What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 28

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   sheilagh
    This one is about a doc actually and we laughed for weeks on this one. Secretary asks me to read an order the doc wrote because she must be reading it wrong....well she wasn't, he ordered a CHOCOLATE MILK AND HONEY enema for a 65 yoa woman who was constipated...when shock wore off, and I finally stopped laughing I called doc to verify. Yes, that was what he wanted her to have as the milk was mild but would stimulate her and the honey was for lubrication! charge said we had to do as ordered, but I got a non-confrontational way out when I was told by dietary that we had no chocolate milk and the only honey we had were in the graham crackers....still can't drink chocolate milk without thinking of him.
  2. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from Tweety
    A nurse crushed Percocets, mixed with water, and gave it through a central line IV.

    Did the pt live?
    What happened?
  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    This dont shock me at all . I cant tell you how many milk and molassis enema's I have given.....


    Quote from sheilagh
    This one is about a doc actually and we laughed for weeks on this one. Secretary asks me to read an order the doc wrote because she must be reading it wrong....well she wasn't, he ordered a CHOCOLATE MILK AND HONEY enema for a 65 yoa woman who was constipated...when shock wore off, and I finally stopped laughing I called doc to verify. Yes, that was what he wanted her to have as the milk was mild but would stimulate her and the honey was for lubrication! charge said we had to do as ordered, but I got a non-confrontational way out when I was told by dietary that we had no chocolate milk and the only honey we had were in the graham crackers....still can't drink chocolate milk without thinking of him.
  4. by   leslie :-D
    s/p stroke pt, totally aphasic and dysphasic-strict puree diet.
    pt's son brings in quiche, to help with her appetite.
    i told son his mom could not have it.
    he agreed.
    minutes later, i witnessed a nurse fdg this pt, the quiche, as she spoke with the son.
    pt started choking....
    the nurse gave her water!!!!
    i came running w/suction.
    too late.
    pt died later same day, asp pneumonia.
    no one held accountable, even after incident report.

    leslie
  5. by   banditrn
    I recently came across a situation in LTC that cause my hair to stand straight up.

    This place keeps accepting trach patients that are totally wrong for the place because they have a 37:1 res to nurse ratio. This last time it was reported to me that the res was supposed to be on regular O2 with a speaking cap during the day, and humidified O2 with a trach mask during the nite. The LPN who reported to me has had NO experience with hospital work, and she told me that after the res had been on the humidified O2 for a while that her sats went down to 73, so she switched her back to the regular O2 and they came back up.

    Now, keep in mind, I'm used to working in a hospital where everything comes out of the wall, and in this ladies room they had all sorts of strange little boxes and such. Well, she did OK the rest of the nite.

    Next nite, the LPN had an emergency, so the day RN stayed over and I went in early. She had switched the res to the humidification. When I went in to check her sats - 73%!!! Well, I got to looking at all these little boxes sitting around - the one delivering the humidification does just that - they were turning the oxygen completely off. I blame whoever delivered all that stuff partly for not explaining it completely. It should just have that the speaking cap was taken off with the O2 tubing left on and the trach dome put over it!! I have more experience with these things and should have caught what they were doing sooner. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!!
  6. by   TouchstoneRN
    After receiving report while working med surg I had a nursing student come to me because the RN who was with her gave Morphine 10mg IV instead of the IM route it was ordered. thinking that the student might have been mistaken and wanting to use the situation as a learning experience for the student I grabbed the MAR and the original order sheet only to find out that the Student was correct. I immediately went into the room to check the status of the pt. she was a small women approx 110 lbs. I asked my cna to check her vitals and I called the supervisor and the covering physcian. The supervisor called the RN at home who replied "Oh, I didn't even notice" and laughed. she never even asked about the condition of the patient. Luckily the patient survived, thanks to narcan and a transfer to the ICU. I praised the student for intervening. The other RN eventually left and is now doing a desk job...how much safer for our patients!
  7. by   gr8rnpjt
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    Did the pt live?
    What happened?

    I believe the crushed percocet in IV story was written by a troll.........
  8. by   gr8rnpjt
    Quote from babynurselsa
    Why? Is that bad????

    Oh, please, you are kidding, right?
  9. by   daisey_may
    Quote from gr8rnpjt
    Oh, please, you are kidding, right?
    Yeah, she's kidding. Out of all these posts, this is the one that bothers you the most?
    Last edit by daisey_may on Nov 9, '06
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from gr8rnpjt
    I believe the crushed percocet in IV story was written by a troll.........
    Mmmm, no, it was written by one of the moderators...
  11. by   jaix
    one of the staff nurses made the patient gargle some betadine antiseptic solution...she thought that the betadine gargle solution was the same as the antiseptic solution...hehehehe...she didin't know that there's a separate product for gargling...
  12. by   MS._Jen_RN
    One of my collegues gave a Female pt adhesive remover wipes to wipe with before a CCMS UA instead of the castile soap towlettes. The CNA caught it. Thank goodness, that wouldn't have felt too good. She's scary in other ways too, just can't think of specifics right now.
    ~Jen
  13. by   praeclarus
    Quote from jaix
    one of the staff nurses made the patient gargle some betadine antiseptic solution...she thought that the betadine gargle solution was the same as the antiseptic solution...hehehehe...she didin't know that there's a separate product for gargling...
    I was asked to gargle that antiseptic solution when I was in fifth grade..by a nurse, if I may add. hahah!!

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