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
"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