Epic (Nursing) FAILS! - page 10

I once destroyed a patient room within five minutes of starting my shift. It was fortunate that the two ladies who occupied the semi-private room were AA & O and had a sense of humor. You have to... Read More

  1. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from kiszi
    I was about 7 months pregnant with my first child. Sitting at the nurse's station charting. For some reason I thought it would be fun to tilt my chair back on its back legs. Never a good idea, especially with a rolling office chair. :/ I toppled over backwards and crashed into a desk behind me, sending stuff flying everywhere. NP who was nearby came running over, saying Oh my gosh, are you ok? She hadn't witnessed my idiocy and thought I had passed out or something. I told her what had happened and she said "oh", gave me a "you're so stupid" look and left me lying there.
  2. by   Leonca
    Biggest fail- Elderly couple in for routine check-up on a small breed dog. I decided to try to get a nail trim done while they wait for the doctor and have the old lady hold the dog. It squirms and a claw practically unzips the skin on the back of her hand. She doesn’t seem very upset, but I apologize a zillion times while getting the first aid kit. Lesson learned. Don’t have people with fragile skin restrain animals.

    Runner up fail- Working out the logistics of walking a dog with an IV placed. It turns out you don’t have to roll the metal stand around after him outside, you can just take the bag off and carry it.

    Small but common fail- Those dogs with tons of hair that makes it take far too long to find their butts to take a temperature. It’s got to be in there, somewhere!
    Last edit by Leonca on Apr 24, '14
  3. by   Katiezieg
    I had a pt who came in with a new R AKA. That morning he asked me to help him get ready for breakfast, so I helped him get dressed and put his left shoe on. Obviously I was not thinking very clearly at 6am, because I started looking around the room for the right shoe. I was looking everywhere! Finally the pt asked me "what are you looking for" and I told him I was looking for his other shoe. He looked at me like I was a complete idiot and pointed to his stump. I wanted to run away....
  4. by   misstrinad
    Quote from blondiestime2
    It was my very first clinical rotation, 2nd semester in nursing school at a nursing home. I was trying to assist a gentleman (named Roger) out of bed. The problem was, everytime I would lift him off of his bed a firm voice would shout very loudly "Get back in bed Roger!!!!!!" I was dumbfounded, the patient couldnt speak and tell me what it was, so I called in the instructor to help. We all were rolling on the floor everytime we tried to lift and this voice would yell at us to get Roger back in bed. Come to find out of course, it was one of those "speaking" bed alarms!!!! I had never even heard of such a thing, I thought I would die laughing everytime I tried to lift and was firmly told by the machine to get Roger back in bed!
    Too funny! Just remember not to use real names
  5. by   unicoRNurse
    I know this is an old thread, but I'm so glad I found it -- these stories are hilarious!

    Okay, I've done plenty of stupid things at clinical, and I'm sure once I start working I will do many more. But for the time being, this is my best so far.

    I was in my last semester of nursing school, and we had a rotation in an ED. I had missed the orientation to the ED, because I was pulled and given the opportunity to spend our first morning in the psych ED. It was cool, but then I spent the rest of the day feeling like a bit of a dolt, because I had to keep asking my colleagues where thing were, what the codes were, where to put things, and other stuff they'd learned during the ED orientation.

    Anyway, I had a bedpan to deal with, and a friend saw me and offered to show me what to do with it, since she knew I was still figuring things out. I followed her to this tiny little utility-type room, which has a receptacle for urinals, another for bedpans, a dirty linens cart, biohazard garbage, etc. -- just the room where all the nasty stuff goes, I guess. In addition to all the other stuff I mentioned, there was this odd sink/toilet hybrid thing. It was a large, waist-high porcelain sink, with faucets, handles, a hose, and just a bunch of plumbing and such on the wall behind/above it. It also had two foot pedals an inch off the floor, and instead of a drain, it looked like a toilet on the bottom of the basin, and it flushed like one as well. So I'm just looking at this thing, glad that my friend offered to come with me.

    I went ahead and turned on the faucet, rinsed out the bedpan, and turned the water off, just like a normal sink, then asked my friend how to flush it. She was doing something else behind me, and told me to step on the middle pedal. I look down, and I only see two pedals. So I gestured toward the one closest to me and said, "There are only two; should I press this one?" and she says, "Yeah, the middle one." I'm thinking, "What middle?" but rather than continuing to go back and forth like some weird version of "who's on first," I figured I'd just step on the one I was referring to, because what's the worst that can happen if it's the wrong one? It's just a sink/toilet thing, and it will either flush, or water will come out of the faucet -- no problem, right? So feeling brave, I step on the pedal, and all of a sudden it's raining. Torrential downpour, inside the hospital. (That's what it seemed like to me, for a split second, anyway.) I was getting hit with water from all directions, and eventually realized that among all the pipes and tubing behind the basin, there was a handheld shower hose thing, which was in its holder, facing the ceiling -- and water was shooting out of it with a mad fury, ricocheting off the ceiling, plumbing, and walls, and getting all over my poor friend and me. My friend says, "Turn it off, turn it off!" but I can't because I don't know how. Then I realized that I could at least take the hose handle down from its holder and aim it into the basin (or anywhere other than the ceiling), then work on figuring out how to turn the water off -- but the spray was too strong for me to get close enough to the hose handle. So without even thinking about what I was doing, I shoved the bedpan out in front of me and into the main stream of water, like some kind of a shield, so I could at least get close enough to reach the hose thing without taking water directly into my face (any more than I already had, anyway). Of course, now water is spraying out of the bedpan and onto my arms and heaven knows where else; I had already rinsed out the bedpan, but still. So gross. By the time I was finally able to get a hold of the hose handle, the water shut off as suddenly as it had started, and I just stood there, mortified, like a wet deer in headlights.

