Most shocking thing you've seen another nurse do? - page 5

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... Read More

  1. Visit  twinmommy+2 profile page
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    Sanitary pads are sterile and very good at soaking it all up.
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  2. Visit  HisTreasure profile page
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    May not the most shocking, but definitely one of the most irritating: I was working agency and witnessed the other floor nurse going into her narc drawer, snapping the Lortab out of the card and putting it into her scrub pocket. What went into the med cup? ES APAP from her top drawer. I am a chronic pain patient, as is my father. Don't do that crap. Diversion makes me angry. I reported her to the NM. NM was irritated that she had to call State and initiate an investigation when they were already (obviously) short staffed. I wasn't asked back. I'm OK with that. Really? That's not a med error. That's selfishness. Help, not harm, people.
    messymissy, macfar28, nrsang97, and 1 other like this.
  3. Visit  Sadala profile page
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    Quote from sarakjp
    I wouldn't put an NGT in a person with known varices...if a doc puts in that order, he can do it himself. That whole scenario makes me shudder. What a gruesome way to die...
    What I was thinking!
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  4. Visit  Sadala profile page
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    Quote from Fiona59
    An RN asking me to admit her patient. When asked why, she replied "Had a one night stand with him last week".

    Uhm, keep your sex life out of my work load.
    Flame away. But... how was she supposed to know the guy was going to get admitted to the hospital a week after she had a fling with him? Maybe she should just have told you it was someone she'd dated previously, but regardless, was it not appropriate for her to ask you to do the admission?

    The girl just has bad luck... lol
  5. Visit  jeannepaul profile page
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    I have no idea, He was the charge nurse, I was the only other RN or actually I may have been GN at the time on the floor at night. I knew nothing about it until morning shift came in and everything hit the fan. I do remember seeing him acting funny that night, but I had 10 pt's with no help, so I didn't pay attention.
  6. Visit  jeannepaul profile page
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    Quote from multi10
    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?
    Sorry, my last post is in reference to this question.
  7. Visit  nursefrances profile page
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    Yikes, there are some scary people out there.

    I have only been a nurse about 4 1/2 years and I think we heard so many of these stories in nursing school, that everyone I worked with didn't do anything insane like the above stuff. One I read here on another thread some time back that amazed me was a nurse who accidentally stuck herself/himself with a clean needle while drawing up insulin and then used that same needle on the patient anyway. Their reasoning being they were "clean (no diseases)".
  8. Visit  Jenni811 profile page
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    I recently followed a nurse (newer nurse). she is going to be WONDERFUL when she gets a year under her belt. Honestly...good nurse, but needs to pay attention to detail.
    the patient i was recieving from her was on a lasix drip. when i got there the doctors note read "gentle diurese" as our plan.the patiet's orders for lasx drip read 0.5mg/min. Back of my mind, im like jeeeeeez thats alot! i mean think about it, thats 30 mg of lasix every hour...or nearly 720mg of lasix in 24 hours. The drip was running at 30ml/hour and was all set up correctly. We ahve titration orders to maintain urine output at 400ml in 4 hours. When i asked about ehr urine output the nurse was like "I haven't checked that in a while" and her urine bag was FULL FULL FULL. i mean full, backed up going to explode full!!! So our i/o was inaccurate, so i just monitored urine out put for the next hour. I got 1400cc IN ONE HOUR!!!! it had been running like that all day.
    1400 cc in on hour as opposed to 100cc in one hour (what they wanted). I called the doctor, telling him "I can turn this down but im questioning if you really wanted this to run at 0.5mg/min."
    He was like "WHHHHAT? i wanted it at 0.05mg/min"

