Epic (Nursing) FAILS! - page 7

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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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    Your stories are so amusing!
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    Quote from qaqueen
    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.
    Oh wow. Poor you and poor guy!
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    Quote from vivalasviejas
    thanks! they didn't call me the "nocturnal stumblebutt" for nothing we won't even talk about the time i slipped and fell twice in the same shift.....in the same room......with the hospital vp as my patient.....
    needless to say, thank you for sharing this article.....right on target as usual...hugs...aloha~
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    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!
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    Quote from reptilechick
    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!
    lmao!!!!!
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    oh wow I have had one of these days lol!!! Thank you for sharing ...I have to go dry my eyes now lol. Its nice to see I am not the only one who has days like these lol
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    every time i read this post i begin laughing like a fool
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    Quote from nurse-ellie
    funny!

    omg the ones above remind me of some of my relatives during the holidays as well of some of my patients... lol....
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    I had a laboring patient recently who came in 6 cm dilated with her 2nd baby, screaming down the house for an epidural.

    We busted it down the hallway to a room, sure she was going to go too fast to get anything. As soon as we were inside the room she ripped off every stitch of clothing she was wearing and started doing the restless labor walk--around the room, leaning over, huffing and puffing. No amount of focusing could keep her breathing through a contraction, to the point where I wondered if she was high.

    To complicate things, she was a little lady but had HUGE breasts. Like the size of my head. She kept insisting on the epidural and her cervix hadn't changed so between another nurse and I we managed to get an IV in her and have a quick listen to baby. Hadn't even addressed the nakedness, it was the least of our issues.

    Once the IV was in we called the anesthesia resident, who was new, hoping that he wasn't greener than grass because there was no way she was going to sit still. I managed to get her sitting in a good position and was breathing a sigh of relief when she had a huge contraction, lost her shiznit, sat cross-legged on the bed and did a face plant in her pillows and then hopped off the bed more nimbly than a gymnast, ripped out her IV, and was leaning over the bed groaning, arse in the air, bleeding, breasts swaying back and forth, naked as the day she was born.....

    ....when the resident walked in to probably one of the most surprising views he has ever had of a laboring patient. To his credit, once he had wiped the astonished gape off his face, he restarted her IV while the two of us worked on keeping her focused, snowed her with 100 of Fentanyl (which turned her into a drooling, sweating puddle which leaned on me and soaked my shirt right through) and did the quickest epidural I have ever witnessed a new resident put in. She was one happy camper by the time I left for my break (and to change my soaked and bloody top) and delivered while I was gone. She was still declining to put on a gown, but we managed to convince her a thin sheet would be okay.

    The nurse who covered for me later came out and, after busting a gut laughing, told me that when her mother showed up as labor support (with a travel mug full of Vodka, which explained the FAS that made focusing so hard for the patient) the cheeky girl complained to her that "the nurses wouldn't let me put any clothes on!"

    Later on I heard the resident telling our staff anesthetist all about it--but for what I can only assume was decorum's sake he completely left out the part where she was naked with her huge breasts knocking around. We made sure to add that part. I will never forget the look on his face!!!!!!
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    I am six months on my first RN job, and have done so many stupid things! One of my fellow Rn's, himself just a few more months than me on the first job, just cracked me up the other day. I was giving him report and the pt. had rhabdomylosis and he said, "oh, she has rabies!!!".


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