What do we do with an "Imperfect" nurse? - page 4
Me, that is? I seem to make mistakes ! Nothing that has ever caused any injury, harm, or negative outcome for a patient. I remember well the 10U of regular insulin that looked like 100 of... Read More
Dec 11, '01When I have to do something or give a med that I haven't given for a while. I ask questions. If I have not see a protochol for something that should have one I ask for it. We all have and will make mistakes. Use them for stepping off points for learning. I frequently ask another nurse to check me on dosing and drips even when I'm very sure of what I'm doing. I figure if I'm too sure that will be the time I'm wrong. Errors especially med errors are hard on us; we try to to be everything to every one. I once has a sympathetic pharmasist tell me. "You are expected to be absolutely perfect in everything you do. That is Impossible for any human being and is not expected in other professions. Don't beat yourself up. Learn from it and move on."
Dec 13, '01
Yes, we all do make mistakes, but it is what we learn from them that matters. I check all my drip rates, except NS with another nurse when I start an infusion, and I check all my insulin doses with another RN, if they are of a large amount. I work on a tel unit and we use Heparin, Flolan, Dopamine, Dobutamine, Lidocaine, Amiodarone etc etc etc, I always double check with another RN when it comes to infusions, believe me I know how easy it is too make mistakes.
My most interesting mistake, was interpreting SP CT, as to mean Spiral CT, instead it was status post CT removal, as I know now. However I double checked with two nurses and they aggreed with me. The patient had the spiral ct, and the MD was most annoyed, and quite right. Fortunately, there was no harm done, but I look twice now.......