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15 Startling Things You Never Want to Happen on Duty


When you thought everything will be just fine, and it’s almost end of your shift when unfortunately 10 minutes before endorsement, something crazy will happen. It’s either your patient will fall from bed, or complain of severe chest pain, or self-extubated him/herself. Adventure you say?

Here are some other things that probably startled you while you are on duty:

1.When you just received your patient from endorsement, and his/her cardiac monitor reading goes like this:



2.When you’re on code blue… and when you open your emergency cart…. It’s EMPTY!




3.When the ongoing nurse endorses that the patient is GCS 15 but when you made rounds and assessed his neuro status… You can’t wake him/her up!



4.When you arrived at your patient’s room, and you can see his/her empty IV fluid bottle and air to his/her IV line.



5.When you see your patient’s arm and linen are filled with blood, because his/her IV was dislodged.



6.When you receive a patient with this condition and contraptions… Say, what?



7.When you just finished assisting an intubation and you discover there was no available mechanical ventilator… Will I do manual bagging forever?

anesthesiologist use ambu bag for oxygenation


8.When you accidentally spill or broken an expensive medication in ampule or vial, and it’s worth your one week’s pay!



9.While you are still getting ready for endorsement and you already have a huge wave of admissions waiting for you.



10.When a baby or a toddler is rushed into an emergency dept. for resuscitation. Not only it is startling, but also heart breaking.



11.When you are about to give a shock, but then the defibrillator is low batt!



12.When you have 5 patients for stat OR! That’s crazy! Are they having an OR party of something?



13.When your patient is on shock or severe hypotension, and his/her drips of inotropic and vasopressor are almost empty.



14.When the chief nurse or director of nursing saw you sleeping while on duty. Are you going to wake up? Or just play dead? Besides you’ll make incident report anyways.



15.When your patient’s results are back, and yes… you should have observed strict isolation precautions the whole time. If only you know beforehand…



Nursing is a roller-coaster ride. So just embrace the thrill, because you will never know what’s in store for you!

Do you have any crazy experiences while you’re on duty? Circumstances that made your heart skip a beat? Share it with us.