My pleasently confused little old man pulled his peg-tube completely out this morning! The CNA, who I thought was familiar with the resident, was apparently not familiar with the resident's abdominal binder!!!
CNA: "Uh, Mr. So-and-so, just pulled out his tube..."
Nurse 2: "Probably just pulled the feeding out of the port."
Me: "Ima go see."
Me as I look at Mr. So-and-so: "Aww S**t"
When somthing like that happens within the first 30 min of your 12 hour shift, most people might think that it can't get any worse. Well it can
and it usually will. What is the weirdest thing that has happened in the first few hours (or Mins) of starting your shift at your NH? I know the above is not a strange occurance but It set my tone for the rest of the day and it happened right after report so I hadnt even started to do anything!!
-- I walked on the floor and just clocked in when people started gathering around a patient's room with a crash cart and yelling about why a tele monitor had never been put on the pt. I didn't even have an assignment yet!
-- Within minutes of getting a report, I got a call about an abnormal CT and I had to call my first Code Stroke.
-- I walked onto the floor to see three to four security guards gathered around a room. Apparently a pt was getting violent and demanding to leave AMA. I walked to the locker room to clock in and was like, yup, this will be an interesting night. :icon_roll
Thankfully all these things were NOT on the same day. lol
Last edit by franciscangypsy on Mar 17, '10
The worst shift I can remember was last summer. It was the weekend, and I was in charge. A very heavy downpour caused a power outage during supper. The elevators were out, so about 65 people were stranded in the dining room. Just before the lights came back on, a resident fell in his room.
I ran upstairs, carrying 3 lanterns. An aide was already there, talking to the resident, who was on the floor. The resident's wife, who is a huge witch (with a B) was screaming about how she had been waiting for 10 minutes and where were we and she was paying $X000 a month for nursing care. I asked her what happened. She replied "I'm not part of the health care team! That's not my job! I'm paying $X000 a month for nursing care!"
I replied "I'm trying to help your husband, and you're not giving me much to go on. I'm going to talk to my aide now." I turned to the aide, assessed the the resident, and ignored the wife, who shut up very quickly.
I had a staff meeting today. It started before my shift and went over an hour into my shift. I got to start my 4:00 meds at 4:15, and it snowballed from there. The charge nurse was working sick, and couldn't go into any rooms, so I had no help. It was the Med Pass from Hell.
Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Mar 19, '10
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