What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 6

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   Quickbeam
    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).
    May I just say bravo! for this observation. I worked peds for over a decade and it seems to draw well meaning people who know *spit* about pediatric care. "Oh, I just love KIDS!" ain't enough.

    The foley in the vagina? "Sure" it was placed right? So seen that. *sigh*
  2. by   veegeern
    Have gotten a few chuckles...and a cringe...out of these!

    A newly hired RN with many years experience was providing patient care one shift. Our PCAs will often place used thermometer covers in a tray on the dinamap cart (even after being told not to do this). The RN was using the covers from the tray instead of from the box attached to the side of the dinamap as she took vital signs.

    In our 3rd semester, a fellow student was going to put tylenol elixir in the buratrol (spelling?). She was failed right then and there.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Foley did not drain because it was inserted into rectum.

    I'll admit, there's been some difficult Foleys to do, and some Foleys wound up in the vagina (and noticed immediately and corrected), and large and small urethras, but i don't think i could ever get an anus confused for a urethra.
  4. by   Sonn
    Some freak out moments:
    1. A nurse locked her demented patients in their rooms on night duty so she could get some sleep
    2. A nurse gave a patient a dose of insulin (note: he was not a diabetic nor ordered insulin) because he was endstage cancer patient
    3. A senior nurse asked how to prime an IV line because she didn't know how.....she then said is there anything else she should know? and was about to give a blood transfusion
    These all happened at 1 facility. Different registered nurses all faced losing their licence over these issues and other freaky things they did. The worst part about it was I was a new staff member and a lot of the poor practices at this place freaked me out (needless to say I left this hospital).....but the biggest freak-out was that the many nurses that worked at this place were not freaked out, because poor practices were the norm!
  5. by   Nurse`Chief~Chickie
    dude, i was part of the biggest fiasco i've witnessed yet! a co-worker and myself were preparing to insert a foley. simple enough, i can actually say i have some skill here. the patient was a good-natured woman, non-verbal but with it, peg tube, trach, the works. she knew what we were doing, responded accordingly and was very cooperative. luckily. just in case, there were 2 nas at the ready, (nothing better to do?) i should say right now what we all know, inserting a foley isn't truly 'sterile' however, there is a line. i contaminated my first pair of gloves. 1st trash bag. i attempted to insert the cath into a skin fold. it promptly flopped on the bed, (due to my surprise?) the aide (bare handed, ) gave it back to me. more trash. explained to her not to touch it. here is where i mention everyones prefered techniques. we are all different. 5 minutes was spent re-arranging my prepared space for the procedure.we'll call my fellow nurse teri. teri gets out another kit. just the cath, as we already have the bag etc. the same helpful na tried to hand us things from the kit. more learning experience. we have quite the disagreement over teri placing and removing her hands and trying to change hands (basically wallering around the labias). she satisfactorally cleaned the area finally... and...it goes into the urethra!... hooray! urine spews up and everywhere! she cries bag bag bag! we 3 stand incredulous! staring at the urine fountain unable to comprehend that the bag needed to be connected to the cath. teri reaches for it and lets go of the cath which shoots, (not slides) from the urethra. trash bag #2. apologizing to the patient for the mishaps and for laughing, she herself laughed at us! try # 3 teri connects the bag. yes! we are ready, she found it once, no big deal. somehow the vagina and urethra must have switched, for she went confidently right into that vagina. she was so confidant that she had it , she told the na to inflate the balloon, so she did, try that is. ky spewed onto the bed. we had to go to a bigger trash sack at this point. pt still laughing at us. what a good sport! what the heck, 1 more time. i of course had to rearrange, got ready. checked all of the incidentals we had just flubbed up. here we go! it was good! like text book! 45 min from the start, missy miss had her cath, a good laugh and bath from all the mess we had made. consequently, the next am, we came in to find out the replaced the cath during the noc, she needed a bigger balloon, they found the whole thing in the bed next to her!

    then there was the other foley incident, the only time(and i definately learned!) i did not eyeball my own written dr orders before implementing them. my preceptor on my last day of orientation, at the end of shift, took me and the kit down to the pts room. she was indeed to have a foley, and it went smoothly. sometime after we left, they read through the chart to discover she was allergic to the iodine we had just smeared all over her delicate parts! ( no adverse reactions btw. she was fine.)
  6. by   BlueEyedRN
    Quote from Quickbeam
    Her "technique" for keeping her assignment quiet was to tape their mouths shut! I'm not kidding, I'd find infants and toddlers with pink tape over their mouths, often keeping a pacifier in place. Yes, I talked to her/reported it to the management staff, etc. She was warned. She didn't do it anymore but always held it against me..."gee, what's your problem? It works!"...sigh.
    SCARY!

