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  1. bluemushroom

    Dumbest thing a doctor has done/said to you

    There was a doc at my old job who was a total butthole who would always say stupid things. I was a new nurse working at the local jail and had been there for about a month. Anyway, shortly after my shift started, the phones went down. I was the only nurse in the building. In the wee hours of the morning, an inmate was brought in with rapid breathing, involuntary movements, drenched in sweat, and freaking out. The guy had no medical problems and wasn't on any medications. He denied everything when I asked questions, so I did an assessment and decided to call the doc. That's when I remembered that the phones were down. I did the only thing I could think of and told the deputy to stay with the guy while I went to my car to use my cell phone. I went to my car that was parked almost two blocks away, and called the doc and explained the situation. I honestly had no idea what else to do. Instead of giving appropriate orders about what to do next, Dr. A-hole says, "Where are you calling from? I don't recognize this number." I tell him it's my cell phone because the phones are down. He then proceeds to tell me cell phones are not allowed in the jail and that I could face serious consequences for bringing one in. I tell him I'm sitting in my car and I really need him to do his job so I can get back to the patient. He continues on about bringing in cell phones and says he's going to have a serious discussion about this with the medical staff. As he's going on being a total idiot, I start walking back and decide to just tell the Watch Commander that I have my phone in the building. He's cool with it. Dr. A-hole finally says, "Do an EKG and call me back." I respond, "Yeah, bro. Whatever." As I'm doing the EKG, my co-worker happened to come to my building. He sees that I'm nervous and pissed off, so I explain what's going on. He calls the doc back and says, "I've seen this before. He has EPS. I'm guessing he took someone's psych meds. Blue didn't know because she's never seen this. Can I get an order for some Benadryl?" Dr. A-hole gave the order for Benadryl, then again started *****ing about cell phones until co-worker just hung up. Gave the guy some IM Benadryl, all turned out OK, and he finally admitted to taking someone's psych meds. Another time I called him, a lady was in labor. She said she had been for quite some time, but didn't tell anyone. By the time she was brought to me, she was feeling a strong urge to push. I called Dr. A-hole, and the first thing he said was, "How long has she been in jail? What's she in for?" I lost it and said "Look, this lady is in labor. She's feeling the urge to push. Her contractions are very close. Just give the order to transport her to the hospital!" His response: "Oh. Um, call an ambulance and get her out now unless you want her to have that baby in jail." What a flippin' idiot.
  2. I can't tell you what I would have said to that. It's too rude and very inappropriate, but so was her question.
  3. bluemushroom

    What have you lived through? (Let's reminisce)

    This thread is great. I'm really enjoying reading about all the things people remember. I was born in the late 80s. Some things I remember: Saturday morning cartoons, then playing outside with my brother and friends. We'd go home for lunch, then go back out and play. We knew not to go too far from home, and had to be home by the time it started getting dark. On school days, I'd change out of my uniform, do my homework, then spend a couple of hours reading. I loved, and still do love, reading. I still played with friends, but was always a shy, quiet child who preferred to be alone. I began spending much more time inside and alone reading books. TGIF - shows like "Boy Meets World", "Step by Step", and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" Nickelodeon and all of it's awesome shows like All That, Rocko's Modern Life, Rugrats, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Roundhouse, Ren & Stimpy, and so many others. I remember watching SNICK on Saturday nights. Baby Sitters Club books Goosebumps books Lisa Frank products (all the colors!) Cigarette vending machines. There was a little store down the street from my house that had one. The store had a small group of regular customers that would hang out and talk, listen to music, drink a few beers, and watch sports (Kinda like a bar, but not really. Minors were allowed inside.). I remember going there with my dad. He'd give me money and send me to the machine to get his cigarettes, then send me over to the cooler to get a bottle of beer for him and a bottle of Barq's root beer for me. While he talked to his friends, he'd give me money to play music on the jukebox and to play the pinball machine, then he'd walk me back home to hang out with my mom when I got bored. The smell of the purple ink from the ditto machine I remember answering machines with the tiny little cassette tapes. I also remember when my parents got caller ID. It was a little box that was separate from the phone. Oregon Trail - You have died of dysentery. Giga Pets The Box - a TV channel that you were able to call and request music videos for a fee (I think it was 1.99 per request) MTV still played music. Nintendo. I remember blowing in the cartridges, which really didn't do anything, but we thought it did. I loved Super Mario. Not having a cell phone. I remember my mom getting cell phone when I was in middle school. It was one of the ones that flipped open at the bottom. I didn't get a cell phone until I was about 19. I'm still not all that into cell phones and only have one for when I'm out and need to contact someone. I can't stand when people are constantly talking on their cell phones or so into texting that they can't even look up when crossing the street. Put the phone down and enjoy whatever it is that you're out doing.
  4. bluemushroom

