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no name-calling allowed!

By kellyjoeds - I was orienting to a new floor just a few weeks ago, and I was enjoying my new job immensely. In fact, I was feeling so good about myself, that I began to relax my "first impression" behavior, and let a little bit of the real me shine through. I have since learned that a little bit of the real me is more than enough to go around! Sometimes, I get a little too silly for my own good, and this was definitely one of those times! I am... Read More


Lift Me Up

By ICU/CCU - Before I begin my nursing story, I need to give a little background. While I was still in the stages of taking pre-requisites for the nursing program, my mother died. She had cancer and was bedridden for a long while before she died. She developed a stage IV pressure ulcer, which caused her to become septic. With the sepsis came uncontrollable shaking and the doctor prescribed thorazine to be given regularly around the clock. My... Read More


The Voice of God

By ecugirl - I remember a patient I took care of YEARS ago who was admitted with a broken leg and ruptured bladder. He had been to an AA meeting, gone out and gotten drunk and walked into the pathway of an oncoming car. I worked straight nights then...the 7P to 7A shift. This man was usually compliant and oriented during the day but nighttime was a different story. But at least he was "pleasantly confused". As in, if he pulled out an IV or... Read More


Cap - Plop

By aknottedyarn - I worked with a doctor who was very proper. He was friendly and not stiff or unapproachable. He just had his own ideas of right and wrong. One day he asked me why I did not wear my cap. I went through the usual answers: It pulls my hair, it is hot, it gets dirty, it gets caught in the curtains around the beds. He still was not convinced that it was right that I did not wear a cap in critical care. I told him that my actions... Read More


That Locked Door!

By travel225 - As a childbirth educator with an eighteen-month old son at home, I enjoyed getting to know the staff on the maternity floor. While visting there one busy afternoon, the head nurse,Susan, asked why I did not come help them out on occasion. Stating my home schedule conflicting with an orientation schedule, I was happily surprised by the head nurse's offer to speak with administration about a "creative scheduling orientation" for me. I... Read More


Foley Fiasco!!

By Babs0512 - As I was thinking back over the years of funny stories I've lived as a nurse, two immediately popped into my mind, so I put them on paper. I had been a nurse for about a year, and I had placed many catheters in women, but never in a man. Well, my luck ran out one day, and I had an 84 year old gentleman needing a catheter. I got all the needed paraphernalia, went over the procedure in my mind and explained the procedure to the... Read More


Doctor Loses Pants

By OBNURSE81 - All of us in OB had a soft spot for an elderly general practice physician that delivered babies at our small rural hospital. He was a little gruff around the edges, but had a heart of gold where his patients were concerned. He loved delivering babies as well as caring for the old. Most of his deliveries were smooth, quiet, and usually uneventful (except for the expected event of having a wonderful newborn, of course). Where the... Read More


White Lady

By akoysadiyos - As a nurse in a big and prestigious university hospital in our country and who has been in the nursing profession for almost two decades, I have already experienced dealing with all sorts of patients. The following incident is the most memorable of all my experiences because everytime it crosses my mind, I could not help but keep laughing... It occurred while I was on a night shift (10pm-6am). I was the charge nurse then so I was... Read More


Funny Nursing-related story

By stacey2275 - :imbarI vividly remember a particular episode in nursing school which happened during our clinical rotation. We were at the very beginning in the medical-surgical portion and getting our first hands-on experience with inserting urinary catheters. After rounding up a list of patients who needed catheters inserted from the staff nurses, our instructor found one elderly gentlemen who willingly consented for a student nurse to place... Read More


Clinical Edjamacation 101

By l.a.m.b - Being a nursing student is one of the most stressful roles one can have. The lack of sleep, endless 20 page careplans, compiling looong medication lists, reading textbooks, studying, and clinicals can certainly take a toll on the toughest individual in more ways than one. I certainly felt the pressure, and towards the end of the semester, my brain was fried. Now that this semester is coming to a close and I am graduating, I can look... Read More


Cherry Chapstick

By carroll77566 - While taking my prerequisites to enter nursing school I held a job as a cardiographic technician at the local hospital. I was responsible for performing EKGs, stress tests and EEGs. EEGs was my least favorite task at work but a necessary evil since we were such a small hospital. One day an order came down from the inpatient unit for an EEG on a 40-something year old man. I got my supplies and machine and headed upstairs as the... Read More


The Grey Nurse

By NursePhil - After graduation some fifteen years ago I failed to gain a position in an approved Graduate Nursing Program. This was not uncommon as the graduate nurse year program was new and the number of positions was limited. I chose to work as an agency nurse to increase the range of my experience. I was able to work at a number of large metropolitan hospitals. As I lived regionally I would work night duty or PM duty to make traveling... Read More


Front row seats at an autopsy

By gingerbreadman0214 - Donít you just hate it when someone picks on you just because youíre the smartest and that it cramps their style? They would think of you as a competition or a threat even though you donít intend to be. Conflicts often arise from this and these narcissistics:bugeyes: would sometimes resort to being a rat just to pull you down. In my case, I just let them be most of the time and tread carefully. But sometimes, I try to amuse myself by... Read More


The patient I "slept" with.

By racing-mom4 - Working 3rd shift as a CNA on the Med Surg floor was a great introduction to nursing for me. It had taught me many valuable lessons I was not able to learn in school. I learned the benefit of a timely med pass, that a complete assessment at start of shift is essential. I learned it is better to call the Dr at 2200 vs. 0200. I learned how important team work is and how good working relations with your peers can make your night easier.... Read More


When good phone calls to the doctor, go bad.

By NurseCard - We all have to call doctors at home sometimes, about our patients. Shoot, nowadays I have to do it about 3-4 times a night, on average. Being a seasoned nurse now, it doesn't bother me much at all, to have to call. However, back when I first began my RN career, there were doctors that would make me shake and shudder in my NurseMates, just at the thought of having to call them. So, it was nice to occasionally have something to... Read More


Adam's Apples

By the_alchemist - Working in a behavioral facility can be challenging and fun. As soon as I turn the key to open the last door to the Nurses's Station in our locked facility, I always look forward to be part of an interesting story yet to unfold. With my very first step on the unit, I give out a sunny smile to all my patients and greet them with my cheeriest good morning greetings. I love working with adolescent patients. Somehow, I see myself in... Read More


Drool Nurse & the Lesson He learned

By gingerbreadman0214 - It was a usual week in the Cancer ward for a senior nursing student like me undergoing clinical rotations. It was still early in the curriculum year, so I still have the initial excitement and zeal:rolleyes: in me to do my duties as a health care provider. Not to brag, but I was often praised for being good at accomplishing my tasks:cool:. Iím just an average student when it comes to the theoretical part, but I rock in the actual... Read More


Caught with his pants down :)

By hfdguy - I recently graduated from LPN school here in Connecticut, and I'll never forget the experience. I was one of 6 men who started the class, and one of 3 who graduated. Along the way, there were many hardships, trials, and funny moments. But the one moment I will always remember happened on our first clinical day. One of the guys was a very kind professional who wanted to become a nurse for all the right reasons. He really wanted... Read More