Funniest thing a new nurse said/charted/asked...

  1. Recently, while orienting a new nurse to the floor, I was reviewing her charting. She charted scrotal edema as..." Scrotal edema the size of a large baking potatoe". I couldn't help but laugh

    Anyone else care to share their story?
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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from heartnurseinva
    Recently, while orienting a new nurse to the floor, I was reviewing her charting. She charted scrotal edema as..." Scrotal edema the size of a large baking potatoe". I couldn't help but laugh

    Anyone else care to share their story?
    That's cute!
  4. by   Antikigirl
    Well..hope an intern counts here, because that was my funniest!

    There was a man who went into cardiac arrest...total flat line. Witnessed so the nurse did a precardial thump, and we started to get the pads on the patient for quick cardioversion...IV in...lets at least try.

    Meanwhile, a doc runs in and freaks out that no one is doing CPR (ummmmm putting the pads on fella, and getting the CPR board under him and IV set up...takes a couple seconds dude!). SO he jumps on the patient and is quickly thrown off just before the shock...okay that happens all the time..LOL, but his intern...

    The intern..bless his heart...ran in with a doppler and was checking for pedal pulses! Ummmm little hint...asystole has no pulses anywhere, and metal probe plus shock BAD!

    I tackled him fast past all the gocking interns before he was a cooked goose from the shock...saved him from that experience but hurt both our backs a little..LOL! (naaaaa it was just temp).

    But it cracks me up to think...ummmmm asystole..lets get out the doppler and check pedal pulses! DUH!!!!!
  5. by   Antikigirl
    OH yeah...one of my favorites is seeing how high student nurses put up a patients legs for edema...okay above the heart is a rule, but come on...a patient looking like they are in traction with their legs in the air is a bit much! I just say as a rule...above the nipple line is too high~! LOL!

    Funniest charting I found by a student "uterus is patient and flowing ___ CC's of light yellow urine" for a male...umm might have meant urethra???
  6. by   Adam D. RN2005
    My first day as a Brand New RN with the new RN shine, well, I am shadowing my preceptor, she intorduces me to a pt and tells me to listen to his chest, hoping I would hear the faint murmur. Well the patient is depressed and saddened, so I listin, I look at my preceptor and with the straightest face, tell her I hear a heartbeat. The pt just bursts into laughter.

    I use humor in my practice a lot. A husband and wifre were arguing. Husband told the wife who was my patient that she had no heart. I go to listin to her heart sounds. I look at the husband with the straightest face again and said, I have got some bad news, your wife has a heart. They were both in stitches.

    I have been known to walk into a room of a pt who ad a craneototomy and tell the pt "Looks like you had a splitting headache." They laugh. Humor serves to purposes, gets the pt to look at their illness with humor, and it gains the trust of the pt very quickly.

    Adam, RN
  7. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from Adam D. RN2005
    My first day as a Brand New RN with the new RN shine, well, I am shadowing my preceptor, she intorduces me to a pt and tells me to listen to his chest, hoping I would hear the faint murmur. Well the patient is depressed and saddened, so I listin, I look at my preceptor and with the straightest face, tell her I hear a heartbeat. The pt just bursts into laughter.

    I use humor in my practice a lot. A husband and wifre were arguing. Husband told the wife who was my patient that she had no heart. I go to listin to her heart sounds. I look at the husband with the straightest face again and said, I have got some bad news, your wife has a heart. They were both in stitches.

    I have been known to walk into a room of a pt who ad a craneototomy and tell the pt "Looks like you had a splitting headache." They laugh. Humor serves to purposes, gets the pt to look at their illness with humor, and it gains the trust of the pt very quickly.
    Adam, RN

    As a patient I have got to say...we need more nurses like you...when you are in the hospital you need a laugh...or just to feel someone cares and you even attempting to make them laugh shows that...keep it up
  8. by   Nurse-o-holic
    I was giving narcan to my over-sedated patient, and instructed my student to sternal rub him. Later in the charting she had written "Pt sedated, and sternal rub administered. Pt awake and asking what time it was. Sternal rub stopped when patient yelled that it hurt"
  9. by   SFCardiacRN
    I had just finished walking a nursing student thru her first foley cath when she looked up with pride in her voice and announced that it was the first one she had seen that wasn't hard.
  10. by   MamaTheNurse
    Quote from SFCardiacRN
    I had just finished walking a nursing student thru her first foley cath when she looked up with pride in her voice and announced that it was the first one she had seen that wasn't hard.
    oh my goodness - how did you keep yourself from just busting out with laughter!!!
  11. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Quote from SFCardiacRN
    I had just finished walking a nursing student thru her first foley cath when she looked up with pride in her voice and announced that it was the first one she had seen that wasn't hard.
    Yeah, that's pretty funny...LOL
  12. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from SFCardiacRN
    I had just finished walking a nursing student thru her first foley cath when she looked up with pride in her voice and announced that it was the first one she had seen that wasn't hard.
    :roll
  13. by   lpnstudentin2010
    never mind i just realized i already posted a simmilar reply to this post
  14. by   lpnstudentin2010
    bump

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