    Fortunately, my friend wasn't as drenched as I was, since I was between her and the sink/toilet. To her credit, she helped me dry the entire room with towels, and didn't make me feel any worse about it than I already did (although, when I later went to confess to my instructor, she cut me off with, "Yeah, I already heard all about it."). After we got the room sorted, my friend asked me which pedal I had pushed, and I showed her. She goes, "That's not the right one. [Ya think??? Hahaha!] It's the one in the middle." So finally, I just looked at her and said, "Seriously, what middle are you talking about?!? There are only two pedals!" She walks over to where I had been standing the entire time, and says, "Oh. You can't see it from here." So we both squat down, and under the sink, at least a foot high off the ground, was a third, and indeed, MIDDLE pedal. It was so high off the ground that you had to be several feet away from the sink in order to see it -- and obviously, I didn't.

    I felt like such a tool. But, there's a silver lining: my friend was the only witness, and I hadn't decided to forgo a tank top under my white uniform shirt that day.
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Now that's a great story! Thanks for sharing.
  7. by   Christy1019
    I especially loved the part about the bed pan shield as if you're fending off a water-spewing dragon lol
  8. by   VampyrSlayer
    I just got licensed as an LNA, like 3 days ago. We were doing clinicals in the facility where our class was held, a local LTC. Well, I had built up a bit of a rapport with one of the ladies (so sweet and enthusiastic to help me learn everything I could!) Everytime I had class she'd always ask me to take off her stockings for the night. No problem, I did this for her Everytime. I get down on one knee and remove both stockings. I go to get up and my bad knee gives out. I go flying diagonally towards her roommate who was sitting in a wheelchair watching tv. There was the wire from the call bell about 6 inches above the ground. I somehow managed to fly, leap over the wire and with my arms flailing, stick the landing. If her roommate hadn't moved her wheelchair closer to the tv while I was removing the stockings I would have ended up in her lap. They were both very concerned that I hurt myself (even though I managed to land on my feet. I joked that maybe I should be the one with a call bell "help I've fallen and I can't get up!" They both cracked up and I left the room a whole new shade of red that I didn't think was humanly possible.
  9. by   OhHeyNurse
    Quote from miss81
    I Was helping another nurse change out a pt in the ER. Once we had him changed he said, "oops, sorry!" The nurse I was with asked, "Sorry for what?" The patient said, " for pooping again." We looked everywhere but could not see any bowel movement anywhere. The other nurse said, "No, you must have just broke wind 'cause you never moved your bowels." He gave us a look but we just carried on and left the room. A few minutes later my coworker went to pull out his pen and what should he pull out instead? Big ol' turd. The patent did have a bm after all and it must have just fell directly into my coworkers pocket. He was mortified but I could not stop laughing.

    omgggggg !!!!!! lmboooooooooooo
  10. by   WKShadowRN
    When I start IVs I have a systematic way of setting up my supplies. First I put my gloves on, then tie a tourniquet on the patient. While I am awaiting vascular congestion to make those beauties pop, I flush my extension loop. The blue cap at the end is hard to disengage with one hand, so I loosen it so that I can just flick it off when I'm ready to place it in the jelco/angiocath hub. Then I split my tape and get my gauze and syringe for blood draw if necessary ready.

    Once I was placed in a small space between the wall and the patient. Her friend was in the corner mere inches from me. I successfully cannulate the vein and am ready to attach the extension when FLIP the blue cap goes, seemingly in slow motion, right in the cleavage and down the shirt of the patient's friend. I was so embarrassed. I'm sure my face was beet red.

    But then she did a Pat Benatar shimmy and said, "Do it again!"

    I'm glad she had a sense of humor. Boy that still makes me chuckle.
  11. by   CamillusRN
    My very last clinical rotation in the OR, same-day surgery center. Went to help the circulator and CRNA transfer the patient from the table to the cot but didn't notice that the IV tubing on my side of the patient had wrapped around some of the equipment. 1, 2, 3 - lift and out came the peripheral line! I put pressure on the site with a mortified look on my face while the other two laughed and seamlessly put in a new IV. Thankfully the patient was still fast asleep and the PACU nurse had a great sense of humor. Now whenever I go to do anything with a patient, that's one of the first things I check!
  12. by   NurseStelri
    Haha I love this thread!

    Last week I had a post-op pt with a PCA. I am fairly new to my hospital so it still takes me a while to work the IV pumps. Within the first two hours I had my first W.O.W battery die mid-med pass, second W.O.W. with a broken scanner so I had to find a third before scanning his meds, then a broken blood pressure machine that I discovered only after waking him up for a BP and finally a pump that kept beeping because I would forget to press "okay" on the safety screen after checking/changing rates.
    The patient & his wife had a good sense of humor about everything but after I had apologized the 3rd or 4th time time I said something like, " Sorry everything I touch today seems to break or die." The wife yelled, "THEN DONT TOUCH MY HUSBAND!"

    Lol oops :/ I had to clarify "Technology! Everything electronic!"
  13. by   eieiyo
    I used to work in the recovery room and we had hooks that held our ivs. I had blood running on a patient and pulled the bag too hard. You guessed it! The tubing came loose and a unit of blood went everywhere! I was mortified, but my patient took it well. I had just medicated him.