Stupid Nurse Trick... Don't try this at home... or work! - page 11

Ok, here's one for the books. I was attacked by my stethoscope yesterday. It flew into my eye HARD. Jammed my hard contact into it. I now have a corneal abrasion & have to be off work at least 3... Read More

  1. by   OutlawNurse86
    I was once assisting a co-worker with an eldlery pt in the bathroom. The place was cramped so we all 3 were pretty close. I was holding the guy up while my co-worker cleaned him and attempted to pull up his pants.... She was in a hurry, her hand knocked me right in the well...um... I was almost out for the season.....
    Ah... the advantages of being a male nurse...
  2. by   oregonchinamom
    I had a patient that was dying in the ICU. It was an expected death and his family was around him. We were full and the ED wanted to send me a patient as soon as the bed was free. After the 3rd call, they got an earful about asking if my patient was dead yet! Anyway, after the patient had a peaceful passing I was trying to hurry. As is turns out, our regular morgue cart was broken so we had this old (very old) substitute with a manual crank. My partner had helped me move the body over and I was cranking for all I was worth when, right on the upswing, the handle of the crank came off and I hit myself right between the eyes! I woke up in the morgue cart with the dead guy and my partner having hysterics in the corner. ED wound up with another patient instead of a bed and I had lovely concussion and raccoon eyes for 3 weeks! They still talk about the sound that handle made when it hit my head!
  3. by   JDZ344
    I have SO many!

    1. Slipped in water and skidded across the floor, slamming into a wall...in front of the whole doctors round...friend collapsed with laughter!

    2. Knocked myself out on a shelf after standing up too fast at work...woke up with everyone standing around me. Was sent home for the day by thge doc who checked me out with instructions for a head injury to give to partner!

    3. I have VERY long hair. I usually wear it in a bun at work but on this particular day I had it tied up in a ponytail. It got caught in a patients fan and had to be cut out!
  4. by   Shauni-RN
    Oh gosh...I was getting ready to do my very first blood sugar check (with my instructor breathing down my neck) and when I pushed the lancet down to prick the patient's skin I felt a sharp prick on my finger. Umm...I had poked myself because the lancet was backwards ugh! It's funny now but I was so embarressed at the time! I am sure my instructor thought I was a dork and I don't believe the patient let me try getting their blood sugar again!
  5. by   lamazeteacher
    Quote from Shauni-RN
    Oh gosh...I was getting ready to do my very first blood sugar check (with my instructor breathing down my neck) and when I pushed the lancet down to prick the patient's skin I felt a sharp prick on my finger. Umm...I had poked myself because the lancet was backwards ugh! It's funny now but I was so embarressed at the time! I am sure my instructor thought I was a dork and I don't believe the patient let me try getting their blood sugar again!
    So what was your BS - or did you waste the test?

    Seriously, did the patient have any exposed already recently pierced skin where you were about to stick him/her? If so, there was the potential for needlestick injury for your patient. I hope the IC nurse was called about this. Sometimes embaressment gets in the way of accurate reporting of nosocomial infections!
    Last edit by lamazeteacher on Feb 27, '10 : Reason: corrected errors
  6. by   Shauni-RN
    No there was no exposed skin. The patient's skin wasn't even broken. I received the poke and I cleaned my finger Everyone was safe and clean That was almost four years ago
  7. by   tewdles
    I was the manager of the PICU and I had to make an introduction at a multidisciplinary staff meeting. The room was packed with all levels of professional staff. Most of them well known to me and visa versa. I am quite sure I was very eloquent, but when I tried to sit down my chair rolled away.

    What followed was a cartoonish butt heavy crash to the floor followed by my feet flying into the air, nearly over my head. The fact that I was wearing a skirt added to the hysteria. We couldn't continue the meeting for about 10 minutes!

    I think that is now part of the orientation for new department managers...don't use chairs on wheels during important meetings.
  8. by   HollyHobby
    This one only hurt my pride. My patient and his wife were watching a video about peritoneal dialysis because he was considering switching over from regular HD. They called me into the room when the video was done.

    I examined the machine and remarked, "Where's the rewind button?" I started pushing buttons at random, just couldn't find the rewind button. Finally, the patient said, "It's a DVD".

    I said brightly, "Well, that explains why there's no rewind button! By the way, I'm HollyHobby and I'm going to be your nurse tonight!"

    He looked scared.

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