What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 34

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   transducen
    Quote from kaeri
    I am so thrilled to see so many nurses who are happy to point at other nurses and report their failings. It is also heartwarming to see that no-one here has ever done something rotten.
    Congratulations.
    Hey, ya gotta admit these "mistakes" are pretty stupid and many are dangerous!
  2. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from transducen
    Unfortunately my A+P prof. told us checking bp that way, is a good "trick". OOPS!
    I was told this in A&P also. "Watch for the needle jump, and don't bother listening when you actually work as a nurse." I just nodded politely and thought to myself, I DON'T THINK SO.
  3. by   TennNurse
    Quote from Kim O'Therapy
    Great job! You sound like a great nurse. If I'm ever in a neuro unit, I hope you're on it!
    :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat:

    Fine work there! Do you need a job? We will orient you forever!!!!!!!
  4. by   Nurse`Chief~Chickie
    Quote from 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!!!!


    preceptor at my prn job and i were doing fluid outdates, which she was nooooot happy about doing because the former purchasing lady used to do it. so she says when i checked all the shelves and bins in the med room, aaallll of them. my little old incompetent new-grad self, except one. the one filled every day. the one i personally filled three days in a row. those are never outdated. i feel secure saying this. because as she selflessly picked up my slack, she tells me it's good someone has to do this because she doesn't have time to check dates when she hangs fluids. yep, no time.
  5. by   grace90
    reading this thread scares the s*** outta me
  6. by   TouchstoneRN
    I once watched an experienced nurse drop an open end of an IV on the floor, pick it up, put it in her mouth stating "kiss it to God" then hooking it up to the site and opening it wide.

    Another time I walked in a room and watched another nurse rubbing Holy cards on a pt. she quickly ran out of the room when she saw me standing there....
  7. by   Indy
    What on earth are holy cards?
  8. by   sanctuary
    Holy cards, you Protestant you, (recovering Catholic here) are little business-cards sized cards with (usually) a picture of a saint on one side, and a prayer on the other. They are frequently given as "rememberances" at a funeral, or can be purchased from churches, Catholic bookstores, and in the OOOOld days, nuns would give them out as prizes for perfect scores in tests, or eraser clapping.
    Perhaps she was hoping for a miraculous intervention. Or, just happened to use one to spread lotion....or something.
    Last edit by sanctuary on Nov 18, '06
  9. by   enoRN
    others have done a lot but i can never forget my day in the ward as a student, its was mandatory we wear cover shoes which i dont wear normally, cos i ll have corns, pain, etc. then on this my first day i wore a cover shoe and i developed bruises at the back of my foot, i went up to the ward charge and showed her the bruises and i said pls can i get some swab and plaster so i can place to prevent further bruising she looked up at me and shouted that i should get out of her office, lazy thing. i withdrew into my shell and felt 'is this how nurses are', if she could do this to me how much to someone who is lying helpless in bed and maybe just asking for a glass of water
  10. by   enoRN
    others have done a lot but i can never forget my first
    day in the ward as a student, its was mandatory we wear cover shoes which i dont wear normally, cos i ll have corns, pain, etc. then on this my first day i wore a cover shoe and i developed bruises at the back of my foot, i went up to the ward charge and showed her the bruises and i said pls can i get some swab and plaster so i can place to prevent further bruising she looked up at me and shouted that i should get out of her office, lazy thing. i withdrew into my shell and felt 'is this how nurses are', if she could do this to me how much to someone who is lying helpless in bed and maybe just asking for a glass of water
  11. by   truern
    Quote from grace90
    Although I have known that fact for years, it still never ceases to make me gag when I think about it, hence I try *not* to think of "sputum" and "my tummy" in the same sentence.

    Here's my stupid stories from my 7p-7a last night.
    #1- I don't give Mucomyst much. Last night I had to, po q4h. It came up from pharmacy in glass vials. I didn't know the rubber top popped off. I popped out a syringe and needle, and proceeded to push air into the bottle before drawing out the liquid, only... I uhm pushed a wee bit too hard and the little glass bottle of Mucomyst went POOF and burst and the smell of sour rotten eggs quickly spread through the room and the hallway. I called pharmacy, told 'em what I did, and they sent it up in a nice plastic bottle.

    Grace, I've done that, too...only the Mucomyst went all over my scrub top and down between my cleavage. Everybody got the giggles when I stood over the sink and splashed water down my shirt
  12. by   grace90
    Quote from truern
    Grace, I've done that, too...only the Mucomyst went all over my scrub top and down between my cleavage. Everybody got the giggles when I stood over the sink and splashed water down my shirt
    Oh, thank goodness! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's made a Mucomyst mess. :roll
  13. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    I worked for two months in a hospital in Africa. Patients (or their families) had to purchase all of their own medical supplies and drugs, and bring them to the hospital to use. Our hospital had virtually no supplies. It really freaked me out when I noticed that the IV needles when removed were stuck into the top of the Saline bag, and left next to the bed for re-use. There were no plastic caths over the needles, so it was possible for re-use....but SOOOO unsanitary and dangerous. Freaked me right out when I saw all these saline bags with needles sitting next to the pts. I saw needles re-used a week or two after their inital use, all the while they had been collecting dust attached to the saline bag at the pts bedside. So sad, so scary...

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