What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 3

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   twinmommy+2
    Quote from Tweety
    A nurse crushed Percocets, mixed with water, and gave it through a central line IV.
    Oh my Lord you're kidding me!!!
  2. by   babynurselsa
    Recebtly heard a secondhand rumor about someone who drew up gastrograffin in a syringe, injected it into some NS and hung it.......
  3. by   smk1
    This isn't my story, but last spring during clinicals one of my friends at another clinical site was watching a wound being debrided and cleaned. The patient had MRSA and the nurse was clipping the dead skin around the wound site and the dead skin was flying everywhere and it was landing on the chart and other folders! The nurse then simply took off her gloves and didn't wash her hands or anything and picked up the now contaminated charts and went down to the nurses station to chart!
  4. by   RunnerRN
    I'm not sure if if scares me more that these people GOT their license, or that they've KEPT their license.
    I have two....
    One is from the department dummy. She had a CP pt, and the order was given for NitroPaste. She goes up to the ER doc, and says "his HR keeps dropping into the 50s. Do you still want me to give the paste?" The doc just very calmly said "Nitro doesn't affect HR." She is very nice, just not the best nurse. She has also in the past given meds by the wrong route (I'm not going to get into that one but it was recent and BAD)
    I've seen many nurses hit "suspend alarms" on the cardiac monitor, then leave the room. That drives me insane! Unless you have a monitor tech who is just watching the rhythm, those alarms need to be on!
  5. by   Texas BeachBum
    Ok, I have to say, maybe I am NOT the worst nurse ever..
    Mine is second hand as well...I was told that a nurse on our floor came down to the nurses station at shift change and told two other (more experienced thank goodness) nurses..."my patient looks funny"...the nurses turned to her and said "what do you mean looks funny?"...The first nurse just replies..."I dont know, just funny"....needless to say the funny looking patient was dead...the nurse had just walked out....my assessment skills need some honing, but I am pretty sure I can differentiate between ALIVE and DEAD =)
  6. by   Antikigirl
    LOL, Actually the other day I freaked a PT out! LOL!!!!!!

    We were assisting a new total hip patient post op day 3 to the BSC. He was very painful despite lots of pain meds, and he made a quick move and pulled his IV out. I was on that side, without gloves mind you because I ran in to help this poor PT who tried to do this alone!

    The cannula came out and I am NOT kidding...the vein squirted blood up about 2 feet in the air in a constant strong stream! So my gut reaction...I took my bare finger and applied pressure! The PT grossed out big time..."ewwwwwwww you don't have gloves!". I said very polietly and calmly..."yep, and if you would be so kind as to hit the RN call light I will get someone to get me gloves or a towel".

    It is amazing however...only two drops of blood on my shoe is all that hit us people....a gross mess on the floor though! LOL!

    I think the PT was freaked because one, I had no gloves on and was touching blood (my finger was intact, no hangnails or scratches of any kind), Two was so calm and calmly asked for assistance, and Three...didn't freak out about the bleeding coming out that fast and hard! LOL!

    I got help right away and applied a gauze dressing with compression type tape...that helped to get him into bed without further squirts..LOL. Then I re-dressed it after direct pressure with a gloved hand (after washing and using the foam cleanser on my hand). Then I cleaned the floor so no one would slip and called for housekeeping to handle the santitizing of the area (our protocol). It was no biggie at all...but wow...that PT really flipped! LOL!
  7. by   Tweety
    Quote from twinmommy+1
    Oh my Lord you're kidding me!!!

    True story. It was an agency nurse. She was banned from the hospital and reported to the BON. Don't know what happened to her. Very very scarey.
  8. by   NurseyBaby'05
    One guy pushed 1 gram of Dilantin into a central line and sent the pt immediately into asystole.
  9. by   DeepFriedRN
    We had a registry nurse who walked to our nursing station from down the hall to tell us her pt wasn't breathing:smackingf I run into the room with her behind me and sure enough, no breathing and no pulse. I told her to hit the code button on the wall, and yes she knew where it was cause she turned right to it, and stood in front of it staring at it and wringing her hands. Pt didn't make it.
  10. by   Mulan
    Quote from Tweety
    A nurse crushed Percocets, mixed with water, and gave it through a central line IV.
    I guess the patient died?
  11. by   busyernurse
    Hey Tweety -- I have not had the best of weeks, my husband who is also a nurse have been kind of stressed. I have to tell you your story about infusing the Percocet via cebtral line takes the cake!! That was TOO funny!! I have been a nurse for 16 years and even in some of my dumbest moments would not have thought of trying that!! Anne
  12. by   Bat Nabas
    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.
  13. by   texas_lvn
    Quote from TheCommuter
    It greatly helps to place one's self in the shoes of the CNA, especially a LTC CNA. I work at a nursing home, and each one of my CNAs is assigned 12 to 15 patients each. They simply do not have the time to sit with one patient for an extended period of time when there are other call lights that need to be answered in an expedient manner.

    In addition, most LTC facilities suffer from high employee turnover and attrition rates, so the DON usually won't bestow severe punishments upon lazy staff members. The DON is just happy that a warm body has arrived to fill the necessary shift. In addition, there's typically not enough quality time for most LTC nurses and aides to devote to non-emergencies such as panic attacks and screaming. Few, if any, procedures are done by the book in LTC. You'll learn as you spend more time in your new LVN role.

    I appreciate the thought, but I have been an LVN for a while. I was just thinking of this and thought I would start a thread for laughs. And, at the time, I am sorry I do not care who you are, you do not give ANY meds to a CNA to administer. That is not only out of their practice, but against several laws abd ethics. And, since that time I have worked that shift. At the time, there where only 10 residents in the facility and the nurse was known to be VERY LAZY.