Confess! Whats the craziest force of habit you've done in the "Real World" - page 9

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   franciscangypsy
    I am a constant sticky-note user at work (helps me to keep organized) & find (even when away from work) myself reaching for an imaginary sticky note from the EMT Tool Holster I carry all my pens & random needs in all shift.

    I've been thinking of carrying sticky notes in my purse b/c of this.

    Have also totally reached for my pager or work phone even after I've left work.
  2. by   franciscangypsy
    Quote from preemielove80
    I am not being cynical.
    I always ask the nurses to warm my right arm before they stick me or draw lab., because my veins collapse easily. Many of them refuse to do this simple thing. I wonder why? Warming vasodilates veins. I always warm the extremity I'm going to stick prior to starting a difficult IV.
    Thanks for the tip! I'm still a fairly new nurse -- RN 1 year in Oct! -- and I never thought of this! I'll have to put this in my grab-bag of knowledge!
  3. by   mamabear71
    Alcohol prep pads are always handy.. While cleaning my cell phone, I will usually encourage my kids, my boyfriend, my mom... anyone, that they should do the same. Same goes for the remote, my laptop, etc., etc..

    The pen light in my purse is handy for finding loose change.

    I don't see what's wrong with talking about BM's over dinner..

    I, too, am notorious for yelling out "he/she is coughing.. that's a good thing," at a gathering when someone starts "choking".
  4. by   lovingtheunloved
    Quote from mamabear71
    I don't see what's wrong with talking about BM's over dinner..

    I, too, am notorious for yelling out "he/she is coughing.. that's a good thing," at a gathering when someone starts "choking".
    The "choking" thing drives me nuts. Everyone stands there looking at me like I'm evil because I don't rush over and fuss and punch the "choker" in the stomach.
  5. by   lamazeteacher
    I had a blood drawn from my hand today, and found myself discussing the situation with the phlebotomist, as if I was a nurse discussing a patient's lack of available large veins in my arm.....

    The phlebotomist was so involved in that scenario, that she hesitated, as if to get my approval, before doing the stick!
  6. by   SpEdtacular
    I notice everyone's veins too. After driving an ambulance or medic truck for almost 10 years I find myself reaching for the gear shift that does not exist on my steering wheel and getting ready to use the siren when I get to intersections and stop signs so I can easily flip it on when I get a call
  7. by   Carrie_MTC
    I'm a new grad so I haven't developed too many habits yet. I have became somewhat of a germ-a-phobe. I have hand sanitizer everywhere, my purse, car, work bag, scrub pockets. While in nursing school I would work second shift mondays and fridays. On fridays I had clincal from 6:45a-1:45p and then would go to work on fridays evenings until 12:30. I live in Ohio and it was in the middle of winter, so leaving work I usually would let my car warm up 5 minutes or so before I would drive. I guess one night while I was waiting for my car to warm up I probably fell asleep for a good 30 min., I don't know how it was freezing cold out and snowing. I've also fell asleep in my car in my driveway after getting home from those long days lol. Reminds me why I hated nursing school so much!
  8. by   kittagirl
    Hate to be the one to tell you but these habits will stay for life. . . .

    I have been off the wards/floor for many years and away from cardiology for more than that but still wake up occasionally ‘hearing’ monitor alarms.

    Still love palpating veins, think of it as keeping my talents up.

    When my other half actually feels ill enough to actually complain to me (years of ‘Duh, I’ve gone and worked a 12+ hour shift with worse than that’. . . have taught him not to bother coming to me with any minor issues )
    Anyway he prefixes all medical complaints with yes I have been drinking I’ve had xx litres of water in the last xx hours and yes I have had a BM today and it was fine but I still feel……

    Someone recently asked me what the funny squiggle was at the end of my signature, had to explain it was where I’d started to write RN before I realised what I was doing.

    I’m considered the hard assed aunt, as I have been regularly heard to comment its only blood, come crying when there’s bone showing. . . (My sis-in-law hates this, and can’t understand why our nieces and nephews will always come to me first, the fact that I treat them like people rather than talking down to them helps)
    And I do the ‘if they’re coughing they’re breathing’ and the ‘if you’re telling me you can’t breath you’re breathing’ line.

    And I still feel stupidly happy that I have weekends and all the holidays off. . . . . .
  9. by   cathrn64
    I have not worked in the hospital for 16yrs (I work home health), but I still make hospital corners. I check out everyone's veins! I notice people in stores with home IV pumps, G-Tube feedings, PICC lines, and of course O2. I also try to figure out what's wrong with the people using the scooters and w/c provided by the store.
    My family also has trouble with my not overreacting to minor injuries or "choking"(when the person is coughing!) They also make fun of me for saying "check with your Dr about that", when I don't know the answer
  10. by   VicksburgNurse
    Lets see....
    I sign LPNII after my name on almost everything if I am not careful. I have knocked to go into and also out of my own home. I admire viens ( does this make me a "vienophile". Oh and I my all time favorite grabbing at my name badge ( which isn't there) to "code into" my front door lol
  11. by   Forever Sunshine
    We had pasta for dinner tonight. I unscrewed the cap of the Parmesan cheese jar. And started pouring the cheese into the cap.

    Like you would do for stock meds in bottles.

    I'm like what the hell am I doing??"
  12. by   lamazeteacher
    Whenever I hoist a large bottle with a ring for a finger, I do it by whipping the thing over my shoulder as we did 50 years ago, pouring liquid medications from a many gallon container that was used for everyone on that medication.... It's far easier to pour the right amount that way.
  13. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    I got a warning from a police officer yesterday and signed. Jane doe LPN.
    Whenever I hear someone is in pain I automatically ask what is it on scale from 1 -10.
    Always subsconsciously assessing people wherever I go.
    Collecting pens is my habit as well