Unexpected instances where your nursing skills came in handy - page 3

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Tell us about a time when you least expected that your nursing skills would be called into action. I bet this new husband thinks his nurse wife really rocks!!!!!... Read More


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    Back when I was a student I was running a race on a VERY hot day when my running buddy said "Look! There's a guy on the ground over there!"

    A security guard was standing over a very obese man on the sidewalk tapping his cheek and saying "Wake up, man." The guy was pale to bluish. I ran over there and asked the guard if he knew CPR. He said he did. I yelled "WELL THIS IS THE TIME TO USE IT!!!" I ripped open his shirt and there was a zipper scar. I started CPR while the guard held the airway. I shouted orders to the runners who ran for the AED or whipped out cell phones and called 911. The run finish line had an ambulance there so one fast fast runner did an all out sprint for it.

    I hate spit bubbles! Just as I was about to force myself to give air to the guy the paramedics showed up with masks (THANK GOD!). I gave my name and background (student from XYZ hospital) and what information I knew about the guy and finished the race.



    Epilogue: I went to work later that day to hear from my NM that the guy made it to our emergency room before dying.
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    Nothing exciting from me.
    But my Aunt, a nurse back in the day, was visiting NY and did CPR on a guy on the subway who had an MI. Got her picture in the paper and everything - and he lived!
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    Does offering constant advice about my mom's house full of geriatric dogs count?
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    I'm a new nurse, but have worked as an emt for years and in a busy ER as tech. Nothing has prepared me as much for life as starting in as a RN in Psych. I remember being at the pharmacy getting my medications, and next to me was a man, who was pretty obvious he has some mental impairment. The pharmacy tech asked for his I.D, and they guy couldn't find his I.D and started getting really loud and freaking out. The pharmacy tech did NOTHING I turned to the guy and said his name (heard the tech say it early) I said "you're okay, let's just check all your pockets one more time." He yelled, "but I already checked them" I said, I know you did, but let's just have a second look. Frustrated the guy looked again and sure enough there were all his cards and I.D, he said "Oh there it is!" and I said good job!! Now you can get your meds As I was leaving a man standing in line said "thanks for helping that guy when no one else was." I said no problem and I was thinking you have no idea with I deal with on my job. Ha! I love being a mental health/Psych RN. It truly refines your interpersonal skills.
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    Quote from sdemt
    I'm a new nurse, but have worked as an emt for years and in a busy ER as tech. Nothing has prepared me as much for life as starting in as a RN in Psych. I remember being at the pharmacy getting my medications, and next to me was a man, who was pretty obvious he has some mental impairment. The pharmacy tech asked for his I.D, and they guy couldn't find his I.D and started getting really loud and freaking out. The pharmacy tech did NOTHING I turned to the guy and said his name (heard the tech say it early) I said "you're okay, let's just check all your pockets one more time." He yelled, "but I already checked them" I said, I know you did, but let's just have a second look. Frustrated the guy looked again and sure enough there were all his cards and I.D, he said "Oh there it is!" and I said good job!! Now you can get your meds As I was leaving a man standing in line said "thanks for helping that guy when no one else was." I said no problem and I was thinking you have no idea with I deal with on my job. Ha! I love being a mental health/Psych RN. It truly refines your interpersonal skills.
    nice job! great courage there!


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