Embarrassing/Clumsy Moments! - page 6

Well, I just had to laugh at myself for this graceful moment.. I was filling out an application at a LTC/SNF, sitting in their nice little seating area in the grand dining room during lunch time.... Read More

  1. Visit  marycarney profile page
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    Oh, it never sqeaked again.
  2. Visit  floridanurse1983 profile page
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    I have a couple.
    1. Getting my period without warning 9 days early in my white uniform. Completely unprepared because it was so early. Best part was I was in the middle of a procedure that took about 20 mins. Came on really heavy. Grabbed instructor and asked her to bring me a bottle of peroxide to bathroom STAT. Stress of nursing school I guess.
    2. Donated blood in high school in the winter so I was wearing a big sweater. Stuck my left arm and the donation ran slowly and they had to pull it. Told them to just do the right instead and donated the whole pint. Went to work in a busy grocery store and did not look at my arms. Started to feel dizzy and passed out at my register. The entire store stopped shopping to come and stare at me, while I was pale, shaking, sweating profusely, my pony tail half up half down. My high school crush worked there and I looked like death. So embarrassed. Tried to convince them to call back 911 and tell them not to come but they wouldn't. Got triaged on a stool in front of the ice machine with the whole store looking at me. Rolled up my sleeves for the EMT's and my whole left arm from my armpit to my hand was discolored purple. After donating the pint.......Guess I know why I passed out
  3. Visit  NurseAMK profile page
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    Haha! Too funny!
  4. Visit  Leonca profile page
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    As a veterinary technician, I expected most of my injuries to be animal bites and scratches. Turns out I am more dangerous to myself than the animals are to me.

    Example 1- Special canned food was ordered for a patient. I opened the can and then grasped the lid to remove it. By it's sharp edges. I had to run to my boss, trying not to leave a trail of blood splatter, and have her use skin glue to close the gashes.

    Example 2- Putting a dog away in its kennel should be easy. Not if you decide to slam the metal door shut on your leg and ram a sticky-outy piece of metal into your calf. That bruise was gigantic and took months to fade.
  5. Visit  brownbook profile page
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    I was teaching my patient and family how to care for their Jackson Pratt drain. He had two so I planned to milk, empty, and measure one, as they watched, then they could do the other drain as I watched.

    I was milking the drain and the tubing broke in half! Half was hanging out of the patient, the other half was hanging off the JP bulb.

    My first reaction to "emergencies" is definitely FLIGHT. In the first few seconds my instincts were.....where can I hide....how can I hide this JP drain....the surgeon is going to kill me....the patient will have to go back to surgery for a new JP. All the time with what must have been a fake smile and deer in the headlights look on my face!

    Stupidly (I guess?) I tied a knot in the tube hanging out of the patient..I guess thinking so blood won't leak out? Then I remembered to breath and looked at the JP bulb in my hand. It was obvious the tube connected to a hard plastic nipple on the bulb. I pulled off the broken tubing from the bulb, plugged the remaining tubing from the patient (after undoing the knot) in and all was fine!

    I honestly don't remember what I said to the patient/family? I guess I ? calmly ? told them that if the tubing breaks like it did for me it was easily fixed. <br>

    At least now every time I do JP teaching I mention to the family/patient what to do if the tubing breaks for them at home.

    It must have been an ?? old ?? fragile ?? tube. I do not have very strong hand or upper arm strength!
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  6. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    Quote from brownbook
    I was teaching my patient and family how to care for their Jackson Pratt drain. He had two so I planned to milk, empty, and measure one, as they watched, then they could do the other drain as I watched.

    I was milking the drain and the tubing broke in half! Half was hanging out of the patient, the other half was hanging off the JP bulb.

    My first reaction to "emergencies" is definitely FLIGHT. In the first few seconds my instincts were.....where can I hide....how can I hide this JP drain....the surgeon is going to kill me....the patient will have to go back to surgery for a new JP. All the time with what must have been a fake smile and deer in the headlights look on my face!

    Stupidly (I guess?) I tied a knot in the tube hanging out of the patient..I guess thinking so blood won't leak out? Then I remembered to breath and looked at the JP bulb in my hand. It was obvious the tube connected to a hard plastic nipple on the bulb. I pulled off the broken tubing from the bulb, plugged the remaining tubing from the patient (after undoing the knot) in and all was fine!

    I honestly don't remember what I said to the patient/family? I guess I ? calmly ? told them that if the tubing breaks like it did for me it was easily fixed. <br>

    At least now every time I do JP teaching I mention to the family/patient what to do if the tubing breaks for them at home.

