What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 55

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   Tnichelle
    I work at a LTC and hav esome of the laziest CNA's a nurse could have yesterday was the night from Hell excuse me. for caring. First off i go into one of the tubers room, getting ready to administer his meds, and do his treatment. started to remove his pillows and noticed a runny liquid on his bottom. my first thought omg he has a bad case of diarrhea. not the case at all. my CNA was there with me thank GOD. The previous nurse(they are the only people allowed to handle tube feeders) spilled tube feeding in his clinitron bed about 200cc and just left it. did not try to clean it up.
  2. by   erroridiot
    Observed that more than one nurse on a unit cleaning trach tubes with "Periwash", wiping it off with toilet paper or a paper towel and put it back in and turned off humidifiers or left them empty for trach patients and explained it by stating that the humidifier made too many secretions.

    Observed nurses running 30 to 60 minute IVPB antibiotics in 3-6 minutes, hang, open flow and explained this stating they did not have time to go back to the room. All on the same unit.

    Got out of there fast.
  3. by   smartnurse1982
    In home health we had a nurse who worked nights at one job and came in the mornings to do her homecare shift. She would shower at the clients house,and mom stated it was ok,but cmon that isn't professional,and on top of it she slept in the clients bed. 2.
    We had another nurse who worked 7p to 7a and slept from 715 pm to 7am.

    3.A hh nurse who worked 16 hours a day mon to fri from 7am to 11pm.she also worked 32 hours on thw weekends.what she would do is pay the mom $10 per hour from 7pm to 11pm on weekdays and from 7am to 11pm on weekends too.

    4This office nurse who gets in a fit just b/c I call for a prn order for tylenol,but she saying "you can give it,its only tylenol." I was thinking to myself,"Uh, I don't know what nursing school you went to office nurse but we need orders for everything,you do know that right?

    5.The nurse who had worked in the ER who put meds in the balloon port of a gt.

    6.A nurse who did not prime a gt line and let a lot of air into his stomach. Maybe I should have said something but she was training me to this facility but I had been a nurse longer by 3 years.

    7.The nurse who mixed lantus and regular insulin in a nursing home I worked at,but it was 6 years ago. Maybe no one knew you could not mix them together at that time?
    Last edit by smartnurse1982 on Mar 28, '10
  4. by   caliotter3
    Quote from erroridiot
    Observed that more than one nurse on a unit cleaning trach tubes with "Periwash", wiping it off with toilet paper or a paper towel and put it back in and turned off humidifiers or left them empty for trach patients and explained it by stating that the humidifier made too many secretions.

    Observed nurses running 30 to 60 minute IVPB antibiotics in 3-6 minutes, hang, open flow and explained this stating they did not have time to go back to the room. All on the same unit.

    Got out of there fast.
    When a nurse walked into a resident's room that was assigned to another nurse, then came out to report to the supervisor that the IV antibiotic had run in on open flow, the resident died within hours. Finally, the DON fired this nurse. This was not her first act of sabotage and probably not her last. Who knows how many other residents and patients have died because she used them to backstab a coworker.
  5. by   LouisVRN
    1. Too many mistakes with heparin drips to count.
    2. No charting done on a patient within 24 hours. We are required to chart a minimum of every 4 hours.
    3. Finding narcotics in pts beds.
    4. No documentation on things such as lines being inserted, or lines being discontinued.

    5. Recently as a family member of a patient, my dad was going to have an MRI done, they asked my mom (POA) to review it, while my mom was looking for her glasses she asked me to look it over... form seemed to be filled out correctly except it had the wrong patients label on it
  6. by   GFzalez
    At our LTC an LPN was finally fired for giving all his insulins and medications at 4pm so he could "save time" with the evening med pass!
  7. by   Blackheartednurse
    1. A nurse running dopamine and dobutamine for unstable patient in the same IV line.
  8. by   RedCell
    Quote from Blackheartednurse
    1. A nurse running dopamine and dobutamine for unstable patient in the same IV line.

    Why would you freak out? There is nothing wrong with this.
  9. by   EMR*LPN
    My first nursing job in a LTC as a charge burse, the other charge nurse (an RN), would leave ink all over the nursing notes. Found out when she would fall asleep while writing, her pen would make ink trails all over the pages.
    This same nurse gave 35 units of NPH insulin to a 90# debilatated resident...and he WAS NOT a diabetic. He died 2 days later. Nothing was done to her. No write up, no reprimand, no firing!!
    Years later, I tell a colleague that our boss could go **** himself, I get fired a day later! Go figure!!
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jun 3, '10 : Reason: changed to all **
  10. by   pca_85
    Quote from babs71958
    My first nursing job in a LTC as a charge burse, the other charge nurse (an RN), would leave ink all over the nursing notes. Found out when she would fall asleep while writing, her pen would make ink trails all over the pages.
    This same nurse gave 35 units of NPH insulin to a 90# debilatated resident...and he WAS NOT a diabetic. He died 2 days later. Nothing was done to her. No write up, no reprimand, no firing!!
    Years later, I tell a colleague that our boss could go **** himself, I get fired a day later! Go figure!!
    OMG! Doesn't sound like a place worthy of you anyway. Yikes.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jun 3, '10 : Reason: changed to all ** in quote
  11. by   AOx1
    A nurse who falsified assessments and vitals on a patient on pressors. When caught, the nurse said "Well I forgot to take them, but I just guessed about what they might have been." That nurse is no longer with that hospital, needless to say.
  12. by   meluhn
    Quote from babs71958
    My first nursing job in a LTC as a charge burse, the other charge nurse (an RN), would leave ink all over the nursing notes. Found out when she would fall asleep while writing, her pen would make ink trails all over the pages.
    Haha. This alone doesn't make someone a bad person or nurse. Sometimes I have a little bout of narcolepsy in the afternoon while charting. I chart on computers and sometimes I doze off for a minute and it looks like thissssssssssssss#$^&*(KKK


    LOL
    Of course I can fix it before saving it. I am so afraid someone will think I am a drug addict or something. Does this happen to anyone else?
  13. by   hecallsmeDuchess
    I read all the posts and I laughed at some and shuddered in horror at the others. The most disgusting tale here which has also left a permanent bitter taste in my mouth and grossed me out to no end is the one where the nurse 'sniffed and licked' the substance around patient's stoma. Ewwwwwwwwww!

    I've been a CNA for 6 years now and I remember the nurse I worked with in the nursing home would give me meds in the little medicine cup to give to residents. I thought it meant the nurse thought I was trust-worthy but now that I know what I know, the memories of those days make me shudder.

    I've also worked with CNAs that did not clean poopy residents with gloves nor did they wash their hands. I knew one that only washed her hands, even after she cleaned people that had soiled themeselves, only when she got to the end of the round. Such people I avoid and I make sure I accept nothing from them or let them touch any of my things.

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