I can't believe that I made such a stupid mistake and am kicking myself!!! - page 2

by RN Chaos

I had to give a new IV to my patient, but I couldn't get it, so I left. However I forgot to get the touniquet out from patient's arm, and I found it out 1 hour and 30 minutes later... He was a confused patient, so he couldn't... Read More


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    I feel so bad for you, because we have all been there. Please don't let this discourage you. We truly have all made mistakes and you have learned from yours, that's what is important.

    I worked with a nurse who left a patient at the end of her day shift at 7pm on a bedpan. The next morning a little after 7 am, a CNA found the patient still on the bedpan. Let me tell you, that was a major incident. As I'm sure you know, she developed a terrible decubitus and the nightshift nurse was fired for not assessing this little elderly lady enough to know that she was on the bedpan her entire shift. Everyone was so critical of this nurse, but I knew that even though she made a huge mistake, she was actually not a bad nurse, she was just overworked and overstressed.
    Orca, Gator Girl 2000, sherdk, and 1 other like this.
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    Please dont beat yourself up. That is honestly is a common mistake. Others would not have documented, filed an incident report and notified the resident of their mistake. So kudos to you. That is exactly why you need to continue being a clinical nurse. You did everything appropriately when you caught the mistake. We are not gonna be perfect by any stretch of the imagination. The most important thing is learning from our mistakes. You will look back at this one day and chuckle. I'm just glad to hear that everything was okay. Keep being thorough like that. You will go far
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    bottom line is the patient is FINE so chalk this up to something you will never do again! I made a med error while discharing a pt in LTC my first 6 months as a nurse. Having 30 plus patients, an admission, and a discharge I was way over stretched. Thankfully the pt was fine but he did have to go to the ER to be checked out afterwards. My DON brought me in, told me my mistake, and let me cry and feel awful and then told me now is your time to get it together either you learn from this or you sink. I learned from it, made my own organized system to keep me on track which I still use even though I work in a clinic now. I have never made an error med since that incident almost 3 years later. Its good that you are feeling sorry, it means you care and are a good nurse! But DONT let this ruin your confidence. This incident will make you double check everything from now on which will prevent you from making actual major mistakes.
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    oh and you know what? You didnt try to hide it, you had a resident check him over and were owning up to what you did even if it meant resulting in a write up because you cared more about the patient then about yourself in the situation. Thats a pretty damn good quality in a nurse if you ask me.
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    You'll never do that again...we all make mistakes, and no one was harmed.
    TJ'sMOM, annlewis, and sherdk like this.
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    We have blue tourniquets...ive never even seen a white one!! Don't beat yourself up!! Now you will make it part of your post IV routine...to make sure its off!

    melinda
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    Hi RN Chaos You are the kind of nurse that we need !!!! caring and conscientious--just learn from this experience. There will be many more such experiences during your nursing career-- just learn and dont beat yourself up over these incidents that do occur in nursing practice. I have been an RN for 48 years and even now occassionally have similiar experiences-- usually caused by distractions!!!
    Chin up-- you will be great!!!!!!
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    Every last one of us has made a mistake and been extremely upset by it. You did everything else by the book, you had a doctor look at the patient, you filed an incident report. The fact that you feel bad shows your true potential of being a good nurse, not that you made a mistake. I bet you won't forget the tourniquet again! We are human, and have stressful busy jobs. Try not to be so hard on yourself, and good luck.
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    I like the comments about the nurses system of checks she uses, its always good to have a routine and never deviate from it... also th comment about you being a good nurse by owning your actions and filing a quality improvement report. I also like that you said that you know that this wont be your last mistake because you work in the acute care setting..you are correct... i think anyone can think of some hypothetical scenarios where you or anyone could make this mistake again...maybe you can solve the protocol puzzle...how do we not do this again? then you would really be doing your job...
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    Sometimes I'm told at work I overreact or get to emotional with a death, hospitalization, or fall.. I tell them that the day I stop feeling an emotion for even the smallest thing that's when I will stop being a good nurse. I love how you called your colleague to see how he was doing, I do that all the time lol.. Sometimes I don't get a response but it still shows I care. Mistakes suck And are sad and stressful; but a positive outcome results- you will remember and not let it happen again
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