What was most embarrassing moment as a nurse? - page 3

As long as I've been a nurse, I have NEVER been embarrassed by much until last night... We had a resident who prior to our shift coming on duty was yelling and demanding to see a Doctor to take care... Read More

  1. by   nursejer
    While I was a student nurse a patient who was in real distress began to code. This particular hosp had intercom phones in each room if you needed to call a code. It required you to push116 andto call "CODE BLUE- ROOM..." With my instuctorand several other staff in the room I picked up the intercom phone and pushed in "116" with hands shaking I thought i had pressed the wrong #'s and just said "SH--" and sure enough thats what everone in the whole hospital heard.
  2. by   tirramisue
    My second year as a nursing student, I became a CNA to get experience. On my second shift (and nights, which I had never worked before), I went in to assist with a drsg change. The pt had been in the hospital for months, knew everyone in the community and had taking polariods of everybody who came to visit and the photos were on the wall. He had lung ca with mets, and a huge (and in stick your whole arm in) decub on his coccyx. I was mostly there to observe, having never seen a decub before.. well never got to see his, the nurse started to pull off the drsg, and I passed out from the smell-landed on the bed next to the pt. Next thing I know the nurse who had been doing the drsg change and fortunately was male was carrying me out of the room. 7 Years later and still don't hear the end of it. When I left that hospital to travel, the nurse who carried me out of the room gave me a box of those ammonia sticks, since he wouldn't be around the next time I need to be picked up.
  3. by   Nursie30
    As a GPN, I was charting in a residents chart about their wound, it was infected and had a large amount of pus, I charted that the wound had ***** drainage.....now knowing what we know about correct documentation, I could only draw a line through it and initial it as an error after I realized the word I was looking for was not ***** but maybe purulent? lol

    I am the MDS Coordinator at a LTC facility, we just had our survey. I was pulled aside by one of the surveyors and showed in the chart that a man had an order for heel protectors to be worn while in bed....I said yeah? and she reminded me that he was a bil amputee....We had an excellant survey dispite that lil oversight and she got a good laugh at my expense....
  4. by   petiteflower
    Here's a couple of ones for you guys.
    When I was in nursing school, I was working really hard trying to lose weight, I had been doing Tae Bo with my husband. Well one day on clinicals I was headed up the service elevator with my back to the doors, I was reading the posters on the back of the elevator, thought I was alone. I put my hands on my hips and thought, gee they feel alot tighter, and without even thinking reached around to my butt and squeezed it to see how firm it was getting. Well I hear this snickering and turned around and there was a couple of guys from maintenance watching me "feel myself up". I was so embarrassed I just ducked my head and got off the elevator at the nearest floor and took the stairs.

    After graduation still trying to loose weight, my doctor put me on Xenical, and boy did it give me terrible gas!!! I suffered and held it in and excused myself for a short break to go outside, it was the night shift, so I didn't think about patient's families being around the hospital. I went outside and sat on a bench and relaxed, well here came the bellows, and I didn't just let it rip, I did the roll up on one hip and let it roar. I was so relieved until I looked up and there was a family of a patient sitting at a picnic table nearby looking flabbergasted. I didn't stop to look and see who it was. After I got back upstairs, the same family came up to see a patient (we had open visiting and the patient was in critical condition) I recognized them and tried to look busy enough so they wouldn't think I saw them. Well this man cleared his throat and I turned around. He handed me some Gas X from his own private stock and said maybe this would make me feel better. Then he laughed and winked and walked off.

    Now I ALWAYS LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   moonrose2u
    my first year as a nurse....i had a fresh cabg (only 48 hrs out and a new bump from the unit) that i couldn't find during my shift..looked everywhere..

    got a call from security..they found him..or at least some visitors did...

    he was disoriented, with a wild gleam in his eye, totally naked riding the visitor elevator....sternal wires glistening, dragging his foley bag and ivf's...

    oh yea, he did have his teds on...

    would that make him dressed?

    i had some 'splaining to do!!
  6. by   ChristenLPN
    When my parents decided not to name me Grace, they knew what they weren't thinking! Today after pulling back an Urgent Care pt, I stood up to go find a thermometer, backed up and fell over the stool, broke my fall with the garbage can, which knocked me off balance and forced me to grab onto the door jamb, which broke 2 fingernails. Tried to act cool, but pt was pretty sharp...

