What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 18

What has other peers done intentional/unintentional to freak you out? Good or bad. Happy or sad. On my FIRST day as a LVN, (LTC) a res was screaming in her room as I was walking out to leave. I... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Well, this clown would put a long enough dressing over EACH so that she could write her full name and credentials on each dressing even though they were half an inch from eachother. Instead of using one 2x2 to dress a drain site, she would fold two 4x4s, tape them together lengthwise, and put it over the drain site with paper tape simply so she could write out her full name and credentials.
    Sounds like the ego fairy dumped a bag of egodust over that one. Full name AND their college degree on the dressing????
  2. by   RGN1
    Some years back when I worked in a busy out patient unit there was a nurse who thought that it took too much of her time to sterilise the proctoscopes & sigmoidoscopes after her clinic so she just did the cleaning part of the process then ran the hottest water from the tap over them saying that was enough!!

    That was back in the days when we had metal stuff which we cleaned & sterilised ourselves at the end of the clinic.

    Still makes me cringe even now when I think of all those patients that had exams without properly sterilised equipment when she'd done the previous clinic. YUK!!!!

    Needless to say, if I was on duty I just picked them up after she'd done & put them in the steriliser but not many dared to challenge her assumptions in this way & I was not popular with her all the years I worked there. She made trouble for me whenever she could. However, that's another story!!
  3. by   Quickbeam
    so she could write out her full name and credentials. Instead of a 2-inch long dressing over the drain site, hers would be about ten inches long.
    OMG...so wrong yet I'm laughing up a lung.

    BTW, you can absolutely fire someone with an ADA recognized disability. I've done it. If the person is NOT capable of doing the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation, they can be canned just like anyone else. The paperwork can be monstrous but it can be done. You just need a very motivated and determined manager.
  4. by   adrienurse
    more sad stories here. I'm not trying to pick on aides but I don't usually get to work with anybody but them so I don't have a lot of nurse stories.

    I walk on a unit during my coffee break (it was the night shift) because I had so sign something and I find the place COMPLETELY dark. It was an alzheimer unit and the cna present was trying to get some sleep at the desk (she was the only one there because the nurse was on her break).


    I was working with a casual aide (this was the same one with a bucket) and she was leaving the unit on her break, I said okay and didn't look up from what I was busy with to see where she was heading. Time passes and I'm waiting and waiting for her to come back because I needed help. Finally I got the supervisor to go look in the usual places. Didn't find her. They paged her. Nada. Finally I found her curled up in the linen closet where she had made herself a nice place to have a nap between shelves.


    I have so many inproper restraint stories. I floated on an other unit. I was in the middle of a med pass and one of the aides came to tell me that so and so would not stay in her wheel chair. I asked him to stay with her for a moment and I'd be there to see what the problem was. When I did get to her, I found her tied to the wheelchair with a bedsheet and him nowhere to be found.
  5. by   adrienurse
    Just remembered another

