stupid errors with no known harm/want to quit

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    I have made some stupid errors from taking a shortcut in the past when I worked on med/surg a few years ago. I was not aware that it caused harm to patient but feel guilty about the what ifs....feel like I shouldn't be a nurse sometimes....so stressed
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    We all make mistakes. We are human and not perfect. The point is to learn from thos mistakes and move on.
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    Use the guilt as a reminder to not do it again. (take shortcuts that could lead to harm)

    I would add "no harm no foul", but have no idea the severity of the shortcut or what you preceive as "no known harm".
    Altra, GrnTea, and nrsang97 like this.
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    oh it was just a few times I didn't wipe iv hubs before hooking up fluids....now feel so guilty..most of the time I would never take a shortcut but have very few times
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    I don't know that I did cause harm but also on the other hand don't know that I didn't
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    Quote from luellamae
    oh it was just a few times I didn't wipe iv hubs before hooking up fluids....now feel so guilty..most of the time I would never take a shortcut but have very few times
    Unless you're shaving seconds that are going to be spent saving someones life, shortcuts are usually never a good thing.

    I would just assume the karma gods gave you a pass by having nothing bad come of it, and use the remorse as a reminder, but not dwell on it.
    MMaeLPN, Wild Irish LPN, and GrnTea like this.
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    "three hail marys and three our fathers (or if you're not a former parochial school girl, a penance of your choice). go thou forth and sin no more." that should cover it.

    seriously, if you are having intrusive thoughts that you can't stop about this and won't forgive yourself when nobody else is on you for something, you need some better help than we can give you here. is something else bothering you? is something else going on? ask someone-- your pcp, the hospital social worker, a spiritual advisor-- for a referral for some short-term counseling to help you get this monkey off your back.
    Last edit by GrnTea on Jul 19, '12 : Reason: better word choice
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    Your conscience is a more powerful force than the Board of Nursing.
    Listen to it.
    Carry alcohol swabs in your pocket at all times, forgive yourself for the past and perform nursing like you know you can.
    Wild Irish LPN, ElSea, and GrnTea like this.
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    Quote from luellamae
    I have made some stupid errors from taking a shortcut in the past when I worked on med/surg a few years ago. I was not aware that it caused harm to patient but feel guilty about the what ifs....feel like I shouldn't be a nurse sometimes....so stressed
    thank you all so much for your kind words and replies...the advise is well received
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    I think that it is important to learn from our mistakes, when they do happen. No one is perfect and there is always chance for a human error. I won't say to stop feeling bad, because I know that most nurses are perfectionists and often we are harder on ourselves than others would be. I hope you start feeling better soon!
    Wild Irish LPN likes this.


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