Just so tired of blame shifting - page 2

by Scrubby

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I swear some people just pretend to be nurses or have no idea that being an RN involves taking responsibility for ones own actions or lack of. The other day I worked with this nurse who like me is also a CN. I was circulating... Read More


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    Quote from ktwlpn
    When you said "Wait-is that full strength?" you were really putting her on the spot in front of your colleagues.Why would SHE admit to making the error when in fact-it was initially YOURS and you were trying very hard not to acknowledge the fact....
    When I said 'wait is that full strength?' quite frankly I was more concerned about my patient than trying to make her look good in front of everyone. Also It wasn't initially my error because as per ACORN standards the scout and scrub have to check the solutions so initially it was BOTH our error.

    The way I see it, you can't be too proud in nursing. If the situation was reversed and I was the scrub I would be happy that my scout caught the error. If you can't handle being put on the spot then you shouldn't work in the OR because there is always an audience.
    WANT2BANURSESOON likes this.
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    Quote from Virgo_RN
    I understand where you're coming from. When you questioned her about the strength of the solution, rather than saying something to the effect of "Oh my, why yes, it is full strength! Thank you for catching that!", she immediately reacted by trying to avoid responsibility, stating "You poured this for me."

    The immediate, thoughtless, knee-jerk reaction of avoiding acceptance of any responsibility for one's own actions or the consequences of them is a serious problem in the world today, in my opinion.

    I think some of the other posters do raise a valid point though, that the way you phrased your comment, "Wait, is that full strength?" was not ideal under the circumstances. "Wait, I accidentally poured full strength!" would have been much more direct, and most likely would not have elicited the defensive reaction you received from your coworker.
    Thanks Virgo you hit the nail right on the head. I've come across this attitude of it's your fault, i'm going to immediately look for someone else to be blamed that is wrong in nursing. Ok, we all need to cover our behinds but you do this through following policies, best practice and documenting everything you do not trying to throw your co-workers under the bus. And when you make a mistake man up and take responsibility.

    Oh and as for the person who said that I don't take responsibilities well I admitted to her that I poured it and was in error straight away but also made it very clear that we were both to blame.
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    I do see you both as equally wrong. I think your wording could have been better as you knew you had made a mistake at that point. Pointing out you both need to be more careful in the future would also have been appropriate to the situation and could even have been said in private to her. You both made a mistake. It happens. Most importantly the patient was okay.
    Not_A_Hat_Person and melmarie23 like this.
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    Quote from Batman25
    I do see you both as equally wrong. I think your wording could have been better as you knew you8 had made a mistake at that point. Pointing out you both need to be more careful in the future would also have been appropriate to the situation and could even have been said in private to her. You both made a mistake. It happens. Most importantly the patient was okay and in the end that is most important.
    True, I should have spoken to her afterwards and said that what she did was wrong because it's something we both have to check.

    Maybe my wording could have been better but hey I saw someone about to do something that may potentially harm the patient and my first reaction was to jump in and stop it, I did not intentionally set out to make her look bad or anything like that.

    Perhaps I should have said 'I think that's full strength betadine I poured, I'll get you some half in strength instead".


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