Nursing Related Cartoons

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  2. I'm having some fun over on the Breakroom side of, submitting Cartoons based on the other Members and the Goings On over there.

    I'm in the process of using the Paint Program to convert some past Cartoons to computer graphics. Since some of the Cartoons I've drawn over the years have to do with Nursing, it is right and fitting that I submit those Cartoons to the Yellow Pages side of

    Please feel free to comment, criticize, condemn, compliment, submit your own, pass them by, or whatever!

    Here's a couple of Cartoons that were inspired by AN member mcdebb:

    Last edit by Joe V on 5:04 pm
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    About Davey Do, ADN, ASN, CNA, LPN, RN, EMT-B, EMT-I Guide

    Joined: Jun '10; Posts: 9,449; Likes: 37,106


  4. by   Davey Do
    The definition of a delusion is "a false, fixed belief in spite of evidence to the contrary". Therefore, we cannot talk a Psychotic Patient out of their delusion.

    One method of dealing with a delusional Patient is to support that Patient's view of reality and reassure them from their point of perspective.

  5. by   Cat De
    I worked with a resident who was delusional about snakes in his room at night. I had to go snake hunting many a nights. These darn snakes love to crawl under his bed of course, so I had to crawl on the floor with my snake zapper( barbeque size fork) getting them out from under the bed. Needless to say I have an extensive snake collection.
  6. by   Davey Do
    Good Example of Reassuring a Client by Supporting their Perception of Reality, Cat! The Goal is to Decrease the Anxiety the Individual is Experiencing. Sometimes we have to use Creative Measures, like your Snake Zapper, to get the Job done!

    There was a Really Good Discussion on Reinforcing a Perception of Reality not Too Long Ago. Here's a Link, if you're Interested:

    BTW: Cat- don't I Know you? Or, as Great Aunt Hilda use to say, "Do ya know me?!"

    Speaking of Reinforcing a Perception of Reality and Great Aunt Hilda, my First Nursing Job as an LPN was in a LTC Facility where Great Aunt Hilda Resided, back in January, 1984!

    One Night, Great Aunt Hilda said she had a Headache and wanted something to Relieve it. "But not that Tylenol!" she said, "That Stuff doesn't work on me!"

    I checked the MAR and the only Analgesic Ordered for Great Aunt Hilda was Tylenol. Even early in my Nursing Career, I look back and Find that I could be Creative. So I told Great Aunt Hilda that I was giving her "Acetaminophen" for her Headache.

    This is what Transpired:


    Whether it be calling an Analgesic by its Generic Name, or using a Barbeque Fork as a Snake Zapper, sometimes we have to do What It Takes to get the Job done!
  7. by   herring_RN
    I should have known that.

    Once my Mom called because her neighbor was sick and wouldn't go to the hospital She was not rational.
    I told my Mom to call 911.
    The next morning we went to visit her in ICU. With IV antibiotics and a cooling blanket she recognized us while misinterpreting the sounds of the ICUShe told me that dogs and cats were fighting under her bed and the nurses wouldn't believe her.
    I got down and looked under the bed and told her I didn't see anything under the bed.

    She recovered and went back to work. Now years later she tells me she knows there weren't animals under her bed. But she is still mad at me for siding with the nurses against her.
  8. by   mizfradd
    You're very talented, the cartoons are funny & soooo true...keep 'em
    coming, Davey Do!!

    P.S. Also, I love the new cartoon avatar of you & Mrs. Do!!!
  9. by   Davey Do
    Thanks So Much, mizfradd, for your Feedback and Kind Words on my Cartoons! I Enjoy Drawing and Sharing these Cartoons and get a Real Charge out of Knowing that you Enjoy them!

    Quote from herring_RN
    she recognized us while misinterpreting the sounds of the ICU. She told me that dogs and cats were fighting under her bed and the nurses wouldn't believe her.
    herring, your Story about your Mom's Neighbor brought back a Memory and Inspired another Cartoon:

    Back in 1976, I was in a MVA where an Intoxicated Driver hit the Motorcycle I was Riding Head-On. I spent the First Four Weeks of a Three-Month Hospital Stay in the ICU.

    After Three Weeks when I regained Consciousness, I Experienced, much like your Mom's Neighbor, a Misinterpretation of Reality.

    Thanks Again for your Posts, Feedback, and Support!
    Last edit by Davey Do on Mar 4, '14
  10. by   Davey Do
    On the Behavioral Health Units where I Work, all Newly-Admitted Patients are Required to Undergo a Strip-Search Process. This Process takes place in order to Assure the Safety of Patients and Staff.

    On Numerous Occasions, Contraband has been Found, such as Knives, Controlled Substances, and other Related Items.

    The Process is Generally an Understandably Embarrassing One for the Patients. Typically, Female Staff Inspect the Female Patients and Male Staff Members Inspect the Male Patients. The Staff attempt to Reassure the Patients and make them Feel more Comfortable by Explaining to them that Every Newly-Admitted Patient Undergoes this Process. We Tell them that we have a lot of Experience at this and the Process, to us, is no more than a Typical Routine.

    As is Expected by Staff, not all Newly-Admitted Patients Prognosticate their Behavioral Health Admission. A Great Number of Newly-Admitted Patients are Aware of, or Prepared for, the Strip-Search. In these Cases, Newly-Admitted Patients often Proclaim their Rationalizations for any Sort of Contraband or Perceived Anomalies which are Found during a Strip-Search Process.


    Remember when your Mother told you to Make Sure you have on Clean Underwear in case you should get into an Accident? Well, the Same Thing goes in case you need to be Admitted to a Behavioral Health Unit!
  11. by   Davey Do
    During the Last Shift I worked, a Relatively New Nurse and I had to Deal with the Behavior of a Confused Patient. We were able to Deescalate the Behavior without any Invasive Interventions, like Calling a Code, Seclusion, or Medication.

    After the Patient was Safely in Bed, the Other Nurse said, "Wow. You're Really Good with the Patients!" I Thanked the Other Nurse. But at First I was taken Aback a Little, for I thought that what I did was No Big Deal, since I had used an Age-Old Proven-Successful Technique.

    The Situation set me to Thinking: That which is Typical to Seasoned Nurses often Appears Wondrous to New Nurses.

    The Situation also made me Recall a Similar Event which Occurred Years before:

  12. by   Davey Do
    We have a History of a Patient who was Admitted to Our Unit because the Patient was Attempting Suicide by Toilet Paper.


    In an attempt to Gain Empirical Knowledge, I did some Paperwork, without Success.

    Oh Well... Back to the Toilet Paper Roll!
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