What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 27

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   tinabrat1
    ok, not breathing but weird snoring noise? was there a pulse?....did patient really need compressions? ive never seen a pulseless person make any noises...but im still new at this..... always hated these scenerios on school exams...need more info! lol
  2. by   tinabrat1
    Quote from twotrees2
    had an incident happen the other night at work - an "experienced" RN started workingthere - has been there a few weeks - he went to do an accu check - he poked the mans finger - promptly took the strip and gotthe blood ( minmd you strip was NOT in machine yet ) and procedded to put the strip in with the bloody end intothe machine- hmmmmmmm - then couldnt figure out why it wasnt reading - the CNAs began to tell him how to do it - he gets a new strip - asks the cnas if he has to poke the man again - they told him try the original site first to see if it was still viable ( it was) and he finally geta reading - and he reads it upside down!!! pretty damn scary when the CNAs are doing the nurses traing lol.
    the glucose monitors at my facility are used by putting the blood sample into the machine....and i take advice from any knowledgable person when im using an unfamiliar piece of equiptment some CNA's are very skilled and knowledgable about technical aspects of pt. care, they help new RN's alot when we first hit the floors as long as they get the respect they deserve!
  3. by   SillyLilly
    Quote from tinabrat1
    the glucose monitors at my facility are used by putting the blood sample into the machine....and i take advice from any knowledgable person when im using an unfamiliar piece of equiptment some CNA's are very skilled and knowledgable about technical aspects of pt. care, they help new RN's alot when we first hit the floors as long as they get the respect they deserve!

    some of the CNAs on my unit are AMAZING. Im a new grad, and they have taught me alot-by showing me how to work equiptment and just by watching them work. actually, I have seen alot of team work on my unit that I have not seen inother hospitals.


    Worse thing I saw lately though was a vent pt with cdiff precautions. We were changing her, and the CNA -with visibly poopy gloves- connected the vent tubing back to her trach.
  4. by   JessicRN
    I once ran to a code of a pt who was in rigor, the only thing was he had an antibiotic hanging. Apparently the nurse came in and put up the medication without even looking at the pt (it was daytime). :trout:

    Another time I went to break and when I came back I was approached by an MD who informed me that my patient was dead. I asked if they called a code and he said no "I was waiting for you to come back from break to see if we needed to call a code" (I was gone for 30 minutes) now where did he get his licence
  5. by   MarySunshine
    Once I saw a nurse take off the old central line caps with her teeth because they had been put on really tightly.

    Just kidding.

    This thread is scary, y'all.
  6. by   texas_lvn
    I just recently started a new job at a local hospital. for some ot I helped with the annual inventory. I found spinal needles that expired in 2003!!! The nurse I was doing inventory with said, wow. those cost so much I would hate to not use them, and insisted they stay in the inventory. I let the DON know and they were disposed of immedietaly, but really people, check the expiration date!!!!
  7. by   babynurselsa
    Quote from MarySunshine
    Once I saw a nurse take off the old central line caps with her teeth because they had been put on really tightly.

    Just kidding.

    This thread is scary, y'all.
    Why? Is that bad????
  8. by   starlight76
    A qualified nurse put a catheter in a patient with no gloves on, no aseptic technique and didnt even wash the patient in that area first - and they wonder why infection starts!
  9. by   starlight76
    That was then beaten by the junior doctor that opens aseptic dressing packs with his teeth!
  10. by   Cheez-It!
    I love reading about others' mistakes as much as we all love telling about others' mistakes! Would anyone be brave enough to tell us about a mistake they have personally made, and what they did if anything to rectify it? It's harder when it's yourself.

    Myself, LMAO ... total dumb@$$ attack here.

    I worked nightshift. I had one resident that had some PRN Ben-Gay. Per her request, I smeared the nasty crap all over her back and shoulders. She was happy, I was happy. I ripped off my gloves, and she said something about one of her knees. So, I jus squirted some more out on my hand, rubbed it on her knee, helped her back into bed, washed my hands well, went on about my business. I finished up the rest of my treatments for the night, washing my hands between each patient, etc etc. I went on to my lunch break. During lunch, a couple of the aides and i were smoking. Smoke was irritating my eye, so i started rubbing my eye. God love contacts, my contact popped out. So i grabbed some saline, my contact, and headed to the bathroom, cleaned the contact off in the palm of my hand, placed it on my index finger and crammed it back into my eye. Never in my life have i ever had anything more painful in my entire life including childbirth.

    Needless to say, I did my morning med pass minus one contact and an extremely red eye with a little puffiness on it. Last time I EVER put Ben-Gay on an ungloved hand.

    :selfbonk: :lol_hitti :smackingf
  11. by   muffie
    ouch!
  12. by   Cheez-It!
    Something that just happened to me here recent ...

    I got in report a couple of residents had temps. The nightshift nurse had given them tylenol.

    I went to assess the two, and one had a temp of 101 and the other 103. Both residents had lungs full. One had the lovely green snot crusted to the inside of her nose and hanging to her lap. So, i got the chest xrays ordered called the doc and family etc etc. Got antibiotics ordered and started from e-box. Got the results back right before the same nurse came in to relieve me. Both had infiltrates. Imagine that.

    She actually looked at me and said, "Well, I gave them some Tylenol, and I didn't want to wake Dr. X up."
  13. by   sheilagh
    Sounds a little like one of my incidents. We had a pt on tele who every night about 9pm would begin what appeared to be a loud very aggressive sundowners.Problem is he is 36 yoa and during the day is aaoX3.Well he would chase the nurses in the hall, throw things, until you confront him and say "name stop, you are scarring the pts, lets go back to your room", he would immediately cower and there were no more problems. The first night he did this though we had a seasoned charge RN who loved to tell the newbies(that was me) how she could handle ANYTHING ! That first night he did this I calmed him down, but not before I saw the charge run from her desk and lock herself in the breakroom bathroom!!!....the pt was nowherenear her, and it took us 10 mins to convince her it was ok to come out.

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