stupid mistake- wanna quit - page 2
I'm about 10 months away from graduating from nursing school, and ive worked in an emergency room for a couple of years, so i know a thing or two. I dont make mistakes, I dont have room to make... Read More
Jul 6, '04Occupation: PMHNP From: US ; Joined: Dec '03; Posts: 2,918; Likes: 1,546Well as least you haven't killed anyone...yet!
Jul 6, '04Occupation: ER tech, nursing student Joined: Jan '03; Posts: 23; Likes: 3thank you all for your encouraging, even empowering, words and advice. I know that I will make an excellent nurse when that day comes. I know Im entitled to my fair share of mistakes, and I know that I will make them. How else am I going to learn! Thanks all.
Jul 6, '04Occupation: ER / Educator Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Instructor/ER/Sports Med ; Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 230; Likes: 54Hang In There Man. As Previous Quotes Stated, We All Have Made A Mistake And Are Only Human. Delegation Is The Problem Here. Sadly, Too Many Mistakes Happen In The Er Or Icu Because Of The Nature Of The Beast. The Fact That You Brought It To The Table With Remorse Shows You Will Make A Fine Nurse. Keep Up The Studies And Never Give Up.....if You Do, You Only Have Yourself To Blame..........good Luck !!!
Jul 6, '04Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 13; Likes: 4You already know what you did wrong, and after this, you probably won't make that mistake again. Then again, maybe you will. However, I think the most dangerous thing would be for you to walk around feeling as though you are never going to make any mistake again. The ER game is a brutal one. Everything is fast and furious, and sometimes it takes thick skin, not only because of the way we are sometimes treated, but also because of experiences like this one that you are going through. Bottom line, no one should judge you cause I guarantee everyone has made their own mistakes (and im sure some a lot lot worse). Learn from it, alright, beat yourself up about it for a while (cause thats what i do too), then roll your sleeves up and get back to work! Sometimes you just gotta sit back when the whole thing is crashing around you and say "well, the pt is still breathing right? then my job's done" . Please, whatever you do, don't feel youre not going to be a good nurse because of it. After all, we NEED more nurses so badly! YES, I NEED A DAY OFF!!! PLEASE, SOMEONE PASS THE BOARDS SO I CAN HAVE SOME VACATION TIME!!!! Uh, er, sorry bout that. Got a little carried away.... good luck!
Jul 6, '04Occupation: RN in Prior Authorization for State Sponsored Business Specialty: Emergency room, med/surg, UR/CSR ; Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 706; Likes: 146Quote from ERHackOh Hack! Good one!!! And don't we ALL feel that way?!?!?After all, we NEED more nurses so badly! YES, I NEED A DAY OFF!!! PLEASE, SOMEONE PASS THE BOARDS SO I CAN HAVE SOME VACATION TIME!!!! Uh, er, sorry bout that. Got a little carried away.... good luck!
Jul 6, '04Occupation: pediatric home care Joined: May '04; Posts: 703; Likes: 7Eveerybody makes mistakes. If we didn't, we'd all be called God!
You have beaten yourself up enough over this one. File it someplace in your brain to prevent it from happening again and keep moving.
You are doing great!
Jul 6, '04Occupation: Nurse, of course Specialty: critical care; community health; psych ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 2,355; Likes: 621First of all, a tech administering IV fluids? This sounds pretty dicey to me. I'm a tech and it is nowhere in the scope of my practice to touch an IV pump under any circumstance.
Second, a tech delegating to a student also sounds pretty dicey.
It sounds like the game of "post-office" where the message gets changed down the line. Too many cooks in this kitchen.
And we're talking K. I learned my lesson as a student with K. I always double-check labs with my own eyeballs making sure they are the most recent and double-check the order. Don't be hard on yourself. I had a mishap with K that didn't result in any injury to the patient or to my standing as a student. But I learned and now you have too.