nursing superstitutions.....any truth in??? - page 4

just thought about the next full moon coming up.........loonies......... and that they tend to happen in threes....... and any others out there......... getting ready for work............ Read More

  1. by   ERNurse752
    If we get a call that an arrest is coming in, we'll put the shroud under the sheet of our ER cart...chances are, they'll live.
    (can't guarantee for how long though...)
  2. by   dazedandconfused
    Coming in threes, the Q word ( don't even use it out side of work), full moon fever, and anyone that is ready to pass gets clear for the 24 hours prior. All of these have happened to me.

    Never heard about the sheet or cracking the window. I will try that the next time I am in the situation
  3. by   ma kettle
    Did you have one of those patients that are , well less than favorable to have. They finally leave .. Some time goes by and somebody brings up their name. " Hey, do you remember ...?"
    Sure enough they end up being admitted.

    Or my favorite, The family finally decides that the patient should be removed from life support be left to go to greener pastures. So you start a MSO4 gtt. You have one of the family member ask how long do think it will Take, as if you have that crystal ball of death. I swear you try to hurry it up for your first half of you shift then you realize you have two hours to go, so you don't want to have to do post mortum care and all that dreaded paper work, and call the organ donor center,etc. SO your hoping you can milk it. Then low in be hold that person goes juntional then agional and finally flat line. It usuallly occurs 30 minutes before the new shift arrives. Now I am over time with all that work, YUK! And of course you have to wait for the family to say good bye. This may sound cold but gee ....
  4. by   gpip
    I have heard moct of these. My two favorite new one in the last 3 months. If a pt is having long pauses or severe bradycardia one of the nurses places an amp of atropine on there chest to ward off the evil asystole. the second is if the patient is at a point were they will not recover and they are not doing well. Some turn on the light so their spirit knows the general direction to go.
  5. by   micro

    that is called the frequent flyer no-no for nurses.....or something like that.....cause it will always happen.........
    til' it don't happen anymore........

    micro lol.........
  6. by   KRVRN
    I never, ever throw out a pressor drip until the drip itself is actually expired. It stays at the bedside until then. If another nurse throws it out, it's her gamble. I only made this mistake once... debated with the off-going nurse as to whether to throw it out. Finally said "what the heck, BP has been fine for over 48 hours now" and tossed it. Had disastrous consequences.
  7. by   ohlpn
    I told the nurses I work with in LTC about cracking the window & knotting the sheet & they thought I was nuts. But of course, not so nuts that they didn't try these things . . . last night, my friend cracked open a window in the room with two ladies that have been declining rapidly in the past couple of days. They went to Heaven within 40 minutes of each other. There was a third lady on the hall that wasn't doing so well, so my friend rushed down to her room & tied a knot in the corner of the top-sheet. She made it through the shift & these superstitions were passed on to the 3rd shift nurse in report. She cracked open the window of the third resident & we all know what the outcome of that was! We're all believers, now!

  8. by   mattsmom81
    I was working oncology and we had a woman who fought the good fight with her CA, never gave up, stubbornly told everyone she would beat it. She ended up dying a slow agonizing death on our unit, and never reached acceptance....fought death with every ounce of strength. We all got very close to her.

    When she passed, she stayed on with us. Patients reported seeing her first...patients who had not known her..asking who the woman was who stood over them during the night. She never spoke. They described her turban and colorful bathrobe to a tee. She walked the back hall where she always stayed as a patient. We came to regard her as our 'friendly ghost'.
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Apr 25, '02
  9. by   Brownms46
    Boy you guys are giving me the shivers...
  10. by   micro
    it is a full moon and it is at its fullest tomorrow night.........glad to be off.........but there will be carryover Saturday.........
  11. by   Chris81
    ohlpn-this also adds credence to the "rule of threes"!
  12. by   Sjackson983
    My Aunt and Grandmother use to say when they smelled flowers, someone they knew had died.
  13. by   grandma rn38
    oh my !!!!
    you are all right!!, it happens every time.