What is the most incompetent thing you seen a fellow nurse do? - page 3

There were two patients in a double room on a 38 bed tele floor. One was an old fart with a sick heart an the other was a 35 year old male who was in an MVA being observed for a myocardial contusion. The old fart coded and... Read More

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    Was working 3-11 on Peds unit...11-7 nurse was a floater and I decided to stay a while and get her situated and a little oriented to the unit before I left...she said she was confident and I was free to leave...was just talking with other nurse on shift when I had a wierd feeling I should check on floater before I left...she was giving liquid acetaminophen, IV, to child who was NPO... by the grace of God, I lept across the room,turned off the fluids,pinched the tubing above the catheter,and pushed her ass outta the room,all in one fell swoop... called for the other nurse, dc'd iv site, called supervisor, floater was sent back to her unit, I worked a double.
    One laughable moment was when a nurse called me to help her...she had poured dry Metamucil down an NGT and followed it with water...needless to say,the tube.was clogged with "concrete"... this nurse, continued to do things like this...she was made manager of the med/surg unit...sometimes ya just gotta laugh....:roll :chuckle

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    I heard of a student who gave a peg tube enteric med by central line one day when I was off duty. Patient didn't make it.

    The instructor was nowhere to be seen when this occurred. So the hospital blamed the nurse, who was a coworker of mine. They fired him for it.
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by st4304
    [B]I once worked with an RN on nights that always worried me. One night her patient had a 44-beat run of VT. I went running into the room and I think I scared the guy back into sinus. When I went back out to the nurses' station, she was sitting there reading a magazine. When I asked her if she was going to call the doc, she replied, "Why? He's in sinus now." Duh. I made her call and we started him on a lido gtt.


    Oh-my-God! We probably would have had to put a "Y" site in somehow, and let me share his Lido! That chick is pure-D dangerous!

    Just one, of many-I was in ER, responded to a code in ICU. A staff Dr. was "in charge" of the code. RT tubed the patient, an thin, frail, elderly lady. Suddenly, it began to look as though the lady was 3-4 mos. preg. I suggested to the RT that he should check tube placement-he kept bagging, and refused. I suggested it to Mr. Staff MD-he said it is fine, I listened after placement. This absurdity of a code continued for over 30 min!! At the end, the little lady looked as though she was about to deliver, and Mr. PT could barely squeeze the ambu! Duh! The family was outside-can't imagine how they explained to them that Momma got so pregnant, all of a sudden!:imbar
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    I've seen a nurse drop a catheter on the floor and go ahead and insert it, did not stop blood when evident reaction, because it was too much paperwork. Scary stuff
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    One of my colleagues gave supper pills to a few residents at breakfast, apparently realized it when a resident corrected her. Never told the oncoming evening nurse, so therefore, she unknowingly double doses some of them, then realizes a mistake was made when the pills became out of sequence, called the nurse at home, who then "remembers" suddenly. Evening nurse files med error and apparently NOTHING happens to this incompetent nurse who first makes a med error, and only admits it when she is caught, charts four days later "resident monitored." HOW CAN THE EVENING NURSE "MONITOR" WHEN SHE NEVER KNEW THE ERROR OCCURED!!! It sickens me.
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    When I was a new grad working in LTC, there was a resident with severe RA, and was on megadoses of narcotics for pain. She had an order for Demerol IM. The nurse drew it up, mixed it with applesauce, and gave it PO.
    That was the first med error I ever saw. Obviously it made a huge impression on me, and hopefully, has helped me to remember to do my 5 rights and 3 checks!!!
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    I didnt witness this but aprrox 3 weeks ago a nurse hung norcuron thinking it was an antibiotic. Pt wasnt intubated and norcuron was found by code team. Pt expired. Supposedly nurse still has job and got a pay raise.
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    OMG 911, that is really tragic, and the one who gave the nimbex w/o sedation, she should be slowly tortured!

