I just wanted to get some feedback regarding clinical mistakes. I had a patient who was on a heparin drip. Let me preface this story by telling you that I did NOT hang the heparin the RN did and up when I came on duty. I did check the bag to make sure it was indeed heparin at the ordered concentration. My pt had a double pump with NS running at 100 ml/hr and heparin 13 ml/hr. I did not follow my lines to the pump and pt to ensure the pt was getting the recommended dosage. The lines had been crossed and the pt got a large heparin bolus. No harm came to the patient but I feel horrible that I did not check the lines as the RN had hung the bag. I overlooked the need for MY own assessment of the PT IV lines.
After this incident I was in the breakroom upset and trying not to cry when a classmate said in front of several other classmates "I'm glad you finally made a mistake, you're always so perfect." I was already very upset and this comment simply pushed my over the edge. I left the room quickly before everyone saw me cry. my classmate said ha ha only joking, but I feel that they really meant it. My instructor and the pt's RN talked to me and made me feel a little bit better and told me to use this incident as a learning experience, and this definitely ensured that I wll be the IV line nazi from now on. But I can't get my classmate's comments out of my head. Any suggestions as to how I should deal with this? Any input would be great.
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.
Dec 1, '06
you need to recognize what this student's comment is for what it is--nasty. she's also insensitive and a jerk. she's jealous of you, plain and simple. in her ignorant way, she' actually complimented you. you should be grinning from ear to ear!
Last edit by Daytonite on Dec 1, '06