I'm Freaking Out and Frantic! Please, Help Me! - page 3

I gave the wrong med, and Im just sick about it. Today at work I dropped a full specimen container. My co-workers think Im a total idiot. I make all kinds of little mistakes. Now I feel so guilty I cant even... Read More

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    Quote from jrbl77
    I agree that this is a great article. This sounds like me to a tee. I do find one thing that has not helped me and I don't feel has helped nurses in general is hospitals striving for excellance. Every day it is drilled into our heads that we, as the staff must provide excellant care and all our patient satisfaction surveys will only count if marked excellant. We can all strive for excellance but is this ever going to be possible? All this push for excellance just makes me more hyped up. I feel that I provide really great care, but very rarely mark any survey as excellant. Any body else find this troublesome?

    Based on the above quote, you might find this interesting:


    BTW, I agree. And it isn't just the insecure who are affected by the excellence craze. It's designed to get everyone ramped up and rattled. Actually, these campaigns are meant to increase patient census, but what they really do is make staff members a little loony. And then patients complain about their stressed-out nurses.

    It would be nice if someone from on high figured out that happy nurses mean happier patients, good word-of-mouth advertising, and a better reputation over all.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Dec 31, '11
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    Wow, this article is amazing! I love it! I believe that as humans we always tend to think negatively, no? I know I do, especially when I was in school. I would always freak/panic during tests, it was horrible. And although I excelled wonderfully, I feel that my brain was altered unconsciously, bc now I panic for anything.. Ahhh, it's a work in progress, and mind over matter.

    Anywho, great post! I think everyone who is coming into this profession should read this, I'm glad I did. I'm starting nursing school soon, and I feel it gives good insight into the things that we will be exposed to. Well done!
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    If it wasn't worth it, it would be easy and everyone would do it!
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    We are human, and i have had my share of mistakes as well being an LPN for 16 years, do yourself a favor "do not panic". I know your heart starts beating, and you start to sweat, and think" what am i going to do"? med errors esp. but everyone makes them, they are so common, just do your required checks, and you will be ok.
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    Wow, I'm a member and didn't realize it! Working on getting kicked out, can't wait.
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    how many of you have had crying fits in front of your co workers i dont know how to dig myself back out of the hole ive dug for myself i guess i am outwardly not a confident person i fear going to work am afraid of making another mistake im trying to combat these feelings but am struggling to do so
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    I have cried in front of co-workers. In anger, in frustration, over a horrible abusive boss. Yes I have cried and I have seen others cry. It may feel like crap when it happens, but we are who we are, and some of us cry easier than others. I saw my boss cry once too.
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    the only time i ever cried over anything at work was when a beloved patient died and i had been close to his family. that's it for more than, well, a lot of years. abusers are not worth crying over, whether you work with them or are married to them (been there, too), because they like knowing they can make you do it. channel the energy you would waste on helpless sobbing into thought about what you can do about it, and into doing it.
    and then go do it.
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    This is a great article.

    The weird thing that happened to me was, I got the anxiety and panic attacks 4 years into bedside nursing and in the ICU. Not as bad in the beginning.

    It's a part of the reason I stepped away from bedside for a while. I was calling the floor often as to make sure i didn't miss something, I would second guess every move I made in fear of harming the patient.

    I've had some med errors made in critical moments, nothing that ever harmed the patient luckily. I have also caught myself a few times before I almost made an error and that would freak me out.

    Now I really dislike being away from the bedside and I want to go back, although I fear of falling into the same pattern again.

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