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

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. Visit  flightnursetaylor profile page
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    I will find myself dreaming of call lights going off and will get up to search the house in order to shut them off. Only after I have gone up and down my hall do I wake up enough to realize it was all a dream.

    Yes, I admire veins all the time.

    Being a flight nurse, we used to wear a radio that toned us out with the same tone that was once featured on a Nextel commercial. So naturally, every time that commercial would come on and those distinctive "beep beeps" would come on and my ears would perk up thinking, "Ooo We are getting called out!"

    Whenever my kids would get hurt (a skinned knee, a busted lip) I would assess the damage and give them the appropriate treatment and some love but if they would keep whining, I would respond, "Oh I have seen a lot worse than that so you need to buck up!"
    The same thing happens when my hypochondriac family members would call with a snot or a sniffle and ask if they needed to go to the ER. I would always respond, "You aren't dying, I have seen a lot worse than that, and you don't go to the ER unless you are DYING. "

    I have used superglue to fix a simple laceration on my son's forehead, all the while he is sitting at the kitchen counter. Why pay for an urgent care visit when $1 tube of Super Glue Gel will do the trick?
  2. Visit  JessCNA2RN profile page
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    Quote from canesdukegirl
    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!

    I am glad to see other people know this method! Its sooo great! You dont have to shake or struggle with the pillow at all! My CNA instructor taught it to us 6 years ago and I have never seen anyone else do it except for myself!
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  3. Visit  mariahas4kids profile page
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    Yes, guilty of most. Vein palpation, signing notes for my kids with initials and "RN". My kids laugh at my "pat down" when I don't wear my scrubs and I am looking for my keys, pens, phone. I check hand sanitizers at stores and if they are not at least 62% alcohol I tell the clerks that it isn't effective enough to kill the flu virus and not to rely on it. Boy do I get some strange looks at that one. Counting pulses. When I give a family member ibuprofen, I pour and count the pills in the cap before I give it to them.
    I work 2 jobs, when I was at the prison, I answered the phone "hospice care center..." That freaked one of the officers out.
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  4. Visit  canesdukegirl profile page
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    Strangest place that I have fallen asleep...well, not so strange, as many of my fellow nurses have done this. In the car. I worked an evening shift through to the night shift, then went to my state disaster training for a full day, then could not sleep through the night due to so much caffeine and great conversation with fellow disaster preparedness folks, then worked another full day of training. At the end of it all, I had been awake for 54 hours. I got home safely, but don't remember how I got home. My husband pulled me out of the car after he saw that I had pulled in, put the e-brake on, and kept the car in idle for what seemed like forever to him. He gallantly carried me up the stairs, took off my training boots and covered me with my favorite blanket. I slept for 2 days straight!
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  5. Visit  meintheUSA profile page
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    Quote from canesdukegirl
    Strangest place that I have fallen asleep...well, not so strange, as many of my fellow nurses have done this. In the car. I worked an evening shift through to the night shift, then went to my state disaster training for a full day, then could not sleep through the night due to so much caffeine and great conversation with fellow disaster preparedness folks, then worked another full day of training. At the end of it all, I had been awake for 54 hours. I got home safely, but don't remember how I got home. My husband pulled me out of the car after he saw that I had pulled in, put the e-brake on, and kept the car in idle for what seemed like forever to him. He gallantly carried me up the stairs, took off my training boots and covered me with my favorite blanket. I slept for 2 days straight!
    Only someone in health care can appreciate the fact, sometimes our bodies just won't go anymore...:dncgbby:
  6. Visit  sairin8 profile page
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    Quote from flightnursetaylor
    Whenever my kids would get hurt (a skinned knee, a busted lip) I would assess the damage and give them the appropriate treatment and some love but if they would keep whining, I would respond, "Oh I have seen a lot worse than that so you need to buck up!"
    The same thing happens when my hypochondriac family members would call with a snot or a sniffle and ask if they needed to go to the ER. I would always respond, "You aren't dying, I have seen a lot worse than that, and you don't go to the ER unless you are DYING. "
    I react similar to that for my DH, only my response (when he's fishing for sympathy) is usually "diddums"
  7. Visit  CoCook profile page
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    [quote=vhern246;4430068]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 four in the grocery store because of a "code blue! clean up! Code blue!"

    Knocking on the door before entering, any door, your front door.

    Answering your cell phone "Nurses station"

    Admiring someones veins.

