What the biggest scare you've ever had in nursing?

  1. Just wondering what your scariest moment in nursing was and how you handled it before and afterward. Time to share your stories. Thanks.
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  3. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from warrior woman
    Just wondering what your scariest moment in nursing was and how you handled it before and afterward. Time to share your stories. Thanks.
    I had about 6 mos of nursing under my belt and decided to go work in ICU as I was BORED! with med surg (sure isn't boring nowadays!). One of my first patients there died suddenly, right before my eyes, youngish, 50? Maybe younger.

    I blamed myself, thinking I should have seen it coming somehow -- if my assessment skills were better, if I wasn't so new, if maybe he said something and I didn't listen, etc etc.

    I had to go to the autopsy to make sure it wasn't my fault. It wasn't. It was I think an aneurysm (I know I'm spelling it wrong) or a clot, I don't remember now. I talked it over with the ME and some of the staff and after MUCH persuasion I finally let go of it -- for the most part.

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  4. by   ?burntout
    I've had 2 that stand out:

    One was when I was a new grad and had a chronic COPD pt that was a DNR that started going downhill and recanted her DNR status. We got her to ICU and intubated and then I became very worried that I might lose my license, the family would sue, etc. We looked back in the nurses notes and one or two nurses before me had charted that the pt had recanted her DNR status-her doc didn't listen to her or didn't know. She died one week later.

    The 2nd was when I worked in L&D on 11-7. It was my first night shift after orientation (a very small hospital that did few deliveries). I had a pt come in through the ER with "abd. pain"-I asked her questions-she wouldn't talk to me. I got her in the bed and got her stripped and in a gown-the baby was crowning!!! I yelled for my charge nurse and we got the ER doc to come around (he arrived too late!). All ended well...it wasn't the first time that pt had pulled that stunt-no prenatal care, came to the hospital when the baby was crowning...*sigh*
  5. by   Blackcat99
    I walked into my patient's room and it sounded like he was trying to vomit and was choking at the same time. His face was turning purple.I finally realized that the man wanted to vomit but he didn't want to make a "big mess" in the bed. I yelled at him "Throw it up now do not swallow it" I told him over and over it's OK we can change the bed. It's no problem.

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