What's the dumbest thing you ever got called on the carpet for? - page 4

Just curious to see what cockamamie things the rest of y'all have to put up with. I used to work in a locked psych facility, and there was a rule in place that stated the number of call ins you... Read More

  1. by   pkohm
    Wow some of these stories are rediculous... I really hope i don't have to deal with this on too regular of a basis when i start... I mean the patient stuff is definetly expected... but things such as letting someone hit you in the face or get in trouble, or the missing child thing is just rediculous.
  2. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from tazzirn
    [font=book antiqua]"i'm sorry that your recent experience was a negative one. i hope this doesn't stop you from using our facility in the future for your health care needs."
    [font=book antiqua]
    i hate to apologize when i haven't done anything wrong. if i ever have to write such a letter, i might say "i understand you feel that part of your recent experience here may have been negative...."
  3. by   RNDreamer
    What in the world...?

    Quote from Susan9608
    The security guy looked at me and said, "You can't call security just because you don't know where a kid is. Security is for missing children." And the DON chimed in and said, "yes, we can't waste security's time just because we don't know where someone is. They need their time to be looking for actual missing children."


  4. by   MA Nurse
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    For the first time ever, I was so frustrated and stressed out I actually cried in front of my co-workers. I was called in by the manager the next day, and told that if I ever again felt the "need" to cry, I was to go somewhere private and alone to do so, lest I "scare" the other nurses.

    I resigned.
    I've cried at work recently, but I'm glad I didn't get in trouble for it, that's rude.
    Nurses are people, too!!
  5. by   mc3
    Oh, thank you for this post!!!!! Does it count for comments on your review, as well? I'm having difficulty swallowing some comments made on mine. Question - is it worth trying to rebut what they say in writing, or just let it go - payback can be a b***** as well as know!
    mc3
  6. by   sharona97
    Quote from mc3
    Oh, thank you for this post!!!!! Does it count for comments on your review, as well? I'm having difficulty swallowing some comments made on mine. Question - is it worth trying to rebut what they say in writing, or just let it go - payback can be a b***** as well as know!
    mc3
    IMO any paper trail is a good trail. Remember to put specifics in it that opposes the "purported" behaviour or act. CYA.
  7. by   Dixiecup
    I was the DON at a correctional facility for several years. One early morning one of my new nurses called me at home and said that when they were counting a box of vials of demerol, she noticed the top was off of one of them but the top it was laying in the bottom of the box. The other nurse that was counting with her said "oh, that happens all the time, just tape it back on". Well, it does not happen all the time, you have to really push to get the tops off of those vials.

    The new nurse said she didn't feel comfortable signing the count sheet. I told her DO NOT sign it and I wanted a memo from everyone involved and I would be there in a little while (I lived 30 miles away) to look into it.

    When I got there I just felt like something was fishy, so I talked with my administrator and we decided to take that vial to the State Highway Patrol and have it analyzed and lo and behold it was only 10% demerol and 90% saline.

    So of course a big investigation was launched.

    The only person who got in trouble out of the whole deal was me! :angryfireI was severely reprimanded and accused of not following the chain of command and taking it upon myself to decide to have it analyzed. (which I didn't, the administrator agreed.)

    Corporate office really wanted it just swept under the rug and covered up instead of having the bad publicity but since I had "taken it upon myself" to stir things up they had to investigate.

    Nothing ever came of it except for me getting in a lot of trouble.

    About a year later, the nurse I suspected of diverting the demerol lost her license for an accumulation of investigations by the BON on her for the same thing in several different places.
  8. by   elthia
    I offended a pt by using the phrase "I want you to understand" when teaching him about his medication therapy.
    It was a horrible big mess, and a big write up by the nursing supervisor also.
  9. by   sharona97
    Quote from RN007
    I was written up in nursing school during med-surg clinicals for asking too many questions. The memo said I could ask two questions about something. If I asked again, I would be written up.

    BTW, I graduated top of the class.
    During a review I was demerited for "being to nice to the patients". OMG, I left that job ASAP.
  10. by   EmmaG
    Quote from sharona97
    During a review I was demerited for "being to nice to the patients". OMG, I left that job ASAP.
    LOL

    Strive for 5 !!! But don't be too nice!!! It's a wonder we're not all psycho...
  11. by   EmmaG
    I posted this a while back. I wasn't necessarily "called on the carpet", and my manager completely took my side, but TPTB insisted she 'counsel' me. I'm sorry, but there needs to come a time when administration just looks these idiots in the eye and tells them to take a hike.


    Had a family once bring in grocery bags, and proceed to empty our kitchen of soft drinks, snacks, etc. They even took tube feeding formulas... and got all ticked off when they were told they could not take our patients food.

    One of my favorite "I hate people" stories:

    I was at the desk, taking off orders and doing some paperwork when the call light went off. A voice on the other end said "sorry, that was a mistake!" Which happens, except that the light was to a room at the end of the hall that was blocked due to a plumbing problem. It was the middle of the night, so I walked down to see what was going on. I opened the door and literally just stood there for a moment totally dumbfounded.

    There had to have been at least 8 to 10 people in there; family members from one of our patients. I always check empty rooms, but never went to this one because it was marked as being shut down. These people had dragged in chairs from other rooms and the lounge. Patient recliners, etc. They were stretched out the on the floor on couch cushions, watching TV. All the way across the window sill was a buffet set up for them to graze as they partied the night away.

    I regained my voice, and said "you all need to leave this room please". I was nice, probably because I was so stunned. They got in my face, nasty and telling me what did it matter, it was an empty room we weren't using anyway. I again told them that they would have to leave immediately. They hollered at me, got nastier, and said they were staying. I told them I'd would notify the supervisor and security if they refused to leave "...and by the way, the reason the room is not in use is because raw sewage over-flowed from the toilet and has contaminated the entire room."

    The look on their faces was priceless. (especially those biting into their food lol)

    I was reported to administration for telling them they had to leave that room. Part of me wished I'd let them stay, knowing why the room was closed--- but then I'd probably have ended up with them as patients infected with ecoli :angryfire
  12. by   HM2VikingRN
    Received satisfactory for communication on a performance review and 3 months later I was suspended for "poor communication" with staff. It was a case of bullying and the psycho boss from HE double hockey sticks.
  13. by   CseMgr1
    One of the doctors came on our floor one evening and asked me to do rounds with him. A patient of his had a fresh surgical wound and needed a dressing change. He requested a dressing tray, and I obliged. On the way back to my patient's room, the House Supervisor stopped me and asked me what I was doing. When I told her that I was getting a dressing tray for a doctor, she admonished: "That is NOT your job. "Get a tech to do it", she ordered.

    I just looked at her and answered calmly and in my best professional tone: "No, I'm sorry, but it IS my job." She looked daggers at me, and I added: "Now if you will excuse me, MY patient and Dr. _____ are waiting on me", and I left her standing in the hallway.

    Needless to say, I didn't stay there long.

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