Nursing School Bloopers - page 10

Anyone have any funny nursing school stories from their past? I had to change an IV bag and went in with my instructor to do so. My instructor always made me nervous but I was determined to... Read More

  1. by   bear611
    try it during a blood transfusion
  2. by   beachmom
    Catheters sure seem to cause a lot of bloopers. Here's one on my friend. She was taking out a catheter in front of our most intimidating instructor. As it came out, she accidentally flicked the instructor in the face with the slimy end of the catheter. He was not pleased!

    During my preceptorship I was putting crushed meds in a stomach tube. I had most of them in, and I set down the syringe to get the last med. (It was still connected to the tube, and the plunger was out as I was pouring the meds in, and they were going in nicely with gravity.) Well, once the syringe was lower than the stomach, everything I put in, came out all over the bed!
  3. by   StudyingRN
    Oh these are great! I am committing them all to memory as I start Block 1 on Monday!

    As an Aide my biggest oops was that I started my day by checking all the patients charts in my assignment for pertinent info; diet order, specimens that needed to be collected, did they have bathroom privledges, were they an accu-check (I work on a diabetic unit and do MANY a day). I then went to the med-station to the white board where we write blood sugars so that the nurses can take a quick glance and get the proper insulin without going to the chart and noted that one of my patients was an accu-check and I had missed it in the chart. I assumed this because there were blood sugars on the white board for his room number.

    When I went in for the a.m. check he was so nervous. Turns out this was his first time in the hospital (He was 36 years old) and scared to death of needles and hospitals. He jumped a MILE when I poked him and kept saying that he didn't know why people kept poking him. He told me he wasn't diabetic, but that they thought he might be as it might explain why his infected foot hadn't healed...made sense to me...I see that all the time!

    After the 5:30 before dinner check (I've now poked him 3 times and his blood sugars were completely normal!) the nurse asks me if I'm charting blood sugars on the white board in the wrong space. I looked and said, "No. Why?" and she says that the patient in that room is not diabetic. I go check the chart and sure enough I hadn't "missed" it, there was no order for accu-chks.

    It turned out that the blood sugars were from the patient that had been discharged and this guy had been admitted not even 30 minutes later. In the rush the previous NA had failed to clear the white board for that room number and I made the mistake of assuming it was for the new patient having not been there in 2 days.

    I felt sooooooo bad! I did go in and tattle on myself and apologized by starting, "I have good news and I have bad news!". he appreciated the honesty and forgave me all the while shaking his head at the needless blood letting I had subjected him to. Oooops! :uhoh21:
  4. by   StarNurse2006
    Not exactly "nursing" related, but it happened at clinicals...

    One of my classmates comes and finds me in a patient's room and tells me that several nurses/CNAs from the facility have been asking around about our students, saying someone from our class is parked in a no-parking zone and needs to move their car. My classmate says she checked and it's my car.

    I was completely stumped. I was parked in the same, clearly marked spot I usually parked in. She starts walking with me towards the back of the building to the door that leads out of the parking lot. The whole time I'm asking her "Are you sure it's MY car?" "I know where I parked." She assured me it was my car - it's distinctive and has personalized license plates. I peek out the back door, certain I'll see my car right where I left it, legally parked...BUT IT'S NOT THERE!

    I run outside in a panic...and finally see that it had rolled out of the parking spot, downhill, and (VERY LUCKILY) hit the curb and run up onto the lawn. If it had been parked in any other space it would have hit another car or the building. It was blocking the WHOLE driveway! I was SO embarrased! I forgot to put the parking brake on and it's a stick. I just couldn't believe that all the employees thought that I would be so rude to park blocking the whole entrance/exit! Now I park on a nice, level lot next to the facility! :uhoh21:
  5. by   emeraldjay
    I still can't forget my first day at clinicals. Now having been a CNA for almost a year prior, I felt pretty confident in my bedpan weilding skills. I was partnered with a fellow student and a rather large patient. The day went progressively from bad to worse it seemed every which way we turned him there was a open area to be found somewhere.

    By the time we finished washing and assessing him, he asked for the bedpan. All this particular facility had to offer were fracture pans unless an act of god granted you a real bedpan. Can you see where this is going? We get him on the bedpan, and step out to look over his chart, come back the instuctor pratically follows us in to let us know it's time for post conference. I almost forgot about the pan but stopped and checked to make sure I hadn't forgotten it.

