Nov 23, '06
It's ok to make mistakes in general. I am a new nurse myself and I can understand what you're going through. This will make sure you don't do it again.
Don't beat yourself over it (hypocrite here! :chuckle ) I know it's difficult trust me!
Last edit by DolphinRN84 on Dec 9, '06
: Reason: Had to clarify
Dec 1, '06
As a newbie, you've really got to sort out the feedback you get. You'll hear a lot about what you didn't do and what you should be doing, etc... You need to listen and then ask yourself "Do I know this already?" Oftentimes, the answer is "yes." Like when someone reprimands you about a med error - "You ALWAYS need to check!" You probably know quite well that you need to check meds carefully. You're already on it. Mentally check it off your list and put the wet noodle for self flagellation away. The person reprimanding you can't judge whether this is will be a regular problem with you or if it's a one-off honest-to-god mistake. You know better your strengths and weaknesses. There's also a lot more you'll be learning about yourself as you continue to work. What you learn is uniquely your own. Maybe you learned that the med forms you use at work are hard to read. Maybe you learned what to do if a med error happens. Maybe you learned about using narcan. Maybe you learned that no matter how hard you to try to do everything right, mistakes sometimes happen, we deal with them, however large or small the consequences, and move on.
Last edit by jjjoy on Dec 1, '06