Epic (Nursing) FAILS! - page 3

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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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    Great thread! A good laugh was just what I needed after work. Thanks to all that shared your oop! moments,makes me glad I am not alone in the doofus nurse department.
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    @miss81
    Just peed myself laughing so hard!!! Hilarious - sorry for the crappy pen! OMG I could go on... Thank you, needed the laugh!
    Last edit by FLRNR on Feb 13, '12 : Reason: address op
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    I was once changing a very confused patient. As I rolled him towards me, he grabbed at the IV pole and tubing. The tubing disconnected from the bag and the (nearly full, I should add) bag of normal saline dumped out all over me.
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    Looong time ago, I had a postop patient who had just had a bilateral mastectomy, prophylactically (she had a cancer on only one side? It was a long time ago) and it was late, night shift, I was trying to be therapeutic. "That must be a big load off your shoulders." Not cool.
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    Ouch.....

    Reminds me of one of my verbal-incontinence episodes when I worked acute care. I was in this funny, breezy mood when I started my shift; I had five easy patients and the ER was deader than a doornail, so I was feeling pretty good about life as I stepped into a room to answer the call light of the patient I hadn't met yet.

    Picture this: I was nearing 50, was already a grandmother, and for some reason I decide to be cute. "WhassUP?" I drawled as I rounded the corner and came face to face with........the only African-American patient in the entire hospital Maybe the only African-American patient in the entire TOWN. We're so white-bread, we make the redneck population look like dazzling urbanites by comparison......and I had to go in and blurt "WhassUP?" Who the deuce did I think I was, Will Smith?!

    To his credit, the young fellow didn't comment except to ask for some soup and crackers, but I was embarrassed just the same. Sheesh.
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    I guess I had one of these moments last night. Under one minute, I ran into the bedside table, tripped on the patient's shoes, hit my arm on the bed, ran into the door on my way out, got my scrub sleeve hooked onto the door and got yanked back. And THEN was asked to come back in and turn off the light by the patient. So what do you know? I ran right back into the door, chipped a nail on the light switch, and hit my knee on the arm rest of a chair. I had to get out that room, take a deep breath and I had a good laugh!!! I'm clumsy but WOW!.
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    One day at the desk, I was sitting in a rolling chair, on a mat, and decided to "just roll" over to the chart rack to get a chart, instead of getting up and walking. Well, the chair and I started rolling towards the chart rack, one of the chair wheels hit a crack in the tile and the the chair stopped dead. Of course, once a body is in motion, it stays in motion. I went flying off the chair seat, landed in the floor and I laughed so hard I coudn't get up. The other nurse, was all, "OH MY GOSH"" are you ok?", and I could only laugh. I did get up, was unhurt, except for my pride. LOL. graceful, I am NOT
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    I've done that more than once myself, much to my embarrassment (and a VERY sore tailbone). And don't you just love the "Croc Stop"---you know, where you're zipping along and one clog suddenly decides it's not going to move one millimeter further, while the rest of you continues in the original direction at the original velocity?
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    Back when I was a CNA I had just started a job with a staffing agency. Until this point I had worked with the elderly but now I was being staffed at the local hospital. I was placed for the first time in the post partum unit. I had helped a new mother to the bathroom. There was a cord hanging by the toilet and, from my experiences with the elderly, instructed her to pull it when she was finished. Not five minutes later my beeper, and everybody else's, went off. The nurses are running to my patient's room screaming "hemorrhage!". We all (3 nurses and 2 CNAs) run to the bathroom door and throw it open. The patient looks at all of us with a shocked expression and says "I'm done". Who knew the pull cords would have such different purposes.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    I've done that more than once myself, much to my embarrassment (and a VERY sore tailbone). And don't you just love the "Croc Stop"---you know, where you're zipping along and one clog suddenly decides it's not going to move one millimeter further, while the rest of you continues in the original direction at the original velocity?
    I did that a couple weeks ago. Landed with my arms out in front of me. In front of the nurses station. I looked like I'd decided to slide into home.


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