Most shocking thing you've seen another nurse do? - page 4

by SuzieVN

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SNF. RN supervisor summoned (overhead, at about 0300) me to one of her rooms. She was attempting to insert an NG tube in an alert man, about 40, alcoholic, with varices. Told me she felt a 'blockage'. She was holding the tube as... Read More


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    Oh my... these stories are crazy! And a little scary..tisk tisk.
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    So true, SuzieVN,
    I wish I'd had a camera to catch the narcotic-stealer in the act. It hurt me to see it because I considered him a trusted colleague in a very stressful unit. I called the Nurse Manager immediately ("Please come to MICU stat"). He was fired immediately and reported to the BON.
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    Quote from SuzieVN
    Did he do it himself?
    no he didn't, he did tranfer her to the icu.
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    Quote from jeannepaul
    during my first and only hospital job, my charge nurse hung blood on the wrong patient. He didn't follow protocol, or it wouldn't have happened, but when he did realize what he did, he took it down and hung the same unit of blood on the correct pt. The first pt had a different blood type, but I think she was fine. He didn't tell anyone at first and tried to cover it up, that is what got him fired. Never saw him again.

    That is scary! Wow just Wow!
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    I was working in a med-surg floor one night. I had a newer nurse come up to me and tell me that the dynamap was reading her pt HR as 180. She said should I recheck it? (I said YES, and get the monitor off the crash cart just in case!). I got the monitor off the cart, and went to the room. She looked at me and said her HR is really, really fast. The pt appeared to look fine, but then said she had some chest discomfort. Hooked her up to the monitor and she was in SVT at 180-200. I had the house PA up there STAT, and busted open the crash cart for adenosine. PA gave her the dose and she converted. Had this nurse not come to me her pt would have been like that for a long time.

    Same nurse asked if she really had to crush coreg to go down a peg tube because it was so small.

    She also lied multiple times about her house catching fire and being unable to work. She lied about a family member dying too.

    She was one scary nurse.
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    jeannepaul
    In every facility where I have worked, the entire process of delivering blood to a patient is witnessed and signed off by two (2) nurses. How did this happen, that a "charge nurse" hung blood on the wrong patient?
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    I've seen a nurse put in an NG tube in a pt so she could administer contrast. The tube was obviously in the pt's airway, but the nurse thought she heard air when she checked for stomach placement. She was going to administer the contrast when I told her she couldn't do that because she was in the lungs. The pt was coughing and turning colors. I promise you she looked at me and said that she would just advance the tube into the stomach. After I picked my jaw up off the floor where it had fallen because I was so shocked I told her to take the tube out and get someone into the room who knew what they were doing. The pt was my husband.
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    Quote from ScottishRN
    I've seen a nurse put in an NG tube in a pt so she could administer contrast. The tube was obviously in the pt's airway, but the nurse thought she heard air when she checked for stomach placement. She was going to administer the contrast when I told her she couldn't do that because she was in the lungs. The pt was coughing and turning colors. I promise you she looked at me and said that she would just advance the tube into the stomach. After I picked my jaw up off the floor where it had fallen because I was so shocked I told her to take the tube out and get someone into the room who knew what they were doing. The pt was my husband.
    WHOA! That is crazy! And they wonder why some people are scared to seek medical attention!
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    Nothing clinically related, but... I work as a CCP at a hospital (nurses aide) and there was a patient I had to do constant observation on. He was not all there and was violent and hallucinating. The nurse came in to try and help me calm him down after he was threatening to kill the other patient he shared a room with. He then said he needed a pen to write down a phone number with (he was hallucinating) so the nurse handed him a pen! Honestly? You're going to hand a violent man with dementia a pen? GREAT IDEA so he can start stabbing us or himself.... that was just pure stupidity.
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    Quote from smartypantsnurse
    Oh my... these stories are crazy! And a little scary..tisk tisk.

    Gives you pause for thought, eh- in the event you notice something 'off' about a nurse or anyone else, you may recall something weird you read in here....the sky's the limit!
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