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What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 65

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. Visit  RN0820 profile page
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    I was an aid on a tele floor...and my patient was complaining of her PICC site hurting. I looked and noticed the cath had migrated about 4-5 inches out of her skin. I called the nurse, who proceeded to undo the dressing without gloves on, wipe the cath with alcohol...and reinsert it. This patient was on neutropenic precautions to boot.
    casi, SaraO'Hara, ohioSICUrn, and 3 others like this.
  2. Visit  chelynn profile page
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    It greatly helps to place one's self in the shoes of the CNA, especially a LTC CNA. I work at a nursing home, and each one of my CNAs is assigned 12 to 15 patients each. They simply do not have the time to sit with one patient for an extended period of time when there are other call lights that need to be answered in an expedient manner.

    In addition, most LTC facilities suffer from high employee turnover and attrition rates, so the DON usually won't bestow severe punishments upon lazy staff members. The DON is just happy that a warm body has arrived to fill the necessary shift. In addition, there's typically not enough quality time for most LTC nurses and aides to devote to non-emergencies such as panic attacks and screaming. Few, if any, procedures are done by the book in LTC. You'll learn as you spend more time in your new LVN role.
    If you read it the problem isn't that the CNA didn't have time to sit with the resident. The problem is that the nurse gave the CNA the patients meds, MORPHINE and ATIVAN to administer. That to me is grounds for termination for BOTH of them. By the way I am in LTC and I do my job "by the book" thank you very much. There is no excuse to take shortcuts in ANY nursing situation and if you think there is then maybe you need to reconsider your career choice.
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  3. Visit  AngelRN89 profile page
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    "This is a CNA story but it was so funny at the time

    Ill never forget the time my CNA was showering a female patient. She took her to the shower and the next thing I know she steps out the door white as a sheet she said ..."UH hello nursie down there...UH denise come here please, we have to have a talk".. I thought the lady was dead or something.. I go down there and she says..."The next time i am about to shower a female with a penis will you please tell me before hand"....I said "WHAT" . The lady had a prolapsed uterus and her cervix was hanging out..."

    This post is my favorite!! I had a laugh attack! Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Visit  MomRN0913 profile page
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    Quote from Tweety
    A nurse crushed Percocets, mixed with water, and gave it through a central line IV.

    You have to be kidding. Please tell me you are kidding.
  5. Visit  bsveillon profile page
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    Quote from kaeri
    I am so thrilled to see so many nurses who are happy to point at other nurses and report their failings. It is also heartwarming to see that no-one here has ever done something rotten.
    Congratulations.

    I totally get your point. We've all made our mistakes, but, I guess, I was always so terrified of making a major, irreversible error, my mistakes were more aggravating than actually dangerous.

    Not that, I'm better, if I would have had more confidence in myself back then, and not realized my inexperience, I might have done the same things these other nurses have done.
  6. Visit  Morettia2 profile page
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    I have one...this wasn't a Nurse but a DOCTOR who did this......Here it goes, you guys are going to love this one, it was about 4 years ago..I was probably about 1 year into my nursing career as an RN, I used to work on an Interventional Cardiology unit. So the pt. was a case from the cath Lab s/p AICD insertion. The nurse manager recieved report from the cath lab at our change of shift at 7pm, which was normal to get report from the cath lab before the case came to the floor during change of shift. Ok the pt had AICD insertion...blah blah blah blah....Any drips? No but the pt will recieve Ancef 1gm but we will hang it when we bring the pt up( Ancef with in 30 min of AICD insertion for profaltic ATBX which is pretty much universal protocall in our hosp)....any allergies....NKDA....pt. is spanish speaking only but our Anestiaologist speaks spanish so he did the H&P and so on and so forth....So the ANM said ok the room is ready bring the pt. up....so about 5 min later the pt. arrives on the floor.

    We get the pt. situated in the room, Myself and a few others are doing EKG's putting on the monitor ect, and getting the CXR and I have always done this, ALWAYS, I First check the orders and the H&P and the procedure notes as we are getting the pt. settled... and the one RN from the cath Lab spikes the Ancef and the IV is going and all of a sudden the pt. is in respiratory distress....The other RN's first thought was a pneumothorax from AICD placement.....

    OK I am anaphalatic alleric to PCN, so as soon as I saw the ANCEF was actually running I yell TURN OFF THE IV and get EPI NOW (I mean this was seconds from when the cath lab RN spiked and hung the bag) ....The family had come up with the pt. and they only spoke spanish too...I ran out of the room, and I speak enough broken spanish to find out that the pt is Allergic to PCN. And the family had told the Doctor that did the H&P and intake form that he was allergic to PCN. But he put on the chart NKDA. I called a code and the Anastesiaologist who was on the case in the cath lab and who TOOK the H&P came stomping in the room and was so miffed. He said while intubating the pt, yea he may have mentioned something about a PCN allergy but Ancef should have not caused the anaphalyxis.

    I turned to him and said are you serious? If the pt is allergic to PCN that should have been a red flag not to give ANCEF...he tried telling me that Ancef can be tolerated in pt's allergic to PCN. I said what you thought maybe some flushing and hives?? And why is there NKDA on the H&P and Intake form if you knew about his PCN allergy? He just yelled a bunch of curse words...

    I know the nurse doing the med rec asked the pt. if he had any allergies and the pt. said no, and the nurse spoke fluent spanish, but this was right before the cath, so most people are so nervous that they forget but she should have asked in depth medication allergies, food, ect...then most people respond....but the initial H&P by the MD was critical....and the family wasn't with the pt. when the RN was doing the med rec. in the cat lab holding area..and by the way this pt. had no past medical HX that we were aware of, and no primary MD that they could have referred....

