Quote from northmississippi
... Also, someone told me to never do vitals out in the hallway where everyone can see due to privacy. It would be easy to get tricked into or pressured into doing stuff like that.
What are some other things that one may find minor or even tricked into that you can get in trouble for?
Thanks to anyone who post!
A few months ago, I had a patient who was a regular and a favorite, a chronic CHF-er, who stood by me in the hallway anytime I sat down to chart. He was mentally challenged and loved by the entire staff, and this particular evening, he was so upset and agitated because he wanted to go home and sleep in his own bed... He said he was afraid he was going to die there in the hospital. He didn't want to go back into his room and so I took his BP, etc., right there in the hall, while I was talking to him and trying to calm him down. I'd been a nurse less than a year and I never dreamed it was something I could get in trouble over. I'm so glad, though, that I didn't contribute to his distress. He died early the next morning.
That said, I've seen folks fired over seemingly silly, minor things and then others not get fired over things that seemed huge to me (screaming profanity at the nurse's station, receiving multiple patient complaints, fist-fighting in a patients' room
...) I think it has a lot to do with hospital politics.