Confess! Whats the craziest force of habit you've done in the "Real World" - page 4

I have heard some of the craziest things nurses have done out of force of habit in the "Real World". Aka out of the hospital. I've heard that some sign their checks with first initial, last name... Read More

  1. by   RetiredTooSoon
    One time I was visiting my parents. I went to answer the phone and said, "Operating Room, RetiredTooSoon".

    My poor uncle was completely baffled. It was my name, my voice, but I'd just told him that he'd called the hospital. At least I didn't answer the phone when my work took me into the morgue; that would have really creeped him out.
  2. by   K+MgSO4
    a colleague at work who cares for her elderly mother admitted to me the other day that she keeps her mothers controlled drugs (oxycodone and oxycontin) in a separate box to the rest of her mothers medications! She said also at times especially after night duty when giving her mother meds that she has looked around for someone else to sigh the CD "out" with her!!

    When I was a student and working in a 4 star hotel at weekends and holidays have on more than one occasion answered the phone for room service with "hello, surgical 2 student nurse karenmaire speaking" insead of "hello ashdoon bar karenmaire speaking can I help you?". It seemed to happen not on a Friday after placement but at the most random times during the holidays! trying to back track mostly got a laugh from the customers and best wishes from them for my future career!!
  3. by   meintheUSA
    As a CNA, I do not check veins, but look at ankles to see if they could be pitted edema for me to report... I do the pillow condom and corners at home, and wash the hands, wrists, and elbows more than necessary. Also knock on all doors before entering. Even the closets... DUH...
    Once after pulling 2 - 18 hours in 2 days, I fell asleep in the john at work. I fell asleep in my car once, as soon as I was sitting down... was in the parking lot with my keys in the purse, Thank God, and not driving...
    Hats off to each and everyone of us. <3
  4. by   oncnursemsn
    Guilty of not reading every post- but I'm always looking at arms for veins that I can get. Swollen ankles and dyspnea. Huge abdomen in one who is way older then pregnant- diagnosed liver disease. Seeing someone and he has great veins. Should I have to access- wouldn't be a problem. Sick? Hilarious post BTW...
  5. by   laurenicoleRN
    When I have my head on a guys chest, I auscultate heart sounds without them knowing
  6. by   Teamlangston
    Quote from laurenicoleRN
    When I have my head on a guys chest, I auscultate heart sounds without them knowing
    I TOTALLY do this too!! And here I was thinking that I was the only weird one
  7. by   aeonflux40
    Quote from kxvc
    On days when I am exhausted from work I have found myself thinking I have to document something I did even when I am not at work anymore...for example: my dog's BM or me taking an ibuprofen.
    I do the same thing. Whenever I take Ibuprofen or Nyquil, I feel the urge to write it down somewhere to make sure if I need more, I have to wait 4-6 hours before my next dose lol
  8. by   aeonflux40
    I admire veins in public

    I have signed RN after my name many times [possibly bc of the fact that I am so proud of my job]

    I critique CPR I see on TV/in movies [has anyone seen "Misery"?]

    While watching an old South Park episode recently, the doctor said he needed sodium pentathol and potassium chloride-2 ingredients used during lethal injection. I'm sure they meant to be silly, but I still pointed this out to my friends.

    When asking my friends for something urgent, I say "STAT" instead of ASAP

    Also, while watching TV/movies, when they mention a particular drug, I say out loud, "Oh, that's used for blah blah blah." which can really annoy some ppl.
  9. by   pandora44
    I was at my doctor's office with a UTI. I had peed in the cup and put the lid back on. Then I was looking around for gloves to carry my own urine sample. Cracked me up when I realized what I was doing.

    When I'm bored or anxious I count my own radial pulse. I usually use military time. When texting I use "et" instead of and and "c" instead of with. It confused my friends at first but they're used to it now.

    I always check out people's veins, frequently diagnose strangers, and sign my checks with RN after my name. I also work a second job in retail. I have to concentrate very hard to give the right greeting when I answer the phone. I also tend to call customers "patients."
  10. by   canesdukegirl
    I text using "C" as well! How funny!
  11. by   NurseGirl08
    I've heard call lights in my sleep and woke up to them.
    Caught myself waking up if BF isn't snoring to make sure he is still breathing.
    Still catching myself from answering call lights at places I don't work, and complain when they have been going off for over 5 minutes.
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  12. by   limestone
    Recently I was standing at the pharmacy counter waiting for my husband's prescription. The lady next to me was reading the label on her prescription med. She said to the young clerk who was ringing up the sale on the cash register, "It says here that the same as Paxil?" Without thinking, because I answer questions like that all the time at work, I said "Yes, it is." Oops--none of my business! Just sheer reeflex.
  13. by   limestone
    In answer to the last query about strangest place you have fallen asleep, mine is the ferry dock. After my 12-hr night shifts, I have a half-hour drive to the ferry that takes me to the island where I live; there are times a crew menber has had to come down to the dock and knock on my car window to wake me, or when we get to the island, knock to wake me up to drive off. My husband is always glad to see me in the driveway, as he knows how tired I am after nights and yet have an hour's journey to get home.

    Back as a student nurse, when I worked my first night, I then went to the beach with my friends for the day, and then worked the next night, not realizing that somewhere in there I should have slept. I was on Infant Medical and fell asleep in a rocking chair about 0300 with a baby in my arms. I was awakened by the footsteps of the night supervisor, and woke up in a panic, unable to figure out where I was. Then the adrenalin kicked in and I felt so grateful that nothing had happened to the baby. It was then that I realized that I couldn't live the life my friends were living--as a nurse, even a student, you have to sleep. Nobody had ever discussed that with us. It was, literally, a wake-up call and I always took care of my sleep after that.

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