Fire Drills nightmare


  • Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 3 years experience.

Today we had a fire drill everything was going fine till a 7th grade boy went into cardiac arrest out of the blue, no warning just heart stopped. He is doing fine i got his heart back to a normal rhythm thanks to my AED before EMS got to the school:)

Any of you have fire drill nightmares?

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 43 years experience.

((HUGS)) how horrible! That deserves a bubble bath and a glass of wine.

Great job!!!!!!!!!

I'm not a school nurse I'm an ER nurse. We had a volunteer fire department mental giant who thought the drill on the school bus would be more realistic by using a smoke bomb....needless to say the mass causality drill was no longer a drill.


33 Posts

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 3 years experience.

i like the wine idea!!

SnowyJ, RN

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Has 28 years experience.

Good heavens!!!! Did he have any cardiac history???


408 Posts

Specializes in Peds, Oncology. Has 4 years experience.

Kudos to you!!!

RatherBHiking, BSN, RN

1 Article; 575 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg, Oncology, OB, School Nurse. Has 31 years experience.

That IS a nightmare! Good for you! Nope, biggest issues have always been a few scraped knees from tripping and falling and hope that's all it ever is! Yikes!!

blue bag nurse

81 Posts

Wow wow wow. Great job at saving a life!!!

bsyrn, ASN, RN

810 Posts

Specializes in Peds, School Nurse, clinical instructor. Has 24 years experience.

OMG I have chills!!! Awesome job!!! Thank God you were there!


3,393 Posts

Has 5 years experience.

Wow! So glad you were there! What a scary situation! Please let us know how he is doing!!

The only issues I've had with fire drills are that once last year and once this year our fire alarm went off (not a drill) and we had to evacuate into freezing temps. The day last year was 12 degrees and this year was at about freezing. 900+ students (and all employees) evacuated without coats-- including a student with cold urticaria. No emergency situation followed, thankfully

allnurses Guide


1 Article; 4,787 Posts

Specializes in Pediatrics Retired.

When I worked in the ER one of our old Attending MDs would often say, "Well, we snatched another kid from the jaws of death!" YOU DID TOO!! Awesome!


33 Posts

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 3 years experience.

Thank you all! this child is doing fine and in happy sprits, I want to the hospital after school and found out he has a hx of arrhythmia and is on antiarrhythmic meds and to top this off for about 3 mouths he has been without meds. :banghead:

In the end everything is fine the sweet boy got saved and gave me a big hug, so now I feel good about myself and about being a nurse.


1,114 Posts

Specializes in PACU, pre/postoperative, ortho. Has 12 years experience.

Awesome job! Was his history not disclosed to the school?