She/He Did What?!

  1. A recent post has got me thinking:

    What's the craziest thing you've ever seen/come across from a nursing student/coworker?

    :smackingf
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   netglow
    I know that there is a thread for both of those... someone will post the link as I forgot the titles.
  4. by   Katie5
    That if we keep putting each other down, then there would be no one left to build up.

    Words matter and words hurt and knowing we have students on board should make a difference. I see threads on bashing nursing student/coworker, I am yet to see one on praising a nursing student/coworker,who did something well or made your day easier.

    Let's buildup and not tear down
  5. by   Mulan
    What's the craziest thing you've ever said or done?
  6. by   JRP1120, RN
    Quote from Katie5
    That if we keep putting each other down, then there would be no one left to build up.

    Words matter and words hurt and knowing we have students on board should make a difference. I see threads on bashing nursing student/coworker, I am yet to see one on praising a nursing student/coworker,who did something well or made your day easier.

    Let's buildup and not tear down
    AMEN to this!! I totally agree Katie!
  7. by   walkingonthestars
    Quote from Katie5
    That if we keep putting each other down, then there would be no one left to build up.

    Words matter and words hurt and knowing we have students on board should make a difference. I see threads on bashing nursing student/coworker, I am yet to see one on praising a nursing student/coworker,who did something well or made your day easier.

    Let's buildup and not tear down
    With all honesty, I didn't start this to humiliate or embarrass anyone. I've always been fortunate enough to have wonderful nurses take care of me. And a recent post got me wondering whether or not some nurses mess up or do anything not "normal."

    Sorry if this offended anyone.
  8. by   JDZ344
    Wow, these stories are crazy.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
  9. by   walkingonthestars
    Quote from Mulan
    What's the craziest thing you've ever said or done?
    Well, I'm not a nurse yet...so this will probably be off topic as it's not related to nursing but I'll go ahead and make fun of myself lol


    My brother was once talking to me and he randomly said/joked that watermelons grow on trees. Being sleep deprived as I was, I asked him what happens when watermelons got really heavy? Did they just fall from the tree when ripe? But if they grow on trees that means trees are weighed down by all the watermelons. Here he is, my brother, just laughing at me

    Then I remembered vines.
  10. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from walkingonthestars
    With all honesty, I didn't start this to humiliate or embarrass anyone. I've always been fortunate enough to have wonderful nurses take care of me. And a recent post got me wondering whether or not some nurses mess up or do anything not "normal."

    Sorry if this offended anyone.
    Are you even a nurse? Your profile lists your nursing education as "Other." If you're not a nurse, why would you come to a nursing board asking for stories about stupid mistakes nurses have made? If you are a nurse, why would you ask this? Nurses complain about being "eaten" by their co-workers; this is a "nurse-eating" post if I ever saw one.

    If you are a nurse and have managed not to make a mistake yet in your practice, consider yourself lucky. At some point you will screw up. Then you'll be hoping for colleagues who will support you, not ridicule you.
  11. by   lrobinson5
    I don't really think the OP was meaning to bash other nurses. Also, sometimes comparing the mistakes of others is something we can learn from. That being said, there are many threads that are almost the same and they have plenty of stories to browse through
  12. by   OCNRN63
    Since the OP started two threads with similar themes, I think it's a valid point. I would never potentially embarrass a co-worker by posting about him/her on a public forum. I'm sure I've made some bone-headed mistakes. I'd hate to come here and read about myself and know people were getting a laugh at my expense.
  13. by   lrobinson5
    Quote from OCNRN63
    Since the OP started two threads with similar themes, I think it's a valid point. I would never potentially embarrass a co-worker by posting about him/her on a public forum. I'm sure I've made some bone-headed mistakes. I'd hate to come here and read about myself and know people were getting a laugh at my expense.
    Agreed. I try and give the benefit of the doubt, maybe too often?
  14. by   tyvin
    This happened while working with an older experienced foreign RN. The place I worked had a plethora a foreign nurses and some of the things that happened were pretty unconventional to say the least.

    I will tell of this time when a patient who was passing had an order for sc morphine as a comfort measure. Ok, the guys huffing out 48 breaths a minute and an aid gets me because she knows the nurse assigned to him will not give the morphine (after all we could get him addicted) anyway, after I go assess the man I go to the nurse and alert her to this man's plight and her duty to give this man relief via the morphine or I will report her. I don't like to resort to threats but this man was in obvious distress and there was absolutely no reason for it.

    Long story short she drew up the morphine with me as the witness for sign off and we proceeded to this man's room (I didn't trust her to actually give it so I trailed her the whole way). So, she wipes his deltoid with the alcohol swab and prepares to inject ... she barely puts the needle in sideways maybe 3 mm in and starts to inject. She continues to put the whole fluid amount of a half cc/ml in that position. The man although he was fighting for every breath started to moan painfully in between breaths. I was shocked that the skin did not burst under the pressure.

    The bubble that resulted looked like a small balloon sitting on his deltoid. I couldn't quite believe what I just saw and waited until we went out of the room to say anything. I asked her what the blank was that? She said that the order called for it to be sc/sq not IM therefore that's how a subcutaneous is given. I went back in the man's room with a warm compress and eventually the medicine went down and the surface was flat again. Come on ... I couldn't quite believe but I saw it with my own eyes. Poor guy, a bruise resulted from the incident and I ended up writing her up anyway with recommendation for an in-service on administration of sc medications.

    As for insulting new grads ... I believe these types of stories help everyone out. It alerts to the potential things that can happen. I didn't take the OPs post to be harsh or picking on anyone at all, in fact the opposite. Some people need to lighten up a bit for their own sakes. These stories hold solutions for many.

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