Most Embarassing Moments During Clinicals!!!!!

  1. I fainted in the OR! I couldn't believe it. We are in our second week of clinicals on the L&D floor and I got the chance to sit in on a C section. The nurse I was to follow showed me all the procedures and where to stand so I would be out of the way. So, I'm standing there and the baby's head comes out and I remeber thinking," Wow! Awwwwww! and How cute." My next thought was,"Boy it sure is hot in here." I the next thing I know the nurse that was helping me that day was patting me on the shoulder asking if I was ok and I was on the floor. :uhoh21: HOW EMBARASSING!!:stone I had to sit there for awhile until they got someone to come get me. I kept thinking," This is going to make the nursing program I'm in look bad, and they're going to kick me out of the program." (Yes I'm a big overreactor) The funny thing is blood and guts don't bother me.

    The nurses and doctor's were really nice about it. After they got done they reassured me that it happens a lot. Even the anesthesiologist told me he fainted the first time he had to watch one. I guess I should've eaten a bigger breakfast. Needless to say I definatly don't want to be an L&D nurse.

    HAVE YOU HAD ANY EMBARRASING MOMENTS IN CLINCALS?
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   prmenrs
    I'll tell you a funny story that happened to one of the trauma nurses a few years ago--she was making rounds w/the residents. She had one of those 4 color BIC pens in her pocket and a tampon. Guess which one she pulled out when the chief resident needed a pen to sign a chart!!! :imbar ooops!
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Ooh - I have done the "is it the pen or tampon thing" too!!! Yikes.
  5. by   HappyNurse2005
    well, last semester (3rd semester) i was walking a post-op elderly gentleman down the hall. he was wearing his hospital gown (tied well, no booty showing) but no shorts/pants. and he was also wearing an Attends. well, he says, as we go down the hall "my britches are falling down". I'm like, oh crud! I can't pull up his gown to fix the tabs on it, b/c then i'd be exposing him big time. THank goodness we were right beside teh employee bathroom, i thought i'd take him in there and fix it. Nope-someone was in there. SO the attends fall to the floor around his ankles (thank goodness they were clean). and no, he didn't think to step out of them. he just stood there. so i had to get on my knees on the floor and un-do the tabs and take it off. oh wait! while im doing this, here comes the doctor to talk to the patient. I was sooo embarrassed, lol. (i was the one who had put the attends on him earlier). that was horrid!

    or the time the semester before when an elderly female pt was scheduled to be d/c'd to a nursing home called Our Lady of the Valley. i was trying to ask her "do you know when they are coming to take you to Our Lady of the Valley?" and instead looked right at her and said "do you know when they are coming to take you to Old Lady of the Valley?"
  6. by   kenni
    last semester (my first semester) I always seemed to get diarrhea while @ the hospital. once I tried to go to a less-noticeable bathroom so no one else would know and the teacher stoped me and said "where are you going?" then, she wanted to take us on a trip to the ICU and every restroom we passed by was those 1-stalls where everyone outside would hear your business. that day I almost messed up my all-white uniform.:imbar
  7. by   HyperRNRachel
    My most embarrassing moment was the day I started my period while at the hospital. Now when I say started my period, it was more like the dam gates opened and blood was all over my pants. I waddled to the restroom like a baby wearing a wet diaper, fill my pants with toilet paper and then phoned my instructor. By the time she came around I had the proper necessities and all I needed was clean pants, but she had a better idea! She wanted me to go into the restroom, take off my bloody underwear and pants, wash them in the sink, and then dry them under the hand dryer! What? Could you see me in the restroom butt naked from the waist down drying my pants under the hand dryer? I could only think about some upper management coming in and I looking like a deranged, naked, nursing student washing her un-mentionables in the sink. After I said "no" to that idea, we decided to find scrubs. We (me still waddling cause I can feel the wetness of my pants) go from the basement to the 3 rd floor surgical unit with my instructor asking for scrubs and explaining that I started my period. All the while people are looking at me like I should be old enough to know better. To make matters worse, my clinical instructor wanted me to only borrow scrub bottoms and keep on my school uniform top! Nothing screams "I had a major accident" like a royal blue school uniform top and hospital green scrub bottoms. After getting a scrub top and bottoms (I may have lost all dignity that day but I still wanted to look like I knew how to dress myself) then I had to explain to my classmates why I was wearing hospital scrubs instead of a school uniform. What a day. So this clinical I keep extra supplies including underwear (nice ones in case someone looks in my bag and finds them) in my clinical bag. Now I just need to get an extra pair of uniform bottoms!
  8. by   mitchsmom
    Quote from hyperstudent
    She wanted me to go into the restroom, take off my bloody underwear and pants, wash them in the sink, and then dry them under the hand dryer! What? Could you see me in the restroom butt naked from the waist down drying my pants under the hand dryer? I could only think about some upper management coming in and I looking like a deranged, naked, nursing student washing her un-mentionables in the sink.
    LMAO!!!!!!
  9. by   BSN2004NSU
    HILARIOUS!!!!!!:chuckle



