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Epic (Nursing) FAILS!

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

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Like any good team member, nurses come to work with our game face on: ready to run hard, field phone calls, intercept doctors, and run interference for our patients. Here's what happens when we play like we left our heads behind in the locker room. You are reading page 10 of Epic (Nursing) FAILS!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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Hey, I Was helping another nurse change out a pt in the ER. Once we had him changed he said, "oops, sorry!" The nurse I was with asked, "Sorry for what?" The patient said, " for pooping again." We looked everywhere but could not see any bowel movement anywhere. The other nurse said, "No, you must have just broke wind 'cause you never moved your bowels." He gave us a look but we just carried on and left the room. A few minutes later my coworker went to pull out his pen and what should he pull out instead? Big ol' turd. The patent did have a bm after all and it must have just fell directly into my coworkers pocket. He was mortified but I could not stop laughing!

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"Because God is good, He often waits with anticipation to give the long-awaited miracle, but He does wait: He waits for pride to give way to humility, for knowledge to defer to wisdom, and for anxiety to burn itself out into abiding hope."

 

LOVE THIS QUOTE!!!

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CalNevaMimi is a LPN, LVN and specializes in DD, PD/Agency Peds, School Sites.

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I took a break from my LVN work at school sites and worked at a maximum security prison. One of my inmate/patients needed a regularly scheduled IM injection and I had not given one like it before. It was a psyc med that was not in a pre-filled syringe, so I selected the proper syringe, which had a lovely IM-sized needle already attached. This inmate/patient was in Administrative Segregation in the mental health section of the prison (on top of being a level 4 prisoner). This is enough to creep a nurse out, trust me, let alone having to jab a sharp object into his arm. I was really hoping to just get the injection over with and continue on with my med pass to the other 50 inmates. So, BAM, right into the deltoid, no problem...until I felt a large pressure and noticed the syringe no longer had a needle. I felt all of the blood drain from my face, looked at the inmate, looked at my escorting officer, looked at the inmate's arm. Well, the officer must have read my mind so he announced, "It goes back inside when it's done." I had used a safety syringe. Um, DUH! The needle was safe inside the syringe, not stuck inside the inmate's deltoid. All 3 of us got a good laugh, including the inmate.

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CodeteamB has 5+ years experience and specializes in Emergency.

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I took a break from my LVN work at school sites and worked at a maximum security prison. One of my inmate/patients needed a regularly scheduled IM injection and I had not given one like it before. It was a psyc med that was not in a pre-filled syringe' date=' so I selected the proper syringe, which had a lovely IM-sized needle already attached. This inmate/patient was in Administrative Segregation in the mental health section of the prison (on top of being a level 4 prisoner). This is enough to creep a nurse out, trust me, let alone having to jab a sharp object into his arm. I was really hoping to just get the injection over with and continue on with my med pass to the other 50 inmates. So, BAM, right into the deltoid, no problem...until I felt a large pressure and noticed the syringe no longer had a needle. I felt all of the blood drain from my face, looked at the inmate, looked at my escorting officer, looked at the inmate's arm. Well, the officer must have read my mind so he announced, "It goes back inside when it's done." I had used a safety syringe. Um, DUH! The needle was safe inside the syringe, not stuck inside the inmate's deltoid. All 3 of us got a good laugh, including the inmate.[/quote']

The other day I was starting an IV in a rather large vein. I'm a one-shot single motion kind of gal so I stuck the patient, saw flash advanced and occluded, only to realize the patient was bleeding from the site and there was no catheter to be seen.

My heart leapt into my mouth and I panicked... I couldn't really process what I was seeing. The only thing I could think was that the entire catheter was inside the very large vein I had just attempted to cannulate.

Then I realized that was ridiculous, bandaged the patient and found my malfunctioning catheter lying on the other side of the patient. It had become disconnected and flown off the end of the needle as I swung up prior to my jab. My cavalier style bit me in the butt, but it makes for a good story.

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Kayartea specializes in Medic, ER, Flight, ICU, Onc.

