What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 31

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   MS._Jen_RN
    Quote from WOLFE
    PRBC'S hanging with D5........
    One of the former RN's on our unit did this. The "double checker" found it. It was the last straw in a not so stellar tenure there. She was fired. Thank God.
    ~Jen
  2. by   Spritenurse1210
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ROFLMAO
  3. by   texas_lvn
    Quote from Rayrae
    I think she meant that people w/o trachs, usually swallow most of their mucus/phlegm.
    :yeahthat:
  4. by   exnavygirl-RN
    We had a new nurse that was on orientation for 6 weeks! He was an older man and thought he knew everything. One night he had a patient that had O2 sats of 70%. We recommended that he put her on some O2. He said "the patients says that percentage is normal for her at home". How many people have pulse oximeters at home? Anyway, that was pretty much icing on the cake. He was terminated.
  5. by   angeRN6297
    we had a CNA that I was sure was faking vital signs in the computer...it took several alert and oriented patients to confirm this two nights in a row to get her fired....I know she probably had been doing this for months....She would take 1-2 peoples then come and log in twelve patients vs!! we have a lot of post op pts who could be having issues....I would go behind her a recheck all my people!! I feel much better now not having to worry about that , but I keep my eyes open to make sure I see my CNA's doing them.......
  6. by   grace90
    Quote from texas_lvn
    Working med/surg the other night a fellow nurse looked at me and asked "why do trach pts have more phlem than the rest of us?:trout: :trout: :trout:
    I didn't have the heart to tell her her goes directly into her tummy. She would have vomited.
    Although I have known that fact for years, it still never ceases to make me gag when I think about it, hence I try *not* to think of "sputum" and "my tummy" in the same sentence.

    Here's my stupid stories from my 7p-7a last night.
    #1- I don't give Mucomyst much. Last night I had to, po q4h. It came up from pharmacy in glass vials. I didn't know the rubber top popped off. I popped out a syringe and needle, and proceeded to push air into the bottle before drawing out the liquid, only... I uhm pushed a wee bit too hard and the little glass bottle of Mucomyst went POOF and burst and the smell of sour rotten eggs quickly spread through the room and the hallway. I called pharmacy, told 'em what I did, and they sent it up in a nice plastic bottle.

    #2- I titrated a heparin drip wrong last night. The LPN I was covering caught it, thank God. I HATE heparin drips. She questioned it, and I thought I was right but listened to her and decided I better double check myself and sure enough, she was right. I thanked her and had to call the doc, etc. *always listen to the LPN's!!!!* From now on, whenever I titrate a drip (we only do heparin and insulin drips on our m/s floors) I WILL have another RN check it with me. I still get the shivers when I think about it.
  7. by   exnavygirl-RN
    We had a tech that worked day shift for several years and then decided to work night shift. After a week he was fired. The night shift nurses caught him faking vital signs, also. He admitted to it and didn't think it was a big deal. The supervisor had him escorted out of the hospital.


    Quote from angeRN6297
    we had a CNA that I was sure was faking vital signs in the computer...it took several alert and oriented patients to confirm this two nights in a row to get her fired....I know she probably had been doing this for months....She would take 1-2 peoples then come and log in twelve patients vs!! we have a lot of post op pts who could be having issues....I would go behind her a recheck all my people!! I feel much better now not having to worry about that , but I keep my eyes open to make sure I see my CNA's doing them.......
  8. by   sqky
    I was observing for a part time job in a LTF with a very old LPN (I will call her Helen) showing me "the ropes" as she put it. While setting up the next round of meds two CNAs came to the med door and said a resident was dead. Helen told the CNAs to "pull out his foley and clean him up." Helen during this time called the doc, family and funeral home (all before checking him herself). I was very uncomfortable with how she was doing things and asked her about it. She just blew me off.
    Now the CNAs came and said their work was done, and they did not remove the foley. Helen stomped down to the room, grabbed the foley and pulled it out with the bulb fully inflated!!!! The patient let out a scream, sat straight up in bed and let out a stream of vulgarities as the mortician walked through the door.
    Helen looked at the aides and accused the them of lying to her.!!! Then she told me to call the doc and family to tell them of MY mistake!!!! I refused. I was an observer, not an employee. She retired 2 days later.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Good LORD.
  10. by   Lacie
    While working in a small hospital in rural eastern Kentucky (culture shock for me as I'm orginally from Miami) I was called down to the ER to assist with a patient. At the time I was the house supervisor. When I got there and asked what the problem was the ER RN indicated she needed an IV started on a patient that needed blood. I asked what size cath had she already tried and she indicated she hadnt attempted any sticks. When I asked her why she indicated that the patient was "black" who had been passing through our area and she couldnt recall ever having a "black" patient nor ever starting an IV on an african american. Needless to say I didnt understand her not trying to start the IV. She also wanted to know about the blood as she asked "How can I tell what color the donor is before I give it?" Again I was like "HUH?" Her response was "Well I always understood you had to give the same race of blood as if you give a white person black blood they will turn black and I dont know if it's the same with blacks! I dont want to give it not knowing so you'll have to do it" Now this was the charge RN who had been there for over 10 years. It took all I could not to ask her where the heck did you get your degree from!!! I just couldnt believe the ignorance. And she did this all in front of the patient!!!
  11. by   Jay-Jay
    Quote from WOLFE
    PRBC'S hanging with D5........
    I was doing agency nursing in a hospital, and someone else had hung PRCB's with 2/3 and 1/3, and I didn't notice until I went to hang the next unit. I hadn't hung blood since nursing school, so I got another nurse to come with me, and coach me.

    She told me to flush the line with NS, and THAT was when I noticed the mistake.

    Gues who took the blame for that?? :angryfire
  12. by   jojotoo
    [quote= "Well I always understood you had to give the same race of blood as if you give a white person black blood they will turn black and I dont know if it's the same with blacks! I dont want to give it not knowing so you'll have to do it"[/quote]


    This has got to have been the stupidest thing that I have heard in a LONG time. In fact, when I first read it, I thought you must have made it up. But no, I don't think that anybody could have made up anything this DUMB!:smackingf
  13. by   ElvishDNP
    This is not as bad as some, but it really freaks me out when someone gives an injection & then sticks the used needle into the mattress.

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