Epic (Nursing) FAILS! - page 2

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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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    better yet...

    I was the recorder in a code we had. I reached the part that asked me to record the vital signs. The MD called out for rhythm, "PEA" and a few lines later, I asked if the patient had distal or central pulses and she literally started laughing in the code and said, "Um working on the PEA thing so...no!" Felt like the world's biggest idiot.
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    I know "someone" who, needing to apply two creams to a patient, went into the room, carrying little medicine cups with the two creams. One went onto the shoulders (capsaicin pain relief cream) and the other one (miconozole, for a yeast infection in the groin area). She got the two mixed up and the capsaicin cream went onto the irritated skin in the groin. Amazingly, she figured out that she did this and immediately washed off the wrong cream in the groin area before the burning sensation started! Ahhh new nurses!
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    This has got to be the funniest thread ever. Kudos!
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    This may not be my MOST epic fail, but definitely the one that makes me squirm the most!

    Patient was admitted for a priaprism. Nothing in ED had worked (valium), so he was admitted for tx by the uro team. Doc arrives, asks for the supplies he needs and indicates that he does not need assistance as he has his intern with him. Doc comes out of the room, says the situation is resolved, keep the pt overnight to make sure there are no further issues, and leaves.....no problem.

    The pts signifcant other comes out of the room and says there is blood everywhere and could I please get him cleaned up (Doc didnt mention that he made a mess). I grab linens and the CNA and we walk into the room. Sure enough, blood everywhere, pt, hospital gown, all the linens, and the towel that he was holding over his bits.

    As we start to remove the linens from the bed, I realize that the "situation" is NOT "resolved", poor man is fully erect and looking quite uncomfortable. To provide at least a modicum of privacy, I placed a fresh towel over his groin. As he was unable to get out of the bed, we quickly cleaned him up and changed the linens.

    UNFORTUNATELY, as I was reaching across the bed (over the pt) my wrist hit something hard. At first it didnt dawn on me, then I saw his face. I had smacked his fully errect, and quite painful "situation" with my bony wrist.

    If looks could kill, the daggers coming out of his eyes would have done me in for sure.
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    This thread made me laugh so hard. How about this: During my pediatric clinical rotations in nursing school, I was assigned to a 2month old baby girl. I went to check on the patient, whose mother and grandmother were sitting next to the crib. I was so nervous that I introduced myself to them, turned around to leave, then accidentally locked myself into their room's closet! I stood there, in the pitch black closet dumbfounded! Finally, I built up enough courage to knock the door....and grandma let me out. I was Mortified!!!!!!!!
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    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.
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    Having never worked in an intensive care setting before and taking care of my first art line, I was nervous when performing my first tubing change. We changed out our bags and tubing every 24 hours. This was back when they still had heparinized solutions for the lines and we used the old hard, blue TYCOs.

    I got all the supplies ready and took everything into the room. Ran though the procedure in my head and did everything perfectly (in my head). Reached up and...pulled the spike out of the bag, still in the TYCO, still pressurized.

    Did you know that you cannot move fast enough to get that thing off the IV pole before the ENTIRE 500 ml bag (minus the 72 ml for the flush) empties out onto you and the floor? Did you also know that heparinized saline is VERY sticky? I do.

    No matter how much we mopped we could not get the floor clean enough to keep me from squicking every time I walked across it for the rest of the night. Fortunately, we had a locker room with showers and I had extra scrubs in my locker.
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    Wonderful thread--hysterically funny! I'm 2nd semester NS trying not to be too much of a doofus at clinical. So much to remember and perform correctly and I'm not even in the hardest part of NS yet! This thread was as instructive as any lecture and very therapeutic to boot. THANKS!
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    Oh, I have nearly died of shame so many times it makes me want to cry. Worst fail, I was a graduate RN, working in oncology and my patient who had advanced metastatic ovarian CA needed paracetamol / tylenol suppositories. She was a painfully lovely lady whom I had looked after on and off for weeks. She unfortunately had some fairly altered anatomy downstairs after several surgeries and yep, those suppositries went into her vagina, she said don't think thats where they are supposed to go dear" mortified doesn't even begin to cover my feelings at this point, needless to say they were removed, she was such a good sport about it but I honestly thought I would die. Next worst fail, PEA arrest responding team (me) with ICU doc about to intubate, suction on the ward not the same as available in crit-care, 30 odd people around, "could I have a larger blade please" Oh, doctor this is the best we have (yankauer suction) here...... "A bigger blade please?" Oh, you mean for the laryngoscope so you can see better, crap crap crap. Third worst fail, 180kg solar panel to pt. head, call from ambulance be there in 10, can't intubate, too much blood- once again 30 people in the trauma room, surgeon ready for surgical airway, 1 tube down not in place removed, second tube down, not in place, removed, registrar too rattled, consultant ED physician steps in "can I have a tube please?" Er, um, well the ones I had ready you used already um, used the first one chucked and lying on the end of the bed..... so embarrassed (incidentally my first assist on intubation). Last but not least, pt. with big MI, in cath lab and support staff have run away with my bag of goodies.... Doc "Oh his blood pressure has dropped to 70, lets start some norad straight away", er, where is my norad? Um, hang on a minute doctor- Fastest run of any RN in head to toe lead ever to the nearest ward, nurses at nurses station chatting. Strange alien RN running full pelt need norad!!!!" CCU nurse, "um sure which one is it?" me, "THE ORANGE ONE THE ORANGE ONE" exit stage left.

    Love my job.
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    Came in to introduce myself to pt. I didn't notice someone left Foley open. Slipped and slid across the floor into their IV pole which fell over and ripped IV out of pts arm. So of course I tried to get up quickly and fell again. I felt like the biggest idiot ever and apolgize profusely. Pt was a good sport about IV and was more concerned that I might have brain damage. Hope they meant after the fall and not before


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