Stupid Nurse Trick... Don't try this at home... or work! - page 5

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   danissa
    Yesterday, I had my two babies at work, very busy. Parents at one Incubator, Doctor at the other. He was talking about the babe and I sat down backwards on the high stool that I had positioned between the two spaces with the chart in my hands! OMG, the stool was NOT there! The other babies Daddy had moved it, on the way down I grabbed at the Rudolph painting on the window--bu**er did nothing to save me!!!
    Exit one red faced, red ars*d midwife with a limp!! Glad Iv'e got some padding!!! Years ago this happened to me when my Mum was in hospital. I had my first dd, around six months old at that time, and we visited my mum along with my brother. At the end of visiting, I stood up, with Hollie in my arms, to get her jacket, and sat back down to put it on her. BUT, my brother had taken the chair away, and I kept on going right to the ground!! OMG, lying on the floor, Flat, with my baby on top of me, a woman rushed over to help, BUT--- she had an enormous bag on her shoulder, and as she bent forwards, her bag swung down and hit Hollie!!!! What a commotion! What an embarassment! Good job ma babe had padding on her too!!!
  2. by   bluegrassboy
    Quote from RNAnnjeh
    I was cleaning old nitropaste off of a pt's arm with a kleenex while wearing gloves. Applied the new paste and discarded my gloves. Realized that I hadn't tossed the kleenex, so...you guessed it...I grabbed it with my bare hands and tossed it in the trash. That's when the headache hit me. Never did that again.
    Whats nitropaste?
  3. by   LEVODEVO
    I'm tall and big,years ago,the siderails in the old ICU beds were metal and even in the down position they would end up level with the "JEWELRY DEPT.".during codes,chest compressions were easier for me,due to height and size,but sure enuf,more than a few times 'JAMES AND THE TWINS" got zapped due to some overeager resident or fellow code nurse defribilating the patient and often yelling "clear" as they push both buttons.Add lack of protective gowns,liberal amounts of saline and a wet floor..It's a miracle I have 5 kids!...payback was sublime...we'd call it the DOC DISCO,sometimes 2 or 3 at once would get whacked while intubating a patient at the head of the bed and again some knucklehead would light them up...heck I remember nitropaste popping on a patients chest,that got everyone's attention.....the worst incident for me was while in nursing school in the 80's...I had to teach colostomy care to this young man..and I barely knew it myself..surgical floor,no A/C.. June,90 degrees out...I gingerly Popped off the device and blew lunch all over the kid..this was a 4 bed ward and 2 of the other patients starting tossing after my cue..Sister Marybreadtruck... didn't think it was professional...ya think?
  4. by   purple_rose_3
    Quote from bluegrassboy
    Whats nitropaste?
    Nitropaste is a medication that you give a chest pain pt. that also lowers your blood pressure.
  5. by   nursejohio
    I don't know how on earth I've missed this thread, but I'm glad I found it today

    I wish I had something great to contribute. Alas, I'm just your ordinary klutz, tripping over cords and such.

    Oh, I do have one... I LOVE hot peri cloths when moms are getting close to delivery. Whether it helps decrease lacerations or not, they usually say it takes the focus off the pressure and ring of fire sensation. I leave the hot water running in the sink with a bunch of washclothes so they'll be ready when I need a new one. I was helping another nurse with a delivery, and did my normal sink thing. Either the water pressure was higher in that room or the drain was much slower...

