Quote from beeker
We work as a team and if there is a repeat issue we talk to each other about it. If you are at the point where you are known for "writing people up" then it sounds like you might be doing it a bit more than the average bear. How many write up s does it take to get a reputation for it? And for the record, we are writing each other up. There are consequences. I think in the last year I have written up 2 reports, both were for gross negligence on transfers, one from er and one from pacu. ANd these were written to cover our floor from taking the hit that certain policies and care standards had been neglected.
I guess I am wondering how many times you have written people up. Have you spoken to the offenders? Is it the same person you are writing up?
Yes, I definitely mention incidents the first few times. Usually just to say "The Fole for Mr. Jones was ordered to be dc'd, but we got it" or "that Vanc order you signed off didn't get put on the MAR so we started it tonight". But after the fourth, fifth, ninetieth time, I guess it gets old. I really try to help the new nurses especially, whether a new grad or new to facility. Lots of those mistakes are due to not knowing.
I guess on average, I fill out 3 or 4 a month, unless we have a bad "fall spell".
I would love to be able to ignore the "error/incident" part, but usually feel I can't. Either the doctor brings it to my attention as charge, or it gets discovered during chart checks or audits. So then my boss wants to know why the report wasn't filled out. It's something she expects of us.
I know everybody makes mistakes. I absolutely loved "writing myself up" for errors. But, we gotta do what we gotta do.