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

  1. by   MollNick
    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.