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Stories from when you where in nursing school

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RNPATL is a MSN, RN and specializes in Nursing Education and Critical Care..

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I thought it would be fun to hear from folks about something they remember as funny about nursing school. For most of us, we had an experience in clinical that may have brought a laugh to the other students during post conference.

I will start this with a little peom I wrote. Here is the story .... I was actually finishing microbiology and we had to chose an organism for a report that we would do at the end of the semester. We were told to choose the organism on the first day of class and we were to spend the entire semester compiling our research for the paper. Well, I chose C. diff as my topic. Anyway .... the semester comes to an end and we are to give our reports. I wrote a clear and thorough report, which I gave to the class and then for laugh sake, I read this poem .... hope you enjoy it:

An Ode to C.Diff - by RNPATL

germs, germs,

they're really everywhere

from desktops to makeup

they're even in your hair!

I chose my topic C. diff.

You see it's really cool

You get it from endospores

living in your stool.

Poopie on the ceiling,

poopie on the floor,

the smell is really aweful,

could you please just close the door!

The patient is a groanin

squirting yellow goo

"He has C. diff." the nurse proclaims

Be thankful it's not you!

I cringe and I cower

at the thought of endospore.

I wonder if I washed my hands,

so I wash again once more.

This topic really caught me

as I sat in class all day.

C. diff. on my mind

It would not go away.

Research on the weekend

no life I have to say,

living with a microbe

that wants to have its way.

This class is almost over,

and it's all about to end,

I know I've learned alot

and C. diff. has been my friend.

So next time your sitting on your throne

and nothing comes to mind,

Ponder to yourself .....

Is there C. diff. in my behind?

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RNPATL is a MSN, RN and specializes in Nursing Education and Critical Care..

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What? .... 18 views and no one has a story to tell? Come on .... bring on those stories.... :) :roll :roll

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Boy I got reamed for this one, looking back I can finally laugh. Well the end of my first yr I was getting ready to discharge a pt, and she needed something for heartburn, well the packaging was the same, but I should have know something was wrong when the dosage was different and gave my pt a little to much of MOM. Well she pooped her whole way home. I had to tell the pt. and call the doctor to get order for lomotil. and had to write a paper about the dangers of giving the wrong medication. And another one as a student I accidently took the narcotic keys almost home, they got a hold of me on my cell. I felt like a real idiot. But I can honestly say any error I have ever made I reported it. Administration can get testy but at least they know I will report what I have done wrong. Ahhhhhhh the memories:)

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RNPATL is a MSN, RN and specializes in Nursing Education and Critical Care..

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Boy I got reamed for this one, looking back I can finally laugh. Well the end of my first yr I was getting ready to discharge a pt, and she needed something for heartburn, well the packaging was the same, but I should have know something was wrong when the dosage was different and gave my pt a little to much of MOM. Well she pooped her whole way home. I had to tell the pt. and call the doctor to get order for lomotil. and had to write a paper about the dangers of giving the wrong medication. And another one as a student I accidently took the narcotic keys almost home, they got a hold of me on my cell. I felt like a real idiot. But I can honestly say any error I have ever made I reported it. Administration can get testy but at least they know I will report what I have done wrong. Ahhhhhhh the memories:)

Oh no ... that poor patient pooping all the way home .... I almost spit out my drink as I was reading this one ... cute. Thanks for sharing this.

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sjt9721 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency/Trauma/Education.

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I was preparing Nitropaste for one of my patients. Ended up smearing a little on my fingers by accident because I was so intent on measuring it accurately. Without thinking I just rubbed it in..:nono:

They weren't kidding about side-effects! The headache hit me walking down the hall. Ouch! I guess I'm lucky I didn't hit the ground!:uhoh3:

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RNPATL is a MSN, RN and specializes in Nursing Education and Critical Care..

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I was preparing Nitropaste for one of my patients. Ended up smearing a little on my fingers by accident because I was so intent on measuring it accurately. Without thinking I just rubbed it in..:nono:

They weren't kidding about side-effects! The headache hit me walking down the hall. Ouch! I guess I'm lucky I didn't hit the ground!:uhoh3:

I bet you wear gloves or wash your hands after working with the nitro paste again .... :rotfl:

Certainly there are more stories out there ..... would love this thread to be like the one in the ER Forum .... that was great! Let's hear some more.....

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Ok. My first semester of clinicals was in a rehab facility-many little old ortho ladies. My peer "Sally's" patient had an oozing incision and our instructor was demonstrating out first live action dressing change. So Sally and I are trying to be compassionate nurses-one of us holding each hand and soothing her. I noticed her fingers were thickly tinged orange and assumed she was a heavy smoker, so I continued to rub her hand. After the dressing, my instructor looked like she was about to crack up and told me to get some soapy washcloths and for both Sally and I to wash our hands well. We cleaned the patients hands with the washcloth and the orange came off. ?HUH? That was the day I learned that little old ortho ladies tend to dig in their dirty diapers. And smart me is massaging stool into her (and my) hands.

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RNPATL is a MSN, RN and specializes in Nursing Education and Critical Care..

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Ok. My first semester of clinicals was in a rehab facility-many little old ortho ladies. My peer "Sally's" patient had an oozing incision and our instructor was demonstrating out first live action dressing change. So Sally and I are trying to be compassionate nurses-one of us holding each hand and soothing her. I noticed her fingers were thickly tinged orange and assumed she was a heavy smoker, so I continued to rub her hand. After the dressing, my instructor looked like she was about to crack up and told me to get some soapy washcloths and for both Sally and I to wash our hands well. We cleaned the patients hands with the washcloth and the orange came off. ?HUH? That was the day I learned that little old ortho ladies tend to dig in their dirty diapers. And smart me is massaging stool into her (and my) hands.

eeeeeeewwwwww - that was a gross one, but a good story. I have a definite fondness for gloves.

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