I am currently working in an ICU. I have had enough!!
I left work this morning practically in tears
I cannot believe the way they have been treating me.
Last week, I made my first boo boo. I have been in nursing for two years and 1 year in the ICU. Anyways, I get a fresh post-op who had a very long back surgery. Her dressing went from about T3-lumbar region, her dressing covered her whole back. As soon as she came to me, on a PCA pump, she was complaining of pain so I encouraged her to use the PCA. When I turned her to look at the dressing, she screamed out in pain but I was able to take a good look at the dressing noting that it was dry and intact. I never rolled her to the other side since I was able to look at that one side and see the whole dressing.
Anyways, I never got in report or did I ever see a hemovac. I did what I was suppose to do but somehow missed it. Apparantly what happened is that the dressing was so long that the tube for the drain went up the dressing towards her nape and sat behind her shoulder area, she had long hair, where I could not see it. BOy, did the day nurse find it, though.
This is my first error and the charge nurses are treating me like I am incompetent not beleiving me when I tell them that I turned the pt to inspect the dressing. Last night when I worked, the charge nurse was on my back like a wolf. Not even believing me when I told her that I zeroed the bed for the new pt coming in. Questioning me because she didnt see a pillow on the bed. UNREAL!! She even went up to a co worker (thank god a friend) to question my work ethic and told her to keep an eye on me. They are making me feel incompetent which I know I am not. I have always been very careful but this was an unfortunate thing that was overlooked which they are blowing way out of proportion.
I have always liked Home Health and I think that this situation has helped me make my mind up that ICU nursing is not for me.
I have an interview tommorrow with an agency.
I just hope the hospital I work for wont bad mouth me!:angryfire
This situation is stressing me out so much that I cannot even sleep at night or eat.