35 Scary things that Nurses do

Story---Medical-Icons-Pattern-Background.jpgNurses do things that would make a normal person tremble in fear. Many times, though, these actions become routine, and we don’t realize how scary they are when we do them.

For instance, think about IV push medication. With one push we can severely impact a patient’s life within moments.

New nurses are probably most acutely aware of how scary it can be to be a nurse, but seasoned nurses should take the time to consider how terrifying it could be. By recognizing the importance of these actions, we can be more aware and better nurses.

Here is a list of 35 actions and assessments that nurses take that could be considered scary – especially to the average person. You may not consider them scary now, but in fact, they are.

Think about what you do on a shift and how close you come to possibly hurting someone. This extra care might just make the difference when taking care of a critical patient.

  1. Taking a patient assignment
  2. Dealing with scared, angry family members
  3. Perform CPR
  4. Hang IVF that could hurt a patient
  5. Push narcotics
  6. Decide when to call the doctor
  7. Call a cranky doctor in the middle of the night
  8. Work short staffed
  9. Call a code
  10. Take ACLS
  11. Deal with peritoneal dialysis for the first time
  12. Suction a tracheostomy
  13. Deal with low sat numbers
  14. Discover a change in a patient’s heart rhythm
  15. Discover a red, swollen calf muscle and wondering if there is a DVT
  16. Deal with a patient in respiratory distress
  17. Help a patient with very low blood sugar
  18. Respond to an ambulance siren in the emergency entrance
  19. Assisting with patient intubation
  20. Listen to a patient scream in pain while you are trying to help them
  21. Take a patient with multiple drips, a vent, and bedside dialysis
  22. Walk onto a nursing floor for the first time
  23. Learn how to start an IV
  24. Take NCLEX
  25. Assess a patient for a possible stroke
  26. Learn to start a foley
  27. Finding your patient has fallen on your shift
  28. Finding a patient bleeding copiously
  29. Hanging blood and watching for a reaction
  30. Monitoring a patient recovering from anesthesia
  31. Reading a chest x-ray for the first time
  32. Learning how to read an EKG
  33. Finding out your patient has an airborne disease that you didn’t know about
  34. Getting called into your manager’s office
  35. Making a med error

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