I got written up for leaving a saline flush in a patient's room. I had went in the room with it already having the plastic cannula on it, ready to use, but the previous shift didn't tell me that the patient was getting an IV at TKO, so turns out I didn't need it. I didn't throw it in the sharps container. I think I left it on the IV pump. So, the next night, I received a med error report in my mailbox, saying I left a "syringe with an unknown medication in it in a patient's room". The patient didn't even have IV push meds ordered, and the syringe already had "NORMAL SALINE" printed on it, so it couldn't have been an unknown med. So, on paper, it just looks bad, when in reality, it's something that every nurse has probably done on accident without discipline. I'm starting to think that if the next shift has time to write up reports like this on me, then they're probably over-staffed or is out to get me. Has anyone been written up for something like this? Or have you written someone up for this kind of thing? I realize what I did was wrong, but filling out a report with "unknown medication" on it seems petty to me. This could have easily been resolved with a quick, "Oh, by the way, here's something to remember..." Any thoughts? And how can I defend myself well on this? It just doesn't look good when the only thing I can think of to say in defense was that I was ditzy at that moment.
Nov 9, '05
Did you learn from the mistake? I would guess that you did. Did anything bad happen? It could have, but, no, it didn't. Will you make the mistake again? I bet not.
It happens...it happens to the best, most careful, most expereinced nurse out there. You learned from it, nothing bad happened, and you won't do it again..don't sweat it!
Last edit by flashpoint on Nov 9, '05
Nov 9, '05
Wow, the thing about nursing is - if you want to be petty, it's a 2 way street. And when you have like 2376 things to do in any given shift, I can always find 1 out of 2376 that you didn't do just right.
If I had been presented with this write up, I'd of asked my boss why she didn't ask the nurse that bothered to write it up what her problem is with you - and why he/she didn't direct her back to you to address it personally.
And I'd go to to your boss now and state my case that this was an unfair write up and should be removed from my record.
And I'd ask the nurse that wrote you up what her problem is. Yes, I'd be quite confrontational about it. If you don't want it to happen again, you have to make it clear that garbage like this will always be challenged.
And frankly, if my boss didn't remove it from my record, I'd write up the other nurse for being unprofessional by writing you up over trivial matters and let your supervisor digest THAT.
Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Nov 9, '05