You know you're a neuro nurse if..... - page 3
I was inspired by the looonngggg "you know you're a nurse if..." thread on the Nursing Humor forum, and thought we could do one based on our specialty. Here's a few I came up with and please feel... Read More
Dec 8, '07I don't work in a Neuro ICU but I do work on a Med-Surg Ortho/Neuro floor. Two pretty common things are...
"Here are some pretty bracelets I'm putting on you to keep you safe and remind you not to get up."
"No, I don't have a key to your house. You're at the hospital." Or something along those lines.
Dec 9, '07thanks
i was hating neuro so much but after one pt recover from lt. paraital bone depressed and he visited us after that in our ICU
i changed my mind about neuro
Dec 10, '07I began working on an ortho/neuro med-surg unit and didn't know that there was any specialty...thought I would be simply on med-surg.
For the longest time I absolutely hated the neuro portion of the floor, but as mentioned above, after seeing someone recover it is pretty cool.
Dec 14, '07Quote from ElenasterI work in Trauma/Neuro/Surgical ICU and we decided to title our book "Suicide: Doing it right the first time"You and your co-workers are going to write a book entitled, "How to successfully shoot yourself in the head," including tips on why blowing off your face is bad, reasons not to use a shotgun, and why shooting out your frontal lobe will make you a huge burden to your family.
Also, you know you work in neuro when you spend your entire shift trying to explain to your newly extubated neuro patient why it is inappropriate to play in your poop, grab someones boob, etc.
Dec 17, '07...you've ever told anyone who's behavior was annoying you to "Stop being so frontal"
...you wake your kids up in the morning with a sternal rub
Dec 19, '07Trying to keep a Sundowners patient from pulling all their clothes off or falling out of the bed, dodge punches, and still continue to smile and be nice when they say "what rock did you crawl out from under" and "you're stupid". Ah, the wonders of Geodon !!!
Dec 19, '07The 911 operators know you by name, from patients calling to say they're being held captive.
Dec 27, '07You've ever had CERTAIN bodily fluids from you male patient (and I ain't talkin' bout pee) flung in your hair, onto your scurbs, etc.
Dec 29, '07You can tell when a neuro patient is going to puke just by the look in their eyes.
When your neuro patient twitches or shakes at all and you do a neuro check and then watch them like a hawk to make sure its not a seizure.
Jan 9, '08You are making bets with the docs about what the opening ICP will be or making bets about what the SBP will be with the new art line established especially when it squirts across the room and we think its cool.
CT staff calls us anal...dont mess with our lines, EVD, art lines, ETTs....we will do it and we will take the time to get it right
Jan 19, '08You refer to motorcycles as donor cycles.
You can place a nasogastric tube almost as fast as they can pull them out.
Ditto for tracheostomys.
You realise that staying failthful to your partner can save your life (hey I've only seen 1 intracoital ICH with their leagally recognised partner)
You know people with a negative teeth to tatoo ratio are indestructable......
You describe both chronological age and ct brain age appearance. (eg 35 year old male, PFO with a 80 year old brain)
Jan 19, '08Quote from poppy07that's so interesting. I've had quite a number of neuro patients recently, and I'll admit they do have a distinct odor. Last week, I cared for a pt with Locked-in Syndrome...how sad, anyway, I gave her a bath and just tried to make her comfortable all day. She still had the odor after the bath. What's that all about?
I think its a combination of the dry mouth, reduced saliva production and the O sign or mouth kept partially open due to either tubes or decreased GCS. That and most of the traumas I've seen have had pretty bad teeth..