This is the stupidest thing I have ever done. - page 6

I did something so stupid that it astounds me. I was working a third shift last night and decided to ride a soiled linen cart like superman, oh I hope no one from work hears about this. Well after... Read More

  1. by   Candidnt
    I've probably done tons of stupid things in my career. If I sat and thought long and hard (and tonight, I'm off, but on call...so I just might, I pray, get that chance), I'd have a gold mine of stupid nursing tricks to go dig from.

    I remember way way way back in Christmas season of 1991, we were in the process of decorating the unit. We had one of those circular chart racks that obviously you spin to the chart you want and pull it out. Somebody (it wasn't me) wanted to mount a Christmas decked-up teddy bear on top of the chart rack. Didn't sound like a bad thing, so the nurse who conceptualized the idea, put the teddy bear up on top, centered it, and well, anchored it down by putting tape on its butt. Somebody else expressed the concern that the teddy bear might fall over or off, if and when somebody should spin the rack to get a chart.
    That was when I had my "BRIGHT" idea. I suggested we do a practical experiment, spin the rack, and see if the bear fell, etc. Well, as if I had been on the Wheel of Fortune, I spin the rack. Fast. Every chart on the rack (and just about all the charts for the unit were on the rack) FLEW off of the rack, strewn about the nurses station; several even made it past the nurses station. Many of them flew open and spewed their contents. Several nurses had to pick up the charts. Everybody was laughing about it, but I was paralyzed with laughter. I literally could not move, let alone function. Looking back, I probably should have anticipated that, and we probably should have secured the charts somehow. But, the bear didn't move at all. Since then I have made efforts to avoid circular chart racks; at that particular hospital, the subsequent units I worked on didn't have any, so I managed to not repeat that mistake. The next hospital I worked at did have them on their med surg and tele units, so then I couldn't avoid them; I let other people do the testing.
  2. by   widow2RN
    Quote from boulergirl
    Wowsers, Chad, your workplace makes our dementia unit sound like Disneyland! If I was in your shoes, I'd be chilling out with a rum and coke after work.

    Cheers!!! Make it two!!
  3. by   Larisa Musayeva
    Quote from Chad_KY_SRNA
    I am a stick in the mud, I never do anything impulsive. I had been asked to come in and work a double because one of our CNA's brothers died in Ohio and she had to go to the funeral. It was awful, two halls with about 20 total residents. I had worked 10-6 the night before and only got about 6 hours of sleep before going back in for 16 hours of work. I have been a CNA for 2 & 1/2 years and the only other time I ever broke anything was a bathroom sink, I went to get the wash cloth out of it and leaned on it and it fell out of the wall and into my knee. Head of maintenance said that I had to have been putting all of my weight on it to have it fall. The 30 year old piece of junk was secured with screws that rusted so much that they had broken in half.
    I am with you.I am the same.I am never doing the thinks that will hurt me or somebody,its so simple to do it you just need to think why you should do this.Just try to use you gray mass.
  4. by   Jennifernsammy
    Well- you should be ASHAMED of your unprofesional behavior- all I have to say is................................................ BANZI!!!!!!! YOU GO GIRL~!!!!!!!!!!
    Nurses are know for their "unusual" sense of humor...I got a laugh out of it. And don't feel guilty- if you could break it, chances are a patient/resident could/would do the same. Look at it like you saved the facility from a HUGE lawsuit by testing the equipment and finding it to be unsuitable for thr rigors of a hospital/nursing home floor. They should be THANKING you.
  5. by   klj836
    Quote from Chad_KY_SRNA
    I am a stick in the mud, I never do anything impulsive. I had been asked to come in and work a double because one of our CNA's brothers died in Ohio and she had to go to the funeral. It was awful, two halls with about 20 total residents. I had worked 10-6 the night before and only got about 6 hours of sleep before going back in for 16 hours of work. I have been a CNA for 2 & 1/2 years and the only other time I ever broke anything was a bathroom sink, I went to get the wash cloth out of it and leaned on it and it fell out of the wall and into my knee. Head of maintenance said that I had to have been putting all of my weight on it to have it fall. The 30 year old piece of junk was secured with screws that rusted so much that they had broken in half.
    It is the responsibility of the facility to provide a safe work enviornment. I hope you reported the incident and filled out whatever form you use. Ask the head of maintenance if they do preventetative safety rounds......OSHA has a lot of rules and people tend to ignore them.
  6. by   stevierae
    Quote from Jennifernsammy
    Well- you should be ASHAMED of your unprofesional behavior- all I have to say is................................................ BANZI!!!!!!! YOU GO GIRL~!!!!!!!!!!
    Nurses are know for their "unusual" sense of humor...I got a laugh out of it. And don't feel guilty- if you could break it, chances are a patient/resident could/would do the same. Look at it like you saved the facility from a HUGE lawsuit by testing the equipment and finding it to be unsuitable for thr rigors of a hospital/nursing home floor. They should be THANKING you.
    Wait---I assumed Chad was a guy----

