Share your "Gut feelings...." - page 2

Ever had a gut feeling about a patient? For instance, you just "knew" something wasn't right (or something was), but you couldn't put it into specifics? and then.....turned out you were right? ... Read More

  1. by   darius000
    When I was an Ambulance Officer in New Zealand, I always had a feeling just prior to the alarm or phone going off. Even now as an after hours Nurse Manager in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, I still get a feeling prior to a page or phone call.

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  2. by   oramar
    My hair stands up on my neck. It is a problem because I get that reaction in the non hospital setting, sometimes I know someone is sick and they don't know they are sick, what do you do in that case?
  3. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by oramar
    My hair stands up on my neck. It is a problem because I get that reaction in the non hospital setting, sometimes I know someone is sick and they don't know they are sick, what do you do in that case?
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    OOoo, that did happen to me one time. I heard a co-worker cough, and I just knew.

    that's when you really hate being right.
  4. by   misti_z
    I hate the "something just isn't right' feeling, because the majority of the time, unfortunetly, we are right.

    Had a code just the other night, after I had bugged the MD all night, I know something was not right......it was frequent flyer so I knew their behavior wayyyyyyyyy better than the on call MD. MD states "Ahh he's just a narcotic seeker". Finally got the unit bed I needed, but he coded (it was unsuccessful) 5 minutes later. Called the MD back to let him know.....he said, 'Well damn'
  5. by   hoolahan
    I remember one. We had a 42 yr old woman come to the ICU r/o MI b/c CCU had no beds. I hated the young ones. She had 2 PVC's that I saw in 4 hours, I said to the doc, you sure you don't want her on a lidocaine drip, I have a funny feeling about this one. He said, Over 2 PVC's??? This was about the time it was becoming out of style to NOT hang a prophylactic lido drip on q MI. But, somehoe I knew we should stick w our gut. Unfortunately, after I left, the lady went into pulseless V Tach, but was resuscitated successfully. Can't say for sure a lido drip would have prevented it, but it may have.

    Had another pt, same deal, saw only a few PVC's, but had that feeling, asked for a lido drip, was denied, pt coded and died 2 hours later.
  6. by   shay
    Yup. I have a very intuitive gut. I trust it implicitly. Have learned to follow it. I believe I saw a woman on an Oprah show once who said that she believed your gut was God's way of talking to you. I believe she is correct.
  7. by   bandaidexpert
    I too share this "gut feeling" syndrome. Had a 96 y/o with mental status changes and increased agitation/behaviors. MD started her on Risperdal. I just knew something else was wrong. As Manager on Duty, I made the decision to send her to ER for evaluation on Thanksgiving Day. Ended up she had bilateral pathological hip fx's. Sometimes you just know.
  8. by   nursekac
    I've oriented a lot of new nursing staff. I always tell them to "trust your gut". It's kept me safe during 26 years of pscyh nursing.
  9. by   labornurse
    I can see a C-section walking down the hallway.
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by labornurse
    I can see a C-section walking down the hallway.
    They do seem to have it stamped on their foreheads in some sort of ink visible to only nurses, don't they?

    Heather
  11. by   sandstormsdust
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    Originally posted by labornurse
    I can see a C-section walking down the hallway.
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    They do seem to have it stamped on their foreheads in some sort of ink visible to only nurses, don't they?

    Heather""

    What are you gals see that say c/s??? The lack of confi. or to much... the type of girl / guy(as in pressure her to get it over with) .... WHAT are you saying you see?????
    Last edit by sandstormsdust on Jul 12, '02
  12. by   KaraLea
    I used to work on a combination Med/Surg/Tele floor, had a patient who had been admitted on day shift. I came in on night shift and the Tele monitor tech starts calling me saying that the patient is having "Pauses". I called the Cardiologist every time. I kept getting the same answer from him... "I know she is doing this, this is why she was admitted!" I just told him, "Yes, I know this, but the 'Pauses' are getting more frequent and longer in duration (got long enough at one point, they said the monitor was showing that she was in Asystole). And by the way, she was standing in the bathroom when the last one happened (I had her call for assistance before getting up JUST IN CASE...so I was standing right there with her) and she ended up on the floor". Needless to say, he came in at 2:00am. He went and checked on her and then came back to the Nurse's stations and said "OK, you win...I'm transferring her to the ICU and we are putting in a Pacemaker TONIGHT" They had to call in the on call OR crew and did it on an emergency basis, before shipping her out to a larger hospital. I just about fell over dead when he actually said "You win". HA HA HA This guy was notorious for verbal abuse of the nurses.
    Last edit by KaraLea on Jul 8, '02
  13. by   mark_LD_RN
    i often get gut feelings and have learned to follw them. Just last night had pt come in, put her in observation checked her , 4cm/25%/0, baby looked good. admitted her to room rechecked her she was 6 cm , doc on her way. i felt i need to stay with patient so i sat with her , about 10 minutes go by, bag ruptures freaking prolapsed cord baby decels has prolonged brady episode, called for help put her in trendeleburg and held head of cord, preped for emergency c/s, when doc got there we had here in c/s room. everything turned out fine. just wonder how bad i could have been if not right there by her side.

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