Top Ten Things I Learned in Nursing School

  1. I've searched the threads for something like this but have been unable to find anything ... I'm looking for the things that you learned in Nursing School that you can laugh about now but that just about made you have a nervous breakdown when it happened. You know, like when one of my fellow students put butt cream on the patients tooth brush instead of toothpaste because the tubes were so similar ... and only realized her mistake when the patient commented on the bad taste of the toothpaste! Anyone have any short one-liners to add?

    I'm trying to think of cute ones but my sinus infection and bronchitis is making it hard to think, much less breathe. Anyone care to help make a list?

    :hatparty:
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   perfectbluebuildings
    I found out CBR stands for complete bed rest AFTER I had gotten the patient up in a chair, and she had sat up for at least fifteen or twenty minutes!
  4. by   kahumai
    Limit your fluid intake before a test. I thought I was doing a really good thing by drinking ginseng vitamin water before a test (certainly couldn't hurt, right?!?) Yeah...I almost blew up and I **finally** told the teacher that I had to go RIGHT NOW, and when she knew I wasn't kidding, she let me go.

    I haven't had vitamin water since, and I stop all fluids 2 hours prior. :chuckle
  5. by   gwenith
    Do NOT repeat NOT collect all the dentures in the ward onto a tray so that you can save time and wash them all at once.

    Happened so long ago that it is now nursing legend.
  6. by   Hooligan
    Quote from gwenith
    Do NOT repeat NOT collect all the dentures in the ward onto a tray so that you can save time and wash them all at once.

    Happened so long ago that it is now nursing legend.
    ROFLMAO!!!! This is totally something I would do!!!!

    I haven't made my big oops yet...but it's coming soon, I can feel it!!!

    ~Bean
  7. by   mandykal
    My first time volunteering to do peri care on a resident who had loose stools, I bravely volunteered to be the first of a small group to perform the care first. It was my first experience dealing with that, I had an anxiety attack. First time, I thought is was a heart attack. My blood pressure for the first time was over 102. I nearly felt my heart beats through my chest.

    Lesson learned- watch and wait after a few students that way you can have a better idea of what exactly your getting yourself into.
  8. by   Kora0880
    Mind your own bussines, give it 110% and always stay on top of things- Do NOT fall behind!!
  9. by   RNKITTY04
    I learned that I actually did learn something from all the careplans I had to do.
  10. by   wonderbee
    Bedpans do have a front and back for a reason.
  11. by   Carolanne
    Always close the Foley bag up again after you empty it.
  12. by   Pab_Meister
    If your clinical instructor looks like the Tasmanian She-Devil, it could be because she is. You can run, but you can't hide.
  13. by   gwenith
    There is only 3 things you should run for in a hospital

    Cardiac Arrest

    Severe Haemorrhage

    Your pay.
  14. by   JimmyMallo
    I learned the hard way that bathing a patient is a great way to relieve constipation!! But they can only go AFTER the clean sheets are on!

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