Quote from nicole314
Omg...I am so afraid to go back to work. are med errors common in nursing? i am afraid that i may lose my license. i feel really awful.
Mistakes happen. You generally will not be penalized unless you:
1) Make them frequently/make the same mistake repeatedly or fail to learn from your mistakes
2) Make a HUGE mistake (ie 1mg dilaudid is ordered and you decide that it's not enough so you give 100mg requiring you to pull out multiple vials of a drug disregarding safety mechanisms in place)
3) attempt to cover up the mistake or lie about the mistake
also i am a new nurse and i think one of my supervisor's is out to get me. instead of her offering a helping hand she lurks around to catch my mistakes.
She's doing her job. Everyone has felt this way at some point, you've got to get over yourself though. I presume this person hired you and so something about you that he or she liked. There is a learning curve/growing pains associated with new hires (from the employees point of view and the employers
) and mistakes, at some level, are expected to be made.
i don't know what to do i love my job but am afraid that i may lose it and my license.
Can someone plz explain to me why seasoned nurses find it hard to help newcomers.
Again, in all likelihood you will not lose your license. As far as seasoned nurses helping newcomers this unfortunately is a fact of life. You will work with people who are very good at teaching and mentoring you and others who are not. I would suggest you remember this feeling and when a new grad/employee comes to you for help act accordingly. Be that person you wish that they were.
This supervisor has made so many mistakes and i have never told on her, but she makes it her life to try and ruin me.
BE VERY CAREFUL HERE. I can not overstate this. If she wanted to "ruin you" she would have done it. EVERY hospital that I have worked at has had a probationary period in place to remove problematic employees, I doubt that yours is any different. If she wanted you gone you would be gone by now. Unless your supervisor is doing something dangerous as far as a patient's care is concerned I can just about promise you that if you go around tattling on your her your career will be over. I doubt you have any idea about the relationship that your supervisor has with her manager, and you are heading into very dangerous waters right now. Simply put you are more easily replaced than she is. Your statement also smacks of immaturity. Your supervisors mistakes have no bearing on yours. They are completely unrelated and I'm not sure why you would bring them up unless you are trying to divert attention from your shortcomings. You need to grow up. I would suggest that you develop some thicker skin and accept the criticism as an opportunity to improve yourself.
i am beginning to second guess if nursing is what i really want to do, especially if i have to have supervisors like her.
You will deal with difficult people/situations WHEREVER you go and in whatever field you choose. It turns out that you're in a profession where your mistakes can kill people very quickly and as such mistakes are (rightfully) remedied quickly. Again, try changing your attitude and accept the criticism as an opportunity to grow. If you really don't like working there look for another job elsewhere, but keep in mind that no matter where you go you will be expected to meet standards.