Share your "Gut feelings...." - page 4

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   OzNurse69
    When my son was 3yo I had a feeling there was something wrong - but nothing specific, you know that vague, can't quite put your finger on it feeling? Anyway we lived quite a way out of town, so bundled him & the baby into the car & headed for the ED, all the way trying to work out in my mind what I was going to say to justify bringing in a perfectly healthy child! Blow me down if 5 min. outside the hospital he started fitting - 2 day stay in hosp, EEG & CT scan later, I still can't place what I thought was wrong.
  2. by   KaraLea
    Originally posted by OzNurse69
    When my son was 3yo I had a feeling there was something wrong - but nothing specific, you know that vague, can't quite put your finger on it feeling? Anyway we lived quite a way out of town, so bundled him & the baby into the car & headed for the ED, all the way trying to work out in my mind what I was going to say to justify bringing in a perfectly healthy child! Blow me down if 5 min. outside the hospital he started fitting - 2 day stay in hosp, EEG & CT scan later, I still can't place what I thought was wrong.
    This is not a fair example though...You are not just a NURSE, but a MOTHER as well, which has the better sixth sense?

    :kiss :roll :kiss
  3. by   teeituptom
    Howdy Yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    always go with your gut or intuition, or whatever you call it. It is based on past knowledge you have obtained that you just dont recognize off hand
  4. by   MollyMo
    I was working on a transplant unit-liver, kidney and kidney/pancreas. One of the patients was being monitored. I was walking past the monitor and something caught my eye, I'm not sure what. I asked the unit secretary who had the patient. He told me just as that nurse was walking past. I asked her was the patient a full code. She said yes. I said go check the patient. She ran to the room, then yelled. We coded the patient. It looked like sinus rhythm on the monitor, but the patient was in PEA. To this day I still don't know what I saw that alerted me.
  5. by   dawngloves
    I've always been good at "smelling" sepsis a mile away. I wish I was more intuitive.
    I was charge on a tele floor once and night shift used both code carts and left them. I was up everyones a$$ to replace 'em STAT. They all thought I was a b!@#$ until we had a code minutes after they were replaced. :eek
  6. by   dawngloves
    Originally posted by sandstormsdust
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    Originally posted by labornurse
    I can see a C-section walking down the hallway.
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    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?????
    Yes ladies, do tell!
  7. by   dawngloves
    Originally posted by mattsmom81
    I I was working at an amusement park when a mom brought her infant in...
    Good call! But where does one get a cool job like this and why did you leave??!!
  8. by   Jas honey
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    I was at a doctor's office with a work comp patient. The ortho doc came in and, I know this sounds freaky, but just for a quick instant, I saw him laying in a casket with his hands folded over his chest, wearing a dark navy blue suit. While he was writing in the patient's chart, I just remembered thinking to myself, he is not going to be here tomorrow.
    He died that evening.
    OMG this gave me goosebumps the size of marbles or something.....how freaky for sure!!!!

  9. by   teeituptom
    Howdy Yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    WOWSA
  10. by   illya
    thank you all, i am not alone
  11. by   Ragin Cajun
    I once worked for a physician in his office. I performed OB studies prior to my becoming a nurse. There were many times that I shared a "gut" feeling with him, and the first was all that was needed to convince him. After that, he told me that I'd be sharing all my gut feelings with him. I do pay attention to this blessing of 'intuition'.........
  12. by   mark_LD_RN
    it happens to me often if i get a premonition that something is not right almost always turns out to be that way. i have learned to trust my feelings even if i don't have anyhard evidence to prove it. just last week had a laboring patient that everything looked fine just did not feel right, called doc he came out checked her looked over strips thought i was crazy. he decided to just sleep in call room till it was over. well 2 hours later baby crashed emergency c/s done. apgars 1/3/7. baby ended up doing fine thank god.
  13. by   Ragin Cajun
    "The failing geriatric patient that suddendly gets all perky" ................I've seen this soooo many times.........absolutely the "kiss of death". When I worked in Hospice, the families always asked me "what happened? They did so well yesterday? "Asked for and ate bacon".......he hasn't had any in years". I used to tell them, and I firmly believe that God gives them one day before they die free of pain, or able to eat, or to visit with loved ones.........something........just one last something.

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