TJ'sMOM 3,196 Views
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I had ACLS but it all went out the window the first time my patient coded. I was a deer in headlights and so freaked out, I didn't even know how to call for help. Thankfully, we brought him back him back quickly. I don't care who you are or how much you know, the first time you experience that, it is a shock. I failed miserably, but have never had a issue since!!! To this day, when I have pt who has the potential to code, I am always more aware of who is working near me and what I need to do be on top of the worst. I am a far better nurse today for being a failure in the past.
I had no idea what the OP was talking about. The only "Chucks" I know of are Converse shoes.
It wasn't until the second post in the thread that I realized s/he was referring to chux.
I love Chux. I would buy Chux a drink if I could. Chux has saved many an ass, including mine!
Whatever.... they are your friend. Double up.
The name often used for an absorbent or waterproof pad is "chux" which comes from a brand name for these products.
Thanks for your reply! No unfortantely we do not sign meds. Just IV fluids and tubing we sign.
And that is smart about Pyxis. I wouldn't know how to go about doing that and everytime I seemed to ask questions regarding the situation it was brushed off as it's fine it's not a big deal but to me and for me it is. My confidence is already at a low because I'm a new grad I don't need something else knocking me down farther if it isn't true.
But yes they had no idea even room numbers. I had a good idea based on what I remember from the patient who would have probably received that medication but she was already discharged and I'm not sure if I would have remembered her name to look. So without managements help I'm pretty helpless in ever finding out.
While I don't agree that the OP provided examples of it, I do agree that there is such thing as a stupid question...
I had to ask a CNA yesterday where to put the lab label on a urine tube. It doesn't make me dumb for not knowing. Our lab is picky about where the label goes on certain tests my CNAs are so wonderful I've never had to label the urine tubes before. It's pretty crappy to think that some people might think me an idiot for not k owing something so "simple".
OP, get over yourself. He asked a few questions that you found dumb. But no patient harm was done and these are not questions that depict what kind of nurse he is in my mind.
I am checking in my assignment. I see for 1 pt CHG Vitals q shift. I think and I think and I think. What the heck are CHG vitals? I have 32 years experience. I finally ask the day charge nurse (I was working evenings) , she less experience than me. I say "what are CHG vitals?"
She looks at me and says " I have no idea"
So together, we look,thru the orders,
The order? Change vitals to q shift! Duh!
But there I was a very experienced nurses, asking a stupid question, but ask it I did.
So the moral of my story is that sometimes you just have to ask the stupid question!
Let's use a little critical thinking here. If you need a sample of pulmonary sputum for testing, and it now includes gastric contents, is that a valid sample?
As a new graduate RN, I had a CNA scowl at me and question why I put a patient's diaper on backwards. Maybe it was a moment for her to shine and me to fade into the darkness, I don't know.
Oh oh pick me. Can I share stupid things CNAs have asked me over the years. No you know why, people who ask questions are safer than those who dont. The scariest nurses are ones who never ask questions, who think they know everything and make fun of others for clarifying, no matter how much they "outrank" you.
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