Dangerous nurses

  1. Have any of you ever worked with a nurse you would classify as dangerous ---- dangerous as a nurse and as a person?
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  3. by   ANH_RN
    I have seen some nurses do some crazy stuff that I would never do i.e. recap a needle after giving an IM injection to a known drug user. etc. Mostly I see nurses dangerous to themselves. Rarely I see someone dangerous to patients.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Yes I have . . . . two.


    steph
  5. by   Valerie Salva
    I've worked with nurses whom I consider to be incompetent/dangerous.

    They've done things such as: crush MSContin and give it to a pt,
    Remove far too much fluid from a dialysis pt and put the pt into hypovolemic shock, and cause their accesses to clot, continually leave too much fluid on a dialysis pt, and cause the pt to go into CHF, contaminate sterile supplies then use them on pts.

    Yes, I have spoken to the nurses and/or reported them. Nothing was done, and the nurses' behaviors did not change.
  6. by   twinmommy+2
    yes, only a few that I would say were dangerous to patients. Usually I would try to bring up situations that I viewed as dangerous to the charge nurses and usually was told they were aware of the situation.
  7. by   Moneypitt
    No. I have worked with people who are dangerous as nurses and doctors, but I do not fear them in general. One nurse who I think is dangerous as a person does her job very well. But both dangerous as a nurse and a person no. Do you? This would be a very unsettling combination.
  8. by   funmom
    We have one on our unit. Her patient care is terrible. Instead of trying to improve things, she lies to cover her butt. The worst part is that she doesn't seem like she cares one bit. She's been spoken to, written up, etc. She just doesn't care. That's part of the reason I think she's dangerous.
  9. by   Virgo_RN
    Quote from Valerie Salva
    I've worked with nurses whom I consider to be incompetent/dangerous.

    They've done things such as: crush MSContin and give it to a pt,
    Remove far too much fluid from a dialysis pt and put the pt into hypovolemic shock, and cause their accesses to clot, continually leave too much fluid on a dialysis pt, and cause the pt to go into CHF, contaminate sterile supplies then use them on pts.

    Yes, I have spoken to the nurses and/or reported them. Nothing was done, and the nurses' behaviors did not change.
    Dear God.
  10. by   Bugaloo
    In order to protect the guilty parties, I will not share too much information. I have worked with at least two dangerous nurses...dangerous to the patients. One nurse was incompetent. The other was just plain lazy!
  11. by   pagandeva2000
    I have met up with that combination many times. Sad, isn't it? Nothing ever happens to them.
  12. by   SpringerCab
    I have also worked with two nurses that I thought were dangerous/incompetent. They were both reported and nothing happened to them. One nurse gave Valium IVP in less than a minute and the patient almost coded and the other nurse has too many actions to list here.
  13. by   BEDPAN76
    I knew a nurse who was 77 (bless her heart) But she could not hear! Alarms, call bells, patients calling, etc. Another, who couldn't see, despite a clip on lite and magnifying glass. She was nice but it became annoying when she kept asking me to read things, verify insulins, etc. We encouraged her to get her eyes examined and it turned out she was legally blind. So she went out on disability (or social security--she too was over 70!) I have so much admiration for older nurses. But I will admit, at 53 I'm not quite as sharp as I was at 23. I hope and pray I will be able to gracefully retire at 65! :wshgrt:
  14. by   gonzo1
    yes, 2 or 3. They ended up getting fired. Thankfully before they hurt anyone. But they probably just went to work somewhere else. I know they did because I have heard this.
    Last edit by gonzo1 on Jan 12, '09 : Reason: grammer

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