What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 25

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   maryloufu
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I knew a nurse that inserted a catheter in the male, met resistance, and kept on pushing until blood was everywhere and he needed a stat order of packed red blood cells...and that was the second time that week she did the exact same thing. 25 years of experience, and she is still working strong.
    OK- I am a pretty new RN:uhoh21:- and have never put in a male catheter- why was there so much blood- is there a wrong place you can hit or is it just because this is a very vascular place?
    I appreciate your answers!
  2. by   maryloufu
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Yes, slipping medications into a nurse's food is low down. I have seen that done before as well where I worked as a psych tech about 15 years ago. At that facility, we were certified to give medications, and there was another tech that used to sneak into the employee's lunchroom and eat our food (even if it was labeled with your name). Anyway, someone got sick of her stealing their food, and someone slipped some sort of liquid psychtropic medication in a soda bottle. The woman had a great deal of nerve stealing food, so, she sort of got what she got, but I would have NEVER done that.
    I also worked at a psych facility where a very ticked off night shift once iced the middle of a cake with exlax and left it in the employee fridge complete with their name and "hands off" on the bag. And of course it was half eaten when they came back the next night! You can say the sneaky cake makers got their revenge- but if it were me I would be afraid to leave food there.
  3. by   babynurselsa
    Was hearing this one about a nurse the other day.
    She was experiencing a hypoglycemic spell and began dumping SPLENDA packets in her mouth. THis was shortly beofre she went PLOP.
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from maryloufu
    OK- I am a pretty new RN:uhoh21:- and have never put in a male catheter- why was there so much blood- is there a wrong place you can hit or is it just because this is a very vascular place?
    I appreciate your answers!
    I think that there was an obstruction and she kept pushing until it passed, and made it bleed profusely. What a horrible experience for the patient...:angryfire
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from maryloufu
    I also worked at a psych facility where a very ticked off night shift once iced the middle of a cake with exlax and left it in the employee fridge complete with their name and "hands off" on the bag. And of course it was half eaten when they came back the next night! You can say the sneaky cake makers got their revenge- but if it were me I would be afraid to leave food there.
    Behind things like this, I don't participate in hospital parties and such...I have seen wilder things happen, and it is not a nice thing...
  6. by   HappyNurse2005
    knew a nurse that inserted a catheter in the male, met resistance, and kept on pushing until blood was everywhere and he needed a stat order of packed red blood cells...and that was the second time that week she did the exact same thing. 25 years of experience, and she is still working strong.
    saw something similar once. except nurse inserted foley into male. got no urine whatsoever into bag, but inflated balloon anyways. (probably didn't advace far enough). foley was later removed and penis bled all over the floor. large puddle. ended up needing a urologist to insert a foley.
  7. by   katfishLPN
    A lot of times if you run into resistance when inserting a foley into a male it is because they have an enlarged prostate.
    Last edit by katfishLPN on Nov 6, '06
  8. by   twotrees2
    had an incident happen the other night at work - an "experienced" RN started workingthere - has been there a few weeks - he went to do an accu check - he poked the mans finger - promptly took the strip and gotthe blood ( minmd you strip was NOT in machine yet ) and procedded to put the strip in with the bloody end intothe machine- hmmmmmmm - then couldnt figure out why it wasnt reading - the CNAs began to tell him how to do it - he gets a new strip - asks the cnas if he has to poke the man again - they told him try the original site first to see if it was still viable ( it was) and he finally geta reading - and he reads it upside down!!! pretty damn scary when the CNAs are doing the nurses traing lol.
  9. by   maryloufu
    In nursing school we did some clinicals in a long term care facility. This place is the nicest in town- rich residents and all. Well each patient had a probe cover for the ear thermometer tucked away in their bathroom for their daily v/s use. Ewww!
    It gets more special.
    One day I was getting ready to do vital signs on my resident and I could not find her probe cover. Since they are disposable I just went to the nurses station to get another one. Well, I found that I had to get it from the DON. Instead of just handing one over- (I mean really- these things must cost a whole 2cents) She proceeds to walk down to the patient's room and search through her bathroom, bedside table, closet and dresser for this ear probe. Finally she gave me a new one- and the resident refused to have her temp taken.
  10. by   cookie102
    how about the nurse that took a foley out , no gloves on, then proceeded to take a urine spec f (for c/s) from the foley bag that she thru in the trash!!!
  11. by   drmorton2b
    The most common thing that freaks me out that I see nurses do are older nurses not wearing gloves when obviously required and saying "I've been a nurse for 35 years and haven't gotten anything yet, we didn't wear gloves when I first started"
  12. by   tigress_8207
    OH MY GOD! These people aren't real nurses their executionist.Can't believe they could be so careless.Now i'm scared. :behindpc:
  13. by   Jamesdotter
    Quote from drmorton2b
    The most common thing that freaks me out that I see nurses do are older nurses not wearing gloves when obviously required and saying "I've been a nurse for 35 years and haven't gotten anything yet, we didn't wear gloves when I first started"
    We didn't have AIDS then... I had a colleague just about 35 years ago who got hepatitis (I think HBV) because she had a severe dermatitis on her hands and we weren't routinely using gloves yet. She was pregnant at the time, too.

    I believe that was about the time the hospital started supplying gloves for non-sterile procedures.

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