i still laugh about this one

  1. at the hospital i work at during nights the admitting office will call the floor with the info for a new pt to be assigned to a room for admission. this night i answered the phone and took down the info for a newly admitted pt. i took the info down and gave it to my charge nurse to assign the bed. 2 hrs later i hear her making calls looking for her pt and wondering why report has not been called to her. unable to locate the pt, she went to the admitting office to straighten it our. it turned out the "Brian Mass" she was looking for for 2 hours was actually a pt w/ a brain mass and a totally different name.
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  3. by   FamilymanRNBSN L/D
    Originally posted by alyciaboo:
    at the hospital i work at during nights the admitting office will call the floor with the info for a new pt to be assigned to a room for admission. this night i answered the phone and took down the info for a newly admitted pt. i took the info down and gave it to my charge nurse to assign the bed. 2 hrs later i hear her making calls looking for her pt and wondering why report has not been called to her. unable to locate the pt, she went to the admitting office to straighten it our. it turned out the "Brian Mass" she was looking for for 2 hours was actually a pt w/ a brain mass and a totally different name.
    (This story occurred just pryor to entering Nursing School I was a nurse aid at a cancer hospital in tulsa ok)
    I once entered a pt room with the Rn at the bedside and proceeded to empty the Jackson pratt drain in her abdomen. The nurse instructed me to take the contents and measure then in the rest room. While in the rest room I began to gargle aloud. The nurse and the pt both lost it and asked whatI was up too. I said, "you said gargle right?" I have often found that terminal patients appreciate nursing care that is both serious and sensitive. However at times is is necessary to remind them that their not dead yet, and life is meant to be lived. Humor is the best medicine...
    Todd from tulsa Rn BSN L/D

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i still laugh about this one