Your worst mistake - page 21

Here's mine: I was working a night shift, which to this day I truly detest. When I got report, I found I had a patient in acute alcohol withdrawal (which in and of itself makes me furious,... Read More

  1. by   hotmaleRN2b
    Quote from Kalico
    I wonder if you are a student or are actually out there practicing. If you are a student you need to be careful because everyone makes mistakes at some point in time. You are not immune. If you never make a med error in your life, then reviewers may wonder about it because at some point in time you will be struck with the "error disease" that strikes every human at some point in time. That does not mean that we shouldn't be careful but mistakes will happen.

    Again, id like to emphasize the check and recheck and triple check... that way our chance of commiting a mistake will be put in mitigation...
  2. by   sjrn85
    FYI for the poster who couldn't think of a blue IV med: methylene blue is given IV (for methemoglobinemia).
  3. by   sjrn85
    Quote from hotmaleRN2b
    Again, id like to emphasize the check and recheck and triple check... that way our chance of commiting a mistake will be put in mitigation...
    And I will emphasize again that we are all human, and at some point, even the most consciencious nurse will make a mistake. It's really inappropriate to sit in judgement of someone when you have not actually been in the position of practicing as a licensed nurse.

    The textbook/ideal world you hear about in school and the one you actually practice in are two different settings.
  4. by   sjrn85
    I remember a nursing instructor I had who once said that any nurse who has been practicing for several years and says she's never made a med error is lying.
    Last edit by sjrn85 on Dec 10, '05
  5. by   Kalico
    Quote from hotmaleRN2b
    Again, id like to emphasize the check and recheck and triple check... that way our chance of commiting a mistake will be put in mitigation...
    Are you practicing as a nurse or are you a student?
  6. by   Kalico
    Quote from sjrn85
    I remember a nursing instructor I had who once siad that any nurse who has been practicing for several years and says she's never made a med error is lying.
    My instructors have said that if you never have a med error you are falsifing (sp?) information on a chart. I have to agree...we are not robots who can do everything absolutely perfect. The only time I believe a true mistake has been made is when someone doesn't learn from their mistakes and the mistakes made by others.
  7. by   Bipley
    Quote from hotmaleRN2b
    Nobody's perfect! or so they say... But i honestly believe that in our profession, in which evry action we take has bearing on the safety of life of another individual - THERE SHOULD BE NO ROOM FOR ERROR ... That is why it is important to check and recheck... I really hope you learned from it, and i hope that next time, you will learn without putting the client's safety at risk..
    LOL... oh boy are you a newbie! Darl'en, you have a lot of learning to do regarding human nature. Humans are not perfect beings and the first time you make a mistake, AND YOU WILL, I hope you give up the crappy attitude and learn to take care of the mistake. THAT is the key.

    Like it or not, we ALL make errors and that includes you. That's reality, that is how life is. Some make mistakes all the time and those are the folks that need to find a new profession. But everyone (again, including YOU) makes mistakes.

    However, when you find that ideal world where everyone is perfect and nobody makes mistakes, be sure to let us know, k? In the meantime...
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  8. by   Bipley
    Quote from Kalico
    Are you practicing as a nurse or are you a student?
    Isn't it obvious??

    Sorry... back to our regularly scheduled program...
  9. by   yankeesrule
    Well I have a few some not as a nurse

    I just started working with wheelchairs transferring a lady to chair via stand pivot (she had no ability to stand/catch herself) Iplaced her in her chair forgot to lock her brakes, go behind her to pull her up so falls forward on the floor breaking her nose. I felt to bad. That was 10yrs ago.

    Another patient I transferred from bed to wheelchair. Somehow her arm got tangled with my clothes (we dont wear uniforms) and placing her in her wheelchair I broke her elbow. That was last Easter. since then PT changed her orders to a boom lift.

