Don't you hate......

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by PHTLS PHTLS (Member)

...taking the narc keys home and having to drive back to your hospital an hour later because you left it in your scrub's pocket!

I hate that!

:angryfire

leslie :-D

11,191 Posts

...taking the narc keys home and having to drive back to your hospital an hour later because you left it in your scrub's pocket!

I hate that!

:angryfire

hey.....you could've taken the narcs home and left the keys. :chuckle

plumrn

plumrn, BSN, RN

424 Posts

I did that once years ago, and now my habit is to clean out my pockets before I leave work every night. I was soooo tired that time, all I wanted to do was fall in the bed. I lived a pretty long way from work, and it was a beating having to drive ALL THE WAY BACK, AGAIN!

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 30 years experience. 31,911 Posts

Yep. Did that once. Also took them home once, went to bed and came back the next night to find out they had to reinstall a new lock as they "lost the keys". Opps....

It has happened to me a couple of times and usually happens to someone at least once or twice a month. Fortunately I live less than a mile from work. Two weeks ago I got home with the keys after getting a ride from a CNA I work with and had no way to get back to work until my son came home from work in his "crummy" which is a filthy dilapidated pickup used out in the woods.

steph

nursemaa

nursemaa

259 Posts

Oooh, I hate that. One time, I got home at 1am after working 3-11, kicked off my shoes, got in the lazy boy with the feet up, turned on the TV, reached in my pocket and there they were!! Had to get all bundled up and go back out (in the winter of course) and take them in. Grr... :crying2:

Dixielee

Dixielee, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 38 years experience. 1,222 Posts

I did that one time when I lived 44 miles from the hospital. What is scariest is going home and finding a 1/2 used vial or Morphine in your pocket! Occasionally, there is only one nurse left to "close" the non acute side of the ER while everyone else goes to the main side. So there is no one to witness you wasting a med. I will label with the patient name sticker and then discard when I get a chance. I didn't realise I still had morphine till I got home. I couldn't wait to get back to have someone watch me waste it! Now I have a plastic "makeup" case from Wal mart that I empty everything into before I leave the building. All those alcohol swabs, pens, scissors, tape, #18 needles and angiocaths go either back to the med room or into my bag. That has saved me a lot of hassle, and keeps me from accumulating 500 alcohol swabs at home!

apaisRN

apaisRN, RN, CRNA

692 Posts

With the Pyxis you don't have so many problems but occasionally someone does take off with the PCA keys. Personally I've never gotten further than the elevator without discovering them. Good reason to empty your pockets before you leave the building! Also I have found a syringe of Ativan or something in my pockets, usually just hold it and waste it the next morning. I work 12s and no way am I going back in at 1945 when I have to be back at work for 0700!

Town & Country

Town & Country

789 Posts

I have never used Pyxis system and am anxious to try it on my new job.

Ari RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU, Peds Ambulatory, Peds LTC. Has 7 years experience. 2,029 Posts

Yep. Did that once. Also took them home once, went to bed and came back the next night to find out they had to reinstall a new lock as they "lost the keys". Opps....

Hey Tweety did you confess taking the keys or did you keep that to yourself? :chuckle

lady_dolphin

lady_dolphin

7 Posts

I did the same thing about 2 months ago. It was the first time I have ever done that. But I work 3-11 and I drive about 40 minutes one way to work. Well I got all the way home and emptied my pockets like I always do and guess what there they was. It wasn't fun. I called work and the nurse didn't need them until 6 in the morning but I am sleeping at that time so I figured do it now while I am wake. :chuckle

Sadie04

Sadie04

204 Posts

So many nurses did it where I work, they had to attach a big plastic bone to the key, now it hardly fits in the pyxis drawer, but at least no one takes it home anymore! :chuckle

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