Hypothetical scenario: What if..? - page 2

We all make mistakes. Some mistakes are much worse than others. What if, God forbide, you, or a very good friend, screwed up? Big time. Like a med error that resulted in the death of a patient. ... Read More

  1. by   RoadRunner
    Well said regnurse.

    The biggest mistake is to think colleages will not trust you or think you're dumb you if you're "not sure" and ask for advices. In fact, they won't trust you if you act like you know everything and you don't! But, yes, mistakes happen anyway. My biggest fear about being a nurse...

    Here's something that happened to me... I once didn't clamp right a drip of Nitro and the patient received a good amount of the perfusion. The patient pressure dropped to 60/30!!. And I almost fainted. Really... My legs suddenly felt like Jello and felt my blood was as cold as ice. He didn't suffer any consequences of it but I was shaken for a couple of days after that. People kept telling me "mistakes happen", I didn't wanted to happen to me! What helped me was the way my colleagues reacted. Some even told me that, knowing the attention I put into my work, if something like that could happen to me, it could really happen to anyone. It was a wake-up call for a lot of us. Experience doesn't give you immunity against mistakes..... And trust is a good thing to earn from your colleagues!
  2. by   traumaRUs
    I think all of us that have been in nursing for any length of time will admit that we have made mistakes. Not all lead to death or disability. In fact, most wouldn't be noticed except that we are conscientious and report it.

    I have had two incidents where nurses I have worked with have used drugs while at work. One - when I was the charge nurse and I was unintentionally involved since he had me witness his waste!!! A year after that incident (and I'll admit that I was very angry) he invited those of us that were involved to breakfast and apologized very sincerely!!!
  3. by   prmenrs
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts!