Quote from futurelpn2012
Awww thank you so much , ur so sweet. Well i dont think my nerves help much since i broke the insulin syringe and had to replace it thanks to my nervous hands... I was never this nervous in clinical rotations, i dont know what is happening , im scared of patients :/ and this nervousness and shakiness is bringin me down
well, at least you have an excuse, you are new at this, and most all new nurses are nervous to one extent or another. Me, i'm just a klutz, and bust up stuff all the time.
My all time most dramatic bust up of something----right smack in the middle of a code,
we are infusing blood, with a pressure bag on it. Lotta pressure in the bag, okay? (cuz of this device one can slip over an IV bag, to squeeeeeze that IV bag, to increase speed of infusion). This is back when we thought you couldn't put blood through infusion-pumps.
so the blood isn't infusing. We are checking site, doing all that stuff we do when iv's don't infuse well, flushing it with normal saline, pulling back a bit on the site, etc,
Here comes the funny part, the doc says, "milk the tubing! milk the tubing!" This is when you kinda run your fingers down the tubing, kinda sorta squeezing the tubing just a bit, as you move your hand down the IV tubing..... to get it going. It's kinda risky move, ------------which is why we don't do this anymore
cuz, if the blood IS clotted up in the IV tubing, well then, you just pushed a clot into the patient, but, anyways, it's a code, and we are losing him and the doc is hollering to milk the tubing..
so i milk the tubing. Still nothing.
I milk the IV tubing a bit harder, and even though i was holding the upper part of the tubing, and 'milking' the tubing with lower hand,
somehow, in my klutziness-------------i pulled the IV tubing completely OUT OF THE BAG OF BLOOD, which is, in a PRESSURE BAG!!! SO NOW---------THE BAG OF BLOOD IS JUST SPRAYING ALL OUT, ALL OVER EVERYONE, swinging around wildly, just coating us all in blood.......
what a sight. Picture it, a code, and hanging above the code, is a bag of blood swinging wildly about, spraying EVERYONE with blood at a very fast clip.
Not like dripping, morelike your garden hose on jet spray.
I could not get ahold of that bag, to release the pressure bag, or to stab the IV tubing back in, (if only to stop the gusher, and we could d/c it in another moment)
or anything, was like that scene in that movie about the witch teenager who gets doused with blood. The entire code team all looked some kinda scarey movie or something. Whhhhhhat a nightmare.
(luckily, this was before HIV hit the USA, no one had heard of it back then, but still, there's other blood borne diseases too.)
SEE? It could be worse!! Be glad you weren't me, eh? OH my, it was years and years til i ever lived THAT one down....
see, your measley busted syring, not so bad, eh?
lol, well, that probably did NOT make you feel better...sorry. Not to worry, this nervous thing is kinda normal, and it does pass, and for now, be secretly grateful that you are smart enough to be nervous, and keep telling yourself it passes,and it IS a good thing, for now anyway.
Any brand new nurse that WASN'T even a little bit nervous, would make me and everyone else nervous!! ha ha!!