Hello allnurses! It's been awhile and I'm glad to be back. I work telemetry now (my unit spans 2 floors at the hospital I work at and we take care a wide variety of oatients including medical telemetry, surgical telemetry, sometimes ICU patients, and stepdown). I've been reflecting over my career the last few days after experiencing/seeing some **** at work. I just want to share some outrageous things I've seen throughout my career as a telemetry nurse, previous correctional nurse, and LTC nurse before that. Please feel free to comment or share. ***Mine are not positive experiences and some are disturbing***
I've seen a confused elderly woman masturbate with BM on her fingers.
I've seen a man successfully commit suicide by tieing his sheets to his cell door and jump off the top tier.
I've seen a man with a lung mass that ruptured drown in his own blood and code.
I've seen the son of a demented and cyanotic patient yell at him and say "You need to get well!". This man had pulmonary fibrosis, 93 years old, liver failing, kidneys failing, heart failing, not getting better for a month, palliative care on board and unable to change plan of care, per son.
I've seen an entire cardiology team sign off on a patient and refuse to put in a pacemaker for a third degree heart block because there was a language barrier when they tried to consent the patient. (Get a translator, Doh!!)
I've seen a 40 something year old male patient admitted 13 times in 12 months for alcohol withdrawal.
I've seen a woman with a hemoglobin of 5.4 bleeding after a total hysterectomy refuse a blood transfusion because she gas hep. C and "dosen't want to give it to anyone" ( umm what???).
I've seen a patient successfully commit suicide 10 minutes after his family left and the sitter was discontinued after psych cleared him and told family they "didn't need to be there 24/7".
I've witnessed a nurse divert meds, get reported to supervisor/management/ state board, continue working and passing narcotics independently, try to divert again, get caught, and ask me to falsify the narcotic count.(I reported it and he's still working, passing meds independently).
I've also seen a nurse infuse plasma, the order was for leukoreduced red blood cells, and she told her orientee that means it "takes out the red".