What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 19

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   geniann
    Just when I think I have heard it all!! I can't believe some of these stories- How on earth do some of these nurses sleep at night!!! I always thought nursing was just that "NURSING"- caring and taking care of others- What a sad world it is becoming when a nurse will see things like this and WALK OUT!! God help me when I get old!!
  2. by   aileenve
    I think the most frightening are not the mistakes (although they are hair-raising!) its the spitefullness, I can't imagine any one putting drugs in food or drinks of pts. or co-workers!!!
  3. by   slinkeecat
    This just happened to me yesterday.... Freaked me out...and then I laughed...

    I went to assess my pt who was receiving Packed RBC's....The offgoing nurse told me that she had to put the unit of rbc's in a pressure bag, because he only had a 22g iv access and the previous bag took forever to infuse...he is a bad stick due previous hospitalizations for various gi problems requiring phenergan so his veins suck... she also told me the pt was a&ox3 and she did alot of pt education about the infusion process, why she put it in a pressure bag....etc...
    well, apparently the gentleman wanted to go smoke very badly and she told him he could after the last unit infused.... Tells me all of this in report.... Soooo, after report, I go into his room to check the infusion and etc... just as the gentleman is squeezing the bladder on the pressure bag to infuse the blood quicker and....boom!!! the bag explodes and I am drenched in blood, I jump backwards and the meal tray table falls over, making a loud crash noise, my co-workers come running from hearing the commotion and they thought I had been shot in the head and chest....lol...I am grossed out and I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror... I look like I am in a scene from the movie "carrie"... I walk out of the room.... a pt ambulating in the hall swoons at the sight of me, the PT aide catches her, I go to help her and I slip and fall from the urine of the lady who lost her bladder as she swooned....

    I then had to go to the staff bathroom and shower and change into scrubs...
    Luckily, the nurse Iwas releiving stayed and took care of my patients until i got cleaned up and she kept apologizing....totally not her fault... She is a nonsmoker and had no idea of the lengths a three pack a day smoker will go to when they are jones'ing for a cigerette.

    So there you have it.... Just another day in paradise....
  4. by   twinmommy+2
    Oh lord! I started the day yesterday with a deceased pt but you definatly take the cake my friend. I'm so sorry you had such a bad day lol.
  5. by   teeituptom
    One of our nurses came to work without her makeup on, that not only freaked me out but scared 10 yrs off my life Im sure.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from teeituptom
    One of our nurses came to work without her makeup on, that not only freaked me out but scared 10 yrs off my life Im sure.
    Makeup is an voluntary option at most facilities.

    I don't know a whole lot of people who put makeup on for other people. :stone
  7. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Makeup is an voluntary option at most facilities.

    I don't know a whole lot of people who put makeup on for other people. :stone
    I have worked with her for over 10 yrs

    first I ever saw her with her makeup off

    very scary

    and here halloween is coming also
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from teeituptom
    I have worked with her for over 10 yrs

    first I ever saw her with her makeup off

    very scary

    and here halloween is coming also
    Failing to find humor in the insult of someone's natural physical appearence, sorry.
  9. by   grace90
    Quote from gwenith
    I was a patient once and early one morning this well meaning agency nurse comes to take my blood pressure - I held my arm out straight for him - only to hear him say "Don't do that!!"
    "Do what?" was my puzzled reply
    "Stick your arm out like that because I will only get the blood pressure of a stretched muscle!"

    :uhoh21::uhoh21:

    Darn, I just hate it when I get blood pressures of stretched muscles. Our nursing jobs would be so much easier if those stretched muscles would just take their blood pressure pills.
  10. by   grace90
    Quote from kriso
    a nurse run Heparin 25,000u/250ml in one hour (she thought it was an antibiotic)
    a few months ago a post-op lap chole pt was on a heparin drip and had low blood pressures, so the doc ordered a fluid bolus. the assigned nurse hung the bolus but the pt's condition was rapidly deteriorating so the charge nurse told the RN to turn up the rate on the bolus to 1000 cc/hr (rapid response was also called) and a nurse who was not even assigned to the pt decided to "help" and took it upon herself to turn up the fluid bolus rate, only she turned up the HEPARIN DRIP rate instead, to 999 cc/hour! thank goodness, because the assigned nurse and RRT were in there just a minute or two later, it was caught and dealt with quickly. :uhoh21:
  11. by   oldshoes
    So, what do you guys do when your cow-irkers do this stuff? Is your first inclination to smack them in the head and yell, "What are you thinking?!?", or do you go tell the boss? Seriously, do you feel comfortable stepping up and saying something when a coworker does something they shouldn't? Do you say something immediately, or do you wait?
  12. by   gr8rnpjt
    Quote from teeituptom
    One of our nurses came to work without her makeup on, that not only freaked me out but scared 10 yrs off my life Im sure.

    So not funny, but typical of a male nurses level of humor, in my opinion.
  13. by   lovingtheunloved
    Quote from slinkeecat
    This just happened to me yesterday.... Freaked me out...and then I laughed...

    I went to assess my pt who was receiving Packed RBC's....The offgoing nurse told me that she had to put the unit of rbc's in a pressure bag, because he only had a 22g iv access and the previous bag took forever to infuse...he is a bad stick due previous hospitalizations for various gi problems requiring phenergan so his veins suck... she also told me the pt was a&ox3 and she did alot of pt education about the infusion process, why she put it in a pressure bag....etc...
    well, apparently the gentleman wanted to go smoke very badly and she told him he could after the last unit infused.... Tells me all of this in report.... Soooo, after report, I go into his room to check the infusion and etc... just as the gentleman is squeezing the bladder on the pressure bag to infuse the blood quicker and....boom!!! the bag explodes and I am drenched in blood, I jump backwards and the meal tray table falls over, making a loud crash noise, my co-workers come running from hearing the commotion and they thought I had been shot in the head and chest....lol...I am grossed out and I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror... I look like I am in a scene from the movie "carrie"... I walk out of the room.... a pt ambulating in the hall swoons at the sight of me, the PT aide catches her, I go to help her and I slip and fall from the urine of the lady who lost her bladder as she swooned....

    I then had to go to the staff bathroom and shower and change into scrubs...
    Luckily, the nurse Iwas releiving stayed and took care of my patients until i got cleaned up and she kept apologizing....totally not her fault... She is a nonsmoker and had no idea of the lengths a three pack a day smoker will go to when they are jones'ing for a cigerette.

    So there you have it.... Just another day in paradise....



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