Stupid Nurse Trick... Don't try this at home... or work! - page 8

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   nerdtonurse?
    We had a batch of problematical LR IV fluids -- you'd pull the tip off the bottom tube, but couldn't get the IV line's punch to go thru the membrane. Lab said the fluids were ok, but we were used to really stabbing into the Ringers to get any fluid into the tube. So, I'm standing beside a pt's bed, middle of the night, getting ready to wrestle my way into the LR bag so I can put in the aldomet and hang the pt's drip....I had no idea they'd gotten rid of the bad bags on dayshift, so when I clamped down on the bag and stabbed with the IV line, lacated ringers shot everywhere.

    The patient didn't take getting a bath at 0300 that well, and my new scrub top turned out to have an undocumented "see thru" feature....
  2. by   sparketteinok
    Quote from 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?

    HAHAHAHA!!! That's ******* HILARIOUS!!!
    P.S. Thank goodness your "jewels" are ok!!!
  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    we had a batch of problematical lr iv fluids -- you'd pull the tip off the bottom tube, but couldn't get the iv line's punch to go thru the membrane. lab said the fluids were ok, but we were used to really stabbing into the ringers to get any fluid into the tube. so, i'm standing beside a pt's bed, middle of the night, getting ready to wrestle my way into the lr bag so i can put in the aldomet and hang the pt's drip....i had no idea they'd gotten rid of the bad bags on dayshift, so when i clamped down on the bag and stabbed with the iv line, lacated ringers shot everywhere.

    the patient didn't take getting a bath at 0300 that well, and my new scrub top turned out to have an undocumented "see thru" feature....
    we must have had the same lr bags where i used to work. one night i got ready to spike one of those things, and with a mighty shove, shoved the spike clear through the bag and into my finger! i wasn't expecting it and let out a yowl that woke my patient. meanwhile i'm bleeding all over the place. just about that time, my charge walked in, saw the blood and thought it was my patient bleeding . . .

    that wasn't too long after the time i absorbed ntg through my skin and passed out . . .
  4. by   sparketteinok
    Quote from ruby vee
    we must have had the same lr bags where i used to work. one night i got ready to spike one of those things, and with a mighty shove, shoved the spike clear through the bag and into my finger! i wasn't expecting it and let out a yowl that woke my patient. meanwhile i'm bleeding all over the place. just about that time, my charge walked in, saw the blood and thought it was my patient bleeding . . .

    that wasn't too long after the time i absorbed ntg through my skin and passed out . . .

    wow...glad to know i'm not the only one who's done that....except i don't have the lr excuse...i was just new..
  5. by   dabowhunter
    In a hurry I ran into the supply room to grab an item. As I turned and started out I was grabbed and pulled back. As I was the only one in the room I was quite startled. What happened? There was a large bungey cord hanging from the side of the supply cart. It some how hooked onto my belt, stretched out and pulled me back. And I thought it was a ghost or ??
  6. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from dabowhunter
    in a hurry i ran into the supply room to grab an item. as i turned and started out i was grabbed and pulled back. as i was the only one in the room i was quite startled. what happened? there was a large bungey cord hanging from the side of the supply cart. it some how hooked onto my belt, stretched out and pulled me back. and i thought it was a ghost or ??
    [font="comic sans ms"]i can see how that could be somewhat disconcerting -- especially if you actually believe in ghosts!

  7. by   diane227
    Back in the old days our stretchers in the ICU had the rails that went up kind of like a crib. One of the nurses had a patient who arrested. Instead of putting the bed rail down, she stood up on the side and with paddles in hand proceeded to attempt to defib the pt and instead defib'd herself. She coded on the floor as the patient coded in the bed. She did OK but she never made that mistake again.
  8. by   Jessiedog
    One of my early codes, and I'd never pushed the Crash Cart before. Anyway, I was closest when the code went out, and adrenaline spurted. I grabbed that cart from the treatment room and barelled out. Bloody thing wouldn't move that well, so I pushed and pulled and did everything but pick it up and carry it, using all that adrenaline to my benefit.

