Extremely BAD night...

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    So, someone please tell me how to get past this last night shift, because I'm not sure how it's possible right now...

    1st patient of the night- codes and dies.. Normally would make for a rough night in itself right? It gets worse...

    Later in the shift, 4yr old CPR in progress on the way from EMS.. Broken neck caused by step parent.. Suspected sexual assault (turned into obvious sexual assault)... Didn't make it... HORRIBLE NIGHT... Oh, it gets worse..

    My colleague has a pt react to contrast, says "give 0.1 of Epi" says the doctor... Nurse (for some crazy reason!) gave it IV not IM and NOT diluted... Causes pt to have an MI and after 3 hrs of working on them, dies...

    How is it possible for a shift to go THAT BAD!!!!! I left work feeling completely defeated... Someone please help me to cope with this bc everything feels surreal right now...
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    Your colleague is gonna feel worse when he/she gets brought to court.
    tokmom likes this.
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    Wow I would hate to have to document that someone gave that epi IV. The lawyers will be smelling blood from far away with that. Good luck.
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    I'm so sorry for your rough night, OP. do you have debriefing available through EAP or someone at work you can talk to? Journaling can help, too. *hugs*

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    The nurse who did it has already been fired and knows she could lose her license. Trust me, that doesn't compare to how horrible she feels for killing someone. Glad y'all focused on the legal aspect though, thanks.
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    I'm so sorry for your rough night, OP. do you have debriefing available through EAP or someone at work you can talk to? Journaling can help, too. *hugs*

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    My charge nurse and I are extremely close, and I have spoken to her, but she's pretty shaken up herself. Not that this is healthy, but we all went for drinks after work (yes, at 8am)... But I keep having flash backs of everything... Not sure about debriefing.. I'll have to find out. Thank you so so much for your caring words... Really means a lot.
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    OP, I am so sorry to hear about your night. That is truly horrible. While I am not a nurse, yet, I work in an ER and on a few nights, we had had multiple codes, but never peds as we don't do peds here. It is a very draining experience for me and I'm in registration so I can only imagine how difficult it is for the nurses who are involved.

    Hopefully you can find someone to talk to. I agree about calling the EAP. If there isn't something set up through EAP, maybe you could suggest it as there is obviously a need in a hospital setting.
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    Please get in touch with your nm and hr to find out what's available for debriefing. That was a bad bad shift. We're with ya sister.
    canoehead, SoldierNurse22, GrnTea, and 2 others like this.
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    while reiterating about seeing into debriefing, just know that my prayers are with you.
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    This is going to take some time. Go easy on yourselves and each other.
    joanna73, beckster_01, GrnTea, and 1 other like this.


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