    ONe funny one, could have ben deadly for me though, a nurse, not at all incompetent, was wasting demerol in front of me. It was first thing in the am, I was on days, and had a cup of coffee on the desk near the med cart, she turned and shifted to point the syringe away from me, and shot the waste out, the med arced up and landed very neatly in my coffee. We almost peed our pants laughing. Could you imagine if we hadn't noticed that and I drank that coffee??
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    I have a few, they all happened on a skilled nursing unit that I worked on as a new grad.

    One AM, a resident had a blood sugar of 58. The LPN, who had checked the blood sugar reported this to the RN. The RN told the LPN to go ahead and give him his am NPH insulin dose, which I think was like 30 some units. By noon, the resident was slumped over, unresponsive. Thank GOD this resident was in a semi-private room with a roommate who was Alert and Oriented and was able to notify the nursing staff. His blood sugar was now 30! The day shift RN had to push two amps of D 50 thru his PICC. I believe that the two nurses involved received a verbal warning and nothing else.

    At that same hospital, we had a policy that in order to give phenergan IVP, the pt had to have a running IV line, otherwise it couldn't be given. An RN went ahead and gave a pt 25 mg of Phenergan IVP and the pt did NOT have a running IV! Pt went severely hypotensive and had to be sent to ICU! Again, the RN received a verbal reprimand.

    Another case, a post-op pt ran a temp during the night of 39.8 celcius, the night shift RN didn't want to call the surgeon at 2 am cause she didn't want to get yelled at for waking him up. When the surgeon came in the next AM, he was LIVID that he wasn't called with the temp! I was on that day but another RN with whom I am still good friends had to deal with the surgeons wrath. She wrote the night shift RN up for this as we had a policy that stated that any temp over 38.5 celcius MUST be reported to the MD. Well, nothing was ever made of this incident either and the same RN was involved with the first incident that I mentioned.

    Those were just a few incompetencies that I witnessed on that unit. I had to leave because I was getting written up for silly things like Mr. So and So said that you were rude to him yet major infractions like I mentioned above were being overlooked.

    The hospital that I now work at has an RN who works on a med-surg cardiac tele floor that is incompetent. Always hanging the wrong IV fluids on pt's, med errors galore. One day, one of her pt's was going down the tubes, lady was a full code. Well she was taking her good ole fashioned time about calling the doc. One of the other RN's who was working that day, went down and got the head nurse and advised her of the situation. Head nurse comes out of her office down the hall looking for Nurse Incompetent and tells her that she needs to call the doc NOW! At about 2:30 pm the lady coded and didn't make it. the head nurse and assisstant head nurse were looking over Nurse Incompetent's notes on said pt and they were grossely inadequate. When they told nurse incompetent that she had a LOT more documentation to do, Nurse Incompetent got really ticked! Unfortunately, this RN is still working there!
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    Holy Moley! Someone mentioned earlier that a nurse arrived with glowing reccommendations and then proceeded to become incompetent! No surprise, that is often a ruse by one manager to get rid of the offending nurse....
    Many years ago while in a previous unit we received such a nurse. Every evening was scary when she was around. One evening there were 3 of us on in a critical care setting. One of our patients ( of this particular nurse) was on anticoagulants and just very sick. She started to go into failure and then developed a nose bleed that we could not stop. The other nurse and I (the patient didn't belong to either one of us) recognized we had a catastrophe in the works and screamed for the patients actual nurse to go to our accompanying ICU for some more suction equipment and help asap. She actually said she would do it when she had a chance. I pretty much told her to get her a** going. This pt had blood running and then, of course developed chest pain in the middle of all this so while we were attempting to stop her from drowning in her own blood, we asked the other nurse to get us some MS for the chest pain. She didn't return for about 10 minutes and then came in to attempt to give it iv. I asked her if she knew whether it could be given with blood running. Nope, she didn't, so we gave it sc and then started a second line. We FINALLY stopped the bleeding and got her into icu with no help from HER nurse, who hadn't even noticed that the poor woman was not only going into failure, but was bleeding as well.
    Normally a calm, easy going and understanding person, as was the other nurse with me that night, we were fuming and approached her in the hallway for a confrontation. She took her hands out of her pockets , gave us both a piece of candy and told us that was her symbol for peace, walked off down the hall and never said another word about it. It was like that every night while she was there. I think I developed an ulcer when she was around....


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