Murphy's Law of Nursing - page 5
1. The admission they want to send you is always the opposite sex of your only available bed - resulting in bed moves. 2. A certain MD aways takes at least 20 mintues to respond to your page -... Read More
May 1, '12when you thought you were done at the end of your shift, that's when your pt. in 317-a, falls over the bed rails while you still have 13 min. to spare on the clock
May 4, '12When you actually have something planned to do after work (Dr. appt) someone will fall at shift change.
May 5, '12Quote from blondy2061hI have mentioned this before, it's called the protective dickhead gene.The meanest patients never die, but bein nice and polite is a poor prognostic indicator.
May 6, '12Talk about jinxes! During shift-to-shift report, "you should have a good night, they're a nice group."
The poster who mentioned bringing 2 IV kits in the room, getting it on the first try, but one setup and they'll miss... Story of my life!
One more: doing hourly rounds on night shift... seeing sleeping, peaceful patients... doing the wave test to see if they're awake or not... going in at 6AM to medicate them, and "no one came in all night! I need a pain pill/ice pack/fresh glass of water!"
May 6, '12if the offgoing shift goes on and on about how sweet the patient is, how the family couldn't be sweeter, they're all just wonderful people -- you know you're in for a long, long shift with a patient who resembles the northernmost end of a south-bound mule and the family from the bowels of hell.
May 6, '12Half hour to go on one of the most horrible shifts you've ever worked. You know that the one nurse who always calls in sick and gets away with it is on the schedule to relieve you. Suddenly the phone rings and as I put the receiver to my ear all I hear is "I'm callling in sick"... I can't quite believe it; it's that nurse calling in sick...it is! Seriously?
I sarcastically wish them well in the same breath hoping they...well, I'm a nurse so I won't say it.
May 6, '12Quote from blondy2061hWhich is why I ALWAYS wear red, brown, black, or dark blueThe day you think you're just barely healthy enough to go to work you'll have the most grueling, physically demanding assignment ever. The syringe full of blood will always hit the floor barrel down. The day you wear white you'll get puked on.
May 7, '12You have had a decent day with a 4 patient assignment. In the past, two of them had medication-induced delirium during their hospital stay (NOT sundowner's). The charge nurse asks if this assignment is okay to give to the oncoming nurse, or if it needs to be split and you say that they have both been A&O all day. Sure enough, at 1800, both patients are actively climbing out of bed, screaming at people walking through the hall, pulling out their IV's, and/or sawing through IV tubing with a plastic knife (true story). At the same time, you enter into your new admission's room because she needs you to hold her hand while IV service starts an IV. Said new admit proceeds to scream BLOODY MURDER throughout the entire IV insertion, leading your other two confused patients to believe that we are trying to kill them. At this point the next shift has arrived and it is too late to change the assignment for the poor nurse coming in for the night shift, and I look like a jerk for handing off all of the crazies to one person.
A shorter one If a patient has >10 pills, they must take them painfully slow, one at a time, with at least a 6 ounce glass of water per pill. This inevitably leads to the complaint that they are far too full to finish their pills, and you must come back later to finish.
May 7, '12I will be starting nursing school in the fall, so I have no stories to add. But it does remind me of waiting tables.
You stand around picking your nose (figuratively) wishing you had a table, but no one walks in till 10 minutes before shift change/ closings, then you get four tables, at least one of them being phenomenaly slow eaters.
The pickiest people were the ones whose orders the cooks decide to screw up (of course me and my tip are penalized.)
You have no tables then the hostess decides to triple-seat you. (Note: there should be studies done on why only idiots get hosting jobs at restaurants.)
You schedule something after work because you have been slow for two weeks in a row but the college softball team picks that night to come in.
Can't wait to have "real" stories like you guys!
May 8, '12Quote from englishgeekOh, you will......you will.I will be starting nursing school in the fall, so I have no stories to add. But it does remind me of waiting tables. You stand around picking your nose (figuratively) wishing you had a table, but no one walks in till 10 minutes before shift change/ closings, then you get four tables, at least one of them being phenomenaly slow eaters. The pickiest people were the ones whose orders the cooks decide to screw up (of course me and my tip are penalized.) You have no tables then the hostess decides to triple-seat you. (Note: there should be studies done on why only idiots get hosting jobs at restaurants.) You schedule something after work qbecause you have been slow for two weeks in a row but the college softball team picks that night to come in. Can't wait to have "real" stories like you guys!
Dec 16, '14Outbreak of the flu, four admissions on your unit, a code blue, and two deaths all in the same shift while you're short staffed. This really happened unfortunately...
Dec 16, '14Lets see what I can add to these...
How about progress notes suggesting the patient will be discharged that day so you do expect it but really they could have gone home a day or so ago from what I thought so idk y they hadn't...but the order isn't put in until 630pm. Of course patient is told about it and is now rushing you.
And...this happened tonight..patient's IV has been great ALL day..granted, she managed to continually get herself tied up in the tubing somehow but I carefully untwisted it all day
.pt calls cuz the pump is beeping (heaven forbid lol), go in there WITH the night nurse taking over so I can give report to find that just NOW she's managed to sit on it so badly she pulled the IV out..and u can only use one arm...and she's a hard stick..AND I had JUST gotten her IV nausea medication ordered cuz what she was getting wasn't working & I was trying to help night shift.
Also..knowing I'm getting a transfer, report called to me around 5..patient not brought down until 6..& I had 2 discharges I was trying to get finished at the same time..plus a couple IV meds that were due at the same time (just before shift change..so nicely timed).
Gotta love murphys law haha.
Dec 17, '142 trach pts across the hall from each other. Pt 1 turns blue and a rapid response is called on the pt d/t trach dislodgment. During that RR, trach pt #2 begins spewing frank red blood and clots out of his well-established trach. Pt #2's nurse is newer and can't reach the charge who is ambu-bagging pt 1. Other wiser nurses are either assisting with the blue pt or doing their start of shift assessments. New nurse panics and calls a RR, unaware of the RR across the hall. (Pt #2's room looked like something out of the movie Carrie.) Across the unit a detoxer gets agitated from all the commotion and flips on his safety aide, triggering a security request for manpower.
We all needed drinks after that day.