You know you're a neuro nurse if..... - page 6

by Elenaster

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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 free to add on! You know... Read More


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    You know you're a neuro nurse if you're frustrated when you notice a drop in your patient's GCS, you inform the doctor and when he goes into the patient's room and asks the patient how they are, they mumble, 'I'm good thanks'. :angryfire

    You know you're a neuro nurse when you patient tells you that you're a babe, you're beautiful and they love you while you turn a patient and change his pad, and your non-nursing friends cringe or say 'that's gross' when you laugh and tell them about it.
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    You SDH patient's BP sky rockets and their heart rate goes to about 180 and your first thought is "better get some Atropine"

    Please explain this. Just curious as im a cardiac nurse and atropine is def not what I would be reaching for!
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    Quote from Elenaster
    ....Your favorite patient is a GCS=3 and an orphan.....

    You don't have to be a neuro nurse for this to be your favorite type of pt- you just have to be a nurse.
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    Quote from gasmaster
    You find yourself using the phrase, "You have a tube in your bladder" over 100 times in a shift in respones to your patients frantic "I NEED TO PEE!" diatribe.
    This happens in nursing homes w/ demented pts, too. It drives me crazy.
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    Quote from qt2168
    You SDH patient's BP sky rockets and their heart rate goes to about 180 and your first thought is "better get some Atropine"

    Please explain this. Just curious as im a cardiac nurse and atropine is def not what I would be reaching for!

    this is because most pre-crash/code patients usually goes ballistics with their V/S before going into cardiac arrest.. I usually see patients going tachycardic (with accompanying arryhtyhmias or just tachy) before going into cardiac arrest or becoming bradycardic.. ayt?! so go reach for that atropine or maybe epinephrine perhaps...
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    Quote from qt2168
    You SDH patient's BP sky rockets and their heart rate goes to about 180 and your first thought is "better get some Atropine"

    Please explain this. Just curious as im a cardiac nurse and atropine is def not what I would be reaching for!
    Typically before someone herniates their brainstem their HR with go through the roof along with their blood pressure. Your first instinct is to grab some labetalol, but if you push it you will be sorry in a few minutes. They will brady down shortly after usually.
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    ...you can ID neurobreath in one whiff.

    ...you seriously consider contacting your PCP for a CT any time you have a bad headache, get a bump on the head, slip and fall, etc.
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    Quote from JohnnyGage
    When the creative commercials for Listerine Strips give you ideas of how to deal with "neuro breath".
    I realize this isn't neuro related but that may also apply to the breath of someone with a severe SBO as well! Peweee!!!!!!:chuckle:chuckle:chuckle
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    You've been hit on by more guys with TBIs than without.
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    Quote from Trauma1RN
    Typically before someone herniates their brainstem their HR with go through the roof along with their blood pressure. Your first instinct is to grab some labetalol, but if you push it you will be sorry in a few minutes. They will brady down shortly after usually.
    Atropine don't work on the brain dead patient.
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