Too little too late - page 2

Hi everyone! I am in need of some encouragement here. I've only been a nurse for about a year and so I feel stupid like I missed something and can't forgive myself. On my first night working this... Read More

  1. by   doomsayer
    Thank you all so much- I learn a lot from reading these!
  2. by   Katie5
    Edited...reread.
    Last edit by Katie5 on Jul 31, '11
  3. by   Katie5
    Quote from Black Jade
    Meg, she was not in any cardiovascular or respiratory distress when you assessed her before and after so you did everything right. My question is, when you bathe her did she expressed that something didn't feel right or her behavior seemed unusual besides demanding the Ativan? Nobody is perfect and nursing is a source of constant learning. Like you, I beat myself up whenever I think about the should'ves. That means that you do have great compassion for your patients and you take your job as a nurse seriously. Most importantly, you care.
    "The hallmark of a good nurse", I suppose?

    Please don't say this, I beg of you. We are taking care of human lives so we darn better take our jobs seriously!
  4. by   CharlieTaco
    I agree with the advice given, but watch out posting things like this, if her family decides to sue for some reason, they will look on social websites for information and any doubt on your part that is expressed can be used against.
  5. by   Black Jade
    Quote from Katie5
    "The hallmark of a good nurse", I suppose?

    Please don't say this, I beg of you. We are taking care of human lives so we darn better take our jobs seriously!

    I say this, because there are some nurses who don't take their jobs seriously. I was paired up with some of those type of nurses when I did my clinicals. There are nurses who unfortunately just don't care about their patients.

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