    Anyway to make a long story short the pt lived but let me tell you...from that day on any pt. with a PCN allergy, or any allergy, I had my nurses check the ATBX the pts were going to recieve. We were and still are very strict on allergies, but I made sure of that. And one reason is because, me who was a new nurse at the time, made sure that all of the RN's knew what drugs were associated with different allergies the Reason being I have quite a few med and food allergies myself and I just wanted my RN's to be very diligent and proactive no matter what the MD says!! Lesson learned!
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  7. Visit  bsveillon profile page
    2
    Quote from Morettia2
    I have one...this wasn't a Nurse but a DOCTOR who did this......Here it goes, you guys are going to love this one, it was about 4 years ago..I was probably about 1 year into my nursing career as an RN, I used to work on an Interventional Cardiology unit. So the pt. was a case from the cath Lab s/p AICD insertion. The nurse manager recieved report from the cath lab at our change of shift at 7pm, which was normal to get report from the cath lab before the case came to the floor during change of shift. Ok the pt had AICD insertion...blah blah blah blah....Any drips? No but the pt will recieve Ancef 1gm but we will hang it when we bring the pt up( Ancef with in 30 min of AICD insertion for profaltic ATBX which is pretty much universal protocall in our hosp)....any allergies....NKDA....pt. is spanish speaking only but our Anestiaologist speaks spanish so he did the H&P and so on and so forth....So the ANM said ok the room is ready bring the pt. up....so about 5 min later the pt. arrives on the floor.

    We get the pt. situated in the room, Myself and a few others are doing EKG's putting on the monitor ect, and getting the CXR and I have always done this, ALWAYS, I First check the orders and the H&P and the procedure notes as we are getting the pt. settled... and the one RN from the cath Lab spikes the Ancef and the IV is going and all of a sudden the pt. is in respiratory distress....The other RN's first thought was a pneumothorax from AICD placement.....

    OK I am anaphalatic alleric to PCN, so as soon as I saw the ANCEF was actually running I yell TURN OFF THE IV and get EPI NOW (I mean this was seconds from when the cath lab RN spiked and hung the bag) ....The family had come up with the pt. and they only spoke spanish too...I ran out of the room, and I speak enough broken spanish to find out that the pt is Allergic to PCN. And the family had told the Doctor that did the H&P and intake form that he was allergic to PCN. But he put on the chart NKDA. I called a code and the Anastesiaologist who was on the case in the cath lab and who TOOK the H&P came stomping in the room and was so miffed. He said while intubating the pt, yea he may have mentioned something about a PCN allergy but Ancef should have not caused the anaphalyxis.

    I turned to him and said are you serious? If the pt is allergic to PCN that should have been a red flag not to give ANCEF...he tried telling me that Ancef can be tolerated in pt's allergic to PCN. I said what you thought maybe some flushing and hives?? And why is there NKDA on the H&P and Intake form if you knew about his PCN allergy? He just yelled a bunch of curse words...

    I know the nurse doing the med rec asked the pt. if he had any allergies and the pt. said no, and the nurse spoke fluent spanish, but this was right before the cath, so most people are so nervous that they forget but she should have asked in depth medication allergies, food, ect...then most people respond....but the initial H&P by the MD was critical....and the family wasn't with the pt. when the RN was doing the med rec. in the cat lab holding area..and by the way this pt. had no past medical HX that we were aware of, and no primary MD that they could have referred....

    Anyway to make a long story short the pt lived but let me tell you...from that day on any pt. with a PCN allergy, or any allergy, I had my nurses check the ATBX the pts were going to recieve. We were and still are very strict on allergies, but I made sure of that. And one reason is because, me who was a new nurse at the time, made sure that all of the RN's knew what drugs were associated with different allergies the Reason being I have quite a few med and food allergies myself and I just wanted my RN's to be very diligent and proactive no matter what the MD says!! Lesson learned!
    OH NO! You can NOT make me believe a Doctor did this! Not an almighty DOCTOR!
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  8. Visit  Turd Ferguson profile page
    4
    As a student I was shadowing a fairly new nurse one day. Watched her draw up two syringes of Demerol with filter needles, then proceed to inject both syringes into the patient's buttocks via the same filter needles.

    Ouch!
    K nurse-one-day, casi, ohioSICUrn, and 1 other like this.
  9. Visit  joanna73 profile page
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    I physically cringed when I read your post. Filter needles would hurt like hell!
  10. Visit  Turd Ferguson profile page
    2
    Yeah, they don't penetrate skin without a lot of force....
    K nurse-one-day and ohioSICUrn like this.
  11. Visit  bsveillon profile page
    5
    Not that it was a "Danger" to the patient per se, but I did know of a nurse who was caught having "intimate relations" with a patient, yes, while he was under her care.

    Just a little unethical, don't you think?
  12. Visit  Aleonard13 profile page
    2
    when i was still in school doing a rotation in the ICU- a nurse came to the nursing station and said she needed help with something. apparently she tried to give a whole pill through an NG tube and it got stuck! AND she stated that another nurse told her that it was an ok thing to do....
    K nurse-one-day and ohioSICUrn like this.
  13. Visit  SweettartRN profile page
    1
    A nurse tried to start an iv on my father. First she was going to do it without gloves on until I raised holy hell. She put gloves on finally. Then she tried the iv again. When she couldn't get it, she pulled the needle out, and put it on the bed. She then proceeded to palpate for another vein, picked that same needle off the bed, and was going to go at it again, until I yelled at her loud enough for the whole hall to hear, "what the hell do you think you're doing?!" and she laughed said "oops" and walked out of the room. She brought back another nurse to start the iv.

    This woman was useless.
    Up2nogood RN likes this.

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