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What's the dumbest thing you've done that you got written up for?

Posted

Specializes in Psych. Has 2 years experience.

I did something stupid and I think I'm going to get written up for it. I need to hear other people's things they've done that they got written up for. I feel like a putz.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

I've been written up one time in the past ten years, and it was for giving expired insulin ...or co-signing for it. Everybody on the unit got written up for one or the other.

I've done worse things, but I've never been written up for them.

LibraNurse27, BSN, RN

Specializes in Community Health, Med/Surg, ICU Stepdown. Has 8 years experience.

I once transferred a patient and the receiving nurse wrote me up for not emptying the foley before sending the patient. I emptied it before we left and I guess the patient peed 200ml on the way up...? LOL

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

2 hours ago, LibraNurse27 said:

I once transferred a patient and the receiving nurse wrote me up for not emptying the foley before sending the patient. I emptied it before we left and I guess the patient peed 200ml on the way up...? LOL

I don't think it counts if another nurse does it ...especially for something stupid.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

I had only one write-up in my entire career, but it was a doozy.

I was working at an assisted living facility that had a male resident who was always pestering the ladies for sex. He was harmless and didn't actually try anything...until he found a LOL who was willing to do the deed. She had a fair amount of dementia, as did he. One of the resident assistants caught them in the middle of things and reported it to me. I called the family, who got a good chuckle out of it, and figured that was the end of it. They were both consenting adults after all. Technically it wasn't "abuse", so my executive director told me not to report it to the state, and stupidly I went along with him.

Our manager, the vice president of the corporation we worked for, hit the roof when he found out and wrote both of us up, telling us that we would report the incident immediately or be fired. Not surprisingly, the state was underwhelmed and chose not to make a big deal out of it, save for suggesting we find something else for Randy Andy to do. 

Not me but my friend had booked a trip to Hong Kong or Tokyo or somewhere similar  a year in advance and when the time came for the trip we had a staff meeting scheduled during the time she was away. Our Nurse Manager tried to write her up for not being at the meeting...

 

(Edited to fix it, I don't think she was actually written up)

 

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Giggling. It's a stress reaction. (Not in front of a patient or anything). But instead of being counseled, cautioned, made aware that other people were bothered and I needed to check myself...flat out written up.

Chickenlady, ADN

Specializes in ER, GI, Occ Health. Has 7 years experience.

For not answering the desk phone when Ultrasound called the ER.  The fact that I was in a patient room elbows deep in an foley insertion didn't seem to matter.  US Tech storms into the unit and sees me charting at the desk and lights into me.  Goes to the Charge the next day and reports me for laughing at her when she confronted me for not answering the phone.  Whatev's guys....

Hannahbanana, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Physiology, CM, consulting, nsg edu, LNC, COB. Has 51 years experience.

We had an evening charge nurse who used to check to see if we had too many pens in our rooms. Oy.

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

Putting one word in all caps in a message to someone. 

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

I worked at a children's hospital named for a VERY generous benefactor- Peyton Manning. On the night of the Superbowl he QB'd for Denver - I got written up for wearing a Peyton Manning #18 Colts jersey. (Hospital is in Indianapolis)

ALL of the higher-ups were at a Superbowl party being held in the hospital with media present of course. ALL of them were decked out in #18 gear. 

 

 

oooh meanmaryjean that would have made me SO salty! 

The hospitals I used to work at (in a major football culture area) allowed team gear every Friday during football season. Completely expected and OK at many  businesses throughout the city.

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meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

1 hour ago, MelEpiRN said:

oooh meanmaryjean that would have made me SO salty! 

The hospitals I used to work at (in a major football culture area) allowed team gear every Friday during football season. Completely expected and OK at many  businesses throughout the city.

You have no idea! They also tried to outlaw printed scrub tops (in a children's hospital FGS !) but finally made a rule it could be animals. Animals with faces only. So no hearts at Valentine's day. No Santa. No pumpkins at Halloween. 

Swellz

Specializes in oncology, MS/tele/stepdown. Has 6 years experience.

When I was a baby nurse, I got written up for not having a PICC line dressing change done on my 8 hour dayshift. Policy was it had to be done on dayshift - which we considered over at 7pm (we worked 8's and 12's), but we were flexible. So, I didn't think much of handing it off to the evening shift nurse. Apparently she didn't think much of my time management skills.

Chickenlady, ADN

Specializes in ER, GI, Occ Health. Has 7 years experience.

20 minutes ago, meanmaryjean said:

You have no idea! They also tried to outlaw printed scrub tops (in a children's hospital FGS !) but finally made a rule it could be animals. Animals with faces only. So no hearts at Valentine's day. No Santa. No pumpkins at Halloween. 

I'm trying to think of an animal without a face that might be on a scrub top.....Could you have a top with stars if you took a Sharpie and gave them all faces? So they were now "Starfish"

Humans are animals.  Santa is an animal.  With a face.  

They'd hate me, huh? 

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

26 minutes ago, Chickenlady said:

I'm trying to think of an animal without a face that might be on a scrub top.....Could you have a top with stars if you took a Sharpie and gave them all faces? So they were now "Starfish"

Humans are animals.  Santa is an animal.  With a face.  

They'd hate me, huh? 

Butterflies. The whole face thing was because of butterflies- and it's too weird for words. Trust me. 

On 8/28/2020 at 6:13 AM, VivaLasViejas said:

I had only one write-up in my entire career, but it was a doozy.

I was working at an assisted living facility that had a male resident who was always pestering the ladies for sex. He was harmless and didn't actually try anything...until he found a LOL who was willing to do the deed. She had a fair amount of dementia, as did he. ...

I read this as a male RESIDENT (physician-in-training) and was totally shocked until I figured out it was another resident in the facility!! 😖

On 8/28/2020 at 6:13 AM, VivaLasViejas said:

I had only one write-up in my entire career, but it was a doozy.

I was working at an assisted living facility that had a male resident who was always pestering the ladies for sex. He was harmless and didn't actually try anything...until he found a LOL who was willing to do the deed. She had a fair amount of dementia, as did he. One of the resident assistants caught them in the middle of things and reported it to me. I called the family, who got a good chuckle out of it, and figured that was the end of it. They were both consenting adults after all. Technically it wasn't "abuse", so my executive director told me not to report it to the state, and stupidly I went along with him.

Our manager, the vice president of the corporation we worked for, hit the roof when he found out and wrote both of us up, telling us that we would report the incident immediately or be fired. Not surprisingly, the state was underwhelmed and chose not to make a big deal out of it, save for suggesting we find something else for Randy Andy to do. 

How could they be consenting adults if they were  demented?  

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