Most Embarassing Moment - page 4

:wavey: Have you had a most embarassing moment at work or when you were in nursing school? I did. It was when I was in nursing school. I was the oldest student. Went back to school after 35 ... Read More

  1. by   acuteobrn
    These are funny!!:chuckle

    Belinda,
    Thanks for the tip about proper use of tampons!!! Live and learn right?:roll

    Here is one:

    Placed stethscope in her ears, lifted diaphram to pt's ear and told pt to relax I am going to take your temp now. Um, new addition to stethscope, noooo. Just a really tired and overworked nurse. Acutally is a friend of mine (Really) Very smart, very bright, very tired one night. About an hour after the incident she fessed up, I just love to ask if her patient needs a temp and hand her a stethscope. :chuckle

    Me? I am much too perfect to do such mindless things Nawh, just can't think of anything right now. But I am enjoying the posts. Keep em comming.

    :chuckle
  2. by   Ricky RN
    This is not my embarrassing moment but a moment I shared with a fellow student while in nursing school.

    "C" and I were supposed to start a foley on a male patient. I had done them before but she had not. So under the watchful eye of the staff nurse "C" got all set up and began. After grasping his penis, she told him that she was going to clean his penis with betadine to help prevent him from getting an infection. With the soaked cotton ball inches from his penis he suddenly shrieked "NOOOOOOO, I'M ALLERGIC TO BETADINE". Having nothing else immediately available, the staff nurse said she would get something else and promptly left the room. "C" was frozen with uncertainty and couldn't seem to make the decision to let go of his penis. She looked back and forth between the patient and the door and I could hear her silent prayer for the staff nurse to return. After about three minutes of uncomfortable silence (she is still holding on) the inevitable physiological responce happens and "C" is staring with horror at the steadily enlarging member in her hand. She finally let go and almost threw the sheet over his pubic region. By this time the poor patient is fully erect and the sheet looks like a pup-tent. That is when the staff nurse returned. She looks at me and "C" and then at the pup-tent and gave us both a very curious look. Finally, "C" could stand it no longer and fled the room with a muffled squeak and the reddest face I have ever seen. I placed the foley but it was difficult because I don't know who was laughing harder, me, the patient, or the staff nurse.
    Last edit by Ricky RN on May 22, '03
  3. by   FranEMTnurse
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. I just looove post #41. I bet that student never forgot that experience. In fact, it puts me in mind about an incident several years ago when I was working as a Nurses Aide. I was working on day shift at the time, and was on the men's unit where I had been assigned a couple weeks earlier.
    There was a resident who had a CNA, and was wheelchair bound. He smiled a smile that seemed to cover his entire face whenever I arrived. As I was caring for him one day, I pulled his covers down to provide his care. And there standing at attention, was U no what! It surprised me, so I covered him back up and told him I'd be back a little later.
    Well, after that incident, every day I went into his room to take care of him, I was greeted the same way. I asked to be transferred to another unit.
  4. by   RNCENCCRNNREMTP
    A big foot in a big mouth. Ambulance calls in, they are transferring a patient from an outlying hospital to our CCU (500 pound man with lower extremity cellulitis, became very dyspneic at the other hospital, probable PE). Arrested enroute and medics want to divert to ER. ON arrival, I go out to ambulance bay to assist with unloading and it's like a freaking clown car. I don't know how many people came out of the back of that ambulance but it was at least 8!!!!! As I round the corner of the truck I see this HUGE man just overflowing the narrow ambulance cart. Plus, he is still on a roller board and he is shaking and shimmying with each chest compression.

    And now my brain left my body as I said...

    "Sweet Jabba the Hutt" (the very fat alien from Star Wars)

    Everybody stops dead and stares at me as I feel a tap on my shoulder. One of the ambulance crew is standing there and said (yep)

    "That's my dad"

    Aaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!
  5. by   RNCENCCRNNREMTP
    Originally posted by karenG
    she had a large wound on her thigh- it was her whole thigh and it was just maggot infested! she ended up having the whole lot debrided-once we'd got off the chairs! she also recovered and went home- well sort of because she was homeless and living in Greenwich park! I can still see those maggots!! and its 20yrs ago!!!!!

    Karen

    Maggots are great for getting rid of necrotic tissue. I believe there is recent research where maggots are being used therapeutically, just like leeches. Still gross though!
  6. by   karenG
    we use maggots therapeutically here all the time- it was the vast number and the fact that she was unconcious and smelt............yuk!! poor lady.

    Karen
  7. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Maggots are being used to eat away the dead tissue. The thing is they will not touch the healthy tissue. They are bred and bred in labs until they are declared sterile.


