My dad is in the hospital and is getting IV antibiotics...the cannula became dislodged, so he needed a new IV. This "nurse" (and I use that title loosely with this person) came in and made several errors...first, she chose to restick my dad BELOW the original site...then, she put the tourniquet on and THEN decided that it was time to set up (open her needle packaging, get the tape/tegaderm ready, etc). At this point, I was seething, but I held my tongue...then, she sticks my dad (abbocath was a needleless system) and pulls out the needle with HALF OF THE ABBOCATH STICKING OUT, AND SHE'S TRYING TO FLUSH IT!!!!!!! :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
So, after trying that for a minute, she finally decides (hello!?!) that it's not going to work, and that she needs to restick him. I whispered under my breath "I'll do it"...she must've heard, because she asked if I was a nurse...I said I am...she asked if I wanted to start his IV, and I said "sure", and that my instructor had told me that I was one of the best IV starters in my clinical group. She procedes to insert another IV (again, distal to the other sites) and does get it in this time...only, she doesn't bother flushing the cath/port after insertion, which had blood in it...oh, did I mention that she wasn't wearing gloves during any of this? She ended up getting blood on her hands...talk about stupid. Luckily for her, my dad is "clean", but the next person may not be.
After all was said and done, she was about out the door when she turned around and said "IV starts aren't anything to brag about...I've been a nurse for 27 years". I couldn't believe that she said that...first of all, I didn't think I was bragging, second of all, with all of the errors she made, there's no way I would have imagined her being a nurse for 27 years! I am really PO'd at how unprofessional this person was and I am very tempted to report her.
Thanks for listening, just needed to vent