How do you cope when making a mistake?

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    We are humans. We are not perfect. You may make a mistake. How do you cope when making a mistake? How should we handle the situation? Should we give up? Walk away? Talk to someone? Please share your experience and any tips you may have.



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    I cry. Very pitifully. I try to do this in the bathroom, so no one sees me, then for the rest of the shift just say my allergies are bothering me.
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    But seriously - learn from them. If you have to explain yourself to a supervisor, make sure you are humble, and ask if you don't know how things could have been done differently. Verbalize your understanding of this different approach. Once I remember being reprimanded for writing up the times of an order for antibiotics wrong. I took every 8 hours to mean three times a day as in our TID protocol times - 9am, 1pm, and 5pm. I was new, everything is confusing, you have so much going on...problem was, no one caught it for almost a week (not saying much for the more "experienced" nurses among us) meaning we were overloading this woman with way too much meds in a short period, and giving her nothing all thru the evening and hours of sleep. Being new, there is a certain leeway I was given, but this was still a serious mistake. I was upset, of course, but my superiors were nice about it, sharing times when they were new nurses and had done stupid things - we have ALL been there. So, when you make a mistake, don't sweat it. Understand what you did, and why you should not have, and learn from it. I can promise you that you will not make the same mistake twice - and if you do, maybe nursing is not the career for you! I know that I am more likely to make mistakes if I am overstressed, rushing around, letting every little thing get to me - and not thinking clearly. I have to take the time to relax, to take a deep breath, to remind myself that it will all get done, and to take it easy. Know when you are weak, and always ALWAYS double, triple check everything you do - especially when it comes to meds!
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    I admit it, learn from it, and don't do it again.
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    I panic.
    I immediately determine the ramifications of my mistake.
    Report it.
    Write it up.
    Briefly wallow in misery.
    Then carry on.
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    Quote from nrsang97
    I admit it, learn from it, and don't do it again.
    same here and i also apologize if I have the chance
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    yes, learn from it, why it happened, and how it can be prevented in the future. Meanwhile keep an eye out for passive/aggressive co-workers who are looking for the opportunity to discredit you any chance they get...unfortunatley there is a lot of that in our profession
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    Quote from flyerdog
    yes, learn from it, why it happened, and how it can be prevented in the future. Meanwhile keep an eye out for passive/aggressive co-workers who are looking for the opportunity to discredit you any chance they get...unfortunatley there is a lot of that in our profession
    i agree.yes there are a lot of co nurses who like to bully other nurses..


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