May 2, 2016

Nurse Hacks

This week is Nurse's Week! In honor of Nurse's Week, I thought I would share some of my favorite nursing hacks. Just some tricks and tips that make a task easier! I have shared things I have learned, but these are a little more pragmatic for those who are entering the nursing profession.

Triple glove during a code brown.
Code Browns are extremely messy situations. By double or triple gloving you can ensure you do not waste time getting new gloves so that you don't get all the feces on clean sheets or anywhere else during the changing process.

Use lotion for stuck on poop.
Sometimes you can't get all the poop off of a patient. Put some lotion on your wipe and usually it will help with that!

Soak a nasogastric or dobhoff tube in ice before insertion.
It will help the unpleasant feeling for the patient and will make for easier insertion for you. Soak it in ice or in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Trendelenburg your difficult foley patient.
Can't get a foley in a particularly (most often female) patient? Try putting the patient in trendelenburg position and let gravity help you out!

Double insert a foley on your difficult female patient.
Speaking of those difficult female foley patients, if you don't get your first foley in, leave it where it is and insert your new one higher to help you from missing the urethral opening again.

Put a warm washcloth on a difficult IV insertion site.
A warm wash cloth will help dilate the blood vessels to help pick a good vein for an IV.

Glove your stethoscope.
When you are in an isolation room, put a glove over the diaphragm and listen!

Use a syringe for your liquid medications.
It will really help you not spill your liquid medications when giving them to your patients.

Need more nursey posts? Try these:
Common Questions Asked To Nurses
How to Address Palliative Care
Dangerous Drug Interactions
Working Holidays and Working Holiday Wishes
Why it is Good to Marry a Nurse and Why it is Hard to be Married to a Nurse

What are some of your favorite nursey tips and tricks?
Happy Nurse's Week!


  1. Those all sound like great tips! I am always amazed at all that nurses deal with. It takes an amazing person to be able to do a job like that.

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