Confess! Whats the craziest force of habit you've done in the "Real World" - page 4

by vhern246

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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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    Have definitely written "RN" after my name away from work, answered the phone at home by saying my department and my name instead of just saying "hello" and once, in 1988, I fell asleep at a Def Lepard concert after working 5 twelve hour night shifts in a row then driving 7 hours to see my fiance. I don't recommend that to anyone!
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    I'm always afraid of answering the land line with the usual greeting I give while at work... so I just don't answer it anymore.

    I operate solely on 2400 time now. I admire veins. When I was a tech, I used to pick up shifts on the cardiac floors and I would come home and hear the tele alarms in my sleep. My unit now doesn't do tele, but now I wake up in the middle of the night hearing bed alarms or freaking out because I haven't done my hourly rounding.
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    I have signed checks and receipts with RN at the end. Haven't we all? I look at veins too! I diagnose people in my head when their color is "not quite right".

    The job I have had for the last 11 months is in a secure facility, which requires unlocking and locking every single door that you walk into and out of, so after a particularly grueling 3-in-a-row, I find myself coming home and trying to unlock and lock every door at home I come across (without keys). It is so annoying! We also carry heavy radios on our hips, and sometimes I feel the weight of the radio on me after I leave work. I embarrass myself by slapping my hip and starting to panic, thinking I brought my radio home, LOL!
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    When anyone asks me to hand them something, like scissors, I slap it in their hand like I'm in the OR!
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    A mom I know who is a nurse and I were watching our kids play after school. Her son who is quite active started playing pretty rough with another little boy on the playground. It seemed like they were wrestling and her son had the other kid pinned. When she saw this she called her son's name and said "Scott let go of the patient immediately" it was hysterical! I think she had just finished her shift at the hospital.
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    Quote from silmas RN
    When anyone asks me to hand them something, like scissors, I slap it in their hand like I'm in the OR!
    Oh thank GOODNESS I am not the only one who does this! My husband laughs at me when I do this. On trips, he asks me to pull out a bottle of water for him from the cooler, and I slap it into his hand! And when we are fishing, he asks me for a tool, and I do it again! Thankfully, he is an EMT, and understands my slapping things into his hand. When I ask him if it gets on his nerves, he just says, "No way, at least I know it is in my hand and don't have to look away from what I am doing." He shoulda been a surgeon!
    NF_eyenurse and Iri5hd4nc3r_RN like this.
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    I usually compliment people who have good veins, (which I notice, as well as those that are nonapparant) and say something about their having good hydration. If they're open to it, I tell them that their expanded veins are evidence of that, and it is a good practise to stay well hydrated.

    When I see or hear the impact that alerts me that an accident happened, I am impelled to go to the aid of whoever is involved, unless the paramedics are already there. Recently I heard a car crash on the street behind mine, and rushed out. A (?) drug dealer had been distracted, driving too fast and overturned his car before I got to that street. I saw people holding a large man down on the sidewalk, on the way and he said his "chick" was still in the car, so I went on.
    Half a block along, I saw the upside down car with no one in it. Neighbors there said that the driver had refused to leave his vehicle, until he collected all the drugs in it. There were pills spilled on the ground and children looking at them with interest. I stayed there to be sure the pills stayed where they landed.

    When the police and paramedics came, I pointed to the capsules and pills, and they acknowledged that. However, they went to the driver's location and didn't leave one officer to keep the children away. The driver wasn't injured and had tried to get away from his captors by saying his "chick" was still in the car, so I didn't see any need for all the officers to be there instead of the site where the car was, with its dangerous potential. I told the officer in charge that he should cordon off the area after about a half hour, but he didn't do that, and I didn't feel it was safe to leave the pills there, nor did I believe I should remove them, so I continued to ask that either the children or the pills be removed.

    In other words, I couldn't release myself from feeling responsible for what could happen, and being a good samaritan.
    Even though I'm retired, I intend to stay current with CPR and go to the aid of others in need, despite changes in the good samaritan law that could make me vulnerable to a lawsuit. However I wouldn't do anything except stabilize an accident victim as best I can, monitoring vital signs and other & symptoms and supplying comfort measures after summoning help.

    That is what nurses do, who believe that "once a nurse, always a nurse".
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    I was recently on vacation at the beach, and the house that we were renting did not offer linen service. So I was busy getting all of the linens on the bed for our guests when my best friend walks in and asks me if she could help. I tossed her a few pillows. When she saw that I was turning the pillow cases inside out and then gripping the pillow while turning the pillowcase right side out, she just stopped. She said, "What in the world are you doing? Trying to put on a pillow condom?" I just busted out laughing, and explained to her that in the OR, we could not "shake" linens. She was so impressed with the efficiency of this particular way of changing pillow cases, that she called me from home to tell me that she had adopted the "pillow condom" method!
    Woogy, NF_eyenurse, TeenyTinyBabyRN, and 9 others like this.
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    Veins-guilty, whether it's in real life or with TV. I think that my husband has gotten blase about this. Same with diagnosing someone out in public, and fighting the itch to ask them about their health.

    Like lamazeteacher, was at a car accident recently and had to triage the situation. The driver was pinned by his right arm by the side-post of a box van, and the crowd that gathered wanted to muscle the van into an upright position. All I could think of was the potential of an artery becoming uncompressed. Esp. since peripheral pulse and sensation was ok, but there was enough blood at the scene.

    Yes to pillows and cases, and "hospital corners".

    And it's impossible to fight the training as a student nurse to not do things inefficiently (like visiting a linen cart several times, when one should be enough [despite the unexpected]).
    Punkrocksn and lamazeteacher like this.
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    One time I was visiting my parents. I went to answer the phone and said, "Operating Room, RetiredTooSoon".

    My poor uncle was completely baffled. It was my name, my voice, but I'd just told him that he'd called the hospital. At least I didn't answer the phone when my work took me into the morgue; that would have really creeped him out.


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