What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 63

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   sevensonnets
    Years ago we had a patient with a central line who was to be transferred back to the nursing home. The charge nurse pulled the central line and put a BANDAID on the site. I came back from lunch to find an EMT standing in the door of the patient's room going "Come here quick!" The bed was literally soaked with blood!! When I got the bleeding stopped finally the lady had to be readmitted to get blood.
  2. by   joanna73
    When I was a student, I went with a senior nurse to assist with her pt wound care and observe. Instead of using the empty bedside table, the nurse proceeded to assemble, and lose the supplies on the bed (in the folds of the covers). That was ok, I guess, but when the nurse dropped the gauze on the floor, picked it up, and then was about to still apply the dirty gauze to the pt's wound, I intercepted with a clean one. Eew! Still a valuable lesson as a student, because I realized what not to do.
  3. by   robby5313
    I had a DON refuse to allow me to order 10 cc. saline syringes to flush a patients PICC. I was told to "just use the 3 cc. ones we have and push it real slow." Uh....no thanks. I refused and told her if she wanted to...be my guest!
  4. by   kale724
    I had the chance to witness a stna do all patient care without gloves! Even peri care and everything dealing with the patient she refused to wear gloves. Stating that it was impersonal....yea it blew my mind.
  5. by   RedhairedNurse
    Watching a very seasoned nurse try to ram a Yonkers down some one's throat! Yikes!!!
  6. by   TexasNurseEducator
    Many years ago saw a nurse manager give CPR to a patient that had fainted. Never did ABCs. Later, fired for no patient care skills.
  7. by   king_of_the_hill_fan
    When I was a student doing my clinicals at one of the SNFs in the area, we were asked if we would like to watch a foley being inserted. Originally, a 4th term student was to do it, but she got too nervous and asked the charge LVN to take over. That LVN took over alright - no gloves, no handwashing, just shoved the cath into the pt's penis! YIKES! :smackingf
  8. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from lvnjmd
    when i was a student doing my clinicals at one of the snfs in the area, we were asked if we would like to watch a foley being inserted. originally, a 4th term student was to do it, but she got too nervous and asked the charge lvn to take over. that lvn took over alright - no gloves, no handwashing, just shoved the cath into the pt's penis! yikes! :smackingf
    i just read this aloud to my husband, who was walking through the room on the way to the kitchen. his reaction? left the room with his hand over his crotch! i don't think he had any idea he was doing it either.
  9. by   LittleWing21
    Hmmm....I remember a co-worker accidentally leaving a tourniquet on an unresponsive patient for almost an entire shift. Oh, and then there was the time I started my shift to find a central line without a dressing, completely open to air.

    The scariest part? It was the SAME NURSE!!! Even scarier is the fact that she thought she was god's gift to the hospital. Real winner!
  10. by   carolmaccas66
    One of the most awful and scary things happened to me when working as Charge Nurse one night at a nursing home for dementia patients. A son of a 90+ year old terminal patient came and told me his Dad looked like he was in severe pain. (The son left later on). No pain meds ordered except paracetamol I think. Rang the locum doctor and he would not order any stat morphine for this poor patient. I argued and said 'Give the patient a break for the love of God'. Doctor eventually turned up, wrote a script (which we couldn't then fill as all the pharmacies were closed), said the patient could have the morphine tomorrow, and left.
    I felt like saying: 'Doctor, the patient may not be ALIVE tomorrow to get morphine, and he would have died in pain because of you!'
    Truly heartless - I hope this sort of thing doesn't happen to me in the future; very, very scary.
  11. by   wbdtrt
    WOW! Nurse placed NG in patient lung and administered tube feeding and killed the patient. Same nurse placed tube feeding in ice pouch of feeding bag and could not figure out why bag would not prime!!! YIKES!
  12. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from wbdtrt
    WOW! Nurse placed NG in patient lung and administered tube feeding and killed the patient. Same nurse placed tube feeding in ice pouch of feeding bag and could not figure out why bag would not prime!!! YIKES!
    She continued to practice after infusing a tube feeding into a patient's lung?!
  13. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    ""The next time i am about to shower a female with a penis will you please tell me before hand"......"
    Thats a killer!!

close