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While the MD's behavior is not excusable.....she is right to be unhappy. You are not going to like what I have to say........ You were in the wrong here she at least deserved a call back.
A potassium of 2.8 is CRITICAL. These must be addressed immediately as the patient can exhibit arrhythmia muscle weakness, cramping, and paralysis.
Three hours to start the IV with an intervention is not acceptable. This lab value is not one that can wait. This is where you ask for help....go to your charge nurse a co-worker to help with the next task or start the line for you. Do you have a rapid response team? an IV team? Being a good nurse is also knowing when to ask for help and learning what to prioritize. Call the supervisor to ask her what other resource is available. I know I have started many IV's as a supervisor for situations just like this.
I know being a new grad is all about treading water and not drowning....((HUGS)). The first year (or so) is the hardest....but what new grads also need to remember are those "critical thinking" skills that were pounded into your head. If I do not so this right now can the patient die from this.....the answer is yes, so this becomes your priority.
Screaming at someone doesn't help them learn. Shame on her.
I am sorry you experienced this....we all make mistakes but what is important is that we learn from them. Know that the next time you will be better..
Sometime extra organization is helpful...here are some brain sheets to help you organize/prioritize.
1 patient float.doc
5 pt. shift.doc
day sheet 2 doc.doc