Confession

  1. I'm a jerk and I solemnly promise to try not to be a jerk in the future.

    Today during clinicals I thought I'd take some initiative by removing a cleaned and dried newborn from the radiant warmer, dressing it, wrapping it and giving it to mom (with my instructor present). Well, the RN I was working with was a little irritated since she'd wanted to come in and take another set of vitals first. But she blamed it on my instructor who is known for being wonderful but a little dotty. Instead of saying, "Actually, it was my idea and I should have asked first and I'm sorry I didn't. She probably just assumed I'd cleared it with you," I just smiled and shrugged.

    Folks, don't let anyone take the blame for something you did, no matter how minor/small. It's not worth the guilt!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   moongirl
    Vitals can be taken on a dressed baby, i have never seen a naked newborn vitals requirement.....
  4. by   locolorenzo22
    Wow, good thing us adults don't have to get naked for vital assessment! Not a major deal, but a good lesson over something minor. Don't let it happen with a major issue, but let it go...you still have to go through the rest of the semester.
  5. by   Clarise
    Quote from moongirl
    Vitals can be taken on a dressed baby, i have never seen a naked newborn vitals requirement.....
    Take vitals before giving a newborn a bath to establish a baseline. Give the baby the bath. Take another set of vitals BEFORE dressing the baby to ensure s/he has recovered to a normal temperature. Don't dress baby till baby is warm again. Babies get warmer with their skin exposed under the warming lights or skin to skin contact with mom/dad's chest.
  6. by   ldh
    Quote from firstyearstudent
    But she blamed it on my instructor who is known for being wonderful but a little dotty.
    Sorry, what does "dotty" mean? Sounds like a cute expression, like "dodgy" (British?).
  7. by   GeminiTwinRN
    Quote from ldh
    Sorry, what does "dotty" mean? Sounds like a cute expression, like "dodgy" (British?).

    yes, sort of like absent-minded but loveable...flighty is another one.
  8. by   CHATSDALE
    as in 'DOTTY DALE' ?
  9. by   Just Jojo
    "firstyearstudent," I loved your post!
    Nursing school is a place to learn so much more than just nursing, isn't it?
    You most obviously learned "the lesson," so close that door right now and keep moving forward....

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