Embarrassing moments? - page 2

I know everyone has had a red face moment. Usually happens at beginning of our career.You would think after 23 yrs (length of experience when this occurance happened) nothing would turn you red... Read More

  1. by   WV Hillbilly RN
    I've got one that absolutely turned me as red as I had ever been in my life! I was on the job..... my very first day as nurse extern and I had a 400 pound patient. This guy wanted to sit up, so I told him to let me get some help...... at this point, he grabbed me and started pulling himself up with me as his pull toy...... being a little aggrivated with him, I got him up on the side of the bed and said," Now, are you ok?" . . . he replied with "nope....I'm sitting on my testicles and you're gonna have to dig em' out"..... OK... you remember those non-judgemental looks that we are supposed to carry around all the time????? I lost mine!!!! BUT, while trying to remember what page in my text book this procedure was on, I (and this is the best part) got on my knees in front of this guy and went to digging..... didn't realize they could have ever possibly been swollen to that extent and thought I had them all, but to my surprise, there was more! It didn't hit me until after it was over that it must have looked really good for me to be on my knees in front of this man with my hands buried up digging his testicles out from under him! It's a million wonders I didn't just quit that day! Needless to say, I went back to school and asked my instructor if there was any written procedure for this and we both just rolled laughing!!!!!!
  2. by   OBNurseShelley
    I was helping a patient back to bed from the bathroom and assisting her with the IV pole, her husband was sitting in a chair sord of in the middle of the room and i was walking backwarks and I just kept backing up and backing up and ending up stumbling and sitting right on his lap in the chair, I was laughing so hard I couldn't get up, the patient almost fell over she started laughing, it was hilarious and everyone at the desk wondered what was going on in my room because we were all laughing histerically.......needless to say i was beet red!
  3. by   ShelleyERgirl
    :imbar :chuckle

    When I was brand new to the nursing profession, I was in the Navy stationed in Puerto Rico in the ER. An elderly Puerto Rican dependent wife came in with urinary retension and had to have a straight cath done. At the time I had only done about three before that so I volunteered to get more experience. Little did I know what kind of experience I was about to get! Since this little lady was pretty old, about ninety, her anatomy was a little closer together and not as clearly defined. I inserted the cath into her urethra and was waiting for the flash of urine. Nothing. I pulled back and little bit and tried again. Nothing. I did this one more time and noticed her breathing getting a little heavier and she was getting how should I put it, a little moist , after trying this a couple more times, her legs start shaking a little bit and she starts going, " adios mio, adios mio" in this quivery voice, which means " My God, My God"! I finally realized instead of helping to relieve her urinary retention problems, I was relieving her sexual tension problems I wanted to die of embarrasment and ran out of the room in disgust. Another nurse went in and finished the procedure, but when the old lady left she saw me and gave me this big toothy grin! I always thought she probably left and smoked a post coital cigerette when she got home!

    Michelle
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    Ok, picture this: i"m 18, working in a LTC and the orderly's off, so that means I get all his patients-- all the men.

    I give the urinal to this one old guy who's in post-CVA, and when i come back, he says he's done.

    So I tip up the urinal to take it away, and he stops me with a look of alarm. I look down. "It" is still in the urinal.

    so i pull back

    and back
    and back
    and back......

    by the time i finally freed Willy, the old dude had the biggest grin on his face watching my hard-to-conceal amazement.

    and I was sooooooooo :imbar:
  5. by   itsme
    I was passing meds, and went to give a lady hers, her water cup was empty so I said "just a minute while i fill your water dish"!! Obviously I had my dog on my mind or something!! Worst part was there was a CNA in the room, who is a good friend of mine, and she told everyone about the water dish thing!!
  6. by   rachel h
    This didn't happen to me but I witnessed it...

    I used to be a CNA in the PACU, which also had an outpatient pain clinic in it. There was this one anesthesiologist who was so incredibly nice, always helping out with little things like getting patients in the wheelchair, etc.

    One day him and the nurse were helping an older lady into a wheelchair. He was behind the wheelchair, and as he went to maneuver it into place, the drawstring ties on his scrub pants got caught between his hand and the wheelchair handle and in one swift movement he untied his pants! I felt so bad for him... he was so embarrassed!

    But it was funny nonetheless...
  7. by   mark_LD_RN
    well hard to say which embarrassing moment was worse for me. I give the 3 tops ones in my mind in order,let me know what you think.

    1) was new grad working in L&D had new beds , I was trying to put the foot back on the bed i had pt still up in stirrups, i went to push on bottom part of break away bed to be sure it was looked and fell face first .

    2) I was checking a patient and she blurts out with her husband and a couple visitors " hey while your in there could you work on my G spot for awhile." that left me speechless.


    3) I was positioning a patient for an epidural,had her put her hands between her legs and slump over, as i stood in front of her i let her rest her head on my chest. the next thing i know she was grabbing my package. I stepped away tried to act like nothing happened,husband was standing next to her. he says" she got ya ,you need to watch her shes got roman hands"
  8. by   rachel h
    LOL!
    what kind of L&D unit is this that you work in?
  9. by   OBNurseShelley
    OMG mark, that is too funny....LMAO
  10. by   Tilleycs
    Man, these are TOO much. More, more! I sit behind a computer all day. Trust me, nothing funny EVER happens in the IT field.
  11. by   Dr. Kate
    It's been years ago and thigns were sometimes a bit lax in the safety area. In ICU we had fewer TVs than rooms. The TVs were on high stands and went from room to room. The cords were of varying lengths and depending on the room and the patient's visualy acutiy sometimes were stretched a distance and 12-18 inches off the floor.
    The plastic surgeon was at the head of the bed suturing the patient's face, the TV at the foot of the bed (door end of the room), cord 15 inches off the floor. I scurried in with something, tripped gracefully over the cord, slammed onto the floor elbow first, didn't knock the TV over, and had both the surgeon and the patient asking how I was as I delivered whatever I was bringing into the room and slunk out, pretending I was fine. Mostly embarrassing and beat when I slipped on water and fell on my arse.
  12. by   nursemouse
    I'd had one of those days where I'd been floated to "help out" to literally every floor in the hospital except the operating room! I was ending up in the ER, and I had to page a doctor overhead. My page came out something like this.."Dr. Smith, please respond to ICU...I mean Telemetry...I mean OB...I mean ER!" Then to add to my embarrassment, as I was hanging up the phone I muttered to myself, "Oh, where the He** am I anyway?" Little did I know that this went all over the hospital--until I heard uproarous laughter and started getting calls from everywhere saying, "You're in ER, hon!"
  13. by   Brita01
    Hee hee hee, that one's funny nursemouse. :roll

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