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    Funny things patients say !

    While in the stepdown one of my patient's IV pumps started beeping & displaying a "BAG NEAR EMPTY" warning. My patient said, "'Bag near empy.' What does that mean?" I replied, "That the bag is near empty." We both looked at each other like the other one had 3 heads. I still chuckle when I think about that.
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    Crazy things independent pts have asked of you?

    When I was still working on a med-surg floor we had a 21 year old woman who would urinate on herself instead of getting up & walking to the bathroom. SHE WAS WEARING DIAPERS & expected us to change her every time. The whole floor staff collectively put its foot down. She was informed that if she kept peeing on herself that we would leave her in a wet diaper all day. 21 YEARS OLD!!!! Anyway she got the message & started using the bathroom. There was another story I was told about a man who asked one of the nurses to scratch his back. When the nurse asked him where on his back he reached behind himself & touched his ass. Needless to say this angered the nurse who had been having to deal with this spoiled douche all day. He told the patient that if he could reach back there himself then he could scratch his own ass & walked away.
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    ICU Interview

    Well from what I remember from my interview my accredidations were important. Make sure you're up to date on your BLS & ACLS certification. Besides that it was the typical "what are your strengths & weaknesses & what are your plans for the future" type interview. I'm not sure my interview was typical but I hope that helps you.
  4. I had an elderly patient who was receiving tube feeds through his PEG. Around mid-morning he had vomitted so I decided to turn off his feeds for a while. A couple hours after turning off the feeds I gave him some po meds through his PEG & followed it up with a flush. As I turn my head away from the patient to place the cath tip syringe on his bedside table I hear a retching sound & the next thing I know the poor guy is projectile vomitting literally gallons of bile all over me. :barf02:My entire left side was soaked: my scrub top, my pants, & my long-sleeved undershirt. I must've been in a little bit of shock because as I'm coming out of his room & everyone realizes what has just happened to me all I could think was: "I gotta decompress his belly right now!" Luckily my charge nurse took me in hand. He reassured me he would take care of my patient & he took me to another section of the unit & got one of the nurse practitioners to find me another set of scrubs to change into. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.