Nursing School Bloopers - page 8

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   JBudd
    Quote from cjssn
    Last year during clinical one of my friends had to insert a foley in a woman. ...... 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.
    Often happens in elderly women. After cleansing with the Betadine, slide your finger gently up the top lining , into the vagina, you'll feel a little ridge. Using the other hand, slide the top of the tube along your "inside" finger, and gently direct the tube into the urethra.

    When I'd not been a nurse all that long, and didn't know how to find "missing" urethras, I asked another nurse for help since I couldn't get the Foley in. He quickly and expertly got it in, but in those days the cath wasn't already connected to the bag, he was holding it in his hand folded over to keep it clean, so the urine shot out directly at me (standing there holding her hands down). Went right up my front, from naval to nose. These days I duck faster!
  2. by   Victoriakem
    surprise, surprise, surprise!!!
  3. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    When I was on clinical, I had to give meds via G-tube for the first time. My instructor was right next to me, watching what I did. Wouldn't you know it- the tube was clogged. She told me to try forcing the liquid in by pushing as hard as I could on the syringe plunger while holding the #2 port. Well, I didn't know what she meant by #2 port but assumed she meant where the syrigne was attached to the tube. I pushed real hard, the OTHER port flew open and the meds/saline splatted all over the front of my instructor. I was sooooo embarrased. She was very sweet about it though.

    One of the funniest bloopers I have ever witnessed happened with one of my classmates... we were up at the nursing station with the instructor, the secretary had gone to fax something and the phone rang, the instructor asked my classmate to answer it since she was closest. my instructor ans I both stopped to watch her because she kept telling the person on the other line "What? I can't hear you... what? I'm sorry, I can't understand you..." We both thought maybe it was someone calling from a cell phone with a bad connection, but the girl looked positively scared! It turns out the caller had an electronic voice box s/p throat cancer which made his voice sound very mechanical. Anyway, the way we found that out was the poor girl finally handed the phone to my instructor and said "Here... I think it's a robot!"
    She never did live that one down.

    Lori
  4. by   grace90
    Quote from Gompers
    Something about baby poop...it's somehow just not as disgusting, LOL.
    Our first clinicals were in OB (not sure why, I think that would have been better at the end of the program, but I digress) and one morning I was changing a newborn's diaper in the nursery barehanded. The instructor gave me a quick but stern reminder to wear gloves and I looked at her like she was crazy. Wear gloves to change a baby's diaper? See, I had 3 kids of my own in 2.5 years so changing diapers is something I can and have done in my sleep. She had to remind me that body fluids are body fluids, whether from a 9 hour old or a 90 year old and standard precautions must be followed everywhere. :chuckle
  5. by   grace90
    Quote from 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.renerian
    I did that once, about a year after graduation, though, and another very patient nurse did help me clean it up. Now I always get a little nervous when I hang blood, cuz of the horrific mess that was.
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    had a pt with a foley in that asked me to hand her the bedpan. I got the most puzzled look on my face and asked, "Why? Did your catheter come out..." As soon as I said it, I realized my mistake and she laughed too.
  7. by   liljsmom02
    my freshman year of nursing i had to insert a foley into a male for the first time. i had penis phobia and would blush just saying the word. my clinical instructor had me do this particular foley for this reason. i got all my things together, went into the room and explained the procedure. when i pulled back the sheets i discovered my 70 yr old pt had a penis implant. it probably wouldn't of bothered me had he not been a double amputee with a penis longer than his stumps.
  8. by   veegeern
    On our first day in the hospital we received orientation and then for the last hour we were sent out in pairs to go to patient's rooms and to "just introduce yourself and talk to them." (We were told later that now that the ice had been broken, the real clinical could begin.) My partner and I thought we were doing so well. We had made it to 2 rooms, and the patients were happy to have students "visiting" them. Then, we reached our 3rd room (out of 4). When we entered the room and before we could introduce ourselves, the elderly male patient stated, "I think I have a problem here." He then proceeded to throw back the covers and lift his hips while removing his boxers. He had a three-way foley attaced to irrigation, and it had been inserted through the fly of his boxers. :imbar We stuttered and stumbled and finally got out that we were students sent in to talk with him, but that we would "go and get a real nurse" with some scissors. He took it well. We were quite red in the face, and we barely got the door shut to his room before we both started laughing hysterically. :imbar It was a great pressure relief for our case of the nerves, and I had him for a patient the next morning. Which was fine because as he stated, "you've already seen it.":chuckle

    A fellow nursing student was inserting a foley catheter on our OB rotation. She had laid out her supplies and was opening the betadine. She was having difficulty tearing open the packet, so she gave it all she had...and squirted the entire contents all over the nursing instructor who was standing across from her.:imbar