    Basically, its sad because the nurse DID follow the orders and its the doctors fault he put it in wrong. But i think a nurse with experience would maybe question that order and say "Are you sure?" and would recognize that .5mg/min is alot of lasix. and that 1400cc of urine in an hour is way to much. Nothing came of it, patient was fine...but man!!
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  9. Visit  monkeybug profile page
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    A multip patient came in and delivered a full term, viable baby en caul in the triage room. You could clearly see thick, particulate meconium floating all around the baby. Unfortunately, the lady was in the triage room so there weren't any delivery instruments on hand (and no doctor on the unit). The nurse ran out the door. I thought she was running to go get supplies. Nope, she just ran away. Maybe she'd never seen a baby en caul before. Maybe she was really supersitious about cauls. I've really wanted to run and hide in the bathroom before, but I've never actually done it. So, the charge nurse sent me to go get supplies and call the doc, and she went in the triage room muttering about travelers under her breath. I was a travel nurse, too, so I really didn't appreciate the behavior of the runner. Baby was fine, the mom was freaked out. Runner never returned to the unit.
  10. Visit  weemsp profile page
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    One day during 1200 med pass...I was chatting with an elderly pt ( patiently waiting for her to take her 27 different meds) and I noticed another nurse was giving her meds PO with some custard to her elderly pt. What I saw next literally made me YACK! She had her meds crushed and had just spoon fed them to her pt...then she must have noticed that the chocolate custard looked awfully appetizing...because she took the SAME spoon ( yes! The one her pt just had in his gob!) and helped herself to a spoonful of the pt's custard...straight into her mouth!! Ok...so this was revolting enough....but then I looked over at the pt...and he was one of those elderly gentlemen that always had a mouth lined with schmegma and crusty bits dried on his lips!!! ( you know the type...sweet ol' fella that has no problem taking his dentures out after a meal to lick them clean)

    All nursing standards aside....This made me gag something terrible for nearly an hour!!!!:***:

    Suffice to say...I NEVER accepted little cakes and treats from her again!!!
  11. Visit  chrisrn24 profile page
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    Quote from weemsp
    One day during 1200 med pass...I was chatting with an elderly pt ( patiently waiting for her to take her 27 different meds) and I noticed another nurse was giving her meds PO with some custard to her elderly pt. What I saw next literally made me YACK! She had her meds crushed and had just spoon fed them to her pt...then she must have noticed that the chocolate custard looked awfully appetizing...because she took the SAME spoon ( yes! The one her pt just had in his gob!) and helped herself to a spoonful of the pt's custard...straight into her mouth!! Ok...so this was revolting enough....but then I looked over at the pt...and he was one of those elderly gentlemen that always had a mouth lined with schmegma and crusty bits dried on his lips!!! ( you know the type...sweet ol' fella that has no problem taking his dentures out after a meal to lick them clean)

    All nursing standards aside....This made me gag something terrible for nearly an hour!!!!:***:

    Suffice to say...I NEVER accepted little cakes and treats from her again!!!
    That is sooooo gross
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  12. Visit  lmccrn62 profile page
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    I think I need a Xanax after reading this stuff. The most recent thing I know of was a nurse calling my office to check on how to irrigate a chest tube. This nurse was the smart one to check but it was the other nurses that did it because the MD wrote the order.
    Responding to early response calls I often found patient alarms turned off!!!! Really! Why monitor?
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  13. Visit  brithoover profile page
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    Quote from monkeybug
    A multip patient came in and delivered a full term, viable baby en caul in the triage room. You could clearly see thick, particulate meconium floating all around the baby. Unfortunately, the lady was in the triage room so there weren't any delivery instruments on hand (and no doctor on the unit). The nurse ran out the door. I thought she was running to go get supplies. Nope, she just ran away. Maybe she'd never seen a baby en caul before. Maybe she was really supersitious about cauls. I've really wanted to run and hide in the bathroom before, but I've never actually done it. So, the charge nurse sent me to go get supplies and call the doc, and she went in the triage room muttering about travelers under her breath. I was a travel nurse, too, so I really didn't appreciate the behavior of the runner. Baby was fine, the mom was freaked out. Runner never returned to the unit.
    What is caul?
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