I'm sitting here reading this post a couple of weeks after you wrote it
OP, and trying to think of something to say that is NOT condemning of
you, and without having read the other replies.
You KNOW that what you did was wrong. You know that blood sugar
checks are ordered for a reason, and since you didn't actually do the
blood sugar check... no one can know for sure if the client's sugar
was really actually a nice, safe 120.... or a dangerous 40, or 500.
Right? You know that what you did was wrong, I am sure.
*I* know, that you were in a hurry to get everything done. I
know that you very likely had too high of a patient load, too
much stuff to do...
Remember... nursing is a 24/7 job, no matter what anyone says.
If you are nearing the end of your shift and simply unable
to get everything done that NEEDS to be done... get done
everything that you can, then TELL the next shift coming on,
"Oh, I was not able to check Ms. Jones' blood sugar, is
there any way that you could do that please?". Especially
if you are working in one of those facilities that absolutely
If oncoming nurse says "sure"... you are covered. If they
say "I really can't do that, is there any way you can do it
really quick before you leave". Well... a few extra minutes
to do a blood sugar is better than getting fired for
I DO realize that tasks pile up so high sometimes in LTC,
that if you always followed my advice above... you might
be asking the oncoming nurse to do twenty things!
But... please don't falsify. If you aren't able to do it,
ask someone else to, if you possibly can.
Good luck to you.