Nurse suicide follows infant tragedy - page 10

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    Hey guys,
    I thought you all would appreciate having this article posted. Truly a twofold tragedy and a major blow for all parties involved.

    R.I.P. Kimberly Hiatt

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43529641...el=%27nofollow

    EDITED by traumarus: Will merge with existing thread.
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    The most tragic thing about this is that there was no support for her! The statement that the hospital has a "Just Culture" clause that does not seek punitive action for mistakes is bull****. ANY hospital would have made the same decision under these circumstances due to legal issues. I've seen it happen at more than one place of employment. The idea of a just culture makes sense, but it is hardly put into practice. Her family should be able to sue the hospital for not providing a counselor that would come to her house after such an incident and counsel her to make sure she could get through this alive. I've only been a nurse for 3 years and I haven't had any big mistakes like this, but there have been the near misses. I know if something like this had happen to me I would be thinking of commiting suicide, mostly because it takes all the coping mechanisms I have to get through work as it is. This is shamful and nurses across the nation should be OUTRAGED at such negligence on her employer's part!!!!!!
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    From post by DoGoodThenGo:

    Everyone is demanding perfection in nurses when it comes to meds, but few are thinking about any sort of support or systems to allow a nurse whom has made a "honest" mistake to come forward without fear of punishment. We all learn as children that often owning up to something we have done that was bad can have consequences. Happily (and hopefully) many of us grew up in families where admitting an error did not automatically mean a trip to the wood-shed.[/quote]..........................I'd like to see a support system set up; you know there are honest mistakes out there and nobody is perfect. This example is an extremely tragic outcome of the problem that is alot more common than we'd like to admit............................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ..
    Last edit by No Stars In My Eyes on Jun 28, '11
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    Quote from babyRN.
    continued: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm..._nurse21m.html

    How horrible for everyone in the situation...she had worked at Seattle Children's for 27 years, the article states.
    UPDATE..................

    Do you think she shows enough remorse now?????

    There’s some question about whether other factors contributed to Hiatt's firing. Hospital officials said that Hiatt should have recognized that the dose was far too large for such a small child, and that Hiatt violated other dosing protocols. Investigation records show that officials worried that Hiatt didn't fully recognize her role in the error.
    "Kim has not shown an understanding of how her deviation from policy in medication administration was in any way responsible for this error," wrote ICU Director Cathie Rea. "Her attention to detail and her precision is not what I would expect it to be at this point in her career."

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43529641...h-health_care/
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    very sad story
    Last edit by skwi on Jul 5, '11
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    Accidents happen in any field of work. The difference was that this accident caused a death but you also have to keep in mind that medical staff is made out of people and people make mistakes the best thing is to try to avoid making them. But suicide is not the answer.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Jan 19, '12 : Reason: unapproved links
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    That's horrible my prayers are with both families and co-workers of Hiatt
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    Wow, it shows how big small mistakes can be... As many have said, this could definitely happen to any of us, even me.
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