I was on orientation on days and then got moved to nights which is what I was hired to do. It was my first night on orientation with a preceptor and I was not feeling the best, was very tired got an admission at 2 am and was up for almost 24 hours already. This admission was somewhat unstable, her blood pressure was 70/40's and she was lethargic. She got a fluid bolus in the ED and then she had fluids going at 100 ml/hr. When she got to my floor her fluids were running by gravity. I asked the transferring nurse what the rate is he said we are just running it free right now. I wasn't sure what her meant. Told my preceptor I'm concerned about the low bp. She said she wasn't. I was rechecking her bp every half hour because I was terrified I would find her unresponsive even though it was every 4 hours. Anyway I rechecked the bp and it was still very low and patient was lethargic. I increased her IV rate to 200 ml/hr and called the physician immediately. He told me to give her a bolus of fluid and the rate would be 100 ml/hr after that.
I know I was in the wrong for changing the rate without an order first. I understand that now. Am I a lost cause? Should I just forget about this and move on?