"Stupid" questions and working as new RN - page 2

Hello, I've got another question and don't know if it's considered a "stupid" question or not. I'll give you my background first (for those who have not read my earlier posts) and what had happened. I'm currently on my 8th... Read More

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    You did the right thing by calling and making sure that someone knew. One small lie can lead to many many more!! Your work load seems to be pretty extreme, though, and maybe requesting more orientation time would be beneficial.

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    I have received replies from previous posts that my patient load is considered high. The usual ratio for where I work at is 1:5. The LPNs do the majority of the patient care as far as meds go, etc. Working as an RN, I am responsible for the patients that the LPNs care for, but I am doing the initial assessments and administering IV push meds mainly (+ admissions, etc.). I don't know what it's like at other hospitals for an RN because this is my first job since graduating nursing school in December. I've seen other hospitals have only RNs working the floor with maybe one or two LPNs. I'm guessing those are the hospitals that have the RNs doing the role of LPN also.

    Whenever I am working as an RN and doing LPN duties, then my patient load has not been more than 5.

    What is considered a typical RN workload? Also, I'm wondering what is a typical workload for a LPN?
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    Let's face it, no one will beat us up better than ourselves when we make a mistake. A mistake is something we all strive NOT to ever do.....but it happens sometimes. Fessing up is the best action you can take after making a mistake. It gains you the respect of your boss and fellow staffmembers and you'll sleep better at night (or day). Attempting to cover up a mistake can only lead to more bad things. As you gain experience, you'll better judge the ramifications of the mistake you made. Hang in there.
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    I have been a nurse going on 7 years and even teach some of our future nurses... there are still times I beat myself up after work because of something I should have maybe clarified or done more for a patient. In the end, we are all human and we all make the mistakes. With the demands of health care and patient acuity, it becomes increasingly hard to perform 100% for each and every patient. As nurses, we are "type A" by nature which tends to stress us out more! You did a commendable thing by calling in and being accountable for your actions and it does take courage to be an honest person sometimes. But remember, every moment is a learning experience!
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    I've been a nurse for about four years and I find myself making a lot of little mistakes, but you learn. I do stupid things, but I never do stupid things more than once.
    If you break a rule, think about how important that rule is. The pt is supposed to be npo. Why? because they have a bowel obstruction? having a procedure? MIght or might not go to surgery? In any of those cases, I doubt a bit of ice is going to hurt things in the long run. Just keep swimming; you'll learn.

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