Nursing student mistake - page 3

by jersey244

I would like some feedback. I am in clinical and I did a procedure that I thought i was allowed but it ended up that I wasn't. I am a first year student studying to be an lpn in Canada and I was wondering would it effect my... Read More


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    As a student RN and an STNA I would have to say I have never seen LPN's even touch an IV. Please correct me if I'm wrong but student LPN's aren't taught this skill unless they are becoming certified (it's optional and not a part of the LPN curriculum). So, as a student LPN the IV shouldn't be touched? I agree with everything asianmom78 commented about; I'm hoping this is all resolved. Personally, I would go into the meeting and ask exactly what you did wrong and why. If this is in fact your first time, inform your instructors/nurse that it will not happen again. Gain back their trust by putting in some extra lab time and when you're at clinicals volunteer to do whatever you can (show how much you want this). I'm also currently volunteering at my local free clinic. My instructors love to see students that really work hard. Good luck and don't give up! My one instructor blew up her science lab in high school, a few of them have showered themselves with saline solution from IV bags, and one of them even shared her story of when the Dr's prescription order was incorrect but because her preceptor reassured her that it was in fact the right dose (because that Dr was the best) she over dosed a child with morphine. She was only lucky that there is another medication that reverses the effects of morphine and the child was ok, but she called every hour through out the night making sure that child was stable. They have made mistakes but they have become an even better nurse because of those mistakes. You're only human but never forget how important your job is. You are liable for all of your actions as a nurse; there is no such thing as being overly cautious.
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    LPN/LVNs can touch IVs....Just depends on where u are an what the policy is at the facility....I start, run, dc them all the time....best wishes hun....this too shall pass!
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    Come on guys, lets be a bit more supportive. Yes the OP did a mistake, I am sure we have all made mistakes both as students and as nurses. We learn from them. There has been some good advice in this thread
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    Karla must be in the US.My PN program covered IV therapy as it is within our scope of practice.
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    It was a one time mistake. You know what you did wrong. Take some remedial action on your own part and move on. The patient was not harmed. Your educators may want to question you on your learned experience but more than that would be derogatory. Please be more careful and move on.
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    Don't ya love it when Americans wade in and tell us how they know what LPNs can and can not do!
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    I, personally, think that many forget here that this is the LARGEST Nursing Community and we have nurses here from all over the world. I think we all forget to say what country we are posting from, if different from the US, or remember to ask the poster where are they....as in country. (AN is based in the US) All forums show up on the What's new, Daily linked/liked areas and many don't look/see what forum they are in or can't see as trhey are on their phones.

    I usually pick up on certain speech patterns for Ireland, England, and Australia .....there are common phrases or use of certain words that tip me off Like the "ward" or "Brilliant".

    While some of practice is very similar....some of it is vastly different. I think first and foremost we need to be respectful of each other and remember that each of us have different Practice acts that govern our practice.

    I think we need to remember that in the US.....the LPN/LVN practice has become extremely limited in all of the US States (for various reasons) and in the US every state has it's own Nurse Practice Act and then that practice is governed by individual facilities. Very confusing......The down side of non-centralized medicine.

    In the US we need to remember that there are other posters that are not from our country or work in the same facility that we work.

    We "can agree to disagree without being disagreeable". President Gerald Ford.
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    Just wanted to give you some support and good luck at your meeting. I am an RN in America and I made the same mistake in clinical when I was in nursing school. I was helping my patient to take a shower and didn't think it was a big deal to pause the IV for a few minutes while the pt showered. What I didn't realize was that the line would clot off because it hadn't been flushed with saline, and the IV needed to be pulled after that. Not a big deal in the long run since the pt was due to be discharged home, but it had potential to be serious. It's a learning experience and you should learn from it and be prepared to explain to your clinical instructors how something like this won't happen again.
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    Forgive me, but I'm not American. And what does it matter? This is a forum for nurses. My first sentences were part in part questioning. The laws and policies that apply where I am at may not be the same in Canada but I was simply wondering if what I had stated might be the reason for why the nurse/instructor was so upset? I just don't understand why they would be this severely upset with the OP enough to make her redo clinicals? If as an LPN she's allowed to touch IV's and whatnot then what was the problem with her doing what she did? Did I maybe miss a comment somewhere where the situation was further explained?

    Thanks.
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    yes this is a site for nurses however LPN in one country will probably have a different scope to another country never mind one province/state to another. I think because this post is in the Canadian forum members who are not Canadian should be aware that things will be different and to discuss these differences appropriately instead of confusing it with their state/country
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