    It must have been an ?? old ?? fragile ?? tube. I do not have very strong hand or upper arm strength!
    You fixed it on your own! I was thinking "clamp the tubing", but the knot did the same thing.
  7. Visit  brownbook profile page
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    Thanks...but I still think the knot was a dumb idea....I didn't even think of getting a clamp! I am a DIY fix things around the house type of person...I guess that helped!
  8. Visit  pfongk profile page
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    I have no idea which was the most embarrassing, probably either when I was asleep in the staff room, I was working a double shift and about 8 months pregnant at the time and I rolled off the couch onto the floor. Another time I got stuck in the other couch in the staff room as it was almost beanbag consistency and they needed to use the standing hoist to get me out as I was just not budging (Also heavily pregnant). Then there was the time I got belted by a little old lady who was sitting on the commode and she sent me flying.
  9. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    I would think the hoist getting you out of the sofa would have to be the MOST excrutiating!

    My widowed aunt had been living alone for years, when my father went over to her house to help her out with some home repairs. The next morning, she didn't call my mother at 6 AM as usual, so Mom called her. No answer. Convinced that there was something wrong, my parents piled into the car at 0605 and headed over to my aunt's house. There was only one small light on in the back of the house, and no one answered the door. Truly frightened, my parents went in the back door (never locked in those parts) and started calling for Marlene.

    "In here," a weak voice called back. "But just Marilyn!"

    So Mom went rushing through the house and into the bathroom, where she found my aunt tightly wedged into the toilet. Dad had, of course, left the toilet seat up when he used the toilet at her house the day before. Living alone, she hadn't thought to check before she sat down. She hadn't been able to get back out, and had been stuck there all night. Mom couldn't get her out, so she threw a robe over her and asked Dad to come and help pull Marlene out of the toilet. Even their combined efforts couldn't budge her. In the end, the fire department came and had to break the toilet bowl to release the suction and get her out of there!

    Dad offered to buy (and install) a new toilet for her, but she had her son do it. I wonder why . . . .
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  10. Visit  kngl profile page
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    I work post-op outpatient surgery. This was a particularly busy day where I had patient after patient after patient. The PACU nurse I got report from is usually bare bones when it comes to history and only covers major things like heart/lung issues or diabetes. I charted this lady in. Usually I do a quick scan of medical and surgical HX but was running short on time this day (thus why a good report is SO SO important). I went to bring her family back to see her and noticed her blankets were off and she appeared to be shivering. I asked "You look cold, would you like a warm blanket?" Her response, "I have Parkinson's" :X Well crap...
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  11. Visit  ERLaw14 profile page
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    I was assisting with an overly obese patient off the commode. When I went to wipe her rear end. I noticed her stool was stuck. It felt hard and clumpy and so I told her I was gonna help pull it out. So I'm pulling and pulling and realize it's not budging. She doesn't make any noise. When I look down for a more visual. I was pulling at her very large hemmoroids....I just shut my mouth and had to compose myself to say you're okay now!!! Eeek!
  12. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from Gizmo13
    I was assisting with an overly obese patient off the commode. When I went to wipe her rear end. I noticed her stool was stuck. It felt hard and clumpy and so I told her I was gonna help pull it out. So I'm pulling and pulling and realize it's not budging. She doesn't make any noise. When I look down for a more visual. I was pulling at her very large hemmoroids....I just shut my mouth and had to compose myself to say you're okay now!!! Eeek!
    !!!
  13. Visit  anon456 profile page
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    We use Kangaroo Joey pumps for tube-feeding. I was teaching a family how to give meds to their child through their new g-tube. I was giving liquid Tylenol which has a bad reputation for being thick so you have to push harder with it than other meds. I stopped the feed but, in the spirit of being efficient, left the feeding bag tubing attached to the g-tube extension. I clamped the extension tube, attached the syringe of Tylenol, and then pushed hard (because it was Tylenol). I forgot- being new and nervous- to to unclamp the extension before pushing the Tylenol. The only other place for it to go was up into the feeding bag tubing. It went up and then there is a weak spot where the tubing is threaded into the pump and that part popped off and the entire feeding bag full of formula poured right out onto the floor before I could figure out what the heck just happened. I barely pushed any of the syringe and there was now a waterfall of formula splashing the floor and my shoe. After laughing at myself I told the parents that's what happens if you forget to unclamp the tubing, and it's best to take the feeding pump tubing off before giving medication.


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