Quote from reprimanded
I can't believe how many nurses are not seeing the problem > medication error > patient safety. Instead, people are saying "lay low". Maybe that's how people were raised and taught, but I wasn't taught like that. You're right about the students watching me to make mistakes. They have been lately and unfortunately they can have a fun time following me around the clinical settings. If I don't know something, I ask. If I don't know how to do something, I ask for help. We are dealing with human lives not mannequins in SIMS lab. But I do thank you and others for giving me their. I realized that nurses are not patient advocates, but rather advocates for their own selfishness.
Pretty broad brush you are painting here...
If anything people are giving you pretty sage advice in dealing with the unfortunate, uncomfortable "gray" area of nursing.
I was a student like you, in the sense of "what is right" and "policy"; I had a (well documented) nursing instructor that was not so comfortable and lacking in competency in some areas; I had her in my first quarter of nursing school, and my LAST quarter
Because of what I thought was "right", the instructor prevented me in being a honors candidate; once other instructors had me, they understood my practice and commitment to competency and safe practice, but I had almost developed a not so great "reputation"...
I chose my battles and learned how to "do what's right" without the waves that came through that first quarter, and was able to make honors.
One of the things I learned from that experience and working in nursing for 8 years is that they are going to be people that lack competency, even as your superiors; and may witness and they may ask you to do things that are not adhering to policy or protocol; and there is a way to handle those issues in a tentative way; by adhering to policy; approaching with a "questioning" attitude, where it can be more of an assertive, yet approach to the other party where it doesn't come off as offensive to an aggressive person, as well as come prepared to any issue that arises if you do see an error, and respond.
Since we were not there; I don't know about tone, not know about the other party; however, unless you were in a position where you were in the role as a charge nurse in clinical, the best approach was for the instructor to catch it; the licensed nurse responsible for the patient also was available to intervene as well. As far as your FB post, that may be a violation of your schools policy; I understand your frustration; however, the best battle to choose was to come on AN, FIRST regardless of how we as posters differ on opinions; you don't want a "vent" (as it appear to several of the posters here) risk you leaving your nursing program and prevent you from becoming a nurse.