    Holding your invisible steth when leaning over.

    Wheres the weirdest place you've fallen asleep?

    Confess! I work in telehealth and have been known to answer my home phone with "Hello, My name is Connie. I'm a Registered Nurse. How can I help you?" Must admit, it confuses the heck out of telemarketers.
  8. Visit  Scarlette Wings profile page
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    Quote from not_a_hat_person
    i was caught admiring a woman's veins at the gym.
    [font="lucida sans unicode"][font="lucida sans unicode"]i must confess that i am a vein drooler. i can't look at an arm without thinking "i bet i could put 14 g abbc in that one blindfolded. why can't i get patients with veins like that."'''
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  9. Visit  JGarner37 profile page
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    1) I always admire veins, especially at the gym. Body builders always have freaking fantastic veins. I also touch my boyfriends veins when we're holding hands or at the movies. I also put my fingers in his 5th intercostal space to feel his heart beating.

    2) When I sign receipts, I have to make a conscious effort not to sign my name, RN.

    3) the other day I knocked on the door to the empty med room, lol

    4) I also use a lot of the computer commands from our program at work on my home computer... which obviously doesn't work.
  10. Visit  Kellyma profile page
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    The knocking on the door thing totally. I just got hired at an assit. living and as I was shadowing the Girl training me, it was driving me crazy that we weren't knocking on doors! they don't do that there but once I'm on the floor I definitely will. of course I'm working NOCs and I'm probably not supposed to make all that noise....i dono

    I sign my name totally faster and messier then I did before nursing....comes from doing it 50 million times a day.
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  11. Visit  Kellyma profile page
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    Quote from flightnursetaylor
    i will find myself dreaming of call lights going off and will get up to search the house in order to shut them off. Only after i have gone up and down my hall do i wake up enough to realize it was all a dream.

    Yes, i admire veins all the time.

    Being a flight nurse, we used to wear a radio that toned us out with the same tone that was once featured on a nextel commercial. So naturally, every time that commercial would come on and those distinctive "beep beeps" would come on and my ears would perk up thinking, "ooo we are getting called out!"

    whenever my kids would get hurt (a skinned knee, a busted lip) i would assess the damage and give them the appropriate treatment and some love but if they would keep whining, i would respond, "oh i have seen a lot worse than that so you need to buck up!"
    the same thing happens when my hypochondriac family members would call with a snot or a sniffle and ask if they needed to go to the er. I would always respond, "you aren't dying, i have seen a lot worse than that, and you don't go to the er unless you are dying. "

    i have used superglue to fix a simple laceration on my son's forehead, all the while he is sitting at the kitchen counter. Why pay for an urgent care visit when $1 tube of super glue gel will do the trick?

    oh i've heard call lights everywhere!
  12. Visit  kiszi profile page
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    On the sleeping thing: I worked nights for a while, and for some reason the time when I was the most tired was always right before work. So I got in the habit of taking a five minute nap in my car before going inside to work. Guilty of "napping" at red lights, too. No more nights for me!

    My two year old fell down the stairs once - I witnessed him go head over heels and land in a pile at the bottom. I assessed ROM, checked his pupils, felt for broken bones, decided he was fine and sent him on his way. I also have a tendency to listen to his lungs and check vitals when he has a bad cold or fever. Me: his HR and resp are elevated! Well duh, he's sick.

    I've picked up the phone before and froze, not knowing what to say at all, then remembering "hello" is the standard non-work greeting.

    yes, I have also knocked when leaving a room.

    I only wear a watch when working, but that doesn't mean I don't check my bare wrist several times a day at home.
    silverbat, NF_eyenurse, and x4livin like this.
  13. Visit  nurseinthemaking2010 profile page
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    I am just starting my nursing career. I just started my CNA class this past week. And I am already picking up weird habbits. I now knock on something when I enter a room. I wash my hands up to my elbows. I wash my hands after everything. Yesterday I caught myself washing my hands after making coffee. And my 6 yo duaghter tells me that I am talking out everything I do. The teachers train us to say everything we are going. Now my daughter asks... "Mommy why are you telling the eggs you are going to turn them?" That was when I thought oh no my kids are in for a long ride. Lol And we just did hand and foot care so now everytime I see someone's hands and or feet I have the urge to clean, cut and massage the hands and clean and massage the hands. And the worst of all was yesterday I was doing ROMs on my 4 yo son while we were watching tv when he had his legs on me. Lol
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