How to protect self from needles? - page 2

Sticking self with a needle can be a scary thing. What do you do to protect yourself from this happening? Please share any tips, experiences, etc with our new nurses. Click Like if you... Read More

  1. Visit  CountyRat profile page
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    First of all, no, you did not commit a medication error, you suffered a worksite injury. Second, what happened is not a measure of your decency as a human being or you skill as a nurse. You had an accident. It happens. The work that we do brings us in close contact with sick people and requires that we handle sharp objects. That is a dangerous mix, but it cannot be avoided; it is one of the occupational hazards that we have to face, and usually face very skillfully. But we are people, not angels, and people are not perfect, so we have accidents sometimes.

    If my tone sounds angry, I apologize. No, on second thought, I do not apologize for being angry. I am not angry at you, I am angry at your supervisor. It is so maddeningly typical of nurses to see a colleague who is hurting and scared, and respond by blaming HER for not being a good enough nurse! We do not treat our patients so cruelly; why are we often so cruel to each other?
    Last edit by CountyRat on May 1, '13 : Reason: Paragraph spacing
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  3. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    nice topic. just try to be more careful and alert all the time
  4. Visit  clmafm05 profile page
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    Sometimes nurses forget what they were thought in school about compassion, empathy, sympathy, and most of all, stand up for our own kind. They have been nurses for too long building up a hardness and lack of caring. Sometimes they need to be reminded of why they became nurses in the first place! I did the same thing in a similar situation. I am a LPN in a nursing home where we have to participate every week in the lab to help draw blood. A patient moved while in the middle of lab draw and wound up sticking myself. Same thing.....followed protocol and got lectured on how stupid I was sticking myself, I stopped the RN charge and reminded her that even though she was my superior continuing to talk to me in that manor was hazardous to her health! Also reminded her that she needed to recall a memory of when she were anew, the stupid yet careless things that she did in periods of her career. That stopped her dead in her tracks and made her think! A year later, she and I are greatest of friends!

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  5. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    Quote from clmafm05
    Sometimes nurses forget what they were thought in school about compassion, empathy, sympathy, and most of all, stand up for our own kind. They have been nurses for too long building up a hardness and lack of caring. Sometimes they need to be reminded of why they became nurses in the first place! I did the same thing in a similar situation. I am a LPN in a nursing home where we have to participate every week in the lab to help draw blood. A patient moved while in the middle of lab draw and wound up sticking myself. Same thing.....followed protocol and got lectured on how stupid I was sticking myself, I stopped the RN charge and reminded her that even though she was my superior continuing to talk to me in that manor was hazardous to her health! Also reminded her that she needed to recall a memory of when she were anew, the stupid yet careless things that she did in periods of her career. That stopped her dead in her tracks and made her think! A year later, she and I are greatest of friends!

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    that just means that you both listened to each other that time. thats so nice knowing you became friends
  6. Visit  ambie7944 profile page
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    I am absolutely uplifted and encouraged by reading these positive responses by seasoned, intelligent, helpful nurses! I totally agree with their responses.... Accidents happen! Learn and move on!
  7. Visit  hbrn1987 profile page
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    a needlestick isn't a medication error. Its not as though you gave the medication after you stuck yourself...that's a)an error and b) an assault on the patient using your blood as the weapon. You should actually report her for harassing you about following procedure. You have rights, and by trying to blame you for the stick, she was trying to deny you your rights. Protect yourself, know your rights as an employee Ps...we all stick ourselves at some point, its inevitable, just be thankful that the patient was clean .
  8. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    the use of safety needles (w/caps) must be implemented and if not, nurses can request for it..

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