was almost a whole bag of k+. Sooo many close calls. I wrote an incident report for both of them...but she's still there. We just have to watch her closer. I told her to never take medicines off of the pump just because you dont want to fool with them. This is in an ER for God's sakes. !!
  3. by   Repat
    How about the people who let their babies crawl on the floor during a visit?!
  4. by   HJBeans
    We got a patientin CCU one day. The order said give Fleets Phospo-soda 1.5 ounces now and 1.5 ounces in 8 hours. Pharmacy sent two 3 oz bottles. The nursing student gave the patient 1.5 bottles.

    Anyway, when we got him he was having a lot of PVC's mostly and had loose stools like you wouldn't believe. The poor guy needed serious K+ replacement.
  5. by   MelissaRN
    Quote from Repat
    How about the people who let their babies crawl on the floor during a visit?!
    OMG I have seen that too. I absolutely cringe to see a baby crawling around on the hospital floors. Have also seen overnight visitors running around in barefeet. I always offer the slippers! That's nasty.

    I saw a nurse attempting to hang IV Dilantin piggy backed with NS with 20 of K. I was like ahhhh you need to hang that separately and only with NS running with it. She was thankful that I said something.
  6. by   teeituptom
    How about those pts visitors that come in with Vidcams wanting to capture everything you do in videos from the time you walk in the room till the time you leave.

    My answer there is sugn language

    Extend middle Finger in a salute to them
  7. by   Rapheal
    Consulting doc walks up to me and says "your patient in 112 is not breathing." I rush in room thinking she is following me. Nope- she left.

    Patient assigned to me with a heart rate of 32.Full code. Has been brady all previous shift. Doctors aware. Heart rate drops to 28. Call intern who tells me this is okay and they are unsure if they are going to install pacemaker as patient has no relatives to contact and she is confused. Go up the chain of command both with doctors and nursing. The new order is for me to call house doctor when the rate "drops to the teens."

    New admit with dx of resp failure. DNRCCA. Admitting doctor tells me "Please let this patient die. Do him and all of us a favor and let him die." Then informs me "Please don't suction him."

    Patient wants to be a DNR-CCO. Family has POA and she is full code. She begs the doctor to let her die. He responds "If you were a dog I would put you to sleep. But your not and we do not let people die here."


    Patient oozing from a central line. Has heparin running. Roll patient over and the sheet is soaked with blood. Check labs- no ptt drawn for over 24 hours.
  8. by   zacarias
    Quote from Rapheal
    Consulting doc walks up to me and says "your patient in 112 is not breathing." I rush in room thinking she is following me. Nope- she left.

    Patient assigned to me with a heart rate of 32.Full code. Has been brady all previous shift. Doctors aware. Heart rate drops to 28. Call intern who tells me this is okay and they are unsure if they are going to install pacemaker as patient has no relatives to contact and she is confused. Go up the chain of command both with doctors and nursing. The new order is for me to call house doctor when the rate "drops to the teens."

    New admit with dx of resp failure. DNRCCA. Admitting doctor tells me "Please let this patient die. Do him and all of us a favor and let him die." Then informs me "Please don't suction him."

    Patient wants to be a DNR-CCO. Family has POA and she is full code. She begs the doctor to let her die. He responds "If you were a dog I would put you to sleep. But your not and we do not let people die here."


    Patient oozing from a central line. Has heparin running. Roll patient over and the sheet is soaked with blood. Check labs- no ptt drawn for over 24 hours.
    Rapheal,

    At first I thought that this was all ONE patient and I was freaking out. Anyway, those all sound like scary situations. I hope the Dr. who left you when your patient was not breathing was disciplined.
  9. by   ZAHMAN
    1. Had a nurse in the ICU switch out a standard dose of lasix (gtt) to a concentrated dose without changing the rate. Pt was on a IABP, PCWP 40's, not a heart transplant canidate. The next day PCWP 20's, tons of kcl replacement between shifts. Med error actually facilitated the patients transport to home so he could die. Go figure.
    2. Precordial thump on a pt in svt.
    3. Pt. connected to a Zoll for transport, Zoll pads in place. Nurse accidentally turned Zoll to pace. Got the shock of his life. Pt ok.

    ZAHMAN
  10. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from ERslave
    Once, I had a pt who was getting nitroglycerine drip. very unstable pt. xray had called and was ready for her. without me knowing - the nurses aid took the nitro off of the pump. it was clamped but the pt didnt get her nitro for at least 30min. I had walked by her empty room and saw the pump sitting by the door.
    That same aide took the kcl 40meq off of the pump and the tubing was not clamped. Luckily, I saw them before they got off the floor (I noticed she didnt have the pump). There was almost a whole bag of k+. Sooo many close calls. I wrote an incident report for both of them...but she's still there. We just have to watch her closer. I told her to never take medicines off of the pump just because you dont want to fool with them. This is in an ER for God's sakes. !!
    I'm praying for the sake of your patients that you don't live in an area where this aide could take one of those 40-hour courses to pass meds (as pharm is obviously completely lost on her). I was so stunned reading about that practice on another thread, I almost fell out of my chair. Health care is becoming so scary - I would be a nervous wreck if I had to be a patient in a hospital these days. Ignorance is bliss for our patients, it seems.
  11. by   daraowl
    Quote from Mschrisco
    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.
    I have been in the Nursing profession for over 35 years. I have seen sssssssooooooooooooo many scarry incidents. Starting with my first when I work in a Nursing Home when I was 16, a Nurses Aide lowered an elderly patient into a whirlpool without checking the temp of the water then the Aide Yelled at the patient when the patient started to cry because the water was too hot. The patient died as the result of third degree burns. Another time was when an ER nurse did not check the placement of a NG tube prior to administering activated charcole, the patient died, the family was told the patient aspirated the charcole while throwing up. Another patient lost four fingers after a agency nurse gave a push of dilantin into an Art line.
    But the worse was when a physician removed a kidney instead of the spleen on a post MVA 5 year old child! She told the family that the kidney was injuried, but those of us in the PICU knew what really happened!
  12. by   GPatty
    Had a nurse drop catheter tubing on the floor, pick it up and continue to jab...jab...jab...until there was bleeding...

    NEVER NEVER NEVER will this nurse come NEAR anyone I love (or even remotely like) with anything invasive!!!!!
  13. by   FutureRNMichael
    Daraowl--- Those storys are absolutley SCARY!!

    Worst thing I have seen in Psych or LTC, out of the ordinary that is, would probably be when a Nurse was trying to give an agitated Pt. IM shot and after failing to get the shot in the first time, she continued to stab this pt's arse before giving up on the fourth or fifth try. Besides that, there is always the unsanitary Aides I've worked with or flat out lazy one's who refuse to do what they should.
    Last edit by FutureRNMichael on Jul 26, '04

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