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I finally did something right!!!! Or other nursing success stories

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Specializes in med-surg, psych, ER, school nurse-CRNP. Has 15 years experience.

You know how you get to the point where you think that all you're going to have to do is walk in the building leading with your left instead of your right, and it's going to collapse? I was there. I was so worried about my boss thinking that I could not do anything that I was giving myself chest pains (and in a cardio clinic, that ain't good). That is, until yesterday.

Part of my newer duties is to look at the procedure schedule for the next day, and check the pre-procedure bloodwork. Certain tests require certain levels, and certain levels require certain accommodations.

One doc, the main guy, had consistently told me that I didn't have to do this for him (as I was doing it for all), that he would look himself. Well, I still looked, I just would not say anything unless a level was WAY out there.

Yesterday was that day.

In doing my checks, I noted a lab value that was lower than we needed, quite a bit lower. I paged doc to ask if I should phone the patient to change a med dosage, and repeat the lab in the morning before procedure. We wound up canceling, but, had I not kept on doing what I was told I didn't have to do, this patient would have come in to hospital, gotten stuck, waited around, and probably gotten to the procedure room before anyone noticed the lab. Small thing, but I went home on cloud 9. I fianlly did something right for him!

Anyone ever have a similar experience? It ranked right up there with the bad day and the patient giving me a hug, just made all the difference in the world. How something so small could make such a difference to me was amazing, but I totally needed it.

So, please share, if you like. It'd be nice to know I'm not the only one who's easily cheered up.

Two thumbs up to you.

AngelfireRN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in med-surg, psych, ER, school nurse-CRNP. Has 15 years experience.

Thank you, oramar. I know i'm being silly, but for something to finally happen right was just such a shock.

Thanks for replying. Have a good one.

That is awesome! I get those feeling every once and awhile. A few days ago, a nurse newer than I am asked if I wanted to try an IV. Four dayshift nurses, the house supervisor, and two night shift nurses had given it a shot with no luck. I asked if the pt minded being poked on like a pin cushion, and she said no, the pt really wanted IV pain meds.

So I go in with the nurse and explore. I find a vein on the upper arm, but the best shot at it is sitting on the bed with the patient, leaning across her top half. Fortunately she was okay with it, and I got it. It was a little sucker though; it made it through the night but I wondered how long it would last.

AngelfireRN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in med-surg, psych, ER, school nurse-CRNP. Has 15 years experience.

Yay, you! I love sticking, like to keep my practice up when I can, and those hard ones do make you proud.

WTG!

BSN75

Specializes in Family Practice.

:yelclap::yelclap::yelclap:Good Job!!