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  • Feb 24

    Yeah we are supposed to live in a non-punitive world where mistakes are looked at as learning experiences and a root cause analysis maybe done to figure out how to avoid them in the future. However that is complete BS from what I've actually seen. You reported the friend of a higher up. Once you did that you painted a "kick me" sign on your back and the wheels of you getting fired probably started rolling. This was just the convenient excuse to pull the trigger. I am so sorry for all your troubles. Once again, I very much doubt the BON is gonna get involved in any serious way. If every nurse that ever made an innocent mistake was disciplined there would be few nurses left

  • Feb 23

    I just now read this entire threat and wow! Definitely praying for you and the girl and hugs for you. I'm SO glad you were there. It seems everyone else was just waiting for her "seizure" to be over. It's because of you she has a chance now.

    And she'll "think about it"??? What kind of counselor is that? I'd go ahead and inform all the teachers and the entire staff of what happened and that they all need to watch out for signs of problems like that. It should serve as a wake up call. You take care of you and you stand up for your girl because no one else will.

    Teachers need to learn, if the nurse is freaked out it's serious and if the nurse is calm it's not!

  • Feb 21

    You made a med error, not a chart falsification. Your intent is important.

    You did this by mistake, so it's an error. If you had gone back and altered the chart to cover up your mistake THAT would be falsification.

  • Feb 21

    I agree that it was harsh. Do you think this could be some kind of retaliation for reporting her best friend?

  • Feb 21

    It was 2 tylenol and one gabapentin. When I said I had issues with meds, I was referring to a previous job. This job I have never made ONE mistake. Not one. I am so sad and frustrated. Our ED was fired and one of the nurses became ED. Her best friend made a bunch of med errors and I had to report it. Today I get fired for meds. I mean make no mistake. I messed up. I should've double checked. But I felt like this was extremely harsh.

  • Feb 21

    Wow! That seems a little harsh to me over a medication error. You said you've only made one error besides this one. What medication was it? Usually things like this aren't reported to the BON unless like a previous poster said if there is a pattern of mistakes or narcotics were involved and unable to prove that they weren't being diverted. Have you had any other issues with this job?

    I've had two medication errors myself, one for not transcribing an order correctly and another signing off that a medication (a cream) wasn't available when it was actually hiding in the med room. Both times my employer just wrote up a medication error and provided me with nursing education.

    I'm so sorry you're going through this. I would just take it as a learning experience for now.

  • Feb 20

    Quote from Maddiegirl3
    If someone could answer the following questions and upload a picture of themselves it'd be a huge help!
    Oh geez! I forgot the picture!

    Attachment 26163

  • Feb 20

    Quote from Recovering_RN
    I would start by looking at the credentials of the guy that the SC BON recommended, so that your evaluator will be considered "just as good as" theirs. Also, maybe google some substance abuse treatment centers near you. You're going to have to do treatment, so try to locate the one you'll want to use, if you are given the choice. An outpatient treatment center would be ideal, so that inpatient isn't even on the table. Then look at their staff or services, they will have to have evaluation services, or an MD that diagnoses substance use disorder and refers patients to them. Or if not officially on their staff, they would be able to give you a list, if you contact them, of doctors (MD? Psychiatrist? Psychologist? Idk) who you could contact for your evaluation. I had never heard the term "IOP" before this all started, but you can google it and it will bring up pages of treatment centers.

    Once you locate a treatment center that offers IOP that you like the looks of online, you can just call them up, tell them you need to find an addictionologist to do your evaluation, and they will know exactly what you're asking. It's all new terminology to you, but this is what they do every day.
    This ^^^^

    Additionally, I would avoid like the plague, anything that claims to have a ‘professionals program.' You can bet that would be the treatment factory associated with the NC program. My personal feeling is when it comes to stuff like this be it substance abuse or mental health, there ain't nothing different about us nurses from anyone else that justifies spending a metric ton of money on some special program.

  • Feb 20

    Quote from Oldmahubbard
    Definitely refuse offers of any food. Eat before you come to work.

    In today's world, you may possibly, on rare occasion, accept a cold glass of water.
    For sure. I'm a nurse. We don't eat, drink, pee or sleep. ;-)

  • Feb 19

    Forming relationships with my patients, and being there for them during the best and worst times of their lives. I also love learning something new every day!

  • Feb 19


    Quote from Davey Do
    I love being a nurse, what the title stands for, what the work entails, and what satisfaction I get feeling like a contributing member of society.

    I am by no means, a religious person. However, the basic principles behind Christianity are worth following. Doing techy things like working in surgery, or administrative things like being a nursing supervisor were great and I feel blessed to have been able to work in those areas. But when I stoop down to help a geriatric psych patient put on their footies, I think of how Jesus washed the feet of his Disciples. Here this great man (or whatever else you may believe), humbled himself. He made himself equal to them by making himself less than them, but in reality, he was above them.

    That doesn't sound the way I wanted to convey about how I think and feel bout nursing, but maybe you can get the gist. We are servants to those with which we provide care, but we are esteemed professionals in a respected field. So, whether I was first scrub on a lumbar laminectomy with a second scrub, two surgeons, three back tables and a mayo stand, or wiping the butt of an incontinent geriatric psych patient, I was doing a job that I love: providing comfort and care to another human being

  • Feb 19

    I'm so very pissed off on behalf of the students and staff at your school.... I'm glad that you're taking care of yourself, at least. So sad that nobody else is looking out for the kids besides you.

  • Feb 18

    A night CNA at my workplace had a son in another town 2 hours away who was severely beaten and was airlifted to a trauma hospital about 50 miles away, and he said when he called in that night they gave him crap about not coming in.

    Is that beyond unbelievable, or what?

  • Feb 17

    Quote from Mavrick
    You are in an alert patient's room talking on the phone with a Dr. about another patient????
    Your poor judgement has many facets.

    As other have suggested, your definition of abuse is suspect. Crying over a piece of paper with definitions? If you want to make the NP's attempt to educate an act of abuse then you are making much ado about nothing.

    Stay home. You're not ready for nursing IRL.
    She probably answered the ringing phone in her pocket. What was she supposed to do hit the decline button? Tempting I know lol. Next time just remember to leave the room, not a big deal. Now the OP knows she was overreacting and should be able to handle these situations and recognize the NP handout was simply a teaching moment. Cut her some slack, you live and learn. It takes time, practice, experience, teamwork and a good mentor to grow as a nurse. We don't come out of the gate prepared for real-life nursing!

  • Feb 17

    I want to add, if one doc wants clarification from another doc about the treatment plan, they should really talk to each other. The nurse is not a go between.