    I had a resident on my LTC unit whose husband was in a wheelchair because of a stroke (but who still lived independantly in the community). He was visiting her in the evening around 8 pm. All of a sudden I hearing protests and a scuffle down the hall. Agency HCA was trying to undress him to "get him ready for bed".
  6. by   ladyinred667
    Quote from RunnerRN
    WOOT WOOT!
    Glad to see it took at least 3 days for someone to come in here and blast us for this. I for one have learned a lot for other people's mistakes, and my own. Yes, we have all made our own mistakes, but the topic of this thread is "mistakes OTHER people have made" that you can't believe. Have you ever worked with someone who supposedly graduated from nsg school, and just cannot believe the crap they just did?
    And PS - most of the mistakes listed above weren't just mistakes, they were potentially fatal/harmful mistakes (Percocet through a central line? Giving meds other people draw up?)
    Honestly, this happens every time there is a post like this where nurses are blowing off steam, etc. We should probably just ignore the trolls and not engage them any further.
  7. by   k9's mom
    In reference to the nurse with OCD...man what a wacko/pyscho!!! Scary-how some people get thru Nursing school and are actually practicing in the medical profession!
    Last edit by k9's mom on Oct 12, '06
  8. by   aprilleverett
    While in nursing school I worked as a CNA part time. One night the LPN that was working over me asked if I wanted to watch her put in a foley because we were getting ready to do lab check offs on it in class. I was excited and went to watch her do this. I watched her as she carefully set up her sterile field, when she got to the lube she opened the foil package with her teeth, then squirted it all over the foley tip, which she was holding with her bare hand. After cleaning the lady with betodine she went to insert the foley. Even I could see the urethral opening, this lady had actually had fully inflated foleys pulled out before, so it was almost impossible to miss. She went to insert it, and she missed... went in the wrong hole. I was like well, I'll get you another foley, she was like no, it's ok. She made the same mistake 5 times, each time attempting to insert the dirty foley into the urethra. Finally she's like well I guess I'll get a new foley so she laid the dirty one on the lady's bed. She was almost out the door when she turned back around and is like, maybe i'll try it one more time. And she did, and she got it that time. I told the DON about this but nothing ever got done, and fyi the lady did get a raging uti and died of urosepsis.
  9. by   adrienurse
    Quote from aprilleverett
    While in nursing school I worked as a CNA part time. One night the LPN that was working over me asked if I wanted to watch her put in a foley because we were getting ready to do lab check offs on it in class. I was excited and went to watch her do this. I watched her as she carefully set up her sterile field, when she got to the lube she opened the foil package with her teeth, then squirted it all over the foley tip, which she was holding with her bare hand. After cleaning the lady with betodine she went to insert the foley. Even I could see the urethral opening, this lady had actually had fully inflated foleys pulled out before, so it was almost impossible to miss. She went to insert it, and she missed... went in the wrong hole. I was like well, I'll get you another foley, she was like no, it's ok. She made the same mistake 5 times, each time attempting to insert the dirty foley into the urethra. Finally she's like well I guess I'll get a new foley so she laid the dirty one on the lady's bed. She was almost out the door when she turned back around and is like, maybe i'll try it one more time. And she did, and she got it that time. I told the DON about this but nothing ever got done, and fyi the lady did get a raging uti and died of urosepsis.
    Wow scary story.
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    <<<"Crazyjanedoe Crazylynn McLooneynurse RN, BSN 1/23 100">>>

    Sigh....no words to express this...
  11. by   lannisz
    I am an experienced nurse but I am orienting to a new unit (OB/PP). Fortunately only had one day with this one nurse. She did a bunch of stuff that just grossed me out - never wore gloves during exposure to blood and body fluids. And I only saw her wash her hands once: She did put on one glove to fish out a patient's pads OUT OF THE TRASH to "check her lochia" - she used the gloved hand to pull them out of the trash and the ungloved hand to open the wrapped and bloody napkins. Eeww! She used her bare hands on the mother's breast to show her how to express colostrum and rub it into her nipple (last I checked breast fluids count for standard precautions too?) Had not washed her own hands before touching the patient. This nurse is older and thought I was strange for putting on gloves to give injections and change pt bedding.
  12. by   gauge14iv
    Quote from zias
    I am an experienced nurse but I am orienting to a new unit (OB/PP). Fortunately only had one day with this one nurse. She did a bunch of stuff that just grossed me out - never wore gloves during exposure to blood and body fluids. And I only saw her wash her hands once: She did put on one glove to fish out a patient's pads OUT OF THE TRASH to "check her lochia" - she used the gloved hand to pull them out of the trash and the ungloved hand to open the wrapped and bloody napkins. Eeww! She used her bare hands on the mother's breast to show her how to express colostrum and rub it into her nipple (last I checked breast fluids count for standard precautions too?) Had not washed her own hands before touching the patient. This nurse is older and thought I was strange for putting on gloves to give injections and change pt bedding.
    Ok I woulda had to write that one up...
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from zias
    I am an experienced nurse but I am orienting to a new unit (OB/PP). Fortunately only had one day with this one nurse. She did a bunch of stuff that just grossed me out - never wore gloves during exposure to blood and body fluids. And I only saw her wash her hands once: She did put on one glove to fish out a patient's pads OUT OF THE TRASH to "check her lochia" - she used the gloved hand to pull them out of the trash and the ungloved hand to open the wrapped and bloody napkins. Eeww! She used her bare hands on the mother's breast to show her how to express colostrum and rub it into her nipple (last I checked breast fluids count for standard precautions too?) Had not washed her own hands before touching the patient. This nurse is older and thought I was strange for putting on gloves to give injections and change pt bedding.

    She's a fine example of what NOT to do. Barf.

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