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When I was a nursing student one of my patients was wearing a Texas Rig catheter and, as is usual with those (they need to make some of the Rhode Island sized), was having difficulty keeping it in place. I got the idea that we could use the spray adhesive to help. After spraying the area, it was taking too long to dry enough to reapply the rig so I started blowing on it. Imagine my instructors face upon opening the door and finding my patient in the chair with me kneeling in front of him huffing away like someone trying cool their soup!

One of my buddies in the same class (Oh, that poor instructor! We were so young, dumb, and awkward) walked into her patient's room on our very first hospital clinical day only to find the patient sitting up ready to vomit. My friend panicked and ran over to the patient with her hands out. The patient promptly vomited into her hands. And she just as promptly vomited all over the patient, right as the instructor walked into the room.

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brillohead has 5 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Cardio-Pulmonary; Med-Surg; Private Duty.

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they need to make some of the Rhode Island sized

THIS!

Why do they not make them in teeny-tiny sizes????

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scifispam specializes in Med-Surge, Tele, PCU, CVICU, NSICU.

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The time I was doing an admission 30 mins before clock out time....I am flying through and mechanically asking questions. I ask patient "how well do you walk?" Yup....she had just gotten an aka a few days before, that's why she was admitted back for infection. :-/

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

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When I was a nursing student one of my patients was wearing a Texas Rig catheter and, as is usual with those (they need to make some of the Rhode Island sized), was having difficulty keeping it in place. I got the idea that we could use the spray adhesive to help. After spraying the area, it was taking too long to dry enough to reapply the rig so I started blowing on it. Imagine my instructors face upon opening the door and finding my patient in the chair with me kneeling in front of him huffing away like someone trying cool their soup!

One of my buddies in the same class (Oh, that poor instructor! We were so young, dumb, and awkward) walked into her patient's room on our very first hospital clinical day only to find the patient sitting up ready to vomit. My friend panicked and ran over to the patient with her hands out. The patient promptly vomited into her hands. And she just as promptly vomited all over the patient, right as the instructor walked into the room.

I. am. DYING.:roflmao:The mental pictures are beyond hilarious!!!!

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kiszi has 9 years experience as a RN.

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I was about 7 months pregnant with my first child. Sitting at the nurse's station charting. For some reason I thought it would be fun to tilt my chair back on its back legs. Never a good idea, especially with a rolling office chair. :/ I toppled over backwards and crashed into a desk behind me, sending stuff flying everywhere. NP who was nearby came running over, saying Oh my gosh, are you ok? She hadn't witnessed my idiocy and thought I had passed out or something. I told her what had happened and she said "oh", gave me a "you're so stupid" look and left me lying there.

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LadyFree28 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

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I was about 7 months pregnant with my first child. Sitting at the nurse's station charting. For some reason I thought it would be fun to tilt my chair back on its back legs. Never a good idea, especially with a rolling office chair. :/ I toppled over backwards and crashed into a desk behind me, sending stuff flying everywhere. NP who was nearby came running over, saying Oh my gosh, are you ok? She hadn't witnessed my idiocy and thought I had passed out or something. I told her what had happened and she said "oh", gave me a "you're so stupid" look and left me lying there.

Ohhhh....(((HUGS))) :roflmao: :roflmao:

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Leonca specializes in Veterinary technology.

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Biggest fail- Elderly couple in for routine check-up on a small breed dog. I decided to try to get a nail trim done while they wait for the doctor and have the old lady hold the dog. It squirms and a claw practically unzips the skin on the back of her hand. :eek: She doesn’t seem very upset, but I apologize a zillion times while getting the first aid kit. Lesson learned. Don’t have people with fragile skin restrain animals.

 

Runner up fail- Working out the logistics of walking a dog with an IV placed. It turns out you don’t have to roll the metal stand around after him outside, you can just take the bag off and carry it. :whistling:

Small but common fail- Those dogs with tons of hair that makes it take far too long to find their butts to take a temperature. It’s got to be in there, somewhere! :rolleyes:

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I had a pt who came in with a new R AKA. That morning he asked me to help him get ready for breakfast, so I helped him get dressed and put his left shoe on. Obviously I was not thinking very clearly at 6am, because I started looking around the room for the right shoe. I was looking everywhere! Finally the pt asked me "what are you looking for" and I told him I was looking for his other shoe. He looked at me like I was a complete idiot and pointed to his stump. I wanted to run away....

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