Epic (Nursing) FAILS! - page 9

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... Read More

  1. Visit  FineAgain profile page
    3
    I bolused the patient's leg with 100 mL of amiodarone
    In the NICU when you do that with a tube feed, it's called "feeding the bed"!!! Ooopsie.
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  2. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    I've got a relatively new one from my days at the LTC.

    I was having a terrible morning med pass. Nobody had replaced the stock meds and I had to run back to central supply several times for vitamins, APAP etc. Several patients needed their meds crushed in applesauce, and it took 20 minutes for a couple of them to get it all down. Then I had a brand-new tube feeder, and he had about 20 vitamins along with his prescription meds....all of which had to be pulverized, opened, or stuck with a pin and the liquid poured out.

    I'd just put the contents of two fish oil capsules into the med cup when the swamp cooler suddenly came on and blew everything but the pill crusher and the med book off the cart. Unfortunately, before being swept away the cup with the fish oil in it spilled on both my scrub top and the MAR, instantly causing the entire hall to smell like a seal. Then to add insult to injury, I knocked over the pill crusher as I was trying to clean up the med cart, which made about a dozen of the slick plastic sleeves slide out onto the floor and scatter to the four winds.

    So I did what any sensible nurse would do: I broke up. At this point I was beyond frustrated, but the absurdity of it all was enough to make me laugh rather than swear!
  3. Visit  anon456 profile page
    4
    This is more of an awkward moment . . . we had a newborn who needed extended treatment for about two months. Baby's mom was breastfeeding and co-sleeping. She signed the bed waiver (we don't do that anymore) and so she and baby would nurse through the night. It was extremely awkward. Mom didn't care one bit that she fell asleep and then rolled on her back with her breasts fully exposed to the ceiling. Sometimes I would go in there and need to access the baby's PICC which was on its upper arm. The baby would be all snuggled next to mom's naked breast with its arm fully under her breast. I had to move the breast with the back of my hand to pull the baby's arm out. At which point baby wakes up and fusses, and then mom is putting baby to her breast while I'm trying to scrub the hub or get labs or something.
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  4. Visit  CrazyGoonRN profile page
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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!
    That is so funny!! I was sent to a "sister" nursing home for the first time due to their need for nurses. I was placed on the Dementia floor. As I was working I kept hearing music playing from different rooms at different times. It kept playing "It's a small world after all". No words just music. I thought it was weird that they all had the same musical device in their rooms that played the same song. I just ignored it and kept working. I found out later that it was actually the bed and chair alarms going off!! I'm amazed that none of the patients fell that evening, because I was completly ignoring them when their alarms went off.
  5. Visit  nursetu profile page
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    Hey, 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!
    Last edit by DidiRN on Mar 11, '14
  6. Visit  ~miss_mercy_me profile page
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    "Because God is good, He often waits with anticipation to give the long-awaited miracle, but He does wait: He waits for pride to give way to humility, for knowledge to defer to wisdom, and for anxiety to burn itself out into abiding hope."

    LOVE THIS QUOTE!!!
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  7. Visit  NorCalMimi profile page
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    I took a break from my LVN work at school sites and worked at a maximum security prison. One of my inmate/patients needed a regularly scheduled IM injection and I had not given one like it before. It was a psyc med that was not in a pre-filled syringe, so I selected the proper syringe, which had a lovely IM-sized needle already attached. This inmate/patient was in Administrative Segregation in the mental health section of the prison (on top of being a level 4 prisoner). This is enough to creep a nurse out, trust me, let alone having to jab a sharp object into his arm. I was really hoping to just get the injection over with and continue on with my med pass to the other 50 inmates. So, BAM, right into the deltoid, no problem...until I felt a large pressure and noticed the syringe no longer had a needle. I felt all of the blood drain from my face, looked at the inmate, looked at my escorting officer, looked at the inmate's arm. Well, the officer must have read my mind so he announced, "It goes back inside when it's done." I had used a safety syringe. Um, DUH! The needle was safe inside the syringe, not stuck inside the inmate's deltoid. All 3 of us got a good laugh, including the inmate.
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  8. Visit  CodeteamB profile page
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    Quote from NorCalMimi
    I took a break from my LVN work at school sites and worked at a maximum security prison. One of my inmate/patients needed a regularly scheduled IM injection and I had not given one like it before. It was a psyc med that was not in a pre-filled syringe, so I selected the proper syringe, which had a lovely IM-sized needle already attached. This inmate/patient was in Administrative Segregation in the mental health section of the prison (on top of being a level 4 prisoner). This is enough to creep a nurse out, trust me, let alone having to jab a sharp object into his arm. I was really hoping to just get the injection over with and continue on with my med pass to the other 50 inmates. So, BAM, right into the deltoid, no problem...until I felt a large pressure and noticed the syringe no longer had a needle. I felt all of the blood drain from my face, looked at the inmate, looked at my escorting officer, looked at the inmate's arm. Well, the officer must have read my mind so he announced, "It goes back inside when it's done." I had used a safety syringe. Um, DUH! The needle was safe inside the syringe, not stuck inside the inmate's deltoid. All 3 of us got a good laugh, including the inmate.
    The other day I was starting an IV in a rather large vein. I'm a one-shot single motion kind of gal so I stuck the patient, saw flash advanced and occluded, only to realize the patient was bleeding from the site and there was no catheter to be seen.

