Made it through three night shifts on my own...then... - page 3

...at change of shift the oncoming RN noticed that I'd hung the wrong bag of fluids on one of my patients. Even though I had verbally told her the patient was running D5W during report, when she... Read More

  1. Visit  starghadeer profile page
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    As a New Grad RN, I find it incredibly encouraging that you talked about your mistake. Talking about mistakes isn't just a learning experience for you, but I'm finding it really educational for myself. So thank you for your honesty!
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  3. Visit  cheryl2365 profile page
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    Hang in there, as everyone has said we all make mistakes. The good news is you will never forget it and you will find yourself checking and double checking all fluids from now on. One day when I was new off of orientation I almost did the same thing. We have an area in our med room where we keep bags of 0.9. You don't have to go into Pyxis to get it, just grab and go. The problem was someone had stocked some of the bags with D5W. Thank goodness I looked before I hung it. A very easy mistake to make. To this day, years later, I always double check. Be patient with yourself, it WILL get better.
  4. Visit  Rosenhammer profile page
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    Quote from starghadeer
    As a New Grad RN, I find it incredibly encouraging that you talked about your mistake. Talking about mistakes isn't just a learning experience for you, but I'm finding it really educational for myself. So thank you for your honesty!
    Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm learning so much from everyone's real world experience. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Visit  Kooky Korky profile page
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    You missed it because you're human. As you say, it was on night shift and you were sleep deprived, for starters. That doesn't excuse the error, but it does help to explain it.

    It was minor, no one was harmed but you, and I hope you will learn from it and forgive yourself.

    God bless and protect you.
  6. Visit  OnlybyHisgraceRN profile page
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    I work in CVICU as a new grad RN with previous LPN experience and I feel the same way. I go to work everyday with high stress and fears of killing my patients. However, I pray throughout my shift that God protects my patients and bless me to be focused and competent. This gives me a peace that surpasses all understanding. It wil get better. We will get through this.
  7. Visit  whatdoIdonow? profile page
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    What is a BMT unit?
  8. Visit  FLArn profile page
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    To the OP;
    I am always encouraged when I hear new nurses who have made a mistake say they are so upset! That tells me that they are teachable and will be better nurses in the future. I worry about those who seem unfazed by their errors, they are accidents looking for a place to happen! Good job, OP!
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  9. Visit  LaRoseRN profile page
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    Quote from whatdoIdonow?
    What is a BMT unit?
    BMT stands for Bone Marrow Transplant
  10. Visit  LaRoseRN profile page
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    Hey all,

    Just wanted to update and say thank you for your encouraging words.

    I have settled more into my work as an independent RN and am learning an incredible amount each shift from the other RNs on the unit. I continue to ask questions non-stop, have people review my calculations, and triple or quadruple check my fluids (among other things). Time-management is still a struggle -- I am always running around like crazy, but I have a better understanding of the "flow" of the 12 hour shift and I even get a break sometimes now!

    I had a dejavu moment giving report yesterday -- it was the same RN who had discovered my mistake, and the patient had the same fluid running (D5 half). Even though I check and re-check like crazy, I still had one of those heart-pounding moments of worry when she went into the room...

    It was all good!


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