    Piercings & Tattoos?

    Aw, come on now. Don't be like that. I used to flip my septum jewelry down for the residents all the time when I worked in LTC. They'd always ask what that shiny thing was in my nose if they caught a glimpse of it, so I'd show them. They loved it. They also loved all my ear piercings, and were fascinated by my chest microdermal. OP, it depends on where you work. When I worked in LTC, no one cared how many piercings or tattoos were visible. The dress code where I work now is much more strict, but I just wear my hair down to hide my piercings.
  5. bluemushroom

    Stopping patient care for another patient

    Nope, I sure didn't ask them if they needed pain meds. When I have 20-something people to pass meds to, I'm not going to ask every single one of them if they need pain meds, especially when nearly all of them are able to (and do) say what they need. Heck, even if I had one-fourth of that amount, I'm not going to ask every single one of them if they need pain meds if they're capable of making it known. If their pain was so bad that they wished they would die from it, I don't think they'd hesitate to say they need something for it. Nursing 101? Other than some important skills and important information, the majority of what I learned in Fundamentals was a lot of BS like butt-kissing demanding patients and families, therapeutic communication (see aforementioned butt-kissing), and how we should all strive to be little angelic clones of Flo. But I'm wasting my time with this. You think you're perfect. I don't want to get the OP's thread locked, so I'm letting this go. OP, I agree with you. I wouldn't have stopped what I was doing for another patient if it wasn't an emergency. People just have to wait sometimes.
  6. bluemushroom

    Stopping patient care for another patient

    I think you are letting your emotions about your father get in the way of seeing this in a rational way. Someone having to wait a few minutes for their pain meds is not the same as ignoring them and not addressing the problem. Pain control is not number one. I'm more concerned about that whole breathing thing that people need to be doing. Wow. That's rude. Yeah, pain is what the patient says it is, but no one is saying that the patient wasn't in pain, so that's not the issue here. The issue is that patients/families think you should stop what you're doing to bring them/their loved one pain meds right now, and that's unrealistic. I can't stop what I'm doing every time someone says they want pain meds. I did that during one of the very first shifts I ever worked. I would leave someone's room, and they'd be on the call bell less than 3 minutes later, while I was getting someone else's medication, saying they wanted pain meds. Why couldn't they have said that when I was in there? They didn't just suddenly start having pain. Once I would take care of that person, more people would be asking for pain meds. I quickly learned that I couldn't keep being interrupted, that it would be impossible to get medications passed, and that I'd go crazy or make a serious mistake if I kept stopping and running up and down the hall to take care of someone else's pain at that moment. They simply would have to wait their turn. It may sound harsh (though it's not meant to), but no one has ever died of pain.
  7. bluemushroom

