Epic (Nursing) FAILS! - page 8

by VivaLasViejas Guide

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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 mom35
    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!!!".
    lmao
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    Here's my latest blunder:

    OK, I'll admit it......I'm not the brightest bulb in the chandelier when it comes to remembering which residents go with which family members. I have 86 souls residing in my facility right now; how the heck am I supposed to keep track of all their kids, grandkids, and so on?

    So the other day, a middle-aged lady who looked vaguely familiar came up to me and launched into the details of "Mom's" visit to the doctor that morning. I couldn't recall her name or who she belonged to, but I played along, nodding and grunting at all the appropriate times and commiserating with her on how long the office wait times are, and how rushed the doctors always seem to be. I was doing just fine until I decided to add my two cents' worth: "Aw, poor Ginny," I asserted, "That Dr. Smith is ALWAYS running late, and he never has time for the older folks.....if doctors don't want to treat elderly patients, they shouldn't accept them!"

    The woman looked at me rather oddly, and corrected me in a tone I can only describe as a bit stiff: "Um, my mother's name isn't Ginny, it's Maryann. And her doctor is Dr. Paul, not Dr. Smith. Dr. Smith is a family friend." :uhoh21:
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    Quote from vivalasviejas
    here's my latest blunder:

    ok, i'll admit it......i'm not the brightest bulb in the chandelier when it comes to remembering which residents go with which family members. i have 86 souls residing in my facility right now; how the heck am i supposed to keep track of all their kids, grandkids, and so on?

    so the other day, a middle-aged lady who looked vaguely familiar came up to me and launched into the details of "mom's" visit to the doctor that morning. i couldn't recall her name or who she belonged to, but i played along, nodding and grunting at all the appropriate times and commiserating with her on how long the office wait times are, and how rushed the doctors always seem to be. i was doing just fine until i decided to add my two cents' worth: "aw, poor ginny," i asserted, "that dr. smith is always running late, and he never has time for the older folks.....if doctors don't want to treat elderly patients, they shouldn't accept them!"

    the woman looked at me rather oddly, and corrected me in a tone i can only describe as a bit stiff: "um, my mother's name isn't ginny, it's maryann. and her doctor is dr. paul, not dr. smith. dr. smith is a family friend." :uhoh21:
    oops! :uhoh21:....lol
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    funny stuff! Loved this article! Enjoyed reading it
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    this part of the story is the most amusing to me and i quote "oh, for goodness sake, it's just skin!" she admonished. "i can grow more---it happens every time." ...(grin)
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    When I worked day shifts in LTC/rehab, a resident was to be admitted Pm shift. Came in the next morning. Another nurse and I went in early to get her dressed and ready for dialysis. Was told in report about the huge gaping wound and the dressing was to be changed twice daily. The wound care nurse, medical director, and UM all helped out during the admission, "discovered this wound," and wrote orders to pack with aquacell and cover with a duoderm. It became quite clear as I began assessment and both of us nurses were assisting her with morning ADLs. The patient was on her side and I was getting the wound supplies prepared and walked over to the other nurse who, with a basin on the bedside table, washcloth in one hand, was stopped with the most dumbfound look on her face and said "wait a minute, ...what's wrong with this picuture?" I thought something is missing... "Oh she doesn't have a _____ .....or Did they? .... That's NOT a wound that they found!" I could just picture the three of them standing there nodding there heads and measuring. This poor women's vagina (packed with aquacell and covered with a duoderm). In thier defense, overtime with multiple surgeries and due to immobility her body shape and anatomy had become somewhat distorted/altered. It was even charted that she was admitted from the hospital with this "wound" and all the measurements of it were documented!
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    I was in the exam room with the doc and he had just finished examining a pt's ears. I moved the floor-mounted scope arm back to the corner and knelt down to give the pt's fidgety 4-year-old a sticker. When I stood back up, I didn't realize the scope arm (which folds out to about 4' long) wasn't tucked all the way in the corner. Yep, WHACK!! I smacked the top of my head on the scope arm so loudly that the pt looked at me and asked if I was okay. I was holding my head and checking for blood and lumps and stepped out to get an ice pack on it. The doctor got mad at me--he either didn't realize I'd gotten hurt, or didn't care (probably the latter).

    Another time I was administering an allergy test. We had two chairs in the testing room and they'd recline flat so pts could lie on their stomachs if needed. I was reclining the chair nearest the wall when the kid sitting in the other chair yelled "Look out!" I had the metal footrest down and the corner of it hit the wall and put a 3" diameter hole in the wall. Yes, I punctured the wall with a chair. The doc got someone to patch the hole and repaint the room. That same room is where the crash cart was kept, and when we moved the crash cart we noticed something funny--the painter didn't move it, so there's a perfect outline of the crash cart on the wall, complete with IV pole.

    A year later I was changing the 5-gallon water cooler, like I had done many times before, and as I was putting the full jug on, it slipped and BOOM. I thought plastic jugs wouldn't break, but this one did--in front of the entire back office staff, including the doctor. I mopped what I could, but carpet doesn't mop too well. We had to bring in fans and humidity checkers and special equipment to dry the carpet, and the doc reminded me more than once that it cost $900 to fix it. I'm surprised he didn't take it out of my paycheck. I think that's why, when I turned in my notice, he smiled.
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    I went into an elderly patient's room one morning and was going to help her to the bedside commode. She was on one of those low, Kinair-type beds (I know there is an actual name for them, but anyway, the point is that the bed was close to the floor ) and as I was reaching forward/down to help her, I guess I tripped on a cord on the floor right beside the bed. Next thing you know I had fallen INTO the patient's bed, practically right on top of her!! Totally woke her up and she thought it was hilarious-I think her son at the bedside was slightly less amused...

    Needless to say, I felt a little ridiculous charting that she was a fall risk related to "mobility impairment"...that probably would have applied to her nurse a little more!
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    Quote from NursePencil
    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!!!!!!!!
    I seriously just loled at that too funny
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    During my first clinical in L&D the nurses working that day were the ones who don't really like nursing students and made us feel completely out of place....so anyway when it was time for a c section I was going to watch no one would show me where i needed to go so a student nurse who was with me and had just seen one that day ended up having to show me and get my gown, mask, and shoe covers for me since no one would show me where those were either. So she left and as I was getting ready it was taking me forever to figure out how to put on the shoe covers and i was thinking how dang complicated they were but eventually I figured it out (I thought) and was all set. So I was just kinda wandering waiting when I noticed the NAs whispering and laughing about something and didn't think anything much of it. Well in about 5 mins I see some RNs doing the same thing and I was thinking what in the world is so funny!? I didn't figure out what it was until later as I was leaving and taking off my gown and shoe covers that I realized it was me they were laughing at. As I looked at the others taking off their shoe covers, I realized That I had been wearing surgical caps on my feet all morning! Whoops!
    Last edit by Ccc5469 on Nov 10, '12
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