Post your daily nightmares here. - page 2

It ain't all roses out there. You know it, I know it. Share 'em here. I'll start. 70 something year old patient admitted for 'altered mental status'. Restraint order obtained by the nurse before me but not initiated. He has his... Read More

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    Quote from sockov
    You had all 4 of these patients in the ICU you work in!?!?
    That's crazy!
    Were you, by chance, referring to my post? (as I think I'm the only one who has mentioned 4 patients so far...)

    Nope, I don't work in the ICU! I work on just your plain ol' med/onco floor, hence why the 4 patient load. Our ICU nurses get just 1-2 patients each.

    My nightmare for today:
    Not so much craziness and chaos, but one of the worst things in nursing, I think, is to watch a patient suffer. Near the end of the shift, one of the nurses asked for some help. His patient (diagnosis: Lung Ca) was struggling to breathe, O2 sats 70-75% on a non-rebreather. He was going cyanotic, too. I had taken care of him not too long ago so we still remember each other, and I know we're not supposed to have favourites, but he was one of mine. I sat with him, held his hand, got him a cool cloth, and basically talked him through it. He looked at me and asked, "Am I going to die?" I didn't know what to say.
    Last edit by Aeterna on Aug 30, '12

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