punished for a needle stick?

  1. Hi all-have any of you ever been written up or given a verbal warning after a needle stick? I have NEVER heard of such a thing until today.A co-worker was given a verbal warning for "unsafe nursing practice" after a needle stick...What's up with this?
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  3. by   fab4fan
    I have heard of it if the nurse was not following hospital policy (e.g. recapping a needle).
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from fab4fan
    I have heard of it if the nurse was not following hospital policy (e.g. recapping a needle).

    Same here.
  5. by   fergus51
    Same here.
  6. by   ktwlpn
    It was nothing along those lines-she was actually stuck with a lancet.We don't have pens for ours-we have always just used the lancet alone and she somehow pricked the side of a finger as she was disposing of it....Others have gotten needle sticks without receiving any type of warning...I think if we had the appropriate equipment for our residents this would not have happened...
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    If the lancet is intended to be used in a pen, this should be pointed out to the DON. If she shrugs it off, then it should be pointed out to the state.
  8. by   pricklypear
    It sounds like your co-worker is being punished for something your institution should be punished for! They're being cheap and not providing you with proper equipment. What exactly did they say she did wrong?
  9. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    sounds personal to me . this more than likely is some sort of power struggle between someone in management & this nsg. if so...how sad .

    cheers!
    moe
    Last edit by SKM-NURSIEPOOH on Apr 22, '05
  10. by   barefootlady
    Agree with other posters, she is being punished for all of the wrong reasons. Facility needs reported for not having proper equiptment. I hope your friend follows the protocol and has all of the tests. Good luck to her and let us know what happens.
  11. by   career seeker
    I dont know what state you are in but the state of Alaska OSHA requires that employers provide safety-engineered sharps devices to employees. If they do not provide these they may be out of compliance with OSHA...big trouble!
  12. by   kitty=^..^=cat
    Quote from career seeker
    I dont know what state you are in but the state of Alaska OSHA requires that employers provide safety-engineered sharps devices to employees. If they do not provide these they may be out of compliance with OSHA...big trouble!
    OSHA everywhere requires safety-engineered devices!!! I've never used the mad-as-h*ll smilie before, but :angryfire !!!! :angryfire !!!!

    What's your setting? Hospital? LTC?

    Who's responsible for Infection Control where you work? If that person is an RN, she should be drawn and quartered and answering to the Boards of Health and Nursing in your state for allowing such a dangerous situation to exist.

    Who "validates" you for reimbursement from M'Care? Are you JCAHO accredited? CMS?

    Where is your CNO??

    Some states would require that a root-cause analysis be done to correct process errors -- Does your state have mandatory reporting?

    And there are no pens available??? Unbelievable.

    I hope that somehow this current situation can quickly lead to change --

    =^..^=
  13. by   lady_jezebel
    Quote from kitty=^..^=cat
    OSHA everywhere requires safety-engineered devices!!! I've never used the mad-as-h*ll smilie before, but :angryfire !!!! :angryfire !!!!

    What's your setting? Hospital? LTC?

    Who's responsible for Infection Control where you work? If that person is an RN, she should be drawn and quartered and answering to the Boards of Health and Nursing in your state for allowing such a dangerous situation to exist.

    Who "validates" you for reimbursement from M'Care? Are you JCAHO accredited? CMS?

    Where is your CNO??

    Some states would require that a root-cause analysis be done to correct process errors -- Does your state have mandatory reporting?

    And there are no pens available??? Unbelievable.

    I hope that somehow this current situation can quickly lead to change --

    =^..^=
    I second all that! :angryfire
  14. by   maryuma
    yes its done in many hospitals for 2 reasons, in order to remind the whole staff of what could happen if.... and also to help molify the insurance guys that the hospital is doing something about needle sticks

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