Quote from lilaclover6984
Yes this was poor practice but seriously? Lol
Quote from beeker
Try to worry about what you do and how you do it. I would stay out of the other nurses business. I would not under any circumstances report her to the charge nurse. That is going to open up a whole can of retaliation towards you and no one is going to want to work with you for fear you might "see" something else you don't like. If she did something wrong that is on her not on you. This is not likely to kill the patient. Worst case scenario? The patient may or may not get a uti. I would not lose any more sleep over it. It is pretty hard to stay completely sterile while putting in a cath but we do try on my floor to do it that way. But if you are new, you should keep your head down and try not to make waves. Was what she did right? Nope! Should you take it upon yourself to but in? Nope! Stay out of it and keep your mouth shut.
stay out of it???
sure why not.
we nurses needn't be accountable to anyone but ourselves, right?
let's look the other way, even if the pt becomes septic because we chose not to advocate for them.
grntea is 100% right.
in the hospital setting, sterile technique IS the standard of care, for the very reasons she cited.
it would be totally the nurse (who chose to remain silent) fault if pt became infected.
op, yes, you are in a tough, tough situation and it would eat at me too.
in the home setting, the same rules do not apply...
but in an acute setting such as the hospital, sterile technique should always (always, always!!) be done.
i suppose you could have asked this nurse (privately), why she chose not to use sterile gloves, and share your discomfort?
i really do sympathize with you, and i hope you always aspire to the highest standards of nursing care as long as you're a nurse.
you need to follow your heart and act accordingly.
nosocomial infections are disgustingly high, partly because of apathy and shabby habits.
and who pays for all this?
our pts of course, but in the larger picture, we all pay.
"stay out of it", imo, is dangerous and irresponsible...
and is a big problem in u.s. society in general.
so many people would be much better off, if bystanders were moved to respond proactively instead of indifferently.
God bless you, op...
and stay on the high road.