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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

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The Vaudeville Suturing Experience

By aknottedyarn - Many years ago I worked in a small rural hospital that had had more than its share of motorcycle accidents one summer. I normally worked critical care but would occasionally work in the ER if it was busy. On this evening we got a call that an ambulance was bringing in yet another of the motorcyclists who seemed to have a way with running into things. That summer, among other motorcycle accidents, we had a man flip over the... Read More

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My funny experience gaining experience with a "great learning opportunity"- SOAP SUDS

By vadushkas_nurse - As a new student, I was always eager to gain EXPERIENCE....:nurse: Opportunities to practice skills often came in waves with proclaimed “learning opportunity” attached to tasks that others didn’t want to do. I was ok with this approach because I really wanted to learn and help out. So the days came where it was my turn PRACTICE and LEARN the skill of SOAP SUD ENEMAS via RECTAL TUBE:p. This opportunity was bestowed upon me for a... Read More

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Late Preterm Infants (Part 2) - Hyperbilirubinemia

By Elvish - This next entry deals with hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice in the late preterm infant. Just to recap, late preterm as defined by AWHONN is an infant born between 34 and 36 completed weeks' gestation. During the antenatal period, fetal hemoglobin levels are necessarily higher than postnatal. Increased hemoglobin is needed to carry oxygen from the maternal/placental blood into fetal tissue for the massive perfusion and growth needed... Read More

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The Case Of The Missing Dentures

By vadushkas_nurse - My funny nursing experience occurred a few years ago when I was a new grad. I had been working in the ER fulltime and was on one of many long and dreaded night shifts. One of my patients was an older gentleman from a nursing home. During my initial assessment I went to introduce myself and check on him, he had only one concern to voice; “Where are my denture”?!?! :D :confused: I attentively and carefully searched everywhere in... Read More

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Misadventure in a Maternity Hospital

By gingerbreadman0214 - Warning: Contains events not suitable for those with a brainstem vomition center that’s easily excitable (whatever). Misadventure in a Maternity Hospital. There is probably no maternity hospital that is as busy as the one I went to during training. It’s jam-packed with patients and it’s like a newborn factory. Anybody who would want to have exposure to maternal and newborn care, this institution won’t disappoint you. It is a... Read More

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Be Kind to Co-workers, Or Else

By aknottedyarn - Early in my career, almost just out of school, I was working in CCU, directly across the hall from a woman who had been admitted following a stroke that had left her with some dementia. To tell the truth, I don’t know if she had dementia prior to the stroke. Certainly after this stroke she had classic perseveration. Many of us have taken care of elders who focused on money when they developed dementia. Perhaps it goes back to... Read More

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Me and Mr. Smith and Waffles

By dianah - "I'm not hungry today," he growled, the corners of his mouth turned down, as I entered his room. He lay in bed in his wrinkled white hospital gown, surrounded by rumpled sheets. He was assigned an isolation room for a post-CABG sternum infection. But this was no ordinary infection. Mr. Smith was allergic to a gamut of antibiotics used to treat infections. The surgeons had thus placed two drains, one on each side of his sternum,... Read More

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Tips on dealing with the demented patient in the ER

By traumaRUs - We've all been there: you get an ambulance call that EMS is bringing in an elderly patient who had a ground level fall and now their leg is shortened and externally rotated. Oh and by the way, they have dementia. Ugh...could your night get any worse? Here are some tips for dealing with the patients who are demented: 1. Enlist family support if at all possible. Make sure the nursing home or facility has sent a current next of... Read More

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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

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And whatever you do.... DON'T.. FALL... ASLEEP

By NurseCard - for one year, i worked the night shift on an adult acute psychiatric unit, in a state hospital. actually, i worked night shift and night shift only, for nine months. for the remaining three months, i worked evening and night shifts. two sixteen-hour shifts a week. the evening shift usually stayed rather busy, and often went by quickly. then would come the night shift. night shifts were often slow, unless a patient.. or... Read More

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The Hair Not There

By LatteGuzzler - Bustling out from another freshly finished triage encounter, I spin a corner and position myself in my chair, prepared to triage my next patient. I look at the little boy, about 4 years old, seated in his mother's lap. Next to him on a chair is his 7 year old brother. As I ask his mother what brought her son to the ER, she begins to relate the story of gastrointestinal symptoms affecting her son. He has been vomiting and had a few... Read More

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Misadventure in The Hospital of Infectious Diseases

By gingerbreadman0214 - Warning: Contains events not suitable for those with a brainstem vomition center that’s easily excitable (whatever). Misadventure in The Hospital of Infectious Diseases. If I remember correctly, this government-owned charity institution I was in had more than 10 wards distributed in 3 buildings. A gamut of tropical & other infectious disease cases can be found here with pulmonary tuberculosis giving the most... Read More

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Misadventure in the Psychiatric Disease Department

By gingerbreadman0214 - Warning: Contains events not suitable for those with a brainstem vomition center that’s easily excitable (whatever). Misadventure in the Psychiatric Disease Department. Being the neophyte, I really have to expect having to be the one who’d do the most odd of jobs. First day training in the psych ward, I found myself in the institution’s lab in charge of receiving the specimens and recording them in a logbook. Yup…I got to be the... Read More

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Misadventures in Nursing

By gingerbreadman0214 - Warning: Contains events not suitable for those with a brainstem vomition center that’s easily excitable (whatever). :p Heh heh…I never knew I’d have the chance to share the funny experiences I had during my training days this way. I usually only have my family and friends to amuse. Now, I have a larger audience and possibly even get a prize to boot. The readers can thank me later (or give this article a... Read More

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Fixodent or Forget it!

By NurseAlwaysNForever - I sat down to read Allnurses yesterday evening at about 6pm. My fellow co-worker called to tell me she had received a call on a patient with excessive secretions at a nursing home 2 blocks from my house. I offered to go, she said she was already on the way. I told her to pick me up and I would go with her. I don’t know why, but I just wanted to go. So much for a “night off” right? So, she arrived and we chit chatted all the... Read More

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How quickly we forget.

By lemonaidangel - Today as I was sitting in the hallway during our lunch break, studying for my med surg test that was going to be taking place in less than 30 minutes, I could not help but overhearing the conversations of the group of freshmen a few feet away. They were cramming for pharmacology, and very anxiously awaiting the grades from a principles test. Some were crying even, and all of them were so stressed out it made me want to pull my hair out... Read More

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Late Preterm Infants (Part 1)

By Elvish - Late preterm infants present a special set of challenges for the field of maternal-newborn nursing. The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) defines a near-term infant as one born between 34 and 36 completed weeks' gestation. While still considered premature, these infants are often under the care of a well-baby nursery after birth. However, it is a mistake to treat these babies as we would a full-term... Read More


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