    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    I've heard all kinds of ghost stories from co-workers. Now, I don't believe in ghosts, but when strange things happen, I still find it a little creepy. These are two things that have happened to me: 1. I arrived at work very early one morning, and as soon as I stepped off the elevator a call bell was ringing. I answered it, and it was a resident asking if someone could come into his room and turn the light on. I went into the room and asked what he needed, and he said, "There's a man on my ceiling! Do you see him? Get him out of here!" The resident had the most terrified look on his face. I assured the resident that no one was there. I even pulled the curtain back to show him. He looked frightened and said, "He's right there! Turn the light on! He keeps looking at me!" After I was able to calm the resident down, I notified the night nurse about what had just happened. This resident never shows any signs of confusion and never hallucinates, to my knowledge. It scared me a little, and I did not want to go back into that room. 2. This one is more funny than scary. Our call bells had been malfunctioning one day. I was at the desk when one of them started ringing. I looked at the screen and it showed "209". Room 209 was empty, and had been empty for weeks. I still answered just in case someone had gone into the room and needed help, but I got no response. I hung up and continued working. I thought nothing of it because the call bells weren't working properly and we were waiting for them to be fixed. A few minutes later, the call bell started ringing again. This time the screen showed "209-bathroom." I found that a little weird, but I answered again, and I got no response for the second time. I had to go into the room to turn off the call bell, because the cancel button has to be pressed from inside the bathroom to make it stop ringing when someone calls from the bathroom. The room was empty. Before opening the bathroom door, I knocked to be sure no one was in there. I got no answer, so I slowly turned the knob. As soon as I opened the door, I heard, "Hey!" I gasped and jumped back. I looked up and saw... a resident on the toilet. That was my ghost. He said he had gone in there to use the bathroom and he pressed the call light to let someone know he needed help. He said he pressed it again after he got into the bathroom and no one had arrived. I asked why he didn't respond when I answered the call bell. He said he probably hadn't heard me.
  8. bluemushroom

    Nurses please try to look a little more polished at work

    I promised myself I wouldn't respond to this thread, but I just couldn't resist. I brush my teeth, shower, use deodorant, comb my hair, and wear clean, ironed, properly-fitting scrubs. I guess none of this matters, though. I'll never look as professional as you, I must not care about my appearance as much as you care about yours, and I most certainly am not feminine all because I don't wear makeup. Damn! All my efforts are wasted! :icon_roll Yay for me! I'm soooo trashy! Aw, hell. I don't know why I even got into this one. It's always the same thing. I won't bother to go into the whole "Tattoos don't make me trashy and unprofessional, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah." It would just be beating a poor, dead, badly decomposed horse at this point.
  9. bluemushroom

    Socializing after work in your scrubs

    Perpetual Student: My problem with the sweat pants comment was that it was such a broad generalization. You said you wear preppy clothes. I wouldn't think you're a dork, but if I were to say, "That guy's probably a stuck-up d-bag because all I've ever seen are total d-bags wearing preppy clothes like that," I'm sure you'd have something to say about it. I could be wrong and you might be a nice guy who just happens to like the style. Just because you commonly see people who you think look trashy or people who are "deranged or under the influence" wearing sweat pants, it's not really fair to associate everyone in sweat pants with that image. That's all I meant. The way your comment was worded just rubbed me the wrong way.
  10. bluemushroom

    Socializing after work in your scrubs

    Holy poop! Is this a joke? Let's make sure I've got this right: Women in sweat pants = "trash". Oops, I mean, they look "trashy". Men in sweat pants = probably "deranged or under the influence". Please tell me I misunderstood those comments, you guys. I'm begging you all to tell me I just read that wrong. I can't believe someone could be that judgmental of others about what they wear. No, wait, I can believe it. Someone in this situation seems "deranged", but it certainly isn't the guy who goes out in his sweats.
  11. bluemushroom

    Socializing after work in your scrubs

    Um...what? So, nurses don't go out drinking and dancing? Are we supposed to hide that we do these things? I wasn't aware that it was "unprofessional" to do normal things on my own free time, whether I'm in scrubs or not. I was also unaware that doing these things means that I'm unable to take care of patients. Sorry, but I don't pee sunshine, poop rainbows, and vomit flowers. I'll stick to having fun when I want and cursing like a drunken sailor. I wish people would stop having this unrealistic image of nurses as perfect, angelic beings.
  12. bluemushroom

