What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 5

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   scaredofshots
    I will be the first to say that I didn't know much about anything but when this happened to me while working as a Tech on our Med-Surg. unit I just knew it was wrong.
    I had taken the vital signs of a patient the BP was something like 74/40 anyway it was low, and the patient stated that they needed something for pain, so I went to find her nurse and let her know about the low BP and request for medicine. The nurse looks at me and says "Crap that's a low one, better give her a bolus to get her BP up so I can give her some pain med. so she will shut up and leave me alone."
    Later I over heard her telling another nurse what she did. I stayed away from her the rest of the night!
  2. by   littleroxy79
    i am actually working with the RN tonight. this happened last year. we work on a telemetry/ step down unit. she was pulled to another tele floor. so we heard this from the other nurses working with her. one of her patients pumps was beeping so another nurse went to check on it. well, she went to the room to find out that the patient had cardizem hooked up, but it was on hold. the pump was set at 125 cc/hr. first, it's a 1:1 ratio and we mix it in a 100 cc bag. the highest we run it on the floor is 20 mg/hr. so the nurse was shocked and checked the patients vitals and stayed with them. the attending rn finally showed up and said, " i was just verifying the order." luckily she didn't have it running. the following week, she asked us how to mix the drug and almost did the same thing. we sent the charge nurse to check on her patient to see if the right rate was made. she's been a nurse for 30 some odd years.
    another incident is when she took care of a fresh pacer. 5 am she tells the charge nurse that her patient was asking if anyone else was working. the charge rn went to the room and the patient had a HUGE hematoma the size of a softball on his left shoulder. he had said he had asked his nurse about it the night before at 9pm. she didn't tell anyone until 5am the next morning.
  3. by   bubblesthenurse
    3 incidences.

    1) cas pool nurse working on rehab ward, pts sats down to 78%. wrote it down, and walked off
    2) same nurse, attends to another patients dressing while the patient is on the tiolet.
    3) in a arrest, the patient goes asystole, a very senior nurse starts cardiac compressions, then looks at the monitor at declares she's in VT.... it was just her compressions being reflected on the screen
  4. by   sanctuary
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    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......
    Maybe with a teeny, tiny little straw. Yeah, that;s the ticket... a really little straw.:uhoh21:
  5. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    An LPN I worked with at my last job called me into a room where a LOL had just gotten up without calling, tried to walk to the bathroom and fallen. Her bed was soaked with urine, and thie LPN tells me "Look how soaked this bed is!" as she wipes her UNGLOVED hand across the soaking sheet, holds her dripping palm up to show me, and then... I swear to goodness... she WIPED her hand off on her scrub pants!!!

    I almost passed out right then and there...
  6. by   jmgrn65
    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.
    OK I see that point, But the CNA was given narcotics, that is not within thier scope of practice, and certainly not for the nurse to delegate. Deserve more punishment.
  7. by   jmgrn65
    I have one that is a little more lighthearted, than the rest.
    My NA and myself was assisted a patient in a semi private room, we were behind the curtain. We heard a fellow nurse giving the other patient meds, a pill fell on the floor and the nurse says "should we go by the 5 second rule or get another on" The patients family about went nuts. The patinet and family said please get another one. The nurse then replies " it might take me a while to get it"
  8. by   DawnFL
    This happened a LONG time ago (about 16 yrs). I was working as a CNA in a nursing home. While visiting the other hallway ( I did not work this hallway) around 3 am, one of the LPNs working decided it was time to do a round (we worked 11p -- 7 a) on her residents. She entered a room and found a resident on the floor in the bathroom, this res. had been dead so long that the urine on the floor had dried and he was going into rigor. They picked him up off the floor, placed him in bed, took his vitals (duh) and said "Pt found in bed dead at 2300." The DON showed up and told us we all were to say the same. I refused. The LPN didn't do her round at the beginning of the shift. She didn't have a CNA that night. It was not a busy floor, so that can not be used as an excuse. Needless to say, I left there shortly after that.
    Dawn
  9. by   NurseCard
    Quote from scaredofshots
    I will be the first to say that I didn't know much about anything but when this happened to me while working as a Tech on our Med-Surg. unit I just knew it was wrong.
    I had taken the vital signs of a patient the BP was something like 74/40 anyway it was low, and the patient stated that they needed something for pain, so I went to find her nurse and let her know about the low BP and request for medicine. The nurse looks at me and says "Crap that's a low one, better give her a bolus to get her BP up so I can give her some pain med. so she will shut up and leave me alone."
    Later I over heard her telling another nurse what she did. I stayed away from her the rest of the night!
    Hmmm... what she did might have actually been a safe course of action. The problems that I see are:

    1) Her crappy attitude
    2) Did she obtain orders from the MD to give the bolus? Did she alert the MD at all? OR, was it some sort of protocol to give a bolus in the incident of a low BP, particularly with this patient?

    I mean, if she were able to get the patient's BP up to a safe level with the bolus, then it was probably okay to give pain medicine. However, her crappy attitude is unsafe, and if she didn't alert the MD, that's unsafe as well.
  10. by   StNeotser
    Day shift nurse gives report saying she doesn't understand why newly inserted foley isn't draining. I said I'd take a look. Foley did not drain because it was inserted into rectum.
  11. by   RunnerRN
    Oooh, the above foley story reminded me of another one.
    Another department idiot works peds (one of my pet peeves - if you aren't remotely competent w kids, don't say you'll do peds). Kid comes in w a fever, so we're doing our normal routine (blood, urine, fluids, etc). He goes to lunch, mom of child hits call light. I go in, and the mini-cath (its a 5 Fr) in sticking out of the child and taped to her thigh, and mom is doing everything she can to keep the kid's hands away from it. ***? Mom says "Can we have some more juice. Bill said to have her drink because he's DEFINITELY in the urethra but she doesn't have any urine."
    The idiot had placed the cath into the kid's vagina (of course) and because he was NEVER WRONG left it in, and taped the collection container to the kid's leg.
    The worst part? This wasn't an infant, it was a 2 1/2 year old. Can we say "scarred for life?"
  12. by   babynurse2001
    I was off the floor for 15 minutes to grab my lunch and my then manager was watching my patients. When I returned she was standing at the nurse's station chatting with another nurse. I asked her if everybody was allright and she turned to me and said "Was your baby blue when you left?"

    She's not my manager anymore...
  13. by   banditrn
    Quote from Tweety
    A nurse crushed Percocets, mixed with water, and gave it through a central line IV.
    OMG!! What happened?!! That makes me sick just hearing about it.


    When I was a new nurse, when I came upon my first 'code' I started actual mouth-to-mouth on the lady. The nurse that came in next freaked, and after that they put face masks in each room.

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