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    Quote from Apple-Core
    This same thing was standard in my previous workplace (not nursing), and I hated it too. I didn't mind if I was *requesting* personal time off, but there was one time I had to call off because of a serious family emergency (child rushed to ER, very serious situation, ended up in hospital for 10 days), and they expected me to call around finding a replacement. I was livid - I wanted (and needed) to be with my kiddo - not sitting in the waiting room trying to locate a replacement; at that moment in time, I didn't give a flying **** about work.
    And I hope you were with your child, not trying to find coverage.

    I've always wondered how a person who doesn't have all the phone numbers is supposed to call everyone.

    If my child were in the ER or otherwise seriously ill/admitted, I would not give a second thought to even trying to reach anyone else, even if the job gave me everybody's contact info.

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    Quote from brownbook
    I am not an ophthalmologist but even benign growths on the eye don't sound like something you want to delay for 6 weeks!

    The assistant director's attitude stinks.

    I'd tell your friend to get a note from the ophthalmologists that the surgery is very urgent and needs to be done next week. If the assistant director is still insisting she get her own coverage arrange for a meeting with her and have a lot of the staffs resignation letters ready to be submitted!
    You must live and work in Fantasy Land! LOL

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    Quote from Ruas61
    It is called bull **** when there is an urgent medical need. You have a stroke and need to dial up your replacement?
    benign growths vs. stroke

    not sure the growths constitute an urgent medical need

    do they, OP, or can Beth wait safely wait 6 weeks? If not, she should just schedule her surgery and the manager can hire a temp or otherwise cover Beth's shifts. Beth should be able to get FMLA, too, it sounds like, whether the manager likes it or not.

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    Quote from Workitinurfava
    You said you reported someone due to a med error and now someone has reported you for a med error. I feel that if this is the case, the DON may be buddies with the person you reported and she was forced to have to write her up, so now you are suffering due to it.
    DON wasn't forced. No one would ever know if she had not written up the reported incident.

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    Quote from QuietIsntAWord
    I honestly don't think you have anything to worry about. the BON have more worries than some missed Tylenol and Gabapentin. IMO theres no way they will even look at this as a serious report. I wouldn't. Find yourself a healthy environment to work in. When interviewed for possible positions remember you can ask questions too, its okay to be picky.
    Gabapentin is a serious medication. It is not OTC.

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    Crush and Here.I.Stand like this.

    Quote from LPNewbie
    Okay I will try to stop worrying. I know it's not healthy for me to continue to ruminate this situation. I guess it hurts because I did my absolute best. I picked up and stayed when no one else wanted to. I did so many things to help them up only for them to kick me to the curb for an honest mistake.
    NEVER volunteer. NEVER. NEVER. NEVER.

    NEVER volunteer.

    unless YOU WANT the OT.

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    Quote from LPNewbie
    I called NSO just to be safe. I'm so afraid that they are going to take my license. I don't think I'm a bad nurse. I just need a little more time than everyone else. I just need support. I'm surrounding myself with loved ones. Every message on here has brightened my soul. I'm taking bites here and there and napping until I can go back to sleeping for 8 hours and eating meals.

    I cannot believe I lost my job over OTC pills. I wish they would've given me another shot. I'm not undermining my error. Thank God the resident is okay. I'm so thankful. But I feel like this could've been handled differently.

    Now I'm worried about my bills. My home. My car. Finding a new job. Waiting 4 weeks for a paycheck. Meeting new people. I know that I am strong and can handle these things. It's just hard. Thank you for your support.
    Gabapentin is not OTC. Look it up. seizures, diabetic neuropathy

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    Crush likes this.

    Quote from LPNewbie
    I personally feel like it was. And quite honestly, I don't understand how leaving my meds in the cart was "proof" that I had messed up the med cart. What about all my initials on the blisters proving that I DIDN'T. I deserve a write up. Maybe a suspension. But definitely not a suspension. She missed meds as well and nothing was done.

    Regardless of all these things, I just care about my license. I really hope they don't make it about false documentation. I'm concerned because that is what the HWD said.
    What you deserved was a warning and a little talking-to.

    Your firing boss is evil. Be glad you're able to move on now to, hopefully, a better place. Although I do hope the gabapentin was given. It's painful when a dose of that is missed. move on now, get a new job before this place can spread the word about you.

    If you find meds left on the cart, throw them out, say nothing to anyone. This is not procedurally correct advice probably, just my off the cuff response. Handle it by policy manual.

    Before you turn your cart over to anyone, make sure you have no meds ungiven on it or in it. You've got to be on the Defensive.

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    Beth1978 likes this.

    Will classmates send get-well cards, etc?

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    Quote from audreysmagic
    We used to joke when I worked in a peds office that if a kid had crazy parents, we'd put a stamp of a peanut on the chart...and if they asked, it was "oh, it's because we just love your little peanut!" The code word isn't a bad idea, given your situation, though those who want it should probably have come up with it. I assume it's the ADHD/behavioral meds the teachers want checked on - just my department. Maybe Snickers? Hmm, little Johnny's really having a rough morning, maybe he needs a Snickers...LOL.
    Not all who pressure docs to look further are nuts. 2 docs and a very experienced NP missed my baby's appendicitis/peritonitis. It was discovered only with US. A flat plate missed it, VS were WNL and so I was irritating to them.

