What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 49

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   Up2nogood RN
    Quote from ChristyRN2009
    K, I'm confused about that one. She tried to put a foley in the urethra? Did she try with the old foley still in? Because that's where a foley catheter goes.
    No, it was a suprapubic cath and she tried to replace it in the urethra....ummm doesn't work that way.
  2. by   Up2nogood RN
    Speaking of foleys, when I worked as a CNA in LTC we had a overweight female resident with VERY stiff, contracted legs that you could not pull apart for the life of you. It was time for the monthly cath change and I overheard one nurse who had done it before explain to the agency nurse doing the change the 'recommended' way. She suggested that she turn the resident on her side (which made sense, that was the only way to get to that area) but the kicker was to place the new foley while the old one was still in! Seriously. And no the agency nurse didn't do it the 'recommended way'.
  3. by   Glitterkitty, RN
    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!Yikes!
  4. by   Glitterkitty, RN
    Quote from Tweety
    A nurse crushed Percocets, mixed with water, and gave it through a central line IV.
    OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!Yikes!
  5. by   dscrn
    Quote from rnsrgr8t
    Wow, I have a good but really sad one. I was a nurse extern on a peds floor when I was in nursing school. We had a very large and very busy NICU and we often would get some of their "graduates" on the floor to gain some weight and monitor them (this was 10 years ago) before they went home. One of my favorite babies, had miraculously survived, graduated from the NICU, was on our unit for a few weeks and went home on a pulse ox and apnea monitor (if I remember right, he had some residual BPD/RDS). He had 24 hour nursing at home. One morning, the night nurse reported off to the daytime nurse that the pulse ox probe must not be working b/c it kept going off during the night. When the daytime nurse went in the room, and turned the lights on to assess the patient (which the night nurse never did) the baby was blue with sats in the 70's. They called 911, got him admitted to the PICU on a vent and he died 3 days later. This baby had a good prognosis and ended up passing away b/c noone bothered to assess him and just assumed something was wrong with the monitor!!! ALWAYS assess your patient not just look at the monitor!

    Machines areonly as good as the person overseeing them...
  6. by   dscrn
    Taking an admission on the pp floor...the nurse transferring said the the pt's uterus was "boggy" so she opened up the IV-not so unusual, except for the fact that the pt was pre-eclamptic, and on MgSO4-she had LITERALLY taken the IV off of the pump-and piggybacked it right into the IV. Luckily, the pt did not have an "incident"-and did still have a BP
  7. by   CNA_Coco
    A comfort care patient of mine passed away a few years ago. As it was expected to happen soon, the nurse was none too surprised to hear that he was gone. She walked down the hall with me, helped me while I cleaned him (he didn't breathe the entire time, obviously) and got him all set up (took less than 2 minutes, really, as we'd been keeping him as comfortable as possible), then whipped out her stethoscope, stuck it on his chest, rolled her eyes, and said "Dumbass! He's got a pulse still! It's faint, but it's there" and walked out.

    ...The patient had a pacemaker.

    Two hours later, she checked him (again), declared him dead, and wondered why he was "so damn cold for someone who just died..."
  8. by   jpearl119
    On my first day of clinical one of my classmates had a patient in isolation who needed blood drawn. I can't remember the type of isolation but I know it required gowns & gloves only. Anyway the RN went in to draw blood, did not gown up, NO gloves, and drew blood like it was no big deal.
    That definitely freaked me out!
  9. by   sharpeimom
    [quote=jpearl119;3936190]on my first day of clinical one of my classmates had a patient in isolation who needed blood drawn. i can't remember the type of isolation but i know it required gowns & gloves only. anyway the rn went in to draw blood, did not gown up, no gloves, and drew blood like it was no big deal.
    that definitely freaked me out![/qu




    kathy
    sharpeimom
  10. by   meluhn
    Quote from Tweety
    A nurse crushed Percocets, mixed with water, and gave it through a central line IV.

    OMG :smackingf:smackingf What happened?
  11. by   meluhn
    How about coming to work completely wasted and slurring words? :trout:
  12. by   CASTLEGATES
    And we've got students who want to bypass floor duty and go straight into NP school! ROFLOL!

    My aunt said she was there when a nurse read an order "push orange juice" so she did through the central line. Of course he died.

    ...or a nurse I worked with emptied the tube feeding can into the side ice pouch slit rather than through the cap in the top. I squeezed it to see why it wasn't running and it spilled everywhere!
  13. by   meluhn
    Quote from slinkeecat
    I saw a nurse sniff and then lick her finger and exclaim... "Yep, it's Jevity"... she touched goop that was around the stoma of a G-tube.... I damn near stroked out

    What kind of person would do something like this? Clearly she was mentally unstable or impaired.

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