What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 4

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   texas_lvn
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    This is a CNA story but it was so funny at the time

    Ill never forget the time my CNA was showering a female patient. She took her to the shower and the next thing I know she steps out the door white as a sheet she said ..."UH hello nursie down there...UH denise come here please, we have to have a talk".. I thought the lady was dead or something.. I go down there and she says..."The next time i am about to shower a female with a penis will you please tell me before hand"....I said "WHAT" . The lady had a prolapsed uterus and her cervix was hanging out...

    How funny!!! I bet she will never forget it!!!
  2. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from texas_lvn
    I appreciate the thought, but I have been an LVN for a while.
    Sorry for the misunderstanding. I had misinterpreted your quote, "On my FIRST day as a LVN..." as if this occurrence had taken place very recently.
  3. by   santhony44
    I worked briefly in LTC as a GPN. A resident's NG tube, used for feedings, came out. She (the experienced LPN who had just returned from 10 years of retirement) replaced it. Didn't measure, lubricate, etc, just started jamming it down. Awful. The same nurse also couldn't understand why she got a headache after using the "extra" nitro paste as a hand cream.

    I worked with one otherwise good RN who would collect the plastic "silverware" off the isolation trays and take them home to re-use after washing. As far as I know she never took anything really ugly home with her.
  4. by   Tweety
    Quote from Mulan
    I guess the patient died?

    Actually the patient was in pretty poor shape to begin with, and near as we could tell there were no ill effects. But think of emobolitic injury, septicemia, and whatever else could have happened, it's very scarey.
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from 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.

    Yep, there are many pages here of us making true confessions: https://allnurses.com/forums/f8/your...=worst+mistake

    I've made an unfortunate few in my life too, so I can't judge anyone.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Overheard a floor nurse say "oh damn, i got glass in the bottle" while she was drawing up a med from an amp, with a regular blunt needle.

    Luckily the charge nurse was walking by at the time, and stepped in (after she put her eyes back in her head), but kinda makes you wonder just how isolated that incident was.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I go down there and she says..."The next time i am about to shower a female with a penis will you please tell me before hand"....I said "WHAT" . The lady had a prolapsed uterus and her cervix was hanging out..
    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. by   slinkeecat
    I saw a nurse sniff and then lick her finger and exclaim... "Yep, it's Jevity"... she touched goop that was around the stoma of a G-tube.... I damn near stroked out
  9. by   gwenith
    I was a patient once and early one morning this well meaning agency nurse comes to take my blood pressure - I held my arm out straight for him - only to hear him say "Don't do that!!"
    "Do what?" was my puzzled reply
    "Stick your arm out like that because I will only get the blood pressure of a stretched muscle!"

    :uhoh21::uhoh21:
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    I got another....

    When I was in nursing school and doing a rotation through tele, my teacher was a ICU nurse in the same hospital very well respected and knew her stuff.. One of the BSN student nurses walked up to my instructor and told her she could not find her teacher or the nurse, but how in the world was she going to give the patient his meds out of the ampule without cutting his lip......
  11. by   MS._Jen_RN
    Quote from slinkeecat
    I saw a nurse sniff and then lick her finger and exclaim... "Yep, it's Jevity"... she touched goop that was around the stoma of a G-tube.... I damn near stroked out
    <--- That's me. Nasty. . . . -that's all I've got. . .
    ~Jen
  12. by   nurse4theplanet
    A family member of a pt came running to me saying her father couldn't breathe and needed to be suctioned (he was palliative care). When I walked in he was starting to lose color around his lips, gurgling as the family had said, and his lungs sounded awful. I ran to get the nurse who was counting narcotics and told her that he needed suctioning now. She just looked at me and said, 'Well, there are three nurses by the pt's door so get one of them to do it!" BTW, it was also 3:00 and she was getting off at 3:15, and had been sitting on her duff for the last 15min! I told her that there wasn't anyone outside that pt's door and that the pt was still her responsibility until she gave report to another nurse...so she got mad and went to suction the pt. BTW, the charge nurse was busy drawing her labs and hanging a potassium for her that she had waited until the last minute to request. I let the Charge nurse know what happened.
  13. by   Dalzac
    Once I asked the "charge" nurse to watch my pt. while I get a tray from the cafetira. The pt I had was a fresh trauma mva that had crushed every bone in his face esp. the sinus area and he had an oral gastric tube because of the extensive damge. some how the oral tube came out and she put it nasogastric. I lost it when I found out she had left it hooked to high suction when placing it. I asked her if she checked it and she said no, sure enough she had pushed it into this kid's noggin. Heads were rollin' the next day. I did call the neuro guy when it happened. get this she tried to blame it on me but the Doctor told the big shots that it wasn't my deal and he named the nurse They still didn't fire her after this and 3-4 major disasters she had done, because she tild them if they fired her she would sue them for discrimination.(she weighed close to 500 lbs)

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