Funny/happy NICU moments needed - page 5

:scrying: After a wonderful 6 months maternity leave home with my girls, I'm headed back to the NICU and I need some encouragement. Help me remember WHY I love my job despite the horrendous hours.... Read More

  1. by   prmenrs
    I'm very glad it helped! I love to read this thread, too!
  2. by   NicuNightRN
    The other night, I had 3 kids: 1 rooming-in with Mom, getting ready to go home 2 days later; 1 feeder-grower in a crib, parents didn't speak English; the last a 36 week twin with hyperbili and apnea issues. It really shouldn't have been a difficult assignment. My baymate had similar babies, 1 rooming in, and 2 fairly easy kids, only they both had IV's. I spent forever early in the shift trying to communicate with the non-English speaking parents who had many questions about their baby, then both of my baymate's IV's went out at the same time, so we spent a good couple of hours working on these kids, trying to get IV's in them. Things finally calmed down and I went to lunch. When I came back from lunch, the charge nurse told me I was getting a 34-wkr. I expected this to happen within the hour, so instead of weighing, drawing lab, and feeding the baby that was due to eat then, I just fed him, figuring I could do the rest with the next feeding, after the admission was over. Of course the admission didn't come for another 2 hours, and when it did, turned into a 2-hour long admission. The baby was relatively stable - came up in room air, but throughout the course of our hour or more of attempts to draw blood cultures, start an IV, etc, he started grunting, retracting, and desatting, and earned himself a cannula (continued to do so after we left him alone). During the admission, the baby I hadn't weighed or drawn lab on was due to eat again, and this being the last round of the night, I needed to do all that "extra" stuff with this feeding). I found another nurse to do all that, and then the next kid was due to eat. And during this time, the mom of my rooming-in baby called and wanted me to bring him back inside then to weigh him and do his lab. My baymate somehow managed to do both of those kids before I even realized it, and I was still working on the 34 weeker. My charge nurse was nowhere to be found (but thank goodness for the transport nurse who brought the baby up, she stayed and helped). Eventually I got everything done, went to check on lab results for one of my kids. The results weren't even pending on the computer, some 2 hours later. Lab denied ever receiving the specimen. Well, eventually, it turned out that lab had THROWN AWAY the specimen (second time they've done that to one of our babies in a week). Anyway, it was a hectic night where I barely managed to get everything done, despite having the help of 3 nurses. The next night though, I got to finish up discharge teaching on parents who couldn't be happier to take their kid home and listened intently to everything I said and thanked me profusely for everything I had taught them over my 3 nights that week (we spent a lot of time working on breastfeeding techniques)...I took the time to give a baby a nice long tub bath, which she thoroughly enjoyed, before pulling out her NG tube not once, not twice, but 3 TIMES! (but she was cute, so I forgave her...eventually)...and gave the new admission from the previous night a bath, and got him a matching knitted blanket and hat from our volunteers and had him snuggled up looking very cute when Mom came and saw him.

    I guess the hectic nights are evened out by the nights where I have time to do a few little extra things!

