What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 17

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   pagandeva2000
    Quote from adrienurse
    You people are raising my blood pressure.

    Okay, well there was the aide who wanted to wash everyone in the morning using the same pail of water (she had an old icecream pail that she had found under the sink). Word was she had once been an RN.

    then there was the nurse who came in to work with me and forgot her reading glasses who ignored my requests to go home and get them and kept holding pills up to me and asking me what they were.....
    OLD WASHPAIL????? Where does it end....???? And to continue to ask you what medication she is pouring?? My goodness!!
  2. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    I remember once a about 10 years ago we had a bad flu outbreak leaving the hospital very short staffed and a call went out for nurses still registered but not working to help out. One retired nurse offered to help out and was assigned a ward and had to give one of the patients insulin sliding scale and when she went to get it checked with another RN she had drawn 20 units up as 2 units "didn't seem a lot to give"
    Oh, my....it gets worse..."it didn't seem to be enough to give, so let me just kill him quickly..." My head is literally spinning.:spin:
  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Oh, my....it gets worse..."it didn't seem to be enough to give, so let me just kill him quickly..." My head is literally spinning.:spin:
    Very frightening, not sure what else she got up to but they did retire her ASAP
  4. by   RunnerRN
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    Very frightening, not sure what else she got up to but they did retire her ASAP
    FINALLY!
    A story where the dumb nurse got what she deserved! No wonder people are afraid to come to the hospital now. Between poorly trained (and poorly thinking) nurses, and infection risk, and HMOs dictating care.....never mind good nurses being overworked and underpaid!
  5. by   muffie
    oh my neuro rach you are one tough cookie!
  6. by   TazziRN
    My mom has a cerebral aneurysm and several years ago had a repair attempted by coiling. Afterwards she was taken to PACU and my dad and I saw her briefly before going to get something to eat; we were supposed to be able to take her home that evening. When we got back the nurse told me Mom had started vomiting blood. After talking to me the nurse disappeared. Literally. They were full and busy, I appreciate that, but somebody had told the staff I was a nurse (not me!) and they deserted me. I was holding my mom up, holding the basin for her to puke in, and suctioning out her mouth, all the while trying to reassure her that she was not going to die (I wasn't sure at the time) and trying to keep my dad calm. I kept asking passing staff for help and the nurse finally came back and said "You're a nurse, you can help," and disappeared again.
  7. by   texas_lvn
    :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire THAT IS AWFUL. I would be soooooooo very mad!:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire

    Quote from TazziRN
    My mom has a cerebral aneurysm and several years ago had a repair attempted by coiling. Afterwards she was taken to PACU and my dad and I saw her briefly before going to get something to eat; we were supposed to be able to take her home that evening. When we got back the nurse told me Mom had started vomiting blood. After talking to me the nurse disappeared. Literally. They were full and busy, I appreciate that, but somebody had told the staff I was a nurse (not me!) and they deserted me. I was holding my mom up, holding the basin for her to puke in, and suctioning out her mouth, all the while trying to reassure her that she was not going to die (I wasn't sure at the time) and trying to keep my dad calm. I kept asking passing staff for help and the nurse finally came back and said "You're a nurse, you can help," and disappeared again.
  8. by   mamason
    Quote from adrienurse
    You people are raising my blood pressure.

    Okay, well there was the aide who wanted to wash everyone in the morning using the same pail of water (she had an old icecream pail that she had found under the sink). Word was she had once been an RN.

    then there was the nurse who came in to work with me and forgot her reading glasses who ignored my requests to go home and get them and kept holding pills up to me and asking me what they were.....
    LOL LOL LOL
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    Makes me wonder what makes them keep these nurses at these jobs. I'm assuming it is because of the bedside nursing shortage.
  10. by   daisey_may
    I hope that someone got in trouble for this!!! Did you speak to a manager??? I would have been furious!!!:angryfire