    Out in the hallway I thought I'd get a good run up, and I did. So the cart goes over sideways, with me hanging onto one end of it trying to prevent the eventual crash. The cart hits the ground and I stand there looking at it, praying "I hope the defib still works!" A senior nurse sees my predicament and we lift the cart up together. She then calmly takes off the brakes, and competenly wheels it into the patient's room. Did I feel like a ninny!!
  9. by   Jessiedog
    Quote from fetch33
    It was And of course, who HASN'T cut themselves opening an ampule? I always use an alcohol swab to do the deed, but this time, the Phenergan ampule broke so jaggedly that it slashed my thumb open anyway...:hatparty:
    As a new & very nervous grad nurse, I was assisting with putting in a thoracic tube on the ward. I was responsible for holding the local, which came in glass ampoules. I dropped one, and it shattered on the floor. I sheepishly cleaned up. I crushed the next one between my fingers. The attending Physicial gave me a withering look, and commented "I wonder if it hurts if you cut yourself with a lignocaine ampoule?" as he took them out of my hands.....
  10. by   Jamesdotter
    Quote from prowlingMA
    I always get the pocket of my tops caught on the door handle and get jerked back. Always graceful.
    I have hit my head on cabinets so many times I probably have brain damage.
    Do you ever get the impression that there's a design defect here somewhere?
  11. by   tiggerforhim
    Try pushing your patient into the shower in one of those PVC shower chairs that's also a bedside commode, giving them the shower, and then realizing you can't move the chair because the pan underneath the seat (which you conveniently forgot to remove and holds about 30 gallons or so), is full to the brim. Then try removing the pan and, because of it's huge weight that you are unprepared for, proceeding to drop it on the floor. To add insult to injury, this bathroom is built walk-in, with no walls around the shower area, so the bathroom and a quarter of the patient's room proceeds to flood (not to mention your lower body and shoes are well soaked by this point). I spent 30 minutes mopping up that mess with blankets before the floor was dry enough to mop, if you get my drift. First, however, I did get the patient back to bed and dressed and dried off before starting to clean up everything. I did discover scrubs dry very quickly, though, much faster than shoes.
  12. by   IlovebabyfeetRN
    I remember in nursing school being excited to hang my first bag of tpn (remember getting excited about these things in nursing school??)...well just as my instructor was warning me to clamp the tubing, I spiked the bag and wore a fair amount of smello yellow on my white school nursing uniform the rest of the afternoon!

    As a CNA, I also remember walking a patient in a rehab to the bathroom because it was her prescribed ADL/range of motion activity. The bathrooms in this rehab were so narrow that my 250 pound patient had to wade sideways into the bathroom, where she promptly lost her balance. While I saved her a fall by gently easing her down my leg, I found myself trapped beneath her bottom against the wall across from the pull light...and the bathroom was at the other end of the room catty corner to the door to enter the room. The only other patient in the room was both hard of hearing and affected by Alzheimer's. My patient was completely inable to move herself off my feet. We both hollered to get the attention of someone walking past the room to no avail. I tried to stretch to reach the pull cord and the plastic knob on the bottom broke off and the string tethered itself behind the safety bars on the toilet (of course). After about half an hour to 45 minutes...I saw a bedpan (clean) in the tub, contorted myself to reach it...told the lady to wish me luck as there was only one shot to this deal...and hurled it into the hallway. The charge nurse, who apparently couldn't hear us yell but could hear the clatter of the bedpan, promptly came in and said "just what the heck is going....OH" and after nearly an hour, we were finally freed from our bathroom version of Twister. My patient, fortunately, suffered no injury....although she did need a clean dress at that point!
  13. by   SecondGenRN
    Quote from prowlingMA
    I always get the pocket of my tops caught on the door handle and get jerked back. Always graceful.
    I have hit my head on cabinets so many times I probably have brain damage.
    and here I thought I was the only one! It also happens frequently with my stethescope that I keep in my pocket... doorhandles and bedrails

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