RN job without direct patient care

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    Hi,
    I'm a nurse with one year of long term experience .I like nursing (sometimes) but I don't want to continue nursing because I'm afraid that I will make a mistake.I once made a med error and ever since then I don't want to continue nursing because I feel that I would make mistake and hurt someone or lose my license. So, I just want to know want to what kind of job are out there for a nurse with little to no experience.I love to do the management side of nursing but I think those types of jobs need experience. Please help.
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    Everyone makes mistakes. if you meet a nurse that c,iams to have never made a med error they are not being truthful.it's a good thing that you are concerned about making an error, this will keep you on your toes.Please do not feel that making one mistake means you shouldn't continue nursing.If you be vigilant and floow the medications rights you should be as safe as anyone else.
    Last edit by loriangel14 on Jan 25
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    But its hard when you are always worrying about it and being doubtful of your ability as a nurse.That's why I want to try something office based but I'm not intending to quit floor nursing.Even though I'm scared, I still want to continue as a pool nurse.
    ChrisRN75495 likes this.
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    Your're only a year into being a nurse. I think your feelings are normal. Give yourself a chance.
    LadyFree28, Retired APRN, jjo9el, and 5 others like this.
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    Making mistakes makes us double, and triple check in the future, hoping to mitigate a repeat.
    Use that mistake as leverage to not get comfortable, not as an excuse to give up.

    BUT in the event you want to go into management or away from the bedside, you can go into staffing or become an RNAC at an LTC facility. HTH
    jjo9el, ChrisRN75495, and loriangel14 like this.
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    Worrying about making a mistake kept me from nursing for years. Finally I realized I was better than a lot of nurses I saw! I think it says a lot for your character that you are concerned about doing good (remember a core nursing value is benificence!). I do believe people like us must develop a thick skin, however. There are going to be nurses who encourage others (like I do and probably you as well) and there are going to be those who come in, punch the clock, go through the motions, clock out and go home. In between maybe they'll give someone something to "think about" (this is not a kind thing, by the way). I suspect nursing is like anything--there are good ones and not so good ones, and if we can make a difference in someone's day (nurse or patient, either or both), then I think we have something important to give. With that in mind, it would be a shame if you didn't continue with patient care. In the end, though, you must make your decision. Remember, you can always change your mind, no matter what you decide today. Hugz.....
    jjo9el likes this.
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    Most of the non-patient care specialties require more than a year of experience.

    Everyone makes medication errors. We are all human, and there are no perfect humans. What matters is that you learn from it, carry on and don't make the same mistake again. It also matters that you are able to recognize when you've made a mistake, self-report and then set about to mitigate the potential harm to the patient. If you've done that, then you've done the right thing.
    LadyFree28, jjo9el, elkpark, and 1 other like this.
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    Thank you. Yes, I reported it. Right away when I realized I made a mistake. What happened was that I gave medication to the wrong person. The patient had no ID and I was fairly new at the time and confused that person with another. fortunately, the patient was safe.I learned from my mistake. I double, triple check even if I'm in a hurry.But still, I'm scared that I'm going to make a mistake.
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    it's OK to worry about making mistakes but it shouldn't stop you from being a nurse.
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    Quote from loriangel14
    it's OK to worry about making mistakes but it shouldn't stop you from being a nurse.
    This.

    I made an error where there had to be preventive meds given, and the patient was allergic of most of them...I felt like crap, and it affects me so deeply I almost wanted to give up nursing; It affected me because this error was something I could've prevented; If I ruled the world, I would've not made the error; but you know what? I know better now...I've had near misses and tried to prevent errors as much as I can, but they happen; I caught errors after doing what I was supposed to do; that can be frustrating to me, however, it keeps me cognizant and responsible; it doesn't FREEZE me or discourage me to be a better nurse.
    loriangel14 likes this.


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