My CI was all over my case and I dont feel I did anything worng and sure would like some opinions.
I went in to pts room to hang a IV abx with instructor. The pt was elderly, a bit confused and I told her I was going to hang her Levaquin. She said" Didn't I already have that today" I was just coming on shift, so I referred to the MAr, and said no, that was your Vancomycin." she says "Oh" so I go to setting up the pump with a bit of cueing cuz this is only like the 3rd time I have used this type of pump- different from other hospital I was previoulsy at- and while I am doing it, the pt asks, "well what was that little pill I had this morning", and I glance down again at the MAR- still priming, spiking etc, explain the med. WHen I am all done I leave the room and get lashed by the instructor telling me that I should have told her to wait and ask her questions when I am done setting things up and that " I converse alot when I should be concentrating" OHHHHKAAAY. if a pt is questioning you what your are sticking in their vein do you politely tell them to shut up and keep doing what YOU want to get done or do you answer them so that they feel better about WHAT you are doing? I dont think I was wrong.. was I??
She has made me feel terrible about myself. It wasnt like I was asking the pt what she watched on TV last night, or if her son came in to visit, or that I was making idle chit chat, I was responding to her questions...
sometimes I feel like I cant win.
I dont know whether to stand up for myself or bawl
Oct 24, '06
You stand up for yourself. You might go to the instructor and clarify "I'm a bit confused, a patient asks me a question during a procedure, how should I respond. Evidentally answering the question is incorrect."
I've had a couple of "near misses" when patients have said "didn't I get that already...........".
Unfortunately nursing school can be like a game, you're not the coach and you have to play by their rules.
Last edit by Tweety on Oct 24, '06