Nursing School Bloopers - page 6

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   NurseFirst
    Quote from TDub
    Good thing you weren't successful...
    Good thing he was comatose ... !!!!
  2. by   dazzle256
    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?
    Then the question is.........If the pt can take po meds why are we giving any of them through the NG?
  3. by   youngRNstudent
    I had a little blooper....

    My patient (who was a retired MD) had an IV and of course the stupid pump was beeping, so I go in and realize I should probably flush it through one of the ports. So, I go and get a saline flush and attach a needle, and proceed to poke the needle through a port and of COURSE I forget that now the IV tubing is all a "needleless port" system and all the NS comes squirting out of the port all over me and the patient who now is cracking up asking me WHY I would attach a needle........you know I never did that again!!!!!

    Another blooper, I'm in my patient's room who is VERY hard of hearing. The MD comes in to do his assessment (amazing huh?) and he asks her "if she likes to eat" (assessing her appetite) and she looks at him SO confused and says "DO I WASH MY TEETH?!?!?!?!" Her roomate, the MD, the PATIENT and I were all laughing hysterically.....
  4. by   webblarsk
    me too!!!!!!!! lol
  5. by   Titiana
    This was my first semester in my second year, I had an older lady in for angina and so she was on bedrest, only up to bedside comode, so she asks me to clean her teeth, so I take them out, I'm all gloved and take them in the bathroom, lay the washcloth down in the sink, and prepare to clean these teeth, so they are nice and clean, I then proceed to drop the teeth, they bounce off the side of the sink, out the bathroom door and halfway across the pt's room.

    Oh, I'm standing there looking at myself in the bathroom mirror, thinking if I could sneak out the bathroom and out the door without the pt seeing me, I was soooo embarrassed and scared, I swore that she was going to tell my instructor and I was going to get a safety and andd this horrable stuff, so I take a deep breath and slink out and the pt grins at me and says "They giving you a hard time?"

    LOL.
  6. by   smiles13
    From babysitting I realize that once baby boys are undiapered, they usually pee... So, in the nursery I tried to be careful and cover them ASPA. One night I wasn't so lucky... changing a one boy, I got myself of the forehead. Then... I had to weigh another boy. He had just gone, so I set his little naked body on the scale and I looked up to see a raining stream of pee that went from one bassinette almost them all as he squirmed his little body. Not only did it get other babies... he got my preceptor, too.
  7. by   Adam D. RN2005
    Quote from smiles13
    From babysitting I realize that once baby boys are undiapered, they usually pee... So, in the nursery I tried to be careful and cover them ASPA. One night I wasn't so lucky... changing a one boy, I got myself of the forehead. Then... I had to weigh another boy. He had just gone, so I set his little naked body on the scale and I looked up to see a raining stream of pee that went from one bassinette almost them all as he squirmed his little body. Not only did it get other babies... he got my preceptor, too.
    You're lucky. During my pediatric rotation, I was assigned an 8 month old premie. Had to change his Diaper. Lets just say that his urine was a very good vintage. Enough said.

    Adam
  8. by   saskrn
    Quote from Titiana
    "They giving you a hard time?"
    ROFLMAO!!
  9. by   nesher
    I wrote in a note, "no breath sounds." Forgot that one word....
  10. by   FutureNrse
    Quote from KibbsRNstudent
    I am sorry but I have to ask what was wrong with this? I start cliniclas in the fall and I would have done the same thing. I do not want to make a worng mistake if I can help it so please tell me why if the orders said to take the staples out and she did then why was it wrong? Is there a rule that says only take staples out of a certain part of the body or something?. Eek.
    I have no nursing experience, no nursing school...nothing. But, somehow, I think I can figure this one out. Lemme see if I get it right. If you have an incision that has been stapled shut and someone is told to remove half of those staples, I'd assume they mean, remove every other staple. I imagine it's because the incision isn't quite healed enough to remove all the staples. Maybe it's even a "testing the waters" kinda thing.
  11. by   NoCrumping
    Quote from TweetiePieRN
    My nursing student buddy asked me to help her pull her pt up in bed. The pt was really groggy and was asking why were we pulling him up in bed. I told him "So your feet don't get caught down here at the bottom." We pulled him up, got him all comfortable, and it was then when I realized he was a double above the knee amputee!!!
    Me and a fellow student were giving a kind of heavy looking woman a boost in bed. Well, I guess we didn't realize our own strength, or over-estimated her heaviness, because the two of us boosted her up and slammed her head right into the headboard. We felt absolutely terrible.
    Pt ok, CT scan negative.
  12. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from NoCrumping
    My nursing student buddy asked me to help her pull her pt up in bed. The pt was really groggy and was asking why were we pulling him up in bed. I told him "So your feet don't get caught down here at the bottom." We pulled him up, got him all comfortable, and it was then when I realized he was a double above the knee amputee!!!
    Waaaaaaaaay back in the Dark Ages, it was discovered by the nursing staff that I apparently had supernatural powers. To wit, according to my charting, I had walked John, a double amputee, every single day for a solid month!

    Hallelujah!

    What the staff failed to tell me is that both residents in the room had switched beds, nor was it reflected in the charts because it was such a small facility that everyone knew everyone else--except me.

    The error was corrected and nobody sued. In fact, both of the guys got a kick (pardon the pun ) out of it when they heard about it.
  13. by   cjssn
    Quote from jannecdote
    My most embarrassing moment happened the first time I inserted a foley catheter into a female patient. Embarrassing because I am a woman and you would think I would know a little sumpin' about sumpin'.

    Anyway, I prepare the patient and the sterile field and am ready to start. I tell the patient I am going to touch her, and then carefully and slowly clean her with the betadine soaked cotton balls--taking great care to clean the area I THINK is her urethral meatus. This is so embarrassing--I cringe now just thinking about it. Right before I get ready to insert the tip of the catheter into a small crease that I THINK is the urethral meatus, I get a feeling something is not quite right and hesitate. At this point, I've got the catheter just a few inches away from where I am planning to insert it. I'm so nervous I can hardly think straight because the instructor and 3 other classmates are watching. The instructor tells me to go ahead, and mercy me, I have a moment where the fog clears out of my brain and I realize what I think is her urethral meatus is actually her clitoris. In that split second of lucid thinking--you know how nervous you get with the instructor watching--I took a closer look, saw the 'real' meatus and inserted the catheter correctly--realizing how close I came to making a mistake. I felt so stupid and my face turned red as a beet. I don't know if my instructor knew--I wouldn't doubt it because she was smart as a whip--but she just looked at me, smiled and said "Good job."




    Last year during clinical one of my friends had to insert a foley in a woman. None of us had done this yet so we were all eager to watch. The poor girl goes in there with the instuctor and three students. She explains to the patient what she is going to do and then begins to set up. Well The patient is not happy and is yelling out the whole time which only makes my friend more nervous. When it comes time to insert we all look and realize there is no definite looking meatus. There are these little holes all over, or they were spots that looks like holes. Our instructor justs starts pointing and saying, "Try this one, try that one." The poor woman is yelling in pain and the student is getting upset. Suddenly one of the other students who had been a nurse in another country says, " One time we had a patient and we had to put it in her vagina." We all kind of looked at her, but the instructor said, " I don't know, try it." So the student put it in and sure enough it worked. The stuff that came out, uuggh! It was so gross! It figures the week after in lecture we were told about how this might be a possibility when you can't find it on the outside.
    Last edit by cjssn on Feb 15, '05

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