    Pediatrician was awfully sheepish afterwards. Good. Good reminder to her that she is fallible and I was not nuts.

    Not all who hover are "groundless", pun intended, LOL.

    Ever vigilant we must be. A 2nd look we must take. Pay attention to that "overly protective" person and don't get "know-it-all".

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    OldDude and MrNurse(x2) like this.

    The morals of our society have been worn down since about the 1960's, replaced with "tolerance" and political correctness in regard to anything and everything.

    Old-fashioned discipline, pride in and respect for family, self, community, and country, not to mention the positive role of religion, and self-control are merely words now.

    "rights" are in, along with having abortions or being single parents and exploring sexuality/gender. "Compassion" rules, not good sense. There is a time for just about everything, but we have gone off the deep end.

    Time to shut down the US Dept of Education. Local control of schools is necessary.

    News media need to stop splaying terrible incidents all over the TV, internet, etc., beyond a few stories reporting what happens. but keeping it up for days on end just encourages fear and copycats. Social media need to be greatly lessened.

    FBI apparent errors, failures by those to whom Cruz was reported helped this happen, it seems. Not being an insider, I don't really know the details.

    Where are his birth parents? What about this large estate Cruz is said to have?

    I hope we can remain calm and courteous and just have a civil exchange of ideas.


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    Quote from inthecosmos
    I would try and discuss this issue with the MOA. The error can detrimentally effect care.
    What would you say to the MOA?

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    A 2# differenece in 1 day doesn't seem like an error necessarily.

    Why not just reweigh her yourself? She's ambulatory, right?

    Use the same scale then a different scale.

    Why can an NP not delegate to an aide in your state?

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    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    I agree with Ruby. I am not seeing verbal abuse here.
    The NP might have been a little abrupt, but not enough to cause you to have to run away and cry.
    And with the MD if you don't know what to be looking for, ask.
    Docs are busy people and don't want to be called repeatedly about minor things.
    By the same token, the
    cardiologist could have clarified and taught, too.

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    Quote from kayleeschiff
    Call me a pansy, thin-skinned, not cut out for nursing, but hey I'm here, I'm me, and I'm staying as a nurse so just please help!

    I worked on a med-surg floor in a top hospital in Florida, Magnet hospital with residency training and all that.

    So, like every nurse, I made mistakes, a lot of them my first six months, but astonishingly I received the harshest criticism from actions I made that actually were not mistakes.

    For example... An IM doc called me to ask me to call Liver doctor to ask what is plan for patients worsening encephalopathy. I called Liver doc as that was who had last written note, not PA or NP. Anyway, she gives me the scoop and I call the IM Doc back. I thought everything was cool and it was over. Then, a NP from the Liver doc's team comes up to me in the hall later that day and gives me a PRINTED page from a book with the definitions and signs and symptoms of each stage of encephalopathy, and how the patient doesn't have encephalopathy. And do you know what makes me mad? My reaction. I take her piece of paper and say ok and walk away. Then I go and cry in the break room. I didn't tell her "hey why don't you give this to the IM doc who used that word?" or "Unbelievable you have time to go to your library of books and print out this article for me!". Why did I not do those things? Because we were in the middle of the hallway, I was busy (99% of the time we were understaffed, and call lights are always beeping). I did what was quickest. Later in the day I went to my clinician to tell her about it and she started an email to the department right away and said that it was NOT ok. I never found out if anything happened.

    Another example is when we had a cardiologist from a private group come see our patient who was unresponsive, i think on a vent (can't remember) and on telemetry. His note was so lousy. There was barely any patient information on it. So she ended up having some weird rhythms, and while he probably knew about it, I couldn't be sure. I have to cover my butt. So, I called him twice that day for two different rhythms. He ended up being really rude to me and telling me to calm down and I don't need to be calling him. Of course, he is telling me this while I'm in a patient room and I just say Ok, sure, Ok, because I don't want my other patient (A&OX4) to hear me in an argument on the phone. I wanted to say "your note has barely any information in it and we have no idea what you know about this patient". But I took it, and I still remember it.

    Has anyone gone through these things? Did you ever freeze, out of shock, or business, or inappropriate place/time for convo and not have said what you wanted? How do you get over it?

    I know one reason why I'm not over these things, even tho they happened over a year and a half ago, is because I'm not working now. I am staying at home with my infant and I often think about going back to work. I always question myself, "will I be strong enough, quick enough, and skilled enough that I can respond in a way that will defend myself and stay professional?" I have these questions because I haven't had the opportunity to test myself yet. So, in the meantime, here I am. Any words of advice or personal experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
    You should have told the first doctor to call the second doctor himself, that you would not have time or that you have learned the hard way that something always gets lost in translation. You are not the first doc's secretary are you?

    Ask the NP to send the same info to the first doctor, or you send it to him yourself.

    go back to work soon so you won't lose your nerve altogether.