    BUT MY WORST: I work in a group home for disabled. There is the RN assigned to 5 homes. I am one of 3 (i think) LPN stationed in a group home. Basically I am her eyes and ears, she cant be everywhere. So one lady entered the hospital and we got a respite at the same time. I put the lady in the hospital medication in another locked drawer that only the house supervisor had keys to to make room for the respite 19meds. Now during the last couple years the supervisor we go in the med cabinet from time to time and any expired meds would dump them in the supervisor drawer to get rid of them (bottle and all) I had known they were in there but never really thought about it as my supervisor is a grade 14 im a 10. Well our new team leader finds out about these meds, huge investigation occurs I get dragged in. Im thinking im so screwed. This occured when a new house manager took over. I get brought up on charges of improper storage of medication. I explain that no we dont keep meds, but the patient in the hospital ect.. and I kept her meds incase she return home on a sunday. THese pills everyone of the 13 staff in the house Knew they were there. I get a formal couseling out of it. The supervior told staff to lie and say they had no knowledge of the pills. (2 staff very close friends of mine told me they were told to lie) Not sure how close they are as they did lie. I brought this up nothing happened to anyone but myself. I was looking at a huge fine but got a formal counciling in my record for 2yrs. It was a lesson learned ont trust noone. But also if i had knowledge i should of done something and didnt. It was the hardest 3 months of my nursing career. And no Im still not over it as the judgement came down in September.
    "In group homes nurses have been notoriously known for stock piling meds incase someone runs out, you just got caught." .. words from the supervisor who turned it in.. NICE!!
    *** I trust no one now!***
  10. by   Annabelle57
    Quote from hotmalern2b
    nobody's perfect! or so they say... but i honestly believe that in our profession, in which evry action we take has bearing on the safety of life of another individual - there should be no room for error ... that is why it is important to check and recheck... i really hope you learned from it, and i hope that next time, you will learn without putting the client's safety at risk..
    [font=lucida sans unicode]wow. good luck with that "no room for error" thing when you're an rn. chastising others for events that they are probably having a hard time forgiving themselves for shows a lack of compassion and grace, imho, and those are two essential qualities to be a nurse. don't be the one to throw the first stone.
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    [font=lucida sans unicode]back in my singing days, my wise vocal instructor always told me that it was never a question of "if" i would make a mistake in performance, it was "when"... and how i recovered from it. while i realize that singing an aria and caring for a critically ill patient are two vastly different worlds - no one's life ever depended on whether i hit that high c or not, though at the time, i thought mine did - i believe the principle to be the same: it is naivete (and lack of preparedness) to believe you will never, ever make a mistake, but it is wisdom to know that you will have a mistake sometime, even while taking every possible precaution, and to recover well from it (not cover it up, but own up to it and immediately work to rectify the situation).
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  11. by   Kalico
    Quote from annabelle57
    [font=lucida sans unicode]wow. good luck with that "no room for error" thing when you're an rn. chastising others for events that they are probably having a hard time forgiving themselves for shows a lack of compassion and grace, imho, and those are two essential qualities to be a nurse. don't be the one to throw the first stone.

    [font=lucida sans unicode]back in my singing days, my wise vocal instructor always told me that it was never a question of "if" i would make a mistake in performance, it was "when"... and how i recovered from it. while i realize that singing an aria and caring for a critically ill patient are two vastly different worlds - no one's life ever depended on whether i hit that high c or not, though at the time, i thought mine did - i believe the principle to be the same: it is naivete (and lack of preparedness) to believe you will never, ever make a mistake, but it is wisdom to know that you will have a mistake sometime, even while taking every possible precaution, and to recover well from it (not cover it up, but own up to it and immediately work to rectify the situation).
    well said!!!
  12. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    Quote from annabelle57
    [font=lucida sans unicode]wow. good luck with that "no room for error" thing when you're an rn. chastising others for events that they are probably having a hard time forgiving themselves for shows a lack of compassion and grace, imho, and those are two essential qualities to be a nurse. don't be the one to throw the first stone.

    [font=lucida sans unicode]back in my singing days, my wise vocal instructor always told me that it was never a question of "if" i would make a mistake in performance, it was "when"... and how i recovered from it. while i realize that singing an aria and caring for a critically ill patient are two vastly different worlds - no one's life ever depended on whether i hit that high c or not, though at the time, i thought mine did - i believe the principle to be the same: it is naivete (and lack of preparedness) to believe you will never, ever make a mistake, but it is wisdom to know that you will have a mistake sometime, even while taking every possible precaution, and to recover well from it (not cover it up, but own up to it and immediately work to rectify the situation).
    very well said... although we are talking to someone named "hot male," he may have confused this with an online dating service
  13. by   Bipley
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    Very well said... although we are talking to someone named "hot male," he may have confused this with an online dating service
    A bit of an attitude issue, don't you think?

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