Blaming all of our problems on our "superiors" is certainly not a new phenomenon, but for whatever reason it has been bothering me lately. Sure, there is some BAD management out there. But are all supervisors made of pure evil? Seriously, is anybody else sick of the disdain for accountability that is so popular in our culture? Don't blame it on "young people." I am 25 and I can see it. It is a cultural problem.
Today I got talked to for a med error. It did not cause patient harm, but was potentially quite serious. I don't know yet if it will lead to a formal write up, but if it does then I DESERVE it! And yet I am capable of not letting it destroy me. There were many circumstances surrounding the error- multiple interruptions in report, 2 extremely unstable patients, an assignment that should have been split, and poor communication with the charge nurse who ultimately ended up caring for one of my patients for the first 4 hours of my shift. But all excuses aside, I deserve to be held accountable for a mistake that I could have caught had I taken two seconds to check my drips correctly at the very beginning of my shift. I am happy to work with my manager to be sure that this doesn't happen again, to me or to another nurse. Because lets be honest, briefly glancing at each of my drips and making sure my bags are full does not count for checking my pumps with my assessment. I know that being sorry isn't good enough, and will do whatever it takes with my manager to make sure my patients stay safe in the future.
From the time I have spent here on AN, it seems that in our culture that we think we are above accountability. Why is "lateral violence" always another person's fault? In my situation, I could be complaining about the meanie charge nurse who caught and reported my mistake. But it would have been irresponsible for her not to do it. Why are so many of our mistakes and shortcomings blamed on leadership? It takes two to start a fight. If someone is rude to you, look at the situation. Were you the one that was careless and deserves a bit of constructive criticism? Are you taking things to personally? Did you do everything possible to follow protocol, wrap things up for the next shift, and prioritize appropriately? Since when are we no longer responsible for our own actions, and our own interactions with other people? If everyone tried for about 5 minutes to walk in another person's shoes, and to see an issue through the lens of another person's eye, then half of the complaints on this website would disappear.
//end late night (and probably incoherent) rant//