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 residents medication. I administered... Read More

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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.

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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.
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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.
    TriciaJ likes this.
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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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    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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