    Another thing not so good, recommended a GP to a former pt OB_GYN of mine when the OB docs got their contract canceled. She came in with a painful breast mass and I roomed her in an exam room that happened to face the Sandia Mountains to the east. The Dr came in and stated that instead of her showing him the mass, he would try to find it on exam. As he began to feel along her extremely flat chest, he looked out the window and remarked, "These mountains are just gorgeous!" The pt looked astounded, her husband looked pissed, and I had to look hard at the floor to keep from losing it. Dr just palpated on, having no idea what he had said! Never did tell him how that sounded- I was too new and just couldn't.
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    I LOVE this thread!!! Son keeps running in the room to see what I'm laughing at; I keep running out to potty and wipe the tears off and try to get control!!!!


    bellowing from behind the curtain "and what do you two think youre doing?" it was skeletor! Our clinical teacher


    BWWAAAHAAAHAAAHAAAA!!!!:roll :roll :roll :roll
  8. by   boobaby42
    A co-worker called a patient back for a "B--- job" instead of a blood draw in front of a waiting room full of patients. A freudian slip? She said, "You are just here for a "B--- Job", right "Steve"?

    "Steve's" mom says, "Well, I hope not!" The patient grinned and came on back to the laboratory. He was 15 years old. His mom came too!

    The entire waiting room burst into laughter after a long pause. I have never been so embarrassed for another human being. I laughed until I cried. My co-worker ran down the hall and locked herself into the restroom.
    rlmao!!! :chuckle :roll
    originally posted by boobaby42
    a co-worker called a patient back for a "b--- job" instead of a blood draw in front of a waiting room full of patients. a freudian slip? she said, "you are just here for a "b--- job", right "steve"?

    "steve's" mom says, "well, i hope not!" the patient grinned and came on back to the laboratory. he was 15 years old. his mom came too!

    the entire waiting room burst into laughter after a long pause. i have never been so embarrassed for another human being. i laughed until i cried. my co-worker ran down the hall and locked herself into the restroom.
  10. by   dawngloves
    I am mortified for you all!!
    I am lucky I only suffer from a mild case of foot in mouth disease. Like the time I asked a direct admit if she wanted her father to leave while she changed into a gown. Well you know it WAS HER HUSBAND!:imbar
  11. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    Personally, I think I was born to old to ever get embarassed. I still am to old to get embarassed. However there was this time and I was if Florida playing golf, I hit the ball in the fairway next to a pond. and By the time I got up there aN ALLIGATOR of about 7 or 8 feet long had come out of the water to get some sun and layed down right next to my ball. Now I certainly didnt go up anywhere near him, had to take a drop and play around him. That bothered me a little

    keep it in the short grass yall
    teeitup tom
  12. by   colleen10
    Boo Baby's post about the b--w j-- / blood draw makes me think of being in school and having to pronounce organism and coming out with orgasm instead. Did this happen to any of you?

    Please tell me it did.
  13. by   Sleepyeyes

    Go into this young guy's room; he's in for a femur fx. Nurse in report said he'd jumped into a swimming pool that caused a stress fx.

    Guy's a nice-looking late 20's, but when I look at his legs, he has a lot of raggedy scars down both of them.

    I put my hands on my hips, and I squinted and said, "Now, now, you really hafta stop that jumping outta airplanes."

    Whereupon he looked shocked, and said, "That IS how I got the scars. I was in an airplance crash a couple years ago. They put rods in and the rod broke away from the bone when I jumped into the pool."

    For a second I was pleased that I guessed right. Then he said,"My buddy died in the crash."

    doncha ever wish ya had some :spin:
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