Nursing Memories You'd Rather Forget

  1. So, this morning, Facebook had the "decency" to remind me of a post from two years ago in the "Memories" section. This was the post where, exactly two years ago today, I celebrated receiving a great honor; I had been selected to work as an RN on a Cardiovascular Surgical PCU. At a time when I'm trying to advance myself through my nursing career, being reminded of a job that didn't work out wasn't exactly what I needed. Of course, two years ago, I was full of excitement, not knowing that two years later I would no longer have the same job. This was one moment I would rather forget. Others include: the day I realized I would have to retake my second semester, the day my nursing instructor informed me I would probably never be a successful ICU nurse, and, worst of all, the day my first job, that Facebook so kindly reminded me of, ended. How about you? What moments would you rather forget?
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to the Lounge
  4. by   toomuchbaloney
    Dead babies and children. So many.
  5. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    A tiny lady post-stroke constantly saying, "ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya, etc; Perseveration X a million to the nth degree, ad infinitum.
    I actually yelled​ at her to "STOP IT!"

    I wasn't caught, but I knew that lady was IN there, you could tell by her eyes. I have never felt so ashamed of myself. The shame made me realize that if anyone had there druthers, they sure wouldn't be spending it trying to irritate a student nurse that way on purpose.
    I sure learned "Do unto others" from that lesson.
  6. by   azhiker96
    We get quite a few forensic patients. Some are from prison, some jail, some from the state mental hospital. I never ask why they are locked up, that is not relevant to their care.

    One time while waiting for surgery to finish, I mentioned the patient's injury and asked the officer what the story was with him. My intent was the mechanism of injury. Instead I got details of the offense that lead to the arrest.

    It was very difficult to provide good impartial care after finding out his brutal actions that led to his arrest.
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    A day one of my residents tried to drown herself in the toilet bowl, and the morning when I saw a resident tear a co-worker's uniform off.
  8. by   NurseCard
    When I was first a bright eyed Psych nurse... I knew not what I was doing.
    I sometimes would let the other staffers on the unit dictate course of
    action when a patient was acting out. This I regret.

    One particular night, this patient who refused to do what we asked her
    to, who really just needed to be left alone... I mean, she was sitting in
    the floor blocking her door, a fire code violation I suppose... but other
    than that she really wasn't doing anything other than sitting there and
    refusing to move.

    She ended up in 4 point restraints. Just because she refused to get
    out of the floor, of the doorway to her room. And she did get a bit
    loud... but in no way was it justified for her to be in restraints.
  9. by   NurseCard
    And there are plenty of other bad moments, but that's the only one I
    feel like sharing right now.
  10. by   ElvishDNP
    The hours-old extremely premie triplet being coded in NICU while I wheeled his sore exhausted mother in to see him. NICU had called us and said, "Get these parents over now, this baby is going to die." We got her up, 8 hours after her c/section, into the wheelchair and wheeled her to NICU. Her husband came too. Every bad thing that can happen coding an adult can happen coding a micropremie, along with a few things that are unique to micros. It was horrifying. As soon as the parents got to the bedside they stopped the code and handed the baby to his mom. She looked at her husband and said through her tears, "No. You hold him. He's your only son." That baby died in his daddy's arms a few minutes later. Within the hour one of the sisters died. Eventually, the third triplet died as well.

    I can't imagine watching your child die three times. But I will not ever forget the sound that mother made as her son died. I would rather not have that memory.
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from ElvishDNP
    The hours-old extremely premie triplet being coded in NICU while I wheeled his sore exhausted mother in to see him. NICU had called us and said, "Get these parents over now, this baby is going to die." We got her up, 8 hours after her c/section, into the wheelchair and wheeled her to NICU. Her husband came too. Every bad thing that can happen coding an adult can happen coding a micropremie, along with a few things that are unique to micros. It was horrifying. As soon as the parents got to the bedside they stopped the code and handed the baby to his mom. She looked at her husband and said through her tears, "No. You hold him. He's your only son." That baby died in his daddy's arms a few minutes later. Within the hour one of the sisters died. Eventually, the third triplet died as well.

    I can't imagine watching your child die three times. But I will not ever forget the sound that mother made as her son died. I would rather not have that memory.
    Very tragic.

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