    My heart leapt into my mouth and I panicked... I couldn't really process what I was seeing. The only thing I could think was that the entire catheter was inside the very large vein I had just attempted to cannulate.

    Then I realized that was ridiculous, bandaged the patient and found my malfunctioning catheter lying on the other side of the patient. It had become disconnected and flown off the end of the needle as I swung up prior to my jab. My cavalier style bit me in the butt, but it makes for a good story.
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  9. Visit  Kayartea profile page
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    When I was a nursing student one of my patients was wearing a Texas Rig catheter and, as is usual with those (they need to make some of the Rhode Island sized), was having difficulty keeping it in place. I got the idea that we could use the spray adhesive to help. After spraying the area, it was taking too long to dry enough to reapply the rig so I started blowing on it. Imagine my instructors face upon opening the door and finding my patient in the chair with me kneeling in front of him huffing away like someone trying cool their soup!

    One of my buddies in the same class (Oh, that poor instructor! We were so young, dumb, and awkward) walked into her patient's room on our very first hospital clinical day only to find the patient sitting up ready to vomit. My friend panicked and ran over to the patient with her hands out. The patient promptly vomited into her hands. And she just as promptly vomited all over the patient, right as the instructor walked into the room.
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  10. Visit  brillohead profile page
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    Quote from Kayartea
    they need to make some of the Rhode Island sized
    THIS!

    Why do they not make them in teeny-tiny sizes????
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  11. Visit  scifispam profile page
    5
    The time I was doing an admission 30 mins before clock out time....I am flying through and mechanically asking questions. I ask patient "how well do you walk?" Yup....she had just gotten an aka a few days before, that's why she was admitted back for infection. :-/
  12. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Quote from Kayartea
    When I was a nursing student one of my patients was wearing a Texas Rig catheter and, as is usual with those (they need to make some of the Rhode Island sized), was having difficulty keeping it in place. I got the idea that we could use the spray adhesive to help. After spraying the area, it was taking too long to dry enough to reapply the rig so I started blowing on it. Imagine my instructors face upon opening the door and finding my patient in the chair with me kneeling in front of him huffing away like someone trying cool their soup!

    One of my buddies in the same class (Oh, that poor instructor! We were so young, dumb, and awkward) walked into her patient's room on our very first hospital clinical day only to find the patient sitting up ready to vomit. My friend panicked and ran over to the patient with her hands out. The patient promptly vomited into her hands. And she just as promptly vomited all over the patient, right as the instructor walked into the room.
    I. am. DYING.The mental pictures are beyond hilarious!!!!
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  13. Visit  kiszi profile page
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    I was about 7 months pregnant with my first child. Sitting at the nurse's station charting. For some reason I thought it would be fun to tilt my chair back on its back legs. Never a good idea, especially with a rolling office chair. :/ I toppled over backwards and crashed into a desk behind me, sending stuff flying everywhere. NP who was nearby came running over, saying Oh my gosh, are you ok? She hadn't witnessed my idiocy and thought I had passed out or something. I told her what had happened and she said "oh", gave me a "you're so stupid" look and left me lying there.
    TeflonNurse, uRNmyway, VampyrSlayer, and 9 others like this.

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