What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 47

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   Not_A_Hat_Person
    I once saw an aide throw a used lancet in the garbage. There were plenty of sharps containers around, including 1 attached to the med cart, 1 in the med room, and 1 in the resident's bathroom.

    Some of the residents at my job have private non-medical Companions; basically Home Health Aides. The Companions are under strict orders to tell a nurse if the resident has an acute change in status, even if they're not sure something is wrong. Some are great, others tell us nothing.

    One day I walked into a resident's room and asked the Companion about the resident, who was asleep in the chair. The companion replied "Oh, she had some chest pain a few hours ago, but it subsided." I almost fainted. Another didn't tell anyone when they same resident had a black BM. One had the nerve to shush me while I was taking to the resident, because she couldn't hear the TV!
    Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Sep 10, '09 : Reason: more information
  2. by   lisamc1RN
    I work with a nurse who refuses to auscultate lung sounds. She says she never learned it 30 years ago because LPNs didn't do it back then, and so she just doesn't understand and won't do them. I have come in more than once in the morning to a person with a cough, listened to their lungs , ordered chest xray and lo and behold they have pneumonia!
  3. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from lisa mc1
    i work with a nurse who refuses to auscultate lung sounds. she says she never learned it 30 years ago because lpns didn't do it back then, and so she just doesn't understand and won't do them. i have come in more than once in the morning to a person with a cough, listened to their lungs , ordered chest x ray and lo and behold they have pneumonia!
    reminds me of when i was a brand new rn and worked with a much much much (read a contemporary of betsy ross ...) nurse who absolutely did not catheterize men, because, "it just wasn't quite nice" and was simply scandalized when i finally offered to do it for her. for as long as i worked on that floor, she went around clucking and murmuring that i had seemed like such a sweet child. oh well ...


    sharpeimom
  4. by   squeakykitty
    As for the companion who didn't report the chest pain--
    I would report that one soooo fast.........
    And I wouldn't react too well to the one who shushed me.
  5. by   SamiRN
    Working agency in LTC facility,,,the RN i charge got caught.....licking duragesic patches that were on peoples body!!!! I know many of you have prob heard this done before but I was so grossed out!!!! now most places I go, they have to be felt, identified to make sure they are intact....ewwwwwwww
  6. by   southernbeegirl
    after this thread, i dont think im ever going to eat again...
  7. by   pca_85
    Ok, I'm only on page 18 but must add a few of my own. Don gave me a shot with no gloves on. Nurse took drugs patient refused because shed lready marked them off and "they're five bucks a pill on the street!" Pt. was having trouble breathing(blue) and spoke Chinese, nurse stood over her asking if she preferred the cannula or the mask. This ones my fault:I asked a very airheaded nurse for tylenol while she was passing meds-she never WASN'T passing meds. Long story short, she mixed up my pill cup with a gentlemans who was receiving haldol. Guess who had an interesting allergic reaction to Haldol The one that takes the cake, I''ve posted this in the CNA forum, but it is horrendous:doing post mortem care, the employee of the month turned the deceaed lady into a puppet(moving arms and legs and a number of voices, moving the jaw, etc.)Wow.
  8. by   JenPen2332
    Well, once my preceptor wore the same gloves all day in each patient's room. For "cleanliness" reasons...???Um, Ok.
  9. by   blondy2061h
    I pulled a dosey- started a blood transfusion without connecting the tubing to the patient. Didn't catch it when I went to do 15 min check. Patient called around 25 min and I walked in to see bed covered in blood. Made it worse by saying, "OMG, you pulled your central line out?!?!?"
  10. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    Tonight, a Companion asked me if my resident's oral morphine was flavored. How am I supposed to know that without tasting it?

    I''ve posted this in the CNA forum, but it is horrendous:doing post mortem care, the employee of the month turned the deceaed lady into a puppet(moving arms and legs and a number of voices, moving the jaw, etc.)Wow.
    Oh. My. God.
  11. by   morte
    Quote from lisamc1
    I work with a nurse who refuses to auscultate lung sounds. She says she never learned it 30 years ago because LPNs didn't do it back then, and so she just doesn't understand and won't do them. I have come in more than once in the morning to a person with a cough, listened to their lungs , ordered chest xray and lo and behold they have pneumonia!
    i find that a little hard to believe...therefore i would wonder if her hearing was going and she didnt want to admit it?
  12. by   I_LOVE_TRAUMA
    Had a fellow RN tell me that he went into a room to check a vent alarm in the ICU and found the RN with the wire cutters in her hand about to snip open the wires on a patients jaw ex-fix, wired shut mouth-when he said what are you doing, she replied, "I was gonna do mouth care."!!!
  13. by   cherrybreeze
    Quote from ayla2004
    thats a valid prescription we have 1g paracetamol iv (tylenol to the north americans.

    That's NOT a valid prescription here, though......without looking I assume this was written IN North America (as it was called Tylenol) and while you may have an IV version, we do not and never have. The fact that a similar drug is available on the other side of an ocean in IV form doesn't make it ok to write that here, as it doesn't and never has existed! In fact it makes it the fact that it was written worse, IMO!

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