    Completely unrelated. . . . When I was a student, a nurse asked me to help her reposition a patient. I found five or six pills in the bed with her under the sheet. I handed them to the RN who said, "huh, guess she didn't want them" and tossed them in the trash. She didn't even check what they were and went on like nothing had happened.
  7. by   CaperLPN
    A second-hand story. When I was in training,(many moons ago) our Peds instructors gave us many warnings before we went out on the floor.One of the examples she gave to go along with her dire warnings was this: Seems one of her students in the previous class had been assigned to temps one day.The instructor,on her rounds,found that all of the kids on the unit were lying on their tummy's,with the thermometers sticking out of their rectums. This was in the day of the glass thermometer!!
  8. by   hkoslo
    Below is the reason why over 98,000 people still die from med errors every year!

    Quote from geniann
    While in nursing school, a "future nurse" :smackingf was "taking" a blood pressure with NO stethescope. I asked her what she was doing and she said "I just watch the needle jump and when it starts I get my top number and the last jump is my bottom number" I almost died! ( and perhaps her patients will too with that genious taking care of them!) She didn't even say "diastolic and systolic" pressure. I have also seen 2 nurses give IV atibiotics 6 hours late and knew it and did nothing to rectify it- the one said "I was too tired" and the other said "I couldn't read the MAR". What is wrong with people nowadays!!
  9. by   AtlantaRN
    We had an agency nurse one night, trying to figure out a way to hook up a tube feeding to ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,wait for it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    a triple lumen central line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!


    OMG, I about fainted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    pulled her out of THAT room in a hurry...

    atlantarn
  10. by   SillyLilly
    Quote from geniann
    Besides just pulling a resident off the floor and putting them back in bed after they have fallen, then acting like nothing happened because they didn't want to do the paperwork- a few other things come to mind. While in nursing school, a "future nurse" :smackingf was "taking" a blood pressure with NO stethescope. I asked her what she was doing and she said "I just watch the needle jump and when it starts I get my top number and the last jump is my bottom number" I almost died! ( and perhaps her patients will too with that genious taking care of them!) She didn't even say "diastolic and systolic" pressure. I have also seen 2 nurses give IV atibiotics 6 hours late and knew it and did nothing to rectify it- the one said "I was too tired" and the other said "I couldn't read the MAR". What is wrong with people nowadays!!

    About the no stethescope BP...
    When I would get yearly check ups pre nursing school, the nurses in the office NEVER used a steth. I asked about it when we were learning in it school and instructor said it was a no no.
    One time, (again before nursing school) I asked what my BP was, and she said oh it was like xxx/xx Like? Didnt you just take it? I guess not.


    My last day as an extern, a CNA came in to releive me from sitting. She took one look at the pt (a 100yr old female) and said "oh hell no" and went and got restraints. The pt was getting angry and trying to get out of bed. But the Pt didnt NOT derve them, let alone there were no orders for them (she already had a posey on.) I told the nurse right away.

    She usually sat on a second shift after working one on the floor. I would see her sleeping in the room sometimes, with the pts tied down to the bed in 4 or 5pt restraints.
  11. by   Multicollinearity
    This happened last week. I did not witness it. An RN case manager I know did witness this. My friend works for an insurance company. She was in the hall looking at a patient's chart when she saw a patient seizing in a room close by. The patient's nurse (a recent grad) went into the room and stopped... stared...her mouth gaping open. The nurse then wheeled around and ran. No, not for help...to the ladies room. My case manager friend ran and pounded on the bathroom door in the hall. She tried to find another RN. The nurse came out of the bathroom looking dazed. My case manager friend said "YOU HAVE TO GET BACK IN THERE, HE IS HAVING A SEIZURE!" The RN wouldn't speak. They both go back into the room. The patient is foaming and has blood from biting his tongue. The RN does the same thing. She stares, then walks out again. She pretends nothing is happening. My friend finally runs to another unit and gets an RN. Don't know what happened after that.

    I guess if you pretend it's not happening then it isn't?
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Oct 6, '06
  12. by   ilnurse35
    Quote from Tweety
    A nurse crushed Percocets, mixed with water, and gave it through a central line IV.
    Oh, my Lord in heaven!!!!! Was the patient okay?
  13. by   ilnurse35
    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
    It was around the stoma? How gross!!

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