    Do patients

    I'm not a smoker, but I don't see what the big deal is about nurses who smoke. The fact that you asked if nurses shouldn't be "allowed" to smoke is what bothers me the most. My job does not dictate what I do in my personal life. I don't need anyone telling me I'm not allowed to engage in a perfectly legal activity just because of my chosen profession. It's my job, not my life. I like what I do, but I'm sick of this idea that nurses should be special beings who devote their lives to being perfect and having perfect health habits. Being a nurse does not mean I should be the perfect example of health for patients. Honestly, I wouldn't care what a patient thinks of me if I was a smoker and was educating them on the benefits of not smoking. Educating patients is simply a requirement of my job. It doesn't mean I have to practice what I preach. What else do you think nurses shouldn't be "allowed" to do? Should we not be allowed to eat junk food, to consume alcohol, or to party until the wee hours of the morning? I mean, because, ya know, we teach about the benefits of healthy eating, the unhealthy effects of alcohol, and the importance of proper rest. If I do these things, then tell a patient why they shouldn't, what would they think of me? I think employers should neither provide help with smoking cessation nor have new no-smoking policies. The only thing employers should ask is that smokers don't come to work reeking of cigarette smoke. Just like you shouldn't come to work with horrible body odor, you shouldn't come to work smelling like you just rolled around in an ash tray, simply because they're both offensive odors. I think that's as far as their policies should go.
  13. bluemushroom

    Any tip of dealing with stress please?

    As others have said, the most important thing you need to do is make time for yourself. You should not be neglecting yourself, your house, and your social life for school. It's not good, and you need to have a life. Take some time every day to just relax and do something enjoyable. Don't put a time limit on your breaks. You can't relax if you're watcing a clock as it gets closer to the time your break ends. Just go back to studying when you feel up to it. Do not feel guilty for taking breaks. Also, don't take your notes with you during breaks. You can't enjoy yourself if your notes are right there with you as a constant reminder of school. It's even ok to have one day a week when you decide that you will not do any studying at all. No matter how much you study, you can't know everything. When you study too much, you begin to overthink everything and just confuse yourself. Remember, A's and B's on tests are great, but C=RN too. I went through short periods of time in school where I was stressed about everything, but I quickly remembered that I am what's most important, not school. School cannot be your life. Passing is important, but your happiness and health are most important. I hope you're able to find a way to balance everything. Good luck.
  14. bluemushroom

    WTH kind of question is that

    I would have told him that fixing broken water fountains was not covered in nursing school. Then I would have told him to clean up his mess. The water incident with me and a doc was way back in my first semester of nursing school. I was walking down the hall when a doctor stopped me and asked if I was assigned to the patient in the room he was in. I told him no, and he asked me to help him with something. Sure, whatever, as long as it wasn't something I wasn't allowed to do. When I walked in, he asked me, "Can you get housekeeping in here to clean this up?" The "this" was half a cup of water that had fallen over. The conversation went something like this: Me: "That's just water. You don't need housekeeping for that." Doc: "Someone needs to clean it up so the patient doesn't fall." Me: *looks at doc with my 'Are you kidding me?' look* "OK. Look." *Puts on gloves, grabs some paper towels, cleans up water, throws away paper towels, removes gloves, washes hands* "There. It's clean and the patient won't fall. You could have done that." *smiles and walks away while thinking, 'What an ***hole!'* Yeah, I was quite gutsy. I just can't stand stupidity and conceited people who think it's beneath them to do such a simple task.
  15. bluemushroom

    WTH kind of question is that

  16. bluemushroom

    WTH kind of question is that

    I love this, Johnny! My answers: *Blank stare and sound of crickets chirping* No, they won't care. You're probably one of their first picks for admission. None of that biology and anatomy crap is actually important in nursing school. Nope. You can communicate with them through a series of grunts and complex hand gestures. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! I couldn't even get a doc to clean up some water that spilled on the floor. (I'm totally serious about that water thing. Anyway, about the poop... hmm... Sure, there's a doc somewhere out there who would gladly help. The trick is to actually find that one. ) Did you really just ask that? If you can't figure out what she means, you really are stupid. (Totally kidding on this one, you guys. I DO NOT agree with instructors saying things like that.) :barf02:You disgust me, ya sicko! I have officially lost all faith in humanity. People are doomed! :uhoh21: Well, duh! You should make fun of the patient! I mean, look at that ugly hospital gown she's wearing. And did she think an IV pole with a bag of antibiotics was a good accessory? Ugh, some patients have no fashion sense. You could find things to make fun of all day! Money and gender aren't the issues here. The real question when deciding if you should date a doctor is this: Do you really think you could deal with dating someone who thinks they're God?