    I just saw how long this is...congratulations to anyone who made it all the way through!!
  3. by   2curlygirls
    Wow, my thread got stickied. I don't know what to say, sniff sniff.
  4. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from 2curlygirls
    Wow, my thread got stickied. I don't know what to say, sniff sniff.
    Awesome! I thought it should be stickied too and made a suggestion, but was told we already had a thread like it. I like this thread though
  5. by   Picksomething
    Mom's face when she kangaroos for the first time and baby finds "the milk supply".
    Dad's face when kangaroo-ing, and baby thinks he/she found "the milk supply"!
  6. by   dbscandy
    I remembered a happy moment to share yesterday when this little cutie was extubated and we were able to catch a picture before the CPAP was placed. This is always such a good moment for parents who may have never seen their baby's full face.
    We always try to take a pic whenever we re-intubate or extubate to CPAP, especially when the parents are not there.
    Some sweet soul donated two digital cameras/printers for which we are so grateful (and happy).[FONT="Comic Sans MS"]
  7. by   PremieOne
    Two Nites ago my coworker's 26 weeker pushed on her snuggley boundries and slid to the top of her warmer bed leaving her ETT behind. The unit was hectic and we were short staffed.Of course alarms went off and we dashed to her bedside. When we looked at her she was as blue as could be, but she was looking around and kicking up at the plastic but refusing to take a breath even when stimulated. We gave her PPV with bag and mask and she fought us sqeeking in between breaths. She got reintubated quickly and we had to wrap her hands up because she kept trying to pull the ETT out again. We were all laughing at how strong this 900 Gm premie was because it took four RNs to restrain her and place back on the vent and wrapped her up in her snuggley again. Her little tantrum kept us charged up to finish the night in a better mood. PremieOne
  8. by   Sweeper933
    Ah yes... gotta love when a 800g baby gets their hands wrapped so tightly around their ETT that their knuckles are turning white! It will also never cease to amaze me when I find one that one of my babies turned their heads a complete 180 degrees the other way - with the ETT still taped down on the bed on the other side... and they're still connected/intubated! No matter how well we tape down the equipment and confine these little guys, they still find ways to get around it all! I must say however, the angel frames we have been using the last few years have been a huge help with this problem, it's harder for the babies to turn their heads as much.
    Speaking of ET tubes not being where they're supposed to be anymore... we once had this rather incompetant RT on our unit (don't even get me started on that situation... she was finally fired...) but anyway... I had this baby who extubated herself right at the end of the shift for me. We finally get her reintubated, and the RT is busy securing the tape/tube to her face while I'm busy starting to give report to the next nurse. The RT tells me that's she's all done, and she starts walking away from the bed. The next thing I know, everything's alarming all at once. I look in the bed at the baby, and the entire tube, tape, clamp, and all is hanging there. The RT had forgotten to take the backing off of the sticky part of the tegaderm... yeah...
  9. by   prmenrs
    "...We were all laughing at how strong this 900 Gm premie was because it took four RNs to restrain her and place back on the vent and wrapped her up in her snuggley again."

    Don't you wonder sometimes just how many arms and legs they have?? "Are you a baby or an octapus? Chill, for heaven's sake!"
  10. by   Gompers
    Quote from Sweeper933
    I must say however, the angel frames we have been using the last few years have been a huge help with this problem, it's harder for the babies to turn their heads as much.
    What are angel frames? Sounds like a good idea...

    My coworker and I once came back from break to find her little patient, a 500-gram 24 weeker, SIDEWAYS on the bed. He rotated 45 degrees so that he was parallel to the oscillator tubing, feet pressed up against the side of the isolette, sound asleep. ETT tube still taped securely, chest was wiggling away! No alarms went off since he was still ventilated, and his Giraffe had a cover on it so no one knew!
  11. by   danissa
    [QUOTE=Sweeper933;1940938]A! No matter how well we tape down the equipment and confine these little guys, they still find ways to get around it all! I must say however, the angel frames we have been using the last few years have been a huge help with this problem, it's harder for the babies to turn their heads as much.

    Sweeper,forgive my dumbness, but what are angel frames? VV interested, do you have any links to where we can find them? OMG, sometimes I wish I was american, you have all the fabby stuff!!:spin:
  12. by   preemieRNkate
    [quote=danissa;1945189]
    Quote from Sweeper933
    A! No matter how well we tape down the equipment and confine these little guys, they still find ways to get around it all! I must say however, the angel frames we have been using the last few years have been a huge help with this problem, it's harder for the babies to turn their heads as much.

    Sweeper,forgive my dumbness, but what are angel frames? VV interested, do you have any links to where we can find them? OMG, sometimes I wish I was american, you have all the fabby stuff!!:spin:
    We use angel frames too, and I've been trying to find a picture online so I can post it for you all. Basically it's a plastic frames that fits over the top of an isolette mattress and has slots that hold vent tubing. It has a screw that you can loosen and tighten to adjust which way you want to put the vent tubing. They're wonderful, they help keep the vent tubing from pulling on the ETT, and look a whole lot nicer than tape all over the bed!
  13. by   Gompers
    [QUOTE=preemieRNkate;1955051]
    Quote from danissa

    We use angel frames too, and I've been trying to find a picture online so I can post it for you all. Basically it's a plastic frames that fits over the top of an isolette mattress and has slots that hold vent tubing. It has a screw that you can loosen and tighten to adjust which way you want to put the vent tubing. They're wonderful, they help keep the vent tubing from pulling on the ETT, and look a whole lot nicer than tape all over the bed!

    We use something similar that we just call a "wheel" because it's round and also has a screw that you can tighten in whatever position you want. It has a flat bottom that we slip under the mattress or bedscale. There are different sized grooves all around the wheel and you can wedge your vent tubing into it.

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