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