Please help me, I'm in trouble. - page 17

Hello. I have been a nurse for about eight years. I have been employeed in a skilled rehab unit for about five years. This past weekend I made a serious med error. I gave a resident another... Read More

  1. Visit  ShellyRn1117 profile page
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    They would not give me copies of anything at all. As for her they said it was a clerical wrror that those things were in my file, go figure!
  2. Visit  gentlegiver profile page
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    I would demand a written statement stating the "clerical error" in detail so it doesn't come back to bite you in the tush! Get out of there as fast as you can!
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  3. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Quote from ShellyRn1117
    I love how she said to me Friday, No hard feelings...sheesh
    For pete's sake, don't believe this statement!
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  4. Visit  ShellyRn1117 profile page
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    Quote from caliotter3
    For pete's sake, don't believe this statement!
    You don't believe me?
  5. Visit  ckh23 profile page
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    Quote from ShellyRn1117
    You don't believe me?
    I think she meant don't believe the "no hard feelings" because I'm sure there are.
  6. Visit  lawreviews25 profile page
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    Whenever someone accused you of wrong doing as a nurse...make notes. Write down a clear picture of what occurred and witnesses if necessary..Then go directly to the board of nursing. Tell them what occurred and remain calm and honest as you are. Do not wait for this DON to report you. It seems you were placed in an unsafe patient to nurse ratio situation at work. Report them to the Health Department and have their staffing ratios investigated. You can also go to the Attorney Generals office and report them. The American Nurses Association may help you with an attorney as well.
  7. Visit  canesdukegirl profile page
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    Quote from lawreviews25
    Whenever someone accused you of wrong doing as a nurse...make notes. Write down a clear picture of what occurred and witnesses if necessary..Then go directly to the board of nursing. Tell them what occurred and remain calm and honest as you are. Do not wait for this DON to report you. It seems you were placed in an unsafe patient to nurse ratio situation at work. Report them to the Health Department and have their staffing ratios investigated. You can also go to the Attorney Generals office and report them. The American Nurses Association may help you with an attorney as well.
    Law,

    Shelly (the OP) has resolved this issue. She is back at work and has been cleared.
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  8. Visit  TriciaJ profile page
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    I'm glad Shelly has this all behind her. I'm still reeling from the palpable panic in her posts. Things to keep in mind: 1. She made a med error, just like the rest of us. No harm came to the patient. 2. She reported it right away, just like we're supposed to. 3. She might not have known how to document it properly, but tried to do so and made no attempt to falsify. 4.The BON would likely have blown this off because it's ridiculous. 5. If she can scrape up a few pennies, liability insurance would go a long way for peace of mind. These people can help you deal with unprofessional employers.
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  9. Visit  canesdukegirl profile page
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    Tricia,

    Shelly was lucky. She acted quickly and honestly, and was able to utilize her resources. The BON practically laughed this off. She suffered no harm professionally, but had to take a hit personally. Her co-workers were still wary when she returned to work, but being the strong willed person she is, kept her head held high and continued to focus on her patients.

    She tells me that she is doing well, and deeply appreciates all of the sound advice that she received from us.


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