Nursing School Bloopers - page 12

Anyone have any funny nursing school stories from their past? I had to change an IV bag and went in with my instructor to do so. My instructor always made me nervous but I was determined to... Read More

  1. by   TazziRN
    My own story: medsurg rotation and I had a pt with a 24-hour urine ordered. I just wasn't thinking.....for some reason I thought were measuring output for 24 hours, not actually collecting the urine. There was a strange-shaped container in the bathroom in a pan of ice, not labeled. I stared at it each time I dumped the urine in the toilet, wondering what it was for.

    The day was almost over when I realized what I had done and what the container was for. With a sick feeling I went and found my instructor and told her what I'd done, and her response was a very quiet, "Oh sh*t."

    The test had to be postponed till the next day and started over.
  2. by   hikernurse
    Quote from TazziRN
    My own story: medsurg rotation and I had a pt with a 24-hour urine ordered. I just wasn't thinking.....for some reason I thought were measuring output for 24 hours, not actually collecting the urine. There was a strange-shaped container in the bathroom in a pan of ice, not labeled. I stared at it each time I dumped the urine in the toilet, wondering what it was for.

    The day was almost over when I realized what I had done and what the container was for. With a sick feeling I went and found my instructor and told her what I'd done, and her response was a very quiet, "Oh sh*t."

    The test had to be postponed till the next day and started over.
    When I was a CNA, I noticed the nurses would get very antsy towards the last few hours of a 24-hour collection--some went to great lengths with several notes written all over the bathroom, LOL.
  3. by   Jamesdotter
    Quote from TazziRN
    That's better than a D5 bath! Years ago it was standard to hang D5W on chest pain pts. In the trauma room we had one bag of D5 and one bag of RL spiked and ready to go in a hurry. I was checking the spike date on the bag of D5 and somehow snagged the tubing on something and pulled it out. The bag was hanging just high enough that I couldn't get it down so I stood there with my thumb against the opening, yelling for help. There was a trickle of this stuff going down my arm into my scrub top. I spent the rest of the shift very sticky.
    Even more years ago all our IV solutions (except blood) came in glass bottles. I suspect that at least half of my class had the experience of dropping one and spending time chasing sticky glass around the floor trying to get it all cleaned up.
  4. by   nrsang97
    Quote from TazziRN
    That's better than a D5 bath! Years ago it was standard to hang D5W on chest pain pts. In the trauma room we had one bag of D5 and one bag of RL spiked and ready to go in a hurry. I was checking the spike date on the bag of D5 and somehow snagged the tubing on something and pulled it out. The bag was hanging just high enough that I couldn't get it down so I stood there with my thumb against the opening, yelling for help. There was a trickle of this stuff going down my arm into my scrub top. I spent the rest of the shift very sticky.

    This happened to me as we were taking a pt from our ICU to the surgical ICU, except it was DOPAMINE. We were taking the pt out the door to the elevator and the tubing got caught on the door and pulled the spike out of the dopamine. We had dopamine all over the floor and another nurse ran back to get me another bag. I have been a RN for 6 years and that was the first time I had ever made that boo boo. I let out a very loud OH SH**! Pt did arrive to the other ICU without anyother incidents.
  5. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    I had to hang some Vanco for one of my assigned clients. My instructor hands me this bag, of a type I'd never seen before. This instructor also intimidated the hell out of me (I love her, but it's true!) and the staff nurse was also looking on. The bag was the type where you pull the plug out which is inside the bag, and then mix it up. For some reason, I yanked off the hook on the outside of the bag, which is used to hang the bag. (In my defense, I did so with a look of total confidence. ) The staff nurse and my instructor both looked at me like :smackingf, but the staff nurse was so nice he rushed over and quickly made a new hook out of tape while I held the bag looking very sheepish. My instructor started laughing and said "I don't know why I just looked-on while you did that." Heh. Sorries.

    My very first day on the floor in clinical I spilled an entire cup of pills on the floor, after the staff RN had just meticulously taken all 15 of them out of the PIXIS. What's worse, I had no idea how I managed to spill them, I just spazzed-out for a minute and they went flying off the bedside table. I was mortified. Luckily she was really nice about it, but I'm sure she did a good bit of cursing when she got back into the med room.
  6. by   cardsRN
    Quote from qwerty12
    it was our first clinical exposure, and i was assigned to a patient who needed her daily suppository. by the time i was about to give the meds, my clinical instructor went in to make sure that i would be doing the right thing. i was so nervous because it was my first time, and i ended up telling the patient this:

    "Good morning mam, my name is jay and i'm about to insert my suppository inside your butt."
    OMG you win!

    to go with the IV bath stories. we had a ff chf pt on home dopamine so when she would come in you would have to switch her to hospital system and she was grouchy and bossy and i was a new grad. so i had already disconnected her meds and hooked up ours in her PICC, then the IV pump fell off the pole unspiking the bag. dopa all over me, the pt, the bed... me yelling for help knowing her BP would be in the 70's in a minute. and her just sitting there rolling her eyes at me. i wanted to go through the floor.
  7. by   fultzymom
    Quote from Jabber964
    Anyone have any funny nursing school stories from their past?

