Friday, July 15, 2005
I came across this the other day while searching for interesting things, and today I had the chance to witness a little rodeo nursing myself.
(She has some cute shirts that say NurseChick on them too.. and one that says "ETOH= Job Security", which I happened to find humorous in my twisted way, but unrelated to this particular experience)
We have a patient going through DT's, partially sedated and hallucinating. He's got on 4-point restraints because he's thrashing about wildly, trying to pull everything out. He's talking to people who aren't there about things that aren't going on. He obviously needs more sedation, but he's got respiratory problems also, so we're waiting for the doc. He's naked and yells (and growls!) at you if you try and cover him up with anything or even put a set of pajama bottoms on him. I really felt for the guy, though. It was surely hell for him, and he was looking at me as if I were one of satan's minions. I kept thinking about that 'rodeo nursing' t-shirt.
Anyway, he's pulling at his wrist restraints and saying to Nurse R "scissors... scissors...". He gets louder and more insistent: "scissors... scissors...". She sort of ignores him and continues with her paperwork. "SCISSORS!", he says loudly.
She says "You're in the hospital, M".
I say "We haven't got any scissors to give you".
He processes this for 5 seconds and says "SCALPEL!"
Posted by HypnoKitten at 4:16 PM