Epic (Nursing) FAILS! - page 10

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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 know your shift is going to be... Read More


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    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!
    I absolutely died, I was laughing so hard I couldn't relay the story to my husband. Of course, when I finally did, he didn't get it. lmao!
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    I am sitting in a patient's room and had just started his hemodialysis treatment. I was sitting down across the room recording my documentation. The patient was blind and was one of those patients that just randomly yells stuff. "WATERRRR!", he would scream bloody murder constantly and it startled me every time. All of a sudden he hocks up and I hear him spit a loogie. I am looking everywhere around the room, can't find the culprit, so I kindly remind the patient that there's no need to yell or spit, I am sitting right here. I go back to documenting, and there's the loogie!! All over my hand, pen, and paperwork!! I was so grossed out!! I spent the next 3 hours of treatment training him to ask for help before he spits across the room. (After investigation, there were loogies everywhere,)
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    Quote from NurseRies
    I am sitting in a patient's room and had just started his hemodialysis treatment. I was sitting down across the room recording my documentation. The patient was blind and was one of those patients that just randomly yells stuff. "WATERRRR!", he would scream bloody murder constantly and it startled me every time. All of a sudden he hocks up and I hear him spit a loogie. I am looking everywhere around the room, can't find the culprit, so I kindly remind the patient that there's no need to yell or spit, I am sitting right here. I go back to documenting, and there's the loogie!! All over my hand, pen, and paperwork!! I was so grossed out!! I spent the next 3 hours of treatment training him to ask for help before he spits across the room. (After investigation, there were loogies everywhere,)
    EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWW. Where's that barfing smilie when we need it?
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    One of the nurses I worked with had a pt who was a fall risk who also had dementia. After I helped her get her pt into a Geri chair he tried to take the table off. After we explained to him that the table had to stay on for his safety and risk of falling, my colleague slipped and fell on the floor next to him... He shrugged and said in a sarcastic tone, "and I'm the one in the chair?!?! EPIC FAIL! LOL
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    A PCT came to the nurse's station and stated that she needed help down the hallway. It was just after midnight and things had just quieted down. We had just started to open our charts and frankly, there was nothing in the tone of her voice that raised alarm or made our nurse radar tingle. So, when she repeated the request a few moments later, but this time managed to sound a little more urgent, several nurses got up and followed her down the hall.

    The PCT hadn't said what she needed help with, so we were dumbfounded at the scene we walked into. The patient was snoozing away but was slathered in blood. So much blood in fact, it was congealing in puddles on the bed next to him, on the floor...just everywhere. The patient had painted his face with it, wiped it on the curtain dividing his bed from his neighbors, it was all over the side rails of the bed (deep into the cracks) and here he was deep asleep...vitals signs stable as can be...oblivious to the gaggle of frantic nurses freaking out around him. The room looked like a crime scene.

    What caused this bloodbath? The patient pulled out his peripheral IV! The story was that he was fine 30-45 minutes before during rounds and must have gotten up to no good during that window. His roommate was laughing hysterically on the other side of the curtain, saying "I knew he was up to no good over there!". I remember lamenting my decision to wear a white top to work that nights and the fact that the dang bloody curtain kept touching me. Those curtains are gross under ordinary circumstances but I could see the offending filth in this conveyer of germs and nastiness. While we waited for lab to show up and draw some STAT labs, a few nurses amused themselves by picking up clots (huge, they were flipping HUGE!) of congealed blood and shaking them in the palms of their hands while singing the jello song. I decided to pass on the cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving the following week; the resemblance was just to similar.

    We got the patient cleaned up and vigorous scrubbing from head to toe. Lab finally arrived and drew blood and still the patient slept. He woke up in the AM with no recollection of what took place. I'm pretty sure that I'll NEVER forget and I'm thinking cranberry sauce is off limits. LOL
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    Yuck, cranberry sauce is nasty enough without THAT imagery. Bleah.

    This story brings back an awful memory from my postpartum nursing days. The whole hospital had just been carpeted.......it was beautiful, if you didn't mind the extra exercise when you had to push an occupied bed down the hall. FWIW, it did make the hospital look more home-like, especially the maternity floor with its family labor suites and Jacuzzi tubs.

    One day I was assisting a new C/section mom to get up for the first time post-op, when a large, gelatinous blob dropped directly onto the dusty rose-colored carpet, splooshing my shoes as well. PLOP. We both looked down and were instantaneously horrified. I mean, this thing was the size of a jumbo egg. Things that make you go EEEEWWWWWW!
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    My third semester in nursing school, I was working on an orthopedic floor. One of my patients was having issues with post-op constipation, and she had a PRN for Dulcolax suppositories. I brought one in and explained to her what I was about to give her and what it was for. She said "As long as you can find the right hole, you're OK." Thinking she was just making a joke, I smiled and told her I would do my best to put it in the right place. After finding the target with the magic bullet I went out to the nurse station and mentioned her comment to one of the nurses. She said "She had another nursing student yesterday, who put the Dulcolax in her vagina."

    Thankfully none of my classmates was responsible.
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    I didn't commit this one, but I witnessed it first hand.

    First semester nursing student, in the nursing home. My friend Glenn is 45 years old, he and I are both CNA's in the local hospital. In lab he always would say how easy things are and never actually practice them, he would just describe what to do.

    Well we were in clinicals and Glenn was giving feeding tube meds to our patient, and our instructor was watching, making sure he didnt screw up. I was on the opposite side of the bed just observing. As fate would have it, the Feeding tube was clogged up, and glenn's first 30mL flush wasn't going down. We were taught that you NEVER use pressure to force the water down, only to lift the syringe and tubing higher. My instructor prompted glenn to do this, at that exact moment, my instructor (who is normally very stoic) screamed NOOooOoOOoO! as she noticed glenn wasn't holding the junction between the syringe and the tubing. As he lifted the syringe higher, the tubing disconnected and his 30mLs of water certainly followed gravity, all over the patient!

    Glenn was embarrased, and I was laughing in my head because the skills are ''so easy''
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    We had a NP who loved to order yogurt down NGT and PEG tubes when a pt had diarrhea. Well dietary would for the longest time bring us yogurt with chunks of fruit in it. One of our nurses one night gave the yogurt down the peg but forgot about the chunks of fruit in the yogurt. He had yogurt on himself, the pt, the ceiling, and the wall behind the bed. OMG what a mess LOL. He learned is lesson for sure.
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    BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Reminds me of the time I forgot what I was doing for a minute and made a patient laugh as I was giving her a bolus feeding through her G-tube. Ever see a whale spout water through its blow-hole? Well, imagine a fountain of Jevity........
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