Most shocking thing you've seen another nurse do? - page 6

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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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    Quote from neliztanee
    When i was a nursing student back in my home country, I had my duty at the medical surgical ward. My patient has a stab wound on his abdomen. Due to the limited amount of supplies to stop the bleeding from the surgery to repair his wound, they had to put a sanitary napkin on his incision instead of a gauze.
    This is more resourceful than shocking!

    I had a (dying) patient who had a large bowel fistula open on her abdomen, leaking copious liquid stool. We dressed that with sanitary napkins and incontinence briefs.
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    Quote from SaoirseRN
    This is more resourceful than shocking!

    I had a (dying) patient who had a large bowel fistula open on her abdomen, leaking copious liquid stool. We dressed that with sanitary napkins and incontinence briefs.
    I agree!

    I had a patient with an AKA and had an infected wound. Patient was a total care, on tube feeds, also pooping copious amounts of liquid stool. See how that wound got infected? Once it was cleaned and a sterile dressing was placed on it, we placed incontinence pads over that. It was the only way to prevent that dressing from getting soiled.

    I can't believe some of these nurses, though....wow.
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    Sanitary pads are sterile and very good at soaking it all up.
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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.
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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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    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
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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.
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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.
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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)".
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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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