Will I get in trouble ? ? ? - page 6

Hello, I am a 2nd yr nursing student, I graduate in May. I had an OR observation yesterday and was able to watch an endo lap chole. I may add that I was very excited as my goal is to become an OR... Read More

  1. by   Kimynurse
    Keeping in my thoughts and prayers
  2. by   Stephalump
    I'm so sorry OP. that must have been quite a blow

    There's almost nothing worse you can spin nursing school than to break hospital policy. I think they'd rather you break school policy than have the "embarrassment" of the hospital up in arms. I'm sure my program would have done the same to me if I was in your shoes. Any bad feedback from a professional at clinicals is paramount to the apocalypse.

    But keep your chin up. You may be down for now, but if this is what you want you'll make it happen and you definitely won't make this mistake twice.

    Good luck!
  3. by   kgh31386
    The problem I have with the whole ordeal is that you STILL mention what everyone else was doing. The little comments about "btw the nurse was taking pictures and doing this" or "other nurses were doing that". THEM having their phone out may not be against their policy, but as a student you are not allowed to do so. Right now I'm posting this from work, if you're a student at clinical...would you be on here posting things? You can't say "well the other nurse was online browsing the web". You feel sorry for your mistake yes....but you are missing the point that you cannot and should not ever compare yourself and base your actions on what ANYONE, I repeat..>ANYONE else does. best of luck Monday, but understand that this concerns only you.
  4. by   tacomaster
    I'm noticing that you are still making excuses for your actions by blaming the nurses and others, etc. I noticed that you pointed out that you had children. I suppose that gives you a free pass to bring your cell phone? I'm just curious what you meant by that. I'm always curious because everyone clings to their cell phones these days. What did we do before them? I'm sure if something traumatic would have happened, someone would have been able to get a hold of you or it could have waited.

    I am a nursing student about to graduate in May as well. I am annoyed by some of my classmates who are incredibly immature and do not take their clinicals seriously. I feel, although this may be incorrect, that you were doing the same thing. Clinical time is to be spent learning, not to be taking photos so you can post them later to Facebook or show off to your friends and brag how super awesome you are. Yippy! OMG! Fo REELZ!!! You saw a gallbladder! You know you can open a medical book and see pictures of those right? You can even do a Google image search and view them there.

    When you make these excuses, you are just telling everyone that you think you are above the rules and that they don't apply to you. That is how the administrators and the dean will view this. They'll also wonder what you are capable of doing when no one is around. I don't even care about the privacy debate because it's more of an integrity and common sense thing to me.
  5. by   Congababe13
    Thanks to all who have offered their prayers and good wishes . . . Some of your comments helped me to see how things could have ended in a more serious situation but also gave methe strength to make it through until today, so thank you ! ! !

    Today I went to my meeting with a typed apology in-hand and also took with me pictures of brains, kidneys, etc (these are pictures I took in my biology & A&P classes) I plead with them to understand how sorry I am over the whole situation and for placing the school in a bad situation with the clinical facility.I explained that I felt as though I was disconnected from the patient in thiss ituation as I was in the OR for over 10 hours when this happened, and I was not allowed to participate in any patient care because my clinical instructor was not present. I felt like I was in a lab or something similar as I could not see the patient that was being operated on, only the monitors showing the patients abdomen.

    I do own that what I did was a severe lack of judgment, unprofessional, etc but I will not admit that this is the way I make my decisions on a daily basis. I am a very professional, well-mannered individual with the biggest heart you could ever imagine. I would never knowingly put my school, the hospital, the patient, or my career as a student or as a nurse at risk. At my meeting today I offered to put together a presentation for the 1st year students in regards to HIPAA, privacy, cell phone usage, and what all of the papers they are signing really mean, the nursing school faculty thought that this was a great idea !

    I was accepted back into the program with the understanding that I will work with nursing faculty in preparing the presentation and also that my name would not so much as be mentioned until it is said at graduation. All I can say is I'm so thankful that my Dean, my professors and all involved could see that no harm was meant and that I have most definitely learned my lesson but that I also want to educate others to hopefully prevent any incidences like this one from happening in the future.

    Again thanks for all of the prayers and good wishes . . . Now I have some serious studying to get back to, thankfully !
  6. by   SummitRN
    I'm very glad to hear that outcome! It sounds like you approached this meeting properly with thoughtful offers that showed maturity and responsibility. Best of luck to you!
  7. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    I'm thrilled for you that your school has given you a second chance---make the most of it!! If someone learns from your mistake and future presentations, some good will come of it =)
  8. by   sjc11
    Thank goodness...I was worried for you all weekend! I can assure you, you have already taught one person a lesson...ME! You sound like you are well on your way to becoming a great nurse! Good luck!
  9. by   brillohead
    Agree with previous posters -- great that you went in there not only with an apology, but with a way to benefit the entire program by presenting to those coming behind you so that they could learn from your mistake and prevent them from making the same type of error unknowingly.

    These are the kinds of things that make you open your eyes and really be aware of what's going on around you. It's one thing for students to read about something like this in a textbook (which seems like a, "well, duh, I would never do that!" type of thing), and it's another to see that it can even happen to "one of them" in real, actual life.

    Good job, and good luck!
  10. by   Stephalump
    So happy for you! I think you handled yourself wonderfully and I'm glad all ended well
  11. by   jtboog2003
    That's great! From reading what you originally posted and reading what you went in there and actually said, it's sounds like you heeded some of the good advice that was posted on here.
  12. by   Congababe13
    Does anyone have a few extras minutes for me to email you a letter of apology that I have written to deliver to my clinical site tomorrow? I feel like it is written well but it would make me feel better to have another opinion from someone in the medical profession.

    Thanks so much in advance for any help/assistance that can be offered . . .
  13. by   stephanne
    I think the idea of the presentation is something very useful as a tool to some students who are not familiar with HIPAA and so forth.

    Congrats on being accepted again, this is a great way for you to educate others.