What is something you never thought you'd have to say to a coworker?

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by SilverBells SilverBells, BSN Member Nurse

Specializes in Rehab/Nurse Manager. Has 7 years experience.

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Lately, there have been some things at work that, as a nurse, I never thought I'd have to say to my colleagues.  

A few things that stand out: 

"Please don't walk barefoot in the hallway"

"If you need to apply lotion to your feet, please leave the nurse's station to do so" 

"Please avoid printing out entire 300 page textbooks using the work printer" 

How about you? What are some things you never thought you'd have to say to coworkers? 

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 16 years experience. 14,296 Posts

Please stop telling patients that the Covid vaccine causes Covid. (I actually didn't say that to her, I just fired her)
I can't think of any others right now, but I do have a good one that I had to tell a patient:

No, you cannot wear a paper bag over your head with holes cut out as eyes instead of a mask. You must wear a mask when you're here. Yes, if you wish to wear the paper bag over your head AND a mask, you can if you want, I guess.

pinkdoves, BSN

Specializes in Pediatrics, NICU. Has 3 years experience. 163 Posts

well I once had to explain to a nurse what desitin is...IDK why I thought this was common knowledge but I guess not

MelEpiRN

MelEpiRN

178 Posts

That turkey, is in fact, meat. Couldn't figure out why we never had vegetarian options for work lunches. Turns out the person ordering the food thought turkey was considered vegetarian.

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 20 years experience. 4 Articles; 4,577 Posts

1 hour ago, pinkdoves said:

well I once had to explain to a nurse what desitin is...IDK why I thought this was common knowledge but I guess not

Maybe they had no experience with diaper rash!

 

Davey Do

Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 10,092 Posts

13 hours ago, SilverBells said:

How about you? What are some things you never thought you'd have to say to coworkers? 

I read your interesting post earlier, SilverBells, sat and thought of several instances where coworkers acted imprudently, but could not come up with one example where I had to give direction to a coworker that I never thought I would have to.

Albert Einstein said something along the lines of two things being limitless; infinite: The universe and people's stupidity. He went on to say that he wasn't really sure about the universe.

Given Einstein's perspective, providing services for individuals with mental impairments since I was 18 years old, and having always endeavored to expect the unexpected, I can state that nothing anybody has ever done was not in some way expected.

Pepper The Cat

Pepper The Cat, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gerontology. Has 36 years experience. 1,771 Posts

The pt's halo is not removed at night and put back on in the am. 

LibraSunCNM, MSN

Specializes in OB. Has 10 years experience. 1,608 Posts

That ginger ale counts as a "clear liquid."  Apparently she thought a clear liquid diet comprised only water and ice?  Our conversation about this sounded like an Abbott and Costello routine.

NightNerd

NightNerd, MSN, RN

Specializes in CMSRN, hospice. Has 8 years experience. 1,125 Posts

That Diet Coke has no carbs or sugar in it, thus not improving the patient's hypoglycemia.

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 43 years experience. 1,722 Posts

If you need 9 pills to get the right dose . . . you don't have the right dose.

MunoRN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 10 years experience. 8,058 Posts

You shouldn't use your own saliva to lubricate something you're about to insert into a patient.

pinkdoves, BSN

Specializes in Pediatrics, NICU. Has 3 years experience. 163 Posts

1 hour ago, MunoRN said:

You shouldn't use your own saliva to lubricate something you're about to insert into a patient.

WHAT???????????? WHY WOULD ANYONE TRY THAT please TELL ME YOU'RE LYING