Quote from lindy777
the patient was off the floor for a couple of hours and when the patient came back i was busy and i just plain forgot. . .someone please help me get perspective and get back on track.
what you do is sit down and plan out how to prevent something like this from happening again. you already have the reason you made the mistake figured out: the patient was gone, you got busy doing something else and you forgot about it. now, what strategies can you take to prevent something like this from happening again?
i have to tell you that something like this happens frequently to all nurses. nothing ever goes as planned on a nursing unit. interruptions happen all the time to distract us from what we are doing. i learned early on that i needed to find a way to get back on course. when you are an employee, you don't just get a bunch of unsats--you get bad evaluations and possibly fired for forgetting to do enough important things. usually, you remember them as you're driving home!
what i did was learn to make my report sheet work for me. anything that i absolutely knew i needed to follow up on, like take another temp on someone, i put in red some where by the patient's name on my report sheet and then circled it about 10 times with the red ink so it stood out and i wouldn't miss it. i checked my report sheet often to see that i was getting things done or to refresh my memory.
another suggestion would be to make a list of things you need to do before you finish your time on the clinical floor. then, you just add "take patient x's temperature again" to the list. they're called to do lists:
- how to make a todo list