    Did you know that when expelling air from a 3 ml prefilled saline flush you should pull back the plunger before you push out the air? Otherwise, you might sqirt the ceiling with NS...it makes a distinctive "thump" when it hit ceiling tiles, too. :chuckle

    I needed to obtain a urine specimen from a man who was incontinent. While assisting a nurse with his dressing change, he proceeded to urinate, and she instructed me to catch his urine. He was very obese. When I looked for his penis, all I saw was a very, very large blob of tissue...no penis. His scrotum was large, and I was having trouble distinguishing it from the pendulum of his abdomen. I could find where the urine was coming from because by now there was large puddle of urine in his lap. Finally, I absorbed the puddle with a towel and not knowing what else to do (and being very embarrassed and unable to think) I turned the cup upside down over where I thought the urine was coming out and placed as much of his scrutum as I could in the cup. At this point, seeing my delima, the nurse attempted to surpress a chuckle and helped me to turn him on his side so that I could catch the urine in the cup. :chuckle
  9. by   Balder_LPN
    Quote from liljsmom02
    my freshman year of nursing i had to insert a foley into a male for the first time. i had penis phobia and would blush just saying the word. my clinical instructor had me do this particular foley for this reason. i got all my things together, went into the room and explained the procedure. when i pulled back the sheets i discovered my 70 yr old pt had a penis implant. it probably wouldn't of bothered me had he not been a double amputee with a penis longer than his stumps.
    Did that cure your phobia?
    Last edit by Balder_LPN on Dec 12, '05
  10. by   mandana
    OK - here's mine. I had a pt who was admitted for complications of IV drug use - won't get into specifics, but it was a big deal and he was hospitalized for a long, long time. I had heard that he was grumpy, to put it nicely, so I was trying desperately to think of things to say to him to prevent him from grumping at me.

    I went in to give him a SQ injection, and while I was prepping things, just to make conversation, I went ON and ON asking him if he was afraid of needles. DUH. I have no idea what caused that brain fart, but as soon as I realized it, I felt like the worlds biggest idiot.

    And for the record, he said he's not.
  11. by   EMTandNurse2B
    Quote from veegeern
    A fellow nursing student was inserting a foley catheter on our OB rotation. She had laid out her supplies and was opening the betadine. She was having difficulty tearing open the packet, so she gave it all she had...and squirted the entire contents all over the nursing instructor who was standing across from her.:imbar
    I nearly did this to my clinical instructor today! But, it would have been with lubricant. As I'm fighting with this package and trying, oh so hard, to not squirt it all over her, she turns to the patient and calmly informs them that if I squirt her with that package, I flunk for the day! That statement really made the patients day! Never mind the fact that the instructor and I were already wearing gowns because of the potential for splashing (straight cath on obese female who can't always hold legs up, when they come down on your container of urine ). And yes, I missed the instructor with the lubricant and I passed for the day!
  12. by   CyndieRN2007
    Here's one of my many stories..

    My class was second semester LPN students and we were on LTC rotation. One of my classmates had to insert a foley on a female patient that was a double AKA. The patient was a difficult patient that often was violent with the staff. Needless to say, my classmate was alittle nervous. We were all in there, and my classmate had all the supplies ready. She explained to the patient was she was about to do and patient became irate. She calmed down alittle bit when the primary nurse came in. SO, my classmate proceeded to insert the cath, with my instructor on one side of the patient and the primary nurse on the other side, holding a flashlight to help visualize the meatus. As soon as my classmate inserts the foley into the meatus, (see was doing pretty good job by the way for how nervous she looked) the patient started flailing her stumps and kicked my instructor right in the face!!!!! The patient then said, "Yeah, these stumps can still kick a**!!! An explosion of laughter built up inside me and I had to leave to room. My side almost split from laughter.

    All I could think was,....."I did not wish this on the instructor, I did not wish this on the instructor...." No matter if she DID grill me for 30 min at the med cart!!!! LOL
    P.S. The instructor was really a nice lady and did not deserve to be kicked in the face. I could have picked other instructors that might have deserved it more. Just kidding!!!!!
    Last edit by CyndieRN2007 on Jan 5, '06 : Reason: I put second year, instead of second semester.
  13. by   CyndieRN2007
    Here's blooper on my part.

    I had a patient with left lobectomy. He was in for pneumonia. I was auscultating on the left side for lung sounds. The patient said, "Do you hear anything?" I said, "Yes, you sound like you have crackles and wheezes on this side." He replied, "Hmmm, I dont see how seeing that I dont have a lung on this side!" I was pretty embarrased. My instructor later told me that what I was hearing was adventitious sounds from the right lung. LOL. Sheesh...

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