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Pab89 has 7 years experience and specializes in Healthcare Support Worker.

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    Fears of spreading Covid

    I am a Bank Nurse with the NHS, so I work in a variety of wards, some of them Covid. One day, I came to work a tad lightheaded with mucus sitting in my throat. I had had trouble sleeping, and commonly overproduce mucus at this time of year, so I chalked it up to that. Throughout the day, I was constantly clearing my throat, coughing once (though not in front of patients, and while wearing a mask that I immediately changed), but because I didn't display any of the major Covid symptoms (which the NHS say you need to have to qualify for a test), I assumed it was a cold or seasonal allergies, as I am prone to these around this time. A week or so passes, the symptoms die away, and I work in two other wards. I inform the nurses of the phelgm in my throat (they're happy to let me work), and I wear my PPE (visor included as these were Covid wards) and practice proper hand hygiene and distancing where appropriate (my thinking being that even a cold is bad to have). After the week passes, I wake up one day and realise my sense of taste and smell is gone. Immediately, I arrange for a test and call the Bank to cancel future shifts. The test comes back positive, and my mum and I isolate (she also tests postive). I later come to find that the first of the three wards I worked in has since become a Covid ward (it wasn't when I was last there), and now I am of course worried that I am the one that spread the virus here. When the Track and Trace system phoned me, I told them everything about the onset of the loss of smell and taste, but also about the phelgm and the wards I worked in. I was told that they only take into consideration the main symptoms: fever (which I didn't have), loss of senses (which I later had), and continuous cough (mine wasn't continuous). Nonetheless, they took all my information. I would definitely be more aware of this symptoms as a potential Covid symptom were it to happen again, whether it was or wasn't, but I can't help but worry about potential patients and/or staff I may have infected.
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    Hi Marie, As a HCSW, I sadly don't have the expertise to talk about the technical aspects of what happened, but I do want to thank you (and all of the other nurses) for sharing your story. Your transparency and honesty, and the conversations that followed, will no doubt help future nurses who will go through their own crises in their careers. Thank you all ❤
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    Struggling to move forward

    Thank you, Marie ❤ I agree with you (and the podcast you shared) that a culture of openness and vulnerability where we talk about our worries and our regrets is what's needed to make us all better, more supportive caregivers. This site is a perfect example of what can happen when we all support each other openly ❤
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    Admitting Mistakes

    Currently listening to the podcast now. Thank you for sharing and for being so open ❤
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    Struggling to move forward

    I am a Health care Support Worker for the NHS Staff Bank, and I posted in 2017 about being "Haunted by my mistake". The mistake was that a patient had reported chest pain, and I forgot to pass it on to a staff nurse (as in, the thought completely left my head), as it was a busy point of the morning. The patient died 2 and a half hours later, and though I sought the advice of other nurses on here, I never told the nurses on the ward. Despite the consoling I received on here, and from my mother (a qualified nurse), that particular moment hits me every now and then, but has been especially bad this year with my anxiety. I believe it stems from my not taking accountability for my error, and I was just wondering if anyone has any advice on how you would move forward from here.
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    Haunted by my mistake

    So, I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to talk about this, but it keeps going over in my head, and I feel the need to talk about it. I'm an auxillary nurse (or Healthcare Support Worker) that works for the Nurse Bank. About a year ago, I was working in a ward, and was collecting in trays from the breakfast run. An elderly patient told me as I was collecting his tray that he was having chest pain (upper left). I told him I would inform his nurse. As soon as I left his room, the thought went completely out of my head as my focus switched to collecting in the trays. After which, I returned to work on the opposite side of the ward for the washes. Just before lunchtime, tge emergency alarm went off and the nurses and doctors rushed to the man's room as he was arresting. The shock then hit me as I remembered that he complained of chest pain not