Confess! Whats the craziest force of habit you've done in the "Real World" - page 16

by vhern246

I have heard some of the craziest things nurses have done out of force of habit in the "Real World". Aka out of the hospital. I've heard that some sign their checks with first initial, last name RN. Someone ran to aisle... Read More


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    I'm an aide in a dementia unit, and I have one resident that is like a grandfather; we all call him Pops, and he's so sweet. The other night after work when my husband told me goodnight, I must have been really tired, because without thinking I said "Goodnight Pops, I'll see you tomorrow"! Confused my husband, that's for sure!
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    I work with MD pt's who are all ventilator dependent and some are on pulse ox monitors at night. I have been known to be at home and wake form a dead sleep and bolt to the kitchen to answer an alarm, usually the microwave or the oven timer. I always wash my hands before and after I use the restroom. When I need something from my purse I usually start out by doing a full body pat down from the chest to my thighs because I am used to everything being in my scrub pockets. I am forever reaching for my lanyard that has my hand sanitizer on it. I answer my phone with the official company response. When the big guy gets out of the shower I find my self trying to do a quick head to toe skin assessment.
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    I have facial hair that I often shave off. My caregiver placed some VO5 hair conditioner in my hand to rub into my hair, but without thinking, I rubbed it all over my face turning it blue. My caregiver's eyes got big and she had such a funny puzzled look on her face. That was when I realized what I did. Ha ha, I told her I was trying to condition my facial hairs.
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    I sometimes take some motrin/tylenol/whatever, look at my watch, then reach for my phantom pockets to write down the time, pain rating, dose, etc.
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    I got another one.

    The other morning (after working a hard shift overnight where we had a couple of rapid responses) I was waiting for my bus and checking the news and weather on my phone. My heart started to race when I saw "75/57."

    Omigod! Whose pressure is dropping!? Is it room 43 or room 57!?

    Until I realized it was the forecast for the high and low temperatures for the day.

    Sigh.
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    I approach elderly people and ask if they need help with anything.
    Last edit by Poi Dog on Aug 16, '11
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    haha! I'm a new grad and I accidentally signed RN on credit card receipt the other day...I feel like much less of a d-bag now that I see I'm not the only one who's done that! ;-)
    Also, can't walk by a Purell dispenser without taking some haha
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    Quote from APatriganiRN
    haha! I'm a new grad and I accidentally signed RN on credit card receipt the other day...I feel like much less of a d-bag now that I see I'm not the only one who's done that! ;-)
    Also, can't walk by a Purell dispenser without taking some haha
    That is true for me too
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    I've asked the boyfriend in my sleep to roll over so I can check your bottom.

    I've also scared the living bejezus of out of him when he has woken up to me hovering over him to see if he is breathing.

    I'm also not alot to talk about work related things because I get too graphic.

    Found myself trying to turn on my laptop by pressing my pointer finger to the mouse pad like I do to get into the med dispense at work.

    While on vacation this summer with my boyfriends family any ailment that could have possibly come up I had a cure for. heartburn, sun burn, allergies acting up, cut you finger chopping onions? I can help you out with that!

    I also kept track of how many times my friends have voided while were are out for the night.

    Yes I am nurse, no I'm a doctor you should probably get that checked out.

    Guilty as well of signing checks with LPN after my name.
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    Telling time in the 2400 format. Anytime I'm watching a military show, I get so excited because I understand what they mean by "We will start running at 1400 hours". SMH


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