Hi AN, I am 6/7 months into my first year as a nurse on a medsurge unit and just when I thought I was getting the hang of it.. I had a really crazy day and made my a first big mistake. I had a patient who was thought to have an infected picc line. I was instructed to remove it and have the tip cultured. Right after removing the picc I accidentally impulsively tossed it in the trash. Needless to say it couldn't be cultured anymore. Somehow the doctor was not even that mad (though def not pleased) when I told him. but my manager said she would have to file an official incident report. Then a whole bunch of other stuff starting happening. A few days later a patient compalined to my manager that I always seemed like I was in a rush and didn't really care. We are really short on nursing assistants so nurses are expected to do everything (bathing, toileting, feeding) that normally the assistant would do, so I know that patient had a legit reason to say that I really was rushed all the time - I was. My manager is very tough and I know she is mad about these incidents. she even yelled at another first year grad for calling a rapid response that wound up not being a true emergency. Since this is my first job I wanted to stay for a few years but I don't know if I can even last. I know the first year is tough for everyone my nerves are fried and I am losing the motivation to keep trying
I know you can come back from a bad day but its been a bad couple weeks now. How do you all cope with this stuff?