What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 14

What have other peers done intentional/unintentional to freak you out? Good or bad. Happy or sad. On my FIRST day as an LVN, (LTC) a res was screaming in her room as I was walking out to leave. I... Read More

  1. by   louismama
    Unfortunatly this is a sad but typical scenerio in all fields of nursing, they are dealing with shortages so they allow these nurses to continue. Because most likely charted correctly, you know the saying if it isn't charted it wasn't done, well the same goes if it was charted with some it was never done, but the paper work says it was. Thanks to frivolous law suits!! Bad nurses have no worrry, their jobs are safe, until they are arrested for negligent hommicide or forging presciptions. Sad but true.
  2. by   nuangel1
    Quote from zudy
    This happened over 20 years ago, and it still creeps me out....
    I was working in an acute neuro unit at the time. I had been off for a few days, and when I got back I had a pt that was new to me, but she was was 3 days post op from a craniotomy for a bening tumor. She was doing very well, in fact the only reason she was still in acute care was because there were no empty step down beds. a very nice, spry 78 yr old lady.
    After introducing myself to her and talking a little bit, I told her I needed to do neuro checks on her. SHe got a real cute grin on her face, and told me to go ahead.
    When I checked her pupils, her right eye was reactive, but her left was fixed and dilated. I kept calm, she kept smiling and talking while I cooly(I thought) checked the chart for her previous pupil checks. ALL WERE PEARLA! I checked again, trying to act like nothing was wrong, and the pt kept grinning at me, but that left eye just looked, well, a little odd!
    I finally said,"Have yoiu ever had any problems with that left eye?"
    She said,"Now, honey why would you ask me something like that?"
    I started to explain pupils reacting to light,etc, and she laughed out loud!She said,"I have had a glass eye for 25 years, And not one person has noticed before you!" She was right, she had had 5 nurses in acute neuro before me, they had all charted PEARLA in her neuro checks. I also read all the progress notes, the neurosurgeon hadn't caught it, either!:uhoh21:
    thats soo scary
  3. by   CaseManager1947
    I'm working Psych, and we had a youngish fellow who had accidentally blown his renals with Lithium and had a central line double lumen dialysis catheter.
    Evening nurse dutifully indicates the pt. had shaking chills/fever. She called the good doctor for a tylenol order, and he ordered a CBC and lytes. She charts BP's 80's/40's and 70's/30's. Nobody does a darn thing. I get there Saturday am for my shift, the guy is still febrile, BP is still down, and the aforementioned CBC shows wbc of 25 thou with left shift and bandemia. Hmmm.... wonder what the problem is???? How's about line sepsis, missy??? I reported this to my supervisor, but she never told the staff person about it. I'd rather work with 10 people who know they don't know what they're doing that with one who thinks they know it all, and haven't a clue. Patient got moved to the Unit, BTW.
  4. by   lovingtheunloved
    Quote from Lovin' my job!
    I work in LTC with dementia residents. I am full scope there. I have also done 3 + yrs in acute on renal and didn't do IVs (or meds for that matter) on that floor and even I would know that that's sooooooo wrong!
    I'm a CNA, and even before I started nursing school I could have told you that things in swallowable form are not meant to be introduced directly into the bloodstream. This screams common sense problem.
  5. by   nursetech37
    Well I am a Cna and I have some some crazy things in last 19 years . I work days twelve hour shifts just got to work and the night nurse was agency and he had taking his dentures out left them in front of the computor on the desk and went to pass meds.
  6. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from nursetech37
    Well I am a Cna and I have some some crazy things in last 19 years . I work days twelve hour shifts just got to work and the night nurse was agency and he had taking his dentures out left them in front of the computor on the desk and went to pass meds.
    We need a :faint dead away: emoticon.
  7. by   gauge14iv
    or a :choppers: emoticon!
  8. by   Lovin' my job!
    Quote from lovingtheunloved
    That is just freaking sick. I worked with an aide once that did peri care for a resident without gloves, (he had been incontinent), didn't wash her hands, then went to the nurses' station and ate a donut.

    Oh good lord, I'm never eating anything at the nurses' station again!!! By the way, at my new casual position at a LTC (privately owned - coincidence??) I've noticed that there are no sinks in the hallways, like you would see in acute care, which is understandable in a older LTC facility as this one. In the residents bathrooms there's a sink and toilet. That's it. No wall soap dispenser. No papertowel. Were are these NA's washing their hands between residents??? Oh, there's a sink and soap and paper towel -- in the bath house. But, if youre in finished in room 103 and the bathhouse is beside room 125 - ummm - yeah --- how often do ya think there gonna do that??!! yuck. Not only that but there's no supply of gloves in the rooms. Oh there's gloves - in the locked med room.??
  9. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from gauge14iv
    or a :choppers: emoticon!
    :chuckle
  10. by   Lovin' my job!
    Quote from louismama
    Unfortunatly this is a sad but typical scenerio in all fields of nursing, they are dealing with shortages so they allow these nurses to continue. Because most likely charted correctly, you know the saying if it isn't charted it wasn't done, well the same goes if it was charted with some it was never done, but the paper work says it was. Thanks to frivolous law suits!! Bad nurses have no worrry, their jobs are safe, until they are arrested for negligent hommicide or forging presciptions. Sad but true.
    I worked with what we called at this facility a 'team leader' for the floor, kind of like a director of care. Any way, she wasn't very good at her job. A group of us were discussing our 'dislike' of the way she performed her job and couldn't figure out how she got hired, or for that matter, why she was still there. As it turned out, we concluded, she was the only one who applied for the position.
  11. by   nicuRN2007
    I extern in the NICU, and I watched one of the nurses give a baby a glycerine suppository without gloves. I'm sorry, I don't care if it is just a baby. Poop is poop, and that is just gross.
  12. by   aileenve
    I had an RN-BSN ask me "kaopectate and kayexalate are the same, right?", this same nurse gave a pt. tube-feeding while he was lying flat, almost killed him, then the on-coming shift had to suction him out. The clinical nurse mgr said "We better get her a desk job before she kills a pt!! There were other things from the same nurse but she did get that desk job
  13. by   Jamesdotter
    I have three:

    A senior nursing student, about three months from graduation, was assigned to take midnight temps. (this was quite a few years ago). She did the entire unit, about 25 patients, then came to tell me that Mr X in the first room had a fever, even though he didn't close his mouth for the temp. I checked him--he had obviously vomited and aspirated. I told her to get the portable suction machine while I called his doctor "do you have an order to suction him?" sez she.

    Another student nurse, this time in her second quarter of nursing school. She had dissolved a phenergan tablet in a syringe and was preparing to give it IM. We did have hypo tabs for MS, atropine, scopalamine and I think codeine, but they were a different shape, and dissolved completely. She was concerned because her phenergan was milky. (She did go on to be a very good and careful nurse).

    Still another student--not mine, but a horror story from a nursing instructor. The student doing her first cath on a new delivery, advanced the tube right into the bladder. Cysto time. The physician (and the nursing instructor, too, come to think of it) was not pleased.

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