How to deal with anxiety when there is an "investigation" at work?

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Examples of what I mean by investigations on floors...

There is a fall and they weren't wearing hip protectors ... missing signatures on narcotic counts sometimes police involved ... medications haven't been given ... a bruise or pressure ulcer that was not reported sooner and could have been prevented ... or just doing something unintentionally you meant no harm but stuff happens etc ... one time someone got a letter because the resident had cold food - the nurse did not microwave food.

I am still new to nursing and have not much experience in this kind of stuff, I do find the career rewarding and interesting, but I feel that the stuff I listed comes down to razor edge situations and its just very risky that its very discouraging to move on in this career. Like you are there to do good, and instead of management or anyone looking at it that way, they end up making a case against you somehow. The union really doesn't do anything either.

The staffing clerk mentioned to me why I don't work overtime as I did before, and obviously I didn't say why I just said its busy, but in reality its for those reasons I listed. The more you work, the more chances you put yourself up for errors/mistakes etc...

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20 hours ago, summertx said:

This is why I happily stay home. Keeping my license (and so called 'waiting' for something better) is more important to me than working. Or working a lot of hours I should say. 

This is so true! It didn't take me long to also come to this conclusion. Not only did it seem like Murphys law kicked it every time I worked an extra shift I always also seemed to be left dealing with admin for something. Not worth it! Enjoy life while you can. Money doesnt buy happiness!

Umm.. You need a new job. That many investigations is indicative of a toxic work environment. Run as fast as you can. 

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