Nursing School Bloopers - page 2

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   VioletX
    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've done the same thing ... twice.
  2. by   nursesarah
    i was working on a general medical floor this past semester. my pt. was a psych pt, who suffered from schizophrenia.

    well, i had just gone on my break when he yells out "F! off!!!". you could hear it all they way down the ward. so my nurse goes in and asks him what wrong. and he yells out at the top of his lungs "Sex!!! everyone is getting it but me!!!" needless to say, i was kinda nervous going back in there.
  3. by   critcarenurse16
    These are great!
    One of my colleagues on the night shift had a patient who kept asking for a 'bedbath'. We were slow so she got her wish. Throughout the night however she kept asking for a bedbath. The nurse explained that she had gotten her bedbath and should try to sleep. After a few hours the patient was still wanting her bedbath. The nurse, now getting frustrated, said "we don't do that on night shift" and encouraged the patient to try and sleep. The patient's call light went on as the day shift came on. She told them she needed her bedPAN- and "apparently you can't go at night in this place" We appologized for the misunderstanding and had a good laugh later!
  4. by   critcarenurse16
    here's another one. you know you're a nurse if...

    ...you've used a tongue depressor as a spoon.
    ...your wardrobe consists of white scrubs and comfortable shoes.
    ...you've ever congratulated someone for passing gas.:chuckle
  5. by   Loodlow
    I was so naive!!! During my OB rotation, when doing fundal massage in the OB recovery room, I exclaimed "This is amazing! The more you rub it the harder it gets!" EVERYONE in the recovery room---patient, doctor, grandparents, instructor, looked like their eyes were going to pop out. I honestly had no clue why.
  6. by   ClimbingNurse
    This one is from last week:

    I'm changing a dressing on a recent foot amputation. I get the dressing off and hold the leg up to assess the wound. In the center of the wound, staring right back at me, is a 2 cm by 2 cm block of tissue that is hard and a yellowish white. I'm thinking to myself, "Wow! That's this guy's tibia!"

    I then start to wonder if that is normal. (For the surgeons to just leave the bone exposed like that.) So, I look over at my instructor who is observing the procedure. She has turned completely green and looks like she is about to pass out, barf, or both. So... Yeah, I guess that's not normal.

    It looked like they did the amputation w/ a freakin meat cleaver.
  7. by   mary761
    First semester, first IM injection. Standing at the med cart with my instructor, who was watching me draw back the medication. I had trouble getting the cap off the syringe, but she told me, "just pull it straight off". Finally got it off, drew up the medication from the bottle. Instructor, cool as kool-aid, says "What's that on the front of your uniform?" It was blood--my blood! Not only on my uniform, but also dripping on my shoe. I was SO intent on doing that shot right that I didn't notice I split my palm wide open with the needle. GAWD.
  8. by   TennNurse
    Quote from Loodlow
    I was so naive!!! During my OB rotation, when doing fundal massage in the OB recovery room, I exclaimed "This is amazing! The more you rub it the harder it gets!" EVERYONE in the recovery room---patient, doctor, grandparents, instructor, looked like their eyes were going to pop out. I honestly had no clue why.


    If it makes you feel better, when I first got out of school I worked for an OB-GYN, and an OB pt called to ask if she could use her vibrator (she had been in that day for vaginal bleeding). I right away said, "NO!!! You might vibrate something loose... like your baby!"

    Imagine my surprise... STILL am not sure how to use one of those things...
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    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:
  10. by   perksrn
    This week in gerneral has been a blooper. I opened my mouth about all of the procedures I had not done and wanted to do before graduation...I think I got to do them all....Today, I planned, would be error proof. I was in my patient's room giving her meds via NG when my instructor walks in and says, "You did give the Dilantin p.o, right?" I just stared blankly at the tube watching the Dilantin go down...She got the clue and suctioned it out, clamped the tube and took me to the hallway. I could have cried. I had looked at the dosages and meds carefully, but ASSUMED they were all via NG. Dilantin was a new order and was p.o. (not sure why?) Of course, never assume....NEVER. She had me redo the meds...I am sure the patient was a little confused (I did give her a brief explanation)!
    :imbar
  11. by   skislalom
    [QUOTE=mjlrn97]Here's my embarrassing student-nurse story:

    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?!

    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.

    So did your instructor ever realize The root of the problem? (or lack thereof)
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yeah, but we were already halfway into things before she moved to a spot where she could see why I was having so much trouble, so all either of us could do was proceed in as professional a manner as possible. :imbar
  13. by   renerian
    I was working with a new grad who somehow spiked through the bottom part of the tubing and then through the side of the blood bag and wow what a mess that was. I was very calm and snickered. She was so embarrased but said she appreciated my patience.

    Some of these stories are quite funny!


    renerian

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