    Are you a guy or girl, Chad?

    Either way, you rock, in my book.

    Hey, wouldn't it be fun to bring a skateboard to work and skateboard up and down the looooong, freshly waxed halls after all your residents are asleep?
  7. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    Chad,
    had you told them the truth you probably would have felt much better about the situation. I doubt if they would fire you. Someday they will probably find out what really happened and would laugh about it, but not in your presence.
    Quote from Chad_KY_SRNA
    I did something so stupid that it astounds me. I was working a third shift last night and decided to ride a soiled linen cart like superman, oh I hope no one from work hears about this. Well after about two feet on the linen cart one of the wheels snaps off, I roll of it and land in the floor with a linen cart on top of me. I went and got the housekeeping/laundry woman who takes it to the laundry room and puts a sign on the cart, basically "cart broke". The nurse and I quickly scrambled to make up the "truth". I am sore all over tonight. I attribute it to lack of sleep and temporary insanity brought on by listening to a resident screaming for her medicine for 10 hours, having one woman use her clip alarm as a call light despite the fact that her roomate has one too and has recently developed a bad habit of getting up and falling very hard (basically me running up and down the hall trying to keep roommate from falling only to find out she's too cold and wants the blanket pulled up. Plus I took one woman to the BSC about 20 times last night, she fights against you trying to position herself the way she wants and it just makes me crazy!!!!! Anyway, I am basically waiting for them to call me and tell me I am fired or that the "truth" didn't fly. It was made of PVC pipe, I guess they can fix it by going to the hardware store. I would even be willing to pay for the pipe it takes to fix it. It was PVC for goodness sakes, I should have known better than to think it would support me.
  8. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from Chad_KY_SRNA
    I did something so stupid that it astounds me. I was working a third shift last night and decided to ride a soiled linen cart like superman, oh I hope no one from work hears about this. Well after about two feet on the linen cart one of the wheels snaps off, I roll of it and land in the floor with a linen cart on top of me. I went and got the housekeeping/laundry woman who takes it to the laundry room and puts a sign on the cart, basically "cart broke". The nurse and I quickly scrambled to make up the "truth". I am sore all over tonight. I attribute it to lack of sleep and temporary insanity brought on by listening to a resident screaming for her medicine for 10 hours, having one woman use her clip alarm as a call light despite the fact that her roomate has one too and has recently developed a bad habit of getting up and falling very hard (basically me running up and down the hall trying to keep roommate from falling only to find out she's too cold and wants the blanket pulled up. Plus I took one woman to the BSC about 20 times last night, she fights against you trying to position herself the way she wants and it just makes me crazy!!!!! Anyway, I am basically waiting for them to call me and tell me I am fired or that the "truth" didn't fly. It was made of PVC pipe, I guess they can fix it by going to the hardware store. I would even be willing to pay for the pipe it takes to fix it. It was PVC for goodness sakes, I should have known better than to think it would support me.
    Actually, sounds like you are a fun happy-go-lucky person.

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