I had a bad experience with a nurse the other day and I'm just trying to figure out how I can avoid that in the future. Let me just share some of my day. My patient had a N/C and did not want to keep it on at all. I was literally putting it back on every 2 seconds while she continued to pull at it and say she wanted it off. So, I went and told the nurse. She told me to take it off for 15 minutes and check the O2 sat. I let her know that I had just taken all vital signs and the O2 was 95% after having the oxygen off and on for about 30 min. I also let her know that I was supposed to be in post conference in 15 minutes and still had to chart everything. She did not like that obviously, because she didn't say a word and just walked off looking very mad. I really don't know what I could have done, because my instructor was going to kill me if I was late on charting and to the conference. So I felt very overwhelmed and incompetent. Anyways, since the nurse did not go and check my patient after I told her that, I went to let the family know that I had told the nurse what was going on. At that time the patient had gotten very agitated and was pulling at her IV's and pretty much everything on her. I had no idea what to do next and the family was starting to worry. So I went to find the nurse and tell her this. When I told her she said nothing to me and just made this face like "why are you telling me this". But at that point she did actually go into the patient's room, because I was headed to post conference. My question is, what did I do wrong? We really haven't been taught what to do in certain situations like this. I don't know what I could have done to be more help to this nurse. I just don't want to have this problem again and I'm wondering if it is unavoidable. I realize that the nurse was very busy and probably didn't even understand why I was asking her these questions about what to do. So, what would you guys suggest? How can I be less of a bother? I'm feeling really down since then and am pretty worried about my next clinical there.