I am so frustrated by some coworkers' attitudes about incident reports. Why can't they understand that I am NOT being "mean" and "writing people up"?
To me, it is writing up an incident or problem in hopes that it can be fixed and avoided in the future.
I don't "write everything up"---if someone missed giving a med, or timed something wrong on the MAR, or forgot to unclamp the IVPB tubing or change a dressing, I just fix it and go on.
But if it is the same person doing the same thing wrong, it needs to be addressed. If an IV is grossly infiltrated or has purulent drainage around the catheter, I will complete a report. Those can possibly cause harm, so I do it.
If a nurse physically signs an order off but then does not carry it out, it's "written up".
I don't just go around specifically looking for things or people to write up, but as charge nurse lots of stuff gets brought to my attention (by nurses who refuse to fill out the reports) or I catch stuff as I look over charts.
My boss is good in that she wants them filled out---for the same reasons. She also doesn't review them with the person in an accusing or punitive way.
I want to do a good job and make sure our patients are taken care of in a darn good way. But errors do happen and must be addressed.
If my coworkers could just keep remembering that we are not "writing each other up" and not "being mean" by filling out these incident reports.
Guess I'm just ranting...thanks for listening! :-)