Charting scared the crap out of me in the beginning. They don't teach you how to chart in nursing school
. My experience has been that there's a fine balance between charting too much or not enough. If you chart too much you can get into some gray areas that leave you more open for questioning. If you don't chart enough, it makes you look negligent. When you are charting about an incident that happens, just stick with hard facts...vital signs, assessment findings, etc and then make sure to include what you did about the situation, ie, calling the physician, rat team, increased oxygen, applied pressure to stop bleeding, etc. Never chart about a bunch of abnormal findings without Also charting your interventions, physician call and orders rec'd, etc. Your charting should paint a clear picture of what is going on with the patient and what interventions were done about it. Avoid long time gaps in charting....then it looks like you neglected the patient. So you won't necessarily lose your license over forgetting to chart minute things, but if something were to happen to a patient...they are already assuming the nurse was negligent....your charting should show that you weren't. Hope that makes sense.
Sorry you are having to deal with old nurses who eat their young. What they don't realize is making sure you are well trained not only helps you but them as well because you will be more independent and eventually able to help them with their load on occasion! Imagine that! So remind them of that! And when she wants to drop the line about "shouldn't you have learned that in nursing school?" Just respond with "maybe, maybe not but it doesn't change the fact that I still need to know what to do!" And here's a little factoid about most nursing schools
....they teach you how to pass a test not how to be a nurse. You learn how to be a real nurse on the job.