    Quote from TazziRN
    My mom has a cerebral aneurysm and several years ago had a repair attempted by coiling. Afterwards she was taken to PACU and my dad and I saw her briefly before going to get something to eat; we were supposed to be able to take her home that evening. When we got back the nurse told me Mom had started vomiting blood. After talking to me the nurse disappeared. Literally. They were full and busy, I appreciate that, but somebody had told the staff I was a nurse (not me!) and they deserted me. I was holding my mom up, holding the basin for her to puke in, and suctioning out her mouth, all the while trying to reassure her that she was not going to die (I wasn't sure at the time) and trying to keep my dad calm. I kept asking passing staff for help and the nurse finally came back and said "You're a nurse, you can help," and disappeared again.
  11. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    At the first job I took after nursing school, I was an RN on the 11-7 shift at a physical rehab facility. One of the 3-11 RNs was OCD (literally, in fact she would cite her OCD as a "disability" and use the ADA to justify the special treatment she demanded.) She was actually a BSN but used to brag that it took her 11 years to get her degree. She thought it proved what determination she had. Anyway, she used to stay until 5am OR LATER (some mornings she would still be there when I left at 7:30am) because she claimed she had to read each patient's chart cover to cover for spelling errors before she could chart. She typically would only see each patient one time per shift (to give them their medicine). She refused to cut her fingernails, so they were two to three inches long, yellowed, and dirty-looking. We were allowed to wear either white or burgundy scrubs, she wore an old-fashioned button-up white nurse's dress every day, about two sizes too small so the buttons strained; opaque white stockings, and clunky white patent-leather shoes. Her hair was always in a mounded up beehive-like hairdo with a NURSE'S CAP perched on the front of it. Another weird compulsion- on many documents, nurses have to initial as documentation that they have done something- on MARs, on bandages they apply, etc. Well, this wacko would ONLY write out her full name, followed by "RN, BSN." And her name was LONG. For discretion purposes, I will call her Crazyjanedoe Crazylynn McLooneynurse. That is a fair approximation of the length of her name. Well, she would NEVER write her initials, only her entire name. Even on dressing changes. While the rest of us would, for example, do a dressing change and write "AB 1/23 1700" She would insist on writing "Crazyjanedoe Crazylynn McLooneynurse RN, BSN 1/23 100" on each new dressing. For example, if a patient had a total knee replacement, they would typically have one long incision (dressed with a long strip of gauze) and two or three tiny incisions from drains which we'd dress with one 2x2 over each. Well, this clown would put a long enough dressing over EACH so that she could write her full name and credentials on each dressing even though they were half an inch from eachother. Instead of using one 2x2 to dress a drain site, she would fold two 4x4s, tape them together lengthwise, and put it over the drain site with paper tape simply so she could write out her full name and credentials. Instead of a 2-inch long dressing over the drain site, hers would be about ten inches long. It wasn't just her obsessive-compulsive behavior that scared me, though. If she didn't know the answer to a question, she would simply make one up. For instance, we had one patient who was stage 4 lung and liver cancer and was deemed beyond treatment. He was scheduled to go into Hospice care once his hepatic surgery incision healed. Anyway, at this time Lunesta was a fairly new sleep aid. This man's doctor had prescribed it for him. His wife was very involved with his care, and asked McLooneynurse what Lunesta was for. Rather than telling them she did not know but she would look it up, she told the patient and his wife that Lunesta was a brand new cancer drug that worked miracles on many cancer patients. ***?!?!? Next thing you know, this patient's wife is hysterical, calling the doctor, demanding to know why she was told her that her husband had no chance of survival and they hadn't told her of this new miracle drug Lunesta!!!

    Administration tried several times to get rid of her, but each time this lady claimed immunity under the ADA act and insisted that we were required by law to make certain allowances for her "disability." Apparently about six months after I quit, they found a way to fire her because she put in an application at the nursing home I worked at last. I flat out told the DON that if they hired her, I would quit immediately. She didn't get the job... thank goodness. I will never work with her again.
    Last edit by LoriAlabamaRN on Oct 11, '06
  12. by   lovingtheunloved
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    Crazyjanedoe Crazylynn McLooneynurse.
    That is freakin' hilarious. What a nutbag!
  13. by   TazziRN
    Quote from daisey_may
    I hope that someone got in trouble for this!!! Did you speak to a manager??? I would have been furious!!!:angryfire

    Oh, believe me, I was livid!!! After my mom got home (she had had a Mallory-Wiess tear that would not clot because of all the anti-coags she was given pre- and during procedure) I called the hospital and got in touch with pt relations. I told them that I never mind helping out when it's my family, but to leave me alone like that was wrong.

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