Most hospital incident reports pertain to patient falls or malfunctioning equipment. On a Mental Health Unit, however, some fairly strange events often take place that have to be reported. Here are some fo those incident reports that might lead a utilization reviewer to acetaminophen: (more…)
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One morning I was called into the operating room to help hold down a brawny young fellow who was still groggy from his anesthesia. “Put your arm across his chest,” I was told. As I did so, I looked directly into his face. He was a good looking man I’d never seen before.
Suddenly the patient opened his eyes and gazed blearily into mine. He started to smile, and said, “Why, I remember you. You’re the girl from Vancouver. Boy, what a weekend THAT was.”
He closed his eyes and slipped peacefully under the anesthetic, leaving me to the laughter of my friends.
By Margaret Clarke, RN
During nursing school, I have visions of being ‘the perfect nurse’. I would do all the procedures according to the book — no exceptions. I would be so well organized — everything would be done correctly, on time. Forget the 1/2 hour variance when giving meds. I wouldn’t need it! I would have happy, non-demanding patients, and if I happened to get an unhappy patient, I would use the therapeutic communications I learned during our psych rotation.
Now that I’m a ‘real nurse’ I’ve had a chance to identify some of the most outstanding contrasts between student nursing and ‘real life’ nursing. (more…)
As a student, I was assigned to a patient: after a bed bath, it was time to get her out of bed. Try as I might, I could only find her right shoe. A fellow student who walked into the room found me on all fours, looking under the bed for the elusive second shoe.
I told her what I was doing, and then it hit me. The patient had a left AKA!
By Amy Nemetz