What have other nurses done that have freaked you out? - page 7

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   lauramae18
    I saw my nurse "burp" a colostomy bag in a patient's face.
    It was 2 days post op and patient was having serious issues dealing with body changes.
    This was SO not cool.
  2. by   kessadawn
    [font="century gothic"]how about these stellar examples:
    -experienced peds icu nurse about to y-in her blood with her tpn

    -not-so-new grad stating "now what do you do with this exactly" while holding an ambubag!!
    -nursing student attempting to crush and dilute po ativan and give iv (where do people get that? was that once how we prepared iv meds?) and nursing instructer no where in sight (thank god another student stopped him)
    and the kicker:
    i was a nurse's aide in a nursing home years ago, worked frequently with an rn who was kind of out there, but "always right" and would argue to the death. she ordered me to go get a rectal temp on pt with temp, when i attempted to protest, she ordered me again, not so nicely this time. you see, this pt had cancer surgery years before that left her with a colostomy and no rectal area at all, it was completely sewn shut. finally the rn said she had just done it herself earlier(really now, did you?), why was i causing so much trouble. i politely encouraged her to get it herself then. boy was her face red when she got back from that room. i do often wonder who's rectal temp she had really taken earlier that shift!
  3. by   lamazeteacher
    At "flu" shot clinics, other LVN/RNs filled syringes with vaccine and piled them up. I was told to use them.
    I explained that nurses can only give medications that they themselves prepare - oral, parenteral, IV, whatever. The other nurses there became very hostile, but I stuck to my "guns".
  4. by   katfishLPN
    I am an Lpn and am IV certified. We had a patient with an IV in the LTC facility I was working at. I was working night shift and at the end of a very busy shift the IV came out. About that time the dayshift RN came in so I told her and she said she would restart it and asked if I would stay to help. I did and as she was attempting to restart the IV she dropped it on the bed. She then picked it up blew on it to I guess "get the germs off" :trout: and attempted again to restart it. I was in complete shock!!! Luckily she couldn't even get it in and I had to go so she said she was going to have one of the other nurse's do it. I swear I could NOT believe what I had just seen!!!
  5. by   clee1
    Quote from lamazeteacher
    At "flu" shot clinics, other LVN/RNs filled syringes with vaccine and piled them up. I was told to use them.
    I explained that nurses can only give medications that they themselves prepare - oral, parenteral, IV, whatever. The other nurses there became very hostile, but I stuck to my "guns".
    We have one of these clinics coming up soon at my Urgent Care, and I am scheduled to be the "shot nurse" for opening day.

    My manager wanted to draw up several dozen doses on Friday for Sunday administration... until I said that I only shoot what I myself draw - she was mildly miffed but agreed to let me "do it my way".

    I can't believe some of the things I've seen on this thread! WHO in the WORLD was ever taught to give PO meds in an IV???? For Pete's sake!
  6. by   greatshakes
    This really freaked my sister out. After having removal of some bowel due to bowel cancer, my sister was lucky in not needing a bag and was pleased to hear they thought they'd got it all. One of the nurses came in and asked to see her stoma. H replied she didn't have one. "Oh that's not what it says in the chart" the nurse replied. The next night, H asked for a couple of sleepers and a reg nurse bought one in. "Where's the other" Oh damn I gave the lady down the hall your two..I'll just slip back and get you another...'
    she was very pleased to get out of there.
  7. by   Indy
    Quote from 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.
    Yano, if I ever see cardizem running at 125 ml/hr they'll have to code me and the patient at the same time. I just know I'll blow a gasket.
  8. by   kaeri
    I am so thrilled to see so many nurses who are happy to point at other nurses and report their failings. It is also heartwarming to see that no-one here has ever done something rotten.
    Congratulations.
  9. by   RunnerRN
    WOOT WOOT!
    Glad to see it took at least 3 days for someone to come in here and blast us for this. I for one have learned a lot for other people's mistakes, and my own. Yes, we have all made our own mistakes, but the topic of this thread is "mistakes OTHER people have made" that you can't believe. Have you ever worked with someone who supposedly graduated from nsg school, and just cannot believe the crap they just did?
    And PS - most of the mistakes listed above weren't just mistakes, they were potentially fatal/harmful mistakes (Percocet through a central line? Giving meds other people draw up?)
  10. by   gonzo1
    I think somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed. There are many threads on here where we share mistakes we have made. Some of us are just amazed at things that go on and wonder if we are alone. This thread allows us to share our feelings on this subject in an arena with others that understand. This is also a good learning tool, ie, mistakes that have been made and how to avoid them.
  11. by   Lacie
    Quote from kaeri
    I am so thrilled to see so many nurses who are happy to point at other nurses and report their failings. It is also heartwarming to see that no-one here has ever done something rotten.
    Congratulations.
    LOL, Good one Kaeri!! I wouldnt say this one "freaked out" anyone but myself and actually was a funny one but a lesson well learned. While I was working CCU/ICU I had an elderly gentleman who had suffered an MI. Newly ordered meds made him very nauseated frequently. He was in a chair and on entering the room he pointed to his emesis basin and was ready to blow. So I grabbed it quickly to hold for him and at the same time looking for the bath pan (we all know that emesis basins hold very little!). Of course there was no bath pan handy. In turn I had to try to run to the hopper in the room to empty (only a few feet from him) before the next explosion. After the second empty he was pointing to the emesis basin but was unable to speak due to the n/v. I kept reassuring him it was ok and we'd get through this. Afterwards I was cleaning him up and he started laughing loudly!! Just couldnt figure out why this man was laughing after being so ill. Until he asked me "Is there anyway to fish my dentures out of that commode or is it too late!!!! Needless to say I had flushed his upper dentures as they fell into the basin as he was vomiting. I was so very very embarrased! Next day I came in and his family had brought him some lovely fresh peaches of which he gave to me since he was unable to eat them as he giggled handing them to me. The hospital did reimburse for the dentures but it's one story I will never forget or live down in my career. Thank goodness he was so very understanding and took it with humor and understanding.
  12. by   texas_lvn
    Quote from kaeri
    I am so thrilled to see so many nurses who are happy to point at other nurses and report their failings. It is also heartwarming to see that no-one here has ever done something rotten.
    Congratulations.
    If you read the OP, it says what have other nurses done to freak you out. There is already a thread for things you have done, and there is already a link that another member has placed. I am sorry you do not know how to read the OP, or even the header for that matter.
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from kaeri
    I am so thrilled to see so many nurses who are happy to point at other nurses and report their failings. It is also heartwarming to see that no-one here has ever done something rotten.
    Congratulations.
    It's also heartwarming to see that the full title of the post was not read clearly

    "What have OTHER nurses done that have freaked you out?"

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