Buck, I'm floored that your coworkers would be so petty. My understanding of incident reports is that they should be reserved for things such a med. errors, falls, etc., and other situations that have caused actual or potential harm to the patient.
I have written up incident reports on other nurses, but as an agency nurse doing hospital relief, I didn't even know the names of the nurses involved. There are times when it has to be done, eg., when I went to hang an IV antibiotic on a pt. and found the previous dose still hanging, with the bag full and the line clamped shut. If the patient's wellbeing is at stake, the other nurses and the doctor should be informed, but it should never be a personal thing aimed at the nurse responsible, IMO.
Sunshine: LOL about the catheter incident! We had a topic on the board awhile ago entitled "New grad stupids", in which we took great delight in posting the booboos we made as newly graduated nurses. You might want to hunt it up, I'm sure it will make you feel better about your goof! One of the funniest ones was about a nurse who put too much methylene blue in a tube feed, and when it came out the other end in the form of large quantities of loose stool...well, I'll let you read it for yourself!
[This message has been edited by Jay-Jay (edited March 28, 2001).]