Confess! Whats the craziest force of habit you've done in the "Real World" - page 5

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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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    a colleague at work who cares for her elderly mother admitted to me the other day that she keeps her mothers controlled drugs (oxycodone and oxycontin) in a separate box to the rest of her mothers medications! She said also at times especially after night duty when giving her mother meds that she has looked around for someone else to sigh the CD "out" with her!!

    When I was a student and working in a 4 star hotel at weekends and holidays have on more than one occasion answered the phone for room service with "hello, surgical 2 student nurse karenmaire speaking" insead of "hello ashdoon bar karenmaire speaking can I help you?". It seemed to happen not on a Friday after placement but at the most random times during the holidays! trying to back track mostly got a laugh from the customers and best wishes from them for my future career!!
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    As a CNA, I do not check veins, but look at ankles to see if they could be pitted edema for me to report... I do the pillow condom and corners at home, and wash the hands, wrists, and elbows more than necessary. Also knock on all doors before entering. Even the closets... DUH...
    Once after pulling 2 - 18 hours in 2 days, I fell asleep in the john at work. I fell asleep in my car once, as soon as I was sitting down... was in the parking lot with my keys in the purse, Thank God, and not driving...
    Hats off to each and everyone of us. <3
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    Guilty of not reading every post- but I'm always looking at arms for veins that I can get. Swollen ankles and dyspnea. Huge abdomen in one who is way older then pregnant- diagnosed liver disease. Seeing someone and he has great veins. Should I have to access- wouldn't be a problem. Sick? Hilarious post BTW...
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    When I have my head on a guys chest, I auscultate heart sounds without them knowing
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    Quote from laurenicoleRN
    When I have my head on a guys chest, I auscultate heart sounds without them knowing
    I TOTALLY do this too!! And here I was thinking that I was the only weird one
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    Quote from kxvc
    On days when I am exhausted from work I have found myself thinking I have to document something I did even when I am not at work anymore...for example: my dog's BM or me taking an ibuprofen.
    I do the same thing. Whenever I take Ibuprofen or Nyquil, I feel the urge to write it down somewhere to make sure if I need more, I have to wait 4-6 hours before my next dose lol
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    I admire veins in public

    I have signed RN after my name many times [possibly bc of the fact that I am so proud of my job]

    I critique CPR I see on TV/in movies [has anyone seen "Misery"?]

    While watching an old South Park episode recently, the doctor said he needed sodium pentathol and potassium chloride-2 ingredients used during lethal injection. I'm sure they meant to be silly, but I still pointed this out to my friends.

    When asking my friends for something urgent, I say "STAT" instead of ASAP

    Also, while watching TV/movies, when they mention a particular drug, I say out loud, "Oh, that's used for blah blah blah." which can really annoy some ppl.
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    I was at my doctor's office with a UTI. I had peed in the cup and put the lid back on. Then I was looking around for gloves to carry my own urine sample. Cracked me up when I realized what I was doing.

    When I'm bored or anxious I count my own radial pulse. I usually use military time. When texting I use "et" instead of and and "c" instead of with. It confused my friends at first but they're used to it now.

    I always check out people's veins, frequently diagnose strangers, and sign my checks with RN after my name. I also work a second job in retail. I have to concentrate very hard to give the right greeting when I answer the phone. I also tend to call customers "patients."
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    I text using "C" as well! How funny!
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    I've heard call lights in my sleep and woke up to them.
    Caught myself waking up if BF isn't snoring to make sure he is still breathing.
    Still catching myself from answering call lights at places I don't work, and complain when they have been going off for over 5 minutes.
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