    I had to change an IV bag and went in with my instructor to do so. My instructor always made me nervous but I was determined to remain confident and do the task....it wasnt difficult. She proceeded to ask me what was in the bag and I told her normal saline. She told me "ok, go ahead" and stood back to watch. I proceeded to pull out the line to put it into the new bag, but didn't take it off the IV pole before doing so. I received a saline bath with the remaining fluid that was in the bag. My instructor ran to get a towel and we cleaned up the wet floor. She then asked me to step outside the room. I thought I was going to hear it. What I heard was her laughing and telling me that I had to laugh sometimes and "everyohne has a saline bath once and then it never happens again." I still don't believe her but its funny looking back now.
    I did that too! But it went on the instructor somehow!! Talk about embarrassing!!
  8. by   squeakykitty
    I had a classmate set up to take a pts. BP. She got the dynamap out, put it around the pts. arm, then put her stethescope on the brachial artery. It took her a few seconds to figure out why the nurse was looking at her funny.
  9. by   cherokeesummer
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Here's my embarrassing student-nurse story:

    It was the first term of second year, and I was about to do my first catheterization, with my instructor and five or six other students in the room. The patient, thank God, was a fairly fresh post-op who was still pretty knocked-out from the anesthetic, so he didn't really care about all of us being in there, but after I got all my supplies, washed my hands, and gloved up I discovered something I hadn't counted on: I couldn't find his penis. :uhoh21: He was elderly and obviously had never been particularly large, but what he lacked in the endowment department he more than made up for in pubic hair, and to complicate matters his scrotum was so swollen he looked as though he were sitting on a soccer ball.

    I looked at my instructor, Vicky, as if to say "Now what?", but she was standing at an angle where she couldn't see what I was dealing with, and she urged me on: "Grasp the shaft with your non-dominant hand, then expose the meatus........." Well, how the heck was I supposed to say out loud that I couldn't FIND it?! Luckily, I happened to glance back at the patient, who mumbled something along the lines of "Here" and showed me where it was located :imbar In the meantime the other students were literally crimson with suppressed laughter, and I still had to insert the darn Foley.......The instructor was getting a little upset with me because I didn't seem to be, uh, grasping the situation, and her voice got louder as she demonstrated the proper way to hold the penis while inserting the catheter with the dominant hand. Then she moved around to manually assist me, saw why I was having so much trouble......and made me continue anyway.

    Finally I managed to grab onto the poor man, and it took what seemed like forever to get the cath all the way in.......my fellow students were all but rolling on the floor, and Vicky was yelling "Come on, push it in, push, push, push!!" The worst part was when I kept losing my grip on the penis....with its meager dimensions covered in K-Y, it kept slithering out of my hand, and I must've had to start over six or seven times before I finally hit paydirt. By this time the sweat was literally pouring off of me, I was out of breath, and my classmates were barrelling out the door into the hallway, where I could hear them howling with laughter as Vicky told me, "That's probably the worst catheterization I've ever seen---but you did it!"

    It was also probably the hardest one I ever did; after that, catheterizing other patients was a snap, and I wound up being the first in my class to be allowed to perform this task independently. But until the day we graduated, I was teased unmercifully about that day and hailed with the Catheter Queen Salute, which was a hand signal reminiscent of the way I'd kept flailing away in my futile efforts to hold onto that poor patient's manhood.

    :uhoh21:

    Not only was that laugh a greatly needed one as I am sick as a dog tonight but you put it so eloquently it was as if reading an english novel or something LOL never heard it described so well...are you a writer by profession too? Seriously, that is a GREAT funny one but written very well! LOL!
  10. by   IlliniBabyRN
    This happened to a good friend of mine in our nursing class but I laugh every time I picture her doing it. At this point in our clinicals we were able to do an injection by ourselves if our instructor had seen us do it enough times and felt comfortable with us performing the task. Well my friend went into her patient's room to give a Lovenox inj. After trying several times to inject the med. she came out into the hallway where her instructor was standing talking to another student. My friend had a wide-eyed look on her face and yelled "THIS NEEDLE IS DEFFECTIVE!!!" ...the instructor looked at her and said "well, try taking the cap off" hahahaha
  11. by   ICU_JOSIE
    Quote from ClimbingNurse
    To give meds via NG you must crush them (or empty the capsule). Dilantin is available as a sustained release capsule. It is my understanding (though I have actually not yet passed meds) that you should NEVER crush a sustained release medication. Doing so can cause the whole drug to act at once instead of slowly over time. So, if it was a sustained release capsule, then that would be why it was ordered PO.

    Right?
    Yep, I agree on that one.
  12. by   traumaliz
    My first day in clinical, I walked in and introduced my self to my patient, proceeded to kick over a completely FULL metal urinal on the floor. I ran down the hall and asked my instructor where the mops were kept--when she asked why, I said don't ask questions!

    The same day--5 of our students were taken in to watch a paracentesis being done. One threw up, one passed out on the spot, and a third knocked herself out cold when she ran into the door, trying to get out of the room. There were only17 of us total, so I'd say we made quite an impression.

    Liz[FONT="Fixedsys"]
  13. by   grace90
    As a student I was once assigned to a retired nursing instructor who was known to be a real pistol. I was stressing bigtime and when she asked to be put on the bedpan, a fracture pan, I put it under her backwards. Funny now, not then. :trout:

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