Made it through three night shifts on my own...then... - page 2

by LaRoseRN 6,111 Views | 21 Comments

...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 went to check the IVs I had hung... Read More


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    The important thing is you took responsibility for your mistake, you will remember next time and every time after that to triple check and then some. Most importantly give yourself a break. Real life nursing has a HUGE learning curve and you know, one of these days you will be just like those seasoned nurses, who by the way, were in your shoes once too!
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    I'm also a new grad in the first month on my ICU orientation. I made the exact same mistake! I almost bolused my patient with the wrong IVF. Just as I pressed run on the pump I noticed D5 was hanging instead of NS. I stopped it right away and panicked/beat myself up over it all day. I never realized how EASY it is to make a mistake. Definitely a learning experience.
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    Quote from sarakjp
    I'm also a new grad in the first month on my ICU orientation. I made the exact same mistake! I almost bolused my patient with the wrong IVF. Just as I pressed run on the pump I noticed D5 was hanging instead of NS. I stopped it right away and panicked/beat myself up over it all day. I never realized how EASY it is to make a mistake. Definitely a learning experience.
    That would be called a GOOD CATCH rather than a mistake. In my institution we've been told we're to report those in the same way we report errors. I think we learn just as much from close calls as we do from errors.
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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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    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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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    What is a BMT unit?
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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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