Nursing Student Question

  1. Hi guys, I have a question about nursing for my friend. And this honestly isn't one of those 'my, uh, FRIEND accidentally killed someone....what should I, I mean my FRIEND do....' situations, hence why I used my actual name.

    Anyhoo.

    She's been an LVN for a few months now and is loves nursing in general, but called me in tears today because she found out her job is under review for a few mistakes she's made. Now, I completely realize that any mistake is a big mistake when it comes to the medical field, but I still wouldn't call her mistakes disastrous.

    I admittedly don't know everything she's being reviewed for offhand, but they're all mistakes that she herself is aware of and has already consciously corrected.

    So really my question is how is this going to look on her record? I mean, if they decide to keep her, great. But in a worst case scenario where she's fired due to these mistakes, how difficult would this make getting another nursing job?

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   leslie :-D
    it depends on the severity of the mistakes, if they are recurrent and what the mgr would reveal in a reference.
    if she doesn't repeat the mistakes but still continues in erring where others raise their eyebrows, then it's cause for concern.
    all new nurses are expected to make mistakes.
    it is those who go beyond what is reasonable, that endangers their position at any given facility.
    what does she think the problem is?
    did she get sufficient orientation?
    does she have enough/any support?
    is she getting any feedback from her superiors or peers?
    it would be helpful to know what her perception is, that is creating such undesirable results.

    with peace,

    leslie
  4. by   TomPiltoff
    Quote from earle58
    it depends on the severity of the mistakes, if they are recurrent and what the mgr would reveal in a reference.
    if she doesn't repeat the mistakes but still continues in erring where others raise their eyebrows, then it's cause for concern.
    all new nurses are expected to make mistakes.
    it is those who go beyond what is reasonable, that endangers their position at any given facility.
    what does she think the problem is?
    did she get sufficient orientation?
    does she have enough/any support?
    is she getting any feedback from her superiors or peers?
    it would be helpful to know what her perception is, that is creating such undesirable results.

    with peace,

    leslie
    I'll try and refer her to this thread, though I'm not sure she'll want to publicly talk about it.

    She mentioned today that "not asking others for help" was an issue, and just a few days ago she was stuck with a needle (but is thankfully OK).

    It doesn't sound to me like she's getting any feedback. While she was aware of past errors, she's scolded herself and moved on.

    What happened today took her completely by surprise, so I assume nobody has sat her down and said "Look, you really should be more careful."

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