    I called for my partner because there's no way I could have rolled this man on my own, by habit I rolled him toward me but happend to look down at the right moment. I discovered that somehow we had gotten this poor man's scrotum dangling over the edge of the bedpan and under his leg. Let's just say I am glad the edges of the pan aren't any sharper than they are, I'm sure the patient was too.
  6. by   kessadawn
    Quote from jabber964
    anyone have any funny nursing school stories from their past?

    i had to change an iv bag and went in with my instructor to do so. my instructor always made me nervous but i was determined to remain confident and do the wasnt difficult. she proceeded to ask me what was in the bag and i told her normal saline. she told me "ok, go ahead" and stood back to watch. i proceeded to pull out the line to put it into the new bag, but didn't take it off the iv pole before doing so. i received a saline bath with the remaining fluid that was in the bag. my instructor ran to get a towel and we cleaned up the wet floor. she then asked me to step outside the room. i thought i was going to hear it. what i heard was her laughing and telling me that i had to laugh sometimes and "everyohne has a saline bath once and then it never happens again." i still don't believe her but its funny looking back now.
    [font="century gothic"]never happens again?!?! i must do that at least 2-3 times a month!
  7. by   RNAnnjeh
    In my second year of nursing school one of my fellow students made this blooper:

    In our post-conference discussion, she was to present her patient. Diagnosis, treatments, medications, nursing diagnosis....the whole thing. She started out with the diagnosis: endometriosis. She went on to describe what she had done for this patient today...pretty much reading us the kardex and MAR. None of it was making much sense, so the instructor asked her to explain the diagnosis. Her response......

    I dunno, but it has something to do with the brain.

    Needless to say, we didn't see her in class the next semester.


  8. by   Avelinne
    As a PN student, we were required to pass a pharmacology test with a score of 100 percent within the first week in order to stay in the practical nurse program. My friend failed because she answered one of the questions:72 pills.
    When I asked my friend "Did you really think you would be giving a patient 72 pills at one time?" she said "I thought I was going to give the patient a bottle of pills."
    She later became a teacher(not math teacher).
  9. by   suzy253
    Quote from beachmom
    Catheters sure seem to cause a lot of bloopers. Here's one on my friend. She was taking out a catheter in front of our most intimidating instructor. As it came out, she accidentally flicked the instructor in the face with the slimy end of the catheter. He was not pleased!
    Those darn catheters do have a tendency to flip around though.
    Here's one when I was a freshman level student that happened to a fellow student. We were in a LTC facility. The instructor, a very prim and proper lady was observing my friend who was assessing a African-American patient, removed his diaper and seemed very put off that he had had a bowel movement and she would have to clean and change him. The instructor just took a peek and pulled her aside to explain to her that what she was seeing was his scrotum. We almost peed ourselves laughing. She never made it past the freshman year.
  10. by   muffie
    fellow student admired a patient's tan
    turned out to be jaundice!
  11. by   katiebear1382
    No treally sure this can be considered a blooper but here goes......I was at my clinical on friday on the cardiac floor and had a great pt. with CHF. When i walked into his room to introduce myself I noticed his foley bag on the floor in a fractured bed pan. So after introducing myself I told him that I just wanted to check and see why it was on the floor, so I grabbed some gloves and lifted it out of the bedpan. It had a very small leak, but never the less it needed to be changed so I went to get my instructer and ask the RN on duty if I could change it. After I got permission, My instructor and I got the new bag and went into the room. I closed the door (leaving a little crack in the door) and went to my pt. bed to let him know what we were going to do. I changed the bag and as I was finishing up housekeeping knocked on the door. I let them know that it would be just a minute. She peeked her head in the door and then closed it all the way. Not a big deal right! Well apparently the door handle was broken and when she closed the door it locked us in the room. So there we were (my instructor, me and my pt.) locked in a room. Maintance was called and came quickly, but they had to break off the door handle to get us out. I'm glad my pt. didn't code or wasn't unrulely. It is funny now, but it was a bit scarey for about 15 minutes. We had a little bit of fun and I had a great chance to get to know my pt. I wonder if that has ever happend to anyone else in the history of nusing?
  12. by   AggieNurse99
    Just a suggestion: don't tell a patient you are just lowering the bed so they won't have as far to fall.
  13. by   qwerty12
    it was our first clinical exposure, and i was assigned to a patient who needed her daily suppository. by the time i was about to give the meds, my clinical instructor went in to make sure that i would be doing the right thing. i was so nervous because it was my first time, and i ended up telling the patient this:

    "Good morning mam, my name is jay and i'm about to insert my suppository inside your butt."