    The most embarrassing thing I can think of isn't my story, but the story of a very good friend from nursing school. We had JUST began our clinical rotations. My friend was assigned a slightly confused elderly lady. She was assisting with ADLs, thought she was brushing the ladies teeth with toothpaste. Lady complained of "stickiness". It was later determined that my friend brushed that ladies teeth with denture adhesive.

    Panties and thongs: in nursing school one of the first thing our teacher informed us about concerning the dress code for clinicals is "no tweety bird etc. underwear". We were told to wear white panties if we're white and black panties if we're black. My underwear collection has been completely changed for that reason. DUBLIN, Those nude/beige panties sound like a great idea! Why haven't I thought about that yet?

    MANDI: don't feel too bad I saw something a heck of a lot worse at K-Mart this week. A young girl with a short shirt and VERY low hip huggers bent over in fron of me to tie her shoe. When she did those hip huggers went a lot lower and there was nothing to see except for one hot pink thong. When she straightened up her pants came back up and hid the thong again, but I thought I would fall out laughing in the mean time. It was hilarious.

    My worst embarassing moment was when my husband and I were moving. His aunt, mom, and grandmother were kind enough to drop in while I was at work to help us pack. They started the packing in our bedroom of all places. His grandmother was the unfortunate enough to find a small box with certain "intimate items" inside and asked his mom what they were. Fortunately, I didn't hear about this for a long, long time when his mom made a joke with me about it. :imbar :imbar
  8. by   FranEMTnurse
    Get a load of this one.
    I live near a major university that performs mounds of studies. I saw the results of one in an interview done with a local entemologist on our local TV news network. He showed how forensics locates a buried body after the person was murdered.
    Maggots are placed on an area where the suspected body is buried, and if they stay in that spot for a length of time, the body has been located.
    Oh the wonders of forensic science.
  9. by   tattooednursie
    lol at the pink thong! I got one of them too.
  10. by   lgoins
    I was covering for a nurse on break. She had admitted a 50'ish y.o. man earlier in the shift. I answered his call light. The patient's wife told me that "Frank" needed to go to the bathroom. I looked at the 300+, minimally responsive patient sitting in the bed. It was obvious he wasn't going to be able to stand to void. So I got a urinal & tried to prop his penis in it.

    I couldn't find his penis & I decided he must be laying on it or something. I was moving layers of fat & couldn't find the darn thing. The patient's wife was resting on a cot in the room & not paying any attention to the length of time it was taking. I tried lowering the head of the bed & turning "Frank" on his side, but he was too short of breath to tolerate the head down. I finally grabbed a bed pan & got it underneath him so he could pee. I told one of the other nurses that getting a foley in this guy would probably be a good idea, but that it might be difficult.

    The admitting nurse came back from break & I explained the urinal problem. She laughed so hard she cried. "Frank" was born "Francine". I turned many shades of red. We still chuckle about it today.
  11. by   Tilleycs
    Ah, the search for the penii goes on.
  12. by   nursejenrad
    Heather,
    I think this made my whole day-
    I can so totally picture this and I had tears in my eyes reading this. Your cool!
    jen
  13. by   Michael_Keithly
    I'M AN ASSISTANT NURSE IN A SKILLED NURSING UNIT AT A LARGE LOCAL HOSPITAL. LAST WEEK I ADMITTED A 93 Y/O FEMALE WHO HAD FALLEN AT HOME AND HAD SEVERAL SKIN TEARS. IN THE REPORT THAT I HAD RECIEVED BEFORE GETTING HER, I WAS TOLD THAT SHE WAS ALERT X3 AND WAS A MAX ASSIST OF ONE PERSON. WHEN SHE GOT TO HER ROOM, SHE WAS TOTALLY CONFUSED, AND HAD TO USE THE BEDSIDE COMMODE. SO, WANTING TO GET ON WITH THE ASSESSMENT, I DECIDED TO DO IT MYSELF, INSTEAD OF ASKING ONE OF THE CNA'S. SO, I GET HER THERE NO PROBLEM. THEN, WHEN SHE WAS FINISHED, I WENT TO GET HER UP. THIS TIME THE TRANSFER WASN'T AS EASY. SHE DECIDES TO DO THE SPLITS. SO, NOT WANTING TO LET HER FALL, I PUSH HER ON THE BED IN FRONT OF HER, ON WHICH SHE LANDS FACE DOWN. SO, WHILE I'M HOLDING ON TO HER NOT LETTING HER SLIP TO THE FLOOR, WITH HER BUTT STICKING IN THE AIR AND ME STANDING BEHIND HER HOLDING HER UP (WHICH LOOKED LIKE I WAS DOING SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT) HER SON WALKS IN AND ASKS WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON. I HAD FUN EXPLAINING THAT ONE, LET ME TELL YA...

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