    The other nurse was going for a new chux and hit the incoming flood, went down like a rock. It took 6 bath blankets to soak up all the water
  6. by   grace90
    Quote from phriedomRN
    The other nurse was going for a new chux and hit the incoming flood, went down like a rock. It took 6 bath blankets to soak up all the water
    A few nights ago I floated to the rehab unit and after giving report to day shift, I went out to the computer to chart a couple things and heard water running. I saw an alz patient in his wheelchair in the bathroom, and since he's not usually up and around by himself I went to check it out. The toilets have faucets on the back pipes for cleaning off bedpans and beside commodes. He had turned the faucet on and it was running all over the floor in his room. It took many blankets and 3 nurses and 1 environmental specialist to get the mess up.
  7. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    When I got my new Littmann stethoscope I was SOOOO excited to get to use it, but I wasn't going to be in clinical for almost a week. So, I decided to try it out on myself. Listened to my heart, my lungs, my tummy, etc. Well, I left the ear pieces in, the diaphragm on my tummy, and laid back on the couch to watch some tv and listen to my stomach gurgling through my new cool toy. Well, silly me fell asleep, and woke up about a half hour later scared out of my wits. I guess I had gotten hungry, and my stomach let out this huge Growl which was amplified through the stethoscope and scared me out of my afternoon nap. It took a few seconds to clue in to what was going on, and I sure did feel stupid when I realized what happened. When I go to listen to bowel sounds now, it gives me a smile when I remember doing this.
  8. by   MissJoRN
    We have OR tables/beds that rotate on their base so the CRNA can put the pt to sleep with full access to the head, then turn it sideways if the surgeon needs head access. I was stooped down to adjust the alaming venodyne pump stored under the bed the CRNA decides to turn the bed with no warning... right into my head. Another day (same surgical team) The drs were sitting on opposite sides of the table. They wanted to trade spaces and did so but Dr A requested "his" chair be brought to his side. So as I started to wheel it over to him Dr B starts to sit down on it! Guess he didn't notice I already had a second chair for him and he wasn't paying attention. He caught himself but needed a new gown and gloves after the scramle for balance!
  9. by   nitewarrior
    One night last week, I should have listened to a patient when he insisted I take his privacy curtain down, which was behind me. He had been spitting up mucus and I didn't know he could spit it quite that far. That is until I stuck my butt in it because it was all over the curtain.
  10. by   blewfur
    A few nights ago, I was bending down to get an oxygen tank fronm under a stretcher. I stood up too fast, hitting my head on the Television set near the bed, causing me to duck---Right into the Oxygen bottle!!!! I had a small nick near my nose (nothing that would require suturing) and was teased the rest of the night by my patient, his spouse, and the other nurse in the room.
  11. by   crackerjack
    Quote from Justhere
    Before I became a nurse, my mom had taken my dog to the vets because he had a big abcess on his back. Well I was helping hold my dog and started to feel stranger and stranger, I realized I was feeling faint. I looked at my mom and said "I'm going to sit down." In return she said "NO you got to help hold your dog." "But you don't understand I'm fixing" cur splat, down I went. Everything went black and I could her my mom say "Well Penny." Needless to say when I was waking up there was a man over me, I thought I was in my bed asleep and when he talked to me it sounded like I had cotton in my ears. He tells me "Just lie still." I just about screamed my lungs out because I didn't know who he was until I started looking around the room saw my dog looking down off the table at me and my mom was holding my feet up in the air, I was being treated by the VET.
    On the ride home mom asked me "how are you going to be a nurse if you can't watch the doctor work on your dog." Needless to say years later found out I have Mitral Valve Prolapse and if I stand still to long I will pass out. Can't work in surgery due to this especially wearing a mask, just seems to excelerate the problem.
    Now that's not something I recall hearing in nursing school. I've noticed that when sitting/standing still for long periods I feel very lightheaded, never pass out, but just strange because I also feel the need to get up and *do* something despite the fact that doing so gives me some mild vertigo. After getting up and doing things for a bit I'm fine. I've never had a doc mention MVP to me though. That made tests in nursing school very difficult, after a short while of testing, I had such difficulty concentrating and could read a question a dozen times and still not know what I was reading. I eventually made it through the tests and when I was able to get up and leave, I felt much better and my energy returned as well as concentration and the feeling of having blood flow in my brain again LOL I've always had orhtostatic hypotension upon rising and recently had a doc mention in surgery one of his pts c/o 'floaters' in her vision during OH episodes and he was laughing at the idea cuz he'd had OH himself and *never* has he seen floaters. I piped up and said that I've always had floaters with OH and didn't realize some did not. I guess we'd worked together long enough that he considered my statement a valid one because he took me seriously and decided she might not be off her rocker after all.
  12. by   TennNurse
    I was wearing new Danskos yesterday and just lost control of my left ankle. Fortunately I did not fall on my head, but the stumble-and-catch dance was certainly not missed by my pt or his wife. They expressed concern about the wet floor. I had to tell them that the floor is fine, it was a faulty ankle.

    Even worse was a few months ago I had a really easy pt load one day, and decided to be nice and help out one of the new residents with a pelvic exam, since the nurse for that room was swamped. I got the plastic speculum, the light, the KY, everything all set up. MD comes it, pt assumes position, light does not work. I sprint down the hall and fetch another light, which does not work. I go back for still another light, which flickered on when I tested it prior to running it all the way down the hall. MD switched it on, it worked for about 4 seconds, and the bulb burnt out. So I volunteered to go find a lamp, brought it back, plugged it in, does not work. By this time eveyone in the room is looking at me as though I have recently escaped from an asylum. I ran out AGAIN, got another lamp, pre-tested it, and thank God it worked. I wheeled it into the room, where the poor pt has remained in stirrups all this time, and announced confidently that THIS LAMP DEFINITELY WORKS. And it did. Unfortunately, when I pulled out the first lamp, I failed to notice that the resident had angled the arm over her head in such a way that when I pulled it out of the room, the globe of the lamp just brained her right upside her right temple. That was the last day I ever saw that resident...

    We have a very small triage room that 99% of the time is occupied only by a tech that occasionally assists the 2 triage nurses by running EKDs, drawing blood, etc. So I was in the waiting room waiting for a particularly slow-moving patient to cross the room, and I was right outside that door. When I saw it opening, I thought I'd swoop into the doorway and startle the tech. So I did, getting right into her face and saying loudly, "BOO!" Well, of course it was not her. I stammered and apologized and stated that I had no idea what came over me, but I obviously thought a co-worker was going to come out of there. The pt was very sweet, and even said, "Oh, one of my favorite students does that to me all the time." So I politely asked what grade she taught, and she further shamed me by saying proudly, "Special Ed".
  13. by   nursingirl2007
    Speaking of stethoscopes... when I was in nursing school, one of my nursing instructors told me that she was strangled by her own stethoscope by one of her patients. The patient was a older woman, with the appearance of a cute, little old grandmother. She asked my teacher to come closer, and closer, and closer to her. My teacher had her stethoscope hanging around her neck... The patient grabbed each end of the stethoscope with her hands, crossed the tubing, and pulled as hard as she could in opposite directions. My nursing instructor survived without punching her patient or anything. But wow!! Better think carefully before hanging your stethoscope around your neck!!!!!

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