Quote from laceysrn
Hi allnurses! I have been a nurse for almost 2 years now on a busy med-surg floor. It's going well overall, but I'm struggling with overthinking my IV care. I'm a little OCD at baseline, and especially when I'm caring for immunesuppressed patients, I can get into a bad cycle. I think to myself -" did I touch the hub? I'm not sure, so I better clean it..." this cycle can be a waste of time and supplies though. Everyone always says "that's good!" When I say I'm OCD about infection, but I think it's getting out of hand...I worry that I may have touched a patient's line, and now they're going to go septic, all because of me, and it distracts me from the actual important things!
can anyone help me with some mental tools or perspective? Thank you!!
OCD is a significant disorder that effects all aspects of life. If you think you suffer from this, seek professional help.
If you are, in fact, wasting time and supplies on things that are of no benefit to the patient, that is a problem. Your other patients will lose out while you are wasting time.
If, on the other hand, you are mis-using the term "OCD" to mean that you are contentious and thorough, that is a good thing, though a poor choice of wording. If the reality is that you are extremely detail oriented, and would prefer to do a limited number of tasks, but to do them perfectly, consider a field where this is an attribute. Surgery or ICU come to mind. Med surg or ER, not so much.
Which is it?