Confess! Whats the craziest force of habit you've done in the "Real World" - page 14

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... Read More

  1. by   NeoPediRN
    I have to fight the urge to glove up when I change my niece's diapers.
    Last edit by NeoPediRN on Aug 21, '11
  2. by   sissiesmama
    Quote from Mgrn123
    Coded a gf in the middle of the night thinking it was a code
    Blue. Got one chest compression in before waking up!

    Oh, no!!!!!!

    Anne, RNC
  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from mgrn123
    coded a gf in the middle of the night thinking it was a code
    blue. got one chest compression in before waking up!
    i think i know you . . .
    i woke up in the middle of the night one night with my ex-husband's finger up my nose. he kept telling me to swallow.
  4. by   nerdtonurse?
    I was at Colonial Williamsburg when they were having a reenactment, including setting up a "field hospital" in one of the buildings. I got to chatting with one of the "medics" who is a Paramedic in 2010-- he asked me "what do you think this is?" and I said, "it looks like a brass 12 gauge foley" (and they did have brass foleys for in and out caths back in the day, OUCH). He showed me things in his personal collection that made me want to get down on my knees and thank GOD I wasn't born in the 1700s....

    Anyway, he said he realized he had an OR nurse going thru the "hospital" when she started automatically turning all the instruments with the sharps away from her, and grouping by type -- clamp, needle holder, etc. -- while they were talking, and she didn't even realize she was doing it.
  5. by   elthia
    I got concerned when I was house sitting for a friend, cleaned the litter box and there wasn't much output. I was worried her poor kitty was sick. Was all set to take it to the vet, tracking it down, got attacked when pulled kitty out from under bed. Couldn't figure out why, she had good turgor, wet nose. Turns out kitty was toilet trained...and using the other bathroom. I just need to go in and flush the toilet.
  6. by   Poi Dog
    I look for the boxes of gloves and am disappointed when I can't find them.
  7. by   lovenandj, RN
    Haven't actually done this, I have to force myself not to leave "signs" around my house to communicate things (like is often found in med rooms), today I wanted to get a sharpie and write "DO NOT REMOVE" on a bottle of lotion that keeps walking out of the bathroom where I want it to stay...
  8. by   NurseHopefulInOH
    Working in LTC i get reaaalll nervous when I see an elderly person out and about in the store or mall and they are barely getting along my mind just flashes fall risk fall risk! and I want to run behind them and grab their waist band and ask where their walker is LOL. Also I tend to scream at people or get real close to their face. I forget not everyone is HOH! When a friend or relative is sick I seriously think to myself ok now whats standing order for that? ill have to check their MAR do they have any PRNs? I debrided a friends leg after a motorcycle accident...and got excited about it lol.
  9. by   NurseHopefulInOH
    I reach for my badge several times a day when off work then panic when its not there. Badges are like gold at my work can do anything w/out it! have looked at my keys and thought to myself now which set is this?? (I have several carts at work..i was trying to find my main cart keys LOL)
  10. by   beckster_01
    Quote from NurseHopefulInOH
    Also I tend to scream at people or get real close to their face. I forget not everyone is HOH!
    The other day I had a patient who what EXTREMELY HOH. Like scream in his ear and he still might not hear you. I kept on going to my other patients room and screaming at them too until I noticed the annoyed look on their face... poor people lol
  11. by   zorro_wrangler
  12. by   Aurora77
    I'm all about the veins, too. It creeps my husband out. Not that I want to start an IV on him, but he's got amazing veins.

    I also assess people when I'm out and about. It's a fun waiting game.

    I'm also terrible about critiquing TV shows. One day, House shocked asystole--grrr. Hubby and I were watching a movie the other night and the solution to a character's hypoglycemia was more insulin. Poor guy ended up with a whole diabetes lecture. Proving that he loves me (or has the patience of a saint), he just smiled and nodded.
  13. by   uptoolateagain
    I had to give my wife a lesson in medical shorthand... apparently she didn't understand my order for a chicken sandwich c bacon s pickles & tomatoes!

    Also guilty of the sideways vein check, at least until my wife noticed and elbows me! Someones gotta keep me in line!

    And of course found myself looking for an onduty injury packet when I scraped my elbow on a nail (also went looking for a work order)