    Quote from hyperstudent
    My most embarrassing moment was the day I started my period while at the hospital. Now when I say started my period, it was more like the dam gates opened and blood was all over my pants. I waddled to the restroom like a baby wearing a wet diaper, fill my pants with toilet paper and then phoned my instructor. By the time she came around I had the proper necessities and all I needed was clean pants, but she had a better idea! She wanted me to go into the restroom, take off my bloody underwear and pants, wash them in the sink, and then dry them under the hand dryer! What? Could you see me in the restroom butt naked from the waist down drying my pants under the hand dryer? I could only think about some upper management coming in and I looking like a deranged, naked, nursing student washing her un-mentionables in the sink. After I said "no" to that idea, we decided to find scrubs. We (me still waddling cause I can feel the wetness of my pants) go from the basement to the 3 rd floor surgical unit with my instructor asking for scrubs and explaining that I started my period. All the while people are looking at me like I should be old enough to know better. To make matters worse, my clinical instructor wanted me to only borrow scrub bottoms and keep on my school uniform top! Nothing screams "I had a major accident" like a royal blue school uniform top and hospital green scrub bottoms. After getting a scrub top and bottoms (I may have lost all dignity that day but I still wanted to look like I knew how to dress myself) then I had to explain to my classmates why I was wearing hospital scrubs instead of a school uniform. What a day. So this clinical I keep extra supplies including underwear (nice ones in case someone looks in my bag and finds them) in my clinical bag. Now I just need to get an extra pair of uniform bottoms!
  10. by   Mandarella
    OK, too funny. You poor thing. But guess what...we all have those nightmare moments.
    Quote from hyperstudent
    My most embarrassing moment was the day I started my period while at the hospital. Now when I say started my period, it was more like the dam gates opened and blood was all over my pants. I waddled to the restroom like a baby wearing a wet diaper, fill my pants with toilet paper and then phoned my instructor. By the time she came around I had the proper necessities and all I needed was clean pants, but she had a better idea! She wanted me to go into the restroom, take off my bloody underwear and pants, wash them in the sink, and then dry them under the hand dryer! What? Could you see me in the restroom butt naked from the waist down drying my pants under the hand dryer? I could only think about some upper management coming in and I looking like a deranged, naked, nursing student washing her un-mentionables in the sink. After I said "no" to that idea, we decided to find scrubs. We (me still waddling cause I can feel the wetness of my pants) go from the basement to the 3 rd floor surgical unit with my instructor asking for scrubs and explaining that I started my period. All the while people are looking at me like I should be old enough to know better. To make matters worse, my clinical instructor wanted me to only borrow scrub bottoms and keep on my school uniform top! Nothing screams "I had a major accident" like a royal blue school uniform top and hospital green scrub bottoms. After getting a scrub top and bottoms (I may have lost all dignity that day but I still wanted to look like I knew how to dress myself) then I had to explain to my classmates why I was wearing hospital scrubs instead of a school uniform. What a day. So this clinical I keep extra supplies including underwear (nice ones in case someone looks in my bag and finds them) in my clinical bag. Now I just need to get an extra pair of uniform bottoms!
  11. by   jen.sn
    Quote from hyperstudent
    My most embarrassing moment was the day I started my period while at the hospital. Now when I say started my period, it was more like the dam gates opened and blood was all over my pants. I waddled to the restroom like a baby wearing a wet diaper, fill my pants with toilet paper and then phoned my instructor. By the time she came around I had the proper necessities and all I needed was clean pants, but she had a better idea! She wanted me to go into the restroom, take off my bloody underwear and pants, wash them in the sink, and then dry them under the hand dryer! What? Could you see me in the restroom butt naked from the waist down drying my pants under the hand dryer? I could only think about some upper management coming in and I looking like a deranged, naked, nursing student washing her un-mentionables in the sink. After I said "no" to that idea, we decided to find scrubs. We (me still waddling cause I can feel the wetness of my pants) go from the basement to the 3 rd floor surgical unit with my instructor asking for scrubs and explaining that I started my period. All the while people are looking at me like I should be old enough to know better. To make matters worse, my clinical instructor wanted me to only borrow scrub bottoms and keep on my school uniform top! Nothing screams "I had a major accident" like a royal blue school uniform top and hospital green scrub bottoms. After getting a scrub top and bottoms (I may have lost all dignity that day but I still wanted to look like I knew how to dress myself) then I had to explain to my classmates why I was wearing hospital scrubs instead of a school uniform. What a day. So this clinical I keep extra supplies including underwear (nice ones in case someone looks in my bag and finds them) in my clinical bag. Now I just need to get an extra pair of uniform bottoms!
    Two words: White Out!

    Don't laugh...it works!

    But it doesn't come out...
  12. by   TracyB,RN
    My most embarrassing clinical day was during LPN clinical... I was inserting a Foley with my instructor & my entire clinical group. I bent over & RIIIIIIPPP, goes the seam of my pants, from the back of my waistband all the way past my butt to the middle of the crotch. I just wanted to crawl under that patient's bed....Thank GOD, we had to wear these hideous tunics that covered the split seam of my pants, plus, it was almost time to go home. WHEW
  13. by   student_girl
    O.K., my turn: last semester (first one), one of my pt wanted to go out. We were in a LTC part of the hospital. I ask people, I make calls and finally get him someone to take him on errands. He had a BIG dressing on his foot, and I had trouble putting on his shoe. I had to completly unlace his shoe, while I saw that the man was waiting for him. :imbar When came the time to lace his shoe, I noticed that the lace was "eaten up", and that I couldn't put it back.:imbar I called one of my classmate for help and we ended up having a good laugh!:chuckle


    The next things happened to the classmate that helped me. She comes from europe and has a different culture, so there's some things she didn't quite understand. She put baby powder in one of her pt's face, and when our instructor told her, she said that it was because she never had a baby, and didn't know what to do with baby powder.:chuckle

    And in her country, when someone is allergic to soap, they have oil in a glass bottle. So when she saw one, she assumed her pt was simply allergic to soap and poured some in her water bowl. The teacher came in and said: "Why are you bathing him with cold syrup?" :chuckle Needless to say, she said that from now, she'd read labels CAREFULLY!:chuckle
  14. by   504studentnurse
    Quote from HyperRNRachel
    My most embarrassing moment was the day I started my period while at the hospital. Now when I say started my period, it was more like the dam gates opened and blood was all over my pants. I waddled to the restroom like a baby wearing a wet diaper, fill my pants with toilet paper and then phoned my instructor. By the time she came around I had the proper necessities and all I needed was clean pants, but she had a better idea! She wanted me to go into the restroom, take off my bloody underwear and pants, wash them in the sink, and then dry them under the hand dryer! What? Could you see me in the restroom butt naked from the waist down drying my pants under the hand dryer? I could only think about some upper management coming in and I looking like a deranged, naked, nursing student washing her un-mentionables in the sink. After I said "no" to that idea, we decided to find scrubs. We (me still waddling cause I can feel the wetness of my pants) go from the basement to the 3 rd floor surgical unit with my instructor asking for scrubs and explaining that I started my period. All the while people are looking at me like I should be old enough to know better. To make matters worse, my clinical instructor wanted me to only borrow scrub bottoms and keep on my school uniform top! Nothing screams "I had a major accident" like a royal blue school uniform top and hospital green scrub bottoms. After getting a scrub top and bottoms (I may have lost all dignity that day but I still wanted to look like I knew how to dress myself) then I had to explain to my classmates why I was wearing hospital scrubs instead of a school uniform. What a day. So this clinical I keep extra supplies including underwear (nice ones in case someone looks in my bag and finds them) in my clinical bag. Now I just need to get an extra pair of uniform bottoms!
    LMAO!!!

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