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Know Thyself: Prevent Mistakes - page 2

I am a people pleaser. I consider it a fault at times, especially when it compromises my goals. I realized this need to be liked early in my life, and it led to an aversion to confrontation and an... Read More

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    Oh yeah, I've made plenty of mistakes in my 15 years of nursing as we all have...we are human. I've been in the critical care areas for the last 10 years. But, I made a lot of mistakes my last shift caring for my ICU patient. I have a had a worsening back ache for 2 weeks now and was diagnosed with a lumbar facet inflammation on 2 lumbar vertebrae and was told it was caused by all the lifting/turning/pulling/ pushing I do at my ICU job. On this night, I go to work with my back brace/ice pack and a 3-4/10 pain which progressively got up to about an 8/10. I started physically slowing down soon after the start of my night shift but didn't realize it b/c I kept thinking I could handle it while at the same time wondering if I'm gonna make it..I know it sounds totally crazy. Made alot of mistakes with this one meds late, not checking a H/H for several hours afterwards which he needed blood, not covering a bsg until 3 hours later, not turning, and worst of all..there was a medication in the e-mar listed as intravenous for which I was about to deliver intravenous when the resp. therapist stops me to tell me it is supposed to be given via inhalation then showed me the 'xx' on the e-mar which means by resp. therapy. I didn't keep up with my VS charting, paperwork or anything that I normally would have had already done several hours earlier. The real bad thing is that I didn't realize I was so far behind and that I was missing stuff left and right until the charge nurse comes to help me and starts asking me about this stuff. I couldn't focus, pay attention, concentrate, I wriggled around in my chair trying to chart but could barely do that even after giving report to leave. I will probably get written up and possibly fired for endangering a patient. I wouldn't blame them.