What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 59

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   ChristineN
    Let's see...


    1. Was helping nurse get labs off of central line. We had a ton of labs including central blood cultures. She was going to do a 3 cc waste first.

    2. I was helping a nurse change trach ties and she was noticably uncomfortable with the trach. The nurse kept trying to put a washcloth over the trach so she didn't get hit with mucous. I told her I refused to help/participate if she wouldn't stop with the washcloth. She claimed she wasn't doing anything wrong, just protecting herself from body fluids exposure.
  2. by   RetRN77
    Eric, my hair is on end! Appalling incidents.

    One that comes to mind for me is while I was a student, I used to work PMs as a tech. I often drew a med-surg floor with a substantial population of elderly patients and a nurse I used to like, until the night a patient was in a chair and needed the bedpan. The nurse said to tell her to "just go there in the chair - I put plenty of padding on her just in case. It takes too long to move her," all the while smiling brightly. I couldn't get anyone else to help me as they were afraid to go against the nurse, and I couldn't move the pt. myself without fear of injuring her. The only thing I could do was apologize to the pt. who told me this nurse did this to her routinely.
  3. by   VRN-RN
    Omg!! That is a definite rotfl lmao... Tooo funny... Forgot to put which story I was replying to... This is in response to the cna giving shower to lady with prolapsed uterus
    Last edit by VRN-RN on Jul 20, '10 : Reason: Forgot quote
  4. by   VRN-RN
    Quote from VRN-RN
    Omg!! That is a definite rotfl lmao... Tooo funny... Forgot to put which story I was replying to... This is in response to the cna giving shower to lady with prolapsed uterus
    Quote from santhony44
    I worked briefly in LTC as a GPN. A resident's NG tube, used for feedings, came out. She (the experienced LPN who had just returned from 10 years of retirement) replaced it. Didn't measure, lubricate, etc, just started jamming it down. Awful. The same nurse also couldn't understand why she got a headache after using the "extra" nitro paste as a hand cream.

    I worked with one otherwise good RN who would collect the plastic "silverware" off the isolation trays and take them home to re-use after washing. As far as I know she never took anything really ugly home with her.
    Rotfl and smh with the nitro being used as handcream
  5. by   CoffeemateCNA
    I've seen a CNA use a sit-to-stand as if it was a hoyer lift. She would place the sling high on the residents' backs and under their armpits and then use the sit-to-stand to lift them up until their feet were dangling 3+ inches off of the ground. I warned her that this was the wrong way and was dangerous and I showed her how to use it correctly NUMEROUS times but to no avail.

    It's a miracle nobody fell out or sustained a nerve injury.
  6. by   RetRN77
    Just remembered another - this from my student days, so not quite as bad as if an RN had done it, but!!!

    Around the start of our second year, a fellow student came across one of her patients and was alarmed by his appearance. She gave him a precordial thump, which had just come into vogue as a CPR technique.

    The patient had been sleeping.
  7. by   Simba&NalasMom
    Quote from RetRN77
    Just remembered another - this from my student days, so not quite as bad as if an RN had done it, but!!!

    Around the start of our second year, a fellow student came across one of her patients and was alarmed by his appearance. She gave him a precordial thump, which had just come into vogue as a CPR technique.

    The patient had been sleeping.
    When we had bath lab, I walked into the "room" and my classmate was playing dead. I gave him a sternal rub. You could have heard him scream across the lab. Instructor walked in and said "What the hell are you doing to your patient?" I said "He was playing dead so I gave him a sternal rub." "Oh. Well in that case he deserved it."
  8. by   cwhitebn
    Quote from Tweety
    A nurse crushed Percocets, mixed with water, and gave it through a central line IV.
    WHOA!
  9. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    A patient dropped pills on the floor. I went to get a new set from the cart. Another nurse told me to just give them, even though they'd fallen on the floor. Apparently, she does it all the time. Really.
  10. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from not_a_hat_person
    a patient dropped pills on the floor. i went to get a new set from the cart. another nurse told me to just give them, even though they'd fallen on the floor. apparently, she does it all the time. really.
    when my mom was dying, she progressed into ca-related dementia and became very suspicious of me, so i had to rely more than i would have liked on the hospice aides. all the rns and all but one aide were wonderful. i will never be able to thank them enough.

    the other aide?? she handed my mom her meds (on a day when she became hysterical if i were even in the house) whereupon, my mom dropped them. the aide scooped them up, handed them back again, and down they went, into the wastebasket. i happened to be coming in the kitchen door, saw what had happened, yelled, "stop!!" but the idiot put the pills in mymom'smouth and my mom swallowed them down before i could get there.

    i was a hospice volunteer at the time and am good friends with the special, wonderful, amazing, silly,
    caring nun who was nurse/director of the hospice program. by that night, i was so fed up with that dumb aide that i almost forgot who she was and yelled at a nun!

    before i brought hospice in, we had a series of rns doing private duty. that ended fast when i discovered the drug store had delivered halcion instead of haldol. this is a very small area and our pharmacist drops filled scripts off on his way home. his assistant pharmacist had filled it and the idiot
    nurse had never double checked and my mom had two halcion doses within a six hour period of time.

    near the end ofmy mom's life, she would not let me be anywhere near her. this was after an almost 40 year long warm loving relationship. staying on top of things became harder and harder.

  11. by   CrazierThanYou
    Quote from sharpeimom
    when my mom was dying, she progressed into ca-related dementia and became very suspicious of me, so i had to rely more than i would have liked on the hospice aides. all the rns and all but one aide were wonderful. i will never be able to thank them enough.

    the other aide?? she handed my mom her meds (on a day when she became hysterical if i were even in the house) whereupon, my mom dropped them. the aide scooped them up, handed them back again, and down they went, into the wastebasket. i happened to be coming in the kitchen door, saw what had happened, yelled, "stop!!" but the idiot put the pills in mymom'smouth and my mom swallowed them down before i could get there.

    i was a hospice volunteer at the time and am good friends with the special, wonderful, amazing, silly,
    caring nun who was nurse/director of the hospice program. by that night, i was so fed up with that dumb aide that i almost forgot who she was and yelled at a nun!

    before i brought hospice in, we had a series of rns doing private duty. that ended fast when i discovered the drug store had delivered halcion instead of haldol. this is a very small area and our pharmacist drops filled scripts off on his way home. his assistant pharmacist had filled it and the idiot
    nurse had never double checked and my mom had two halcion doses within a six hour period of time.

    near the end ofmy mom's life, she would not let me be anywhere near her. this was after an almost 40 year long warm loving relationship. staying on top of things became harder and harder.
    bless your heart.
  12. by   flashpoint
    I just changed jobs…have been out of acute care for about 4 years…just got a job in a hospital.

    An RN I work with told me that it is not necessary to clean the ports before hooking up meds or fluids to a saline lock. Apparently, they have some sort of anti-microbial properties that make this unnecessary. All of the other nurses clean the ports and there is nothing on the box or the package insert that indicates that cleansing is not needed. I've already mentioned this to the nurse manager, so hopefully I will get an accurate answer on this one.

    Same RN dropped an NG tube on the floor…after the patient pulled it out. She picked it up and reinserted it…no gloves.

    Same RN nicked the bag when she spiked an IV bag. She put a towel over the pump to catch the drips and let it infuse anyway. I found it when the pump beeped to let us know the infusion was done.
  13. by   donsterRN
    Quote from sharpeimom
    near the end ofmy mom's life, she would not let me be anywhere near her. this was after an almost 40 year long warm loving relationship. staying on top of things became harder and harder.
    kathy, that must have been so difficult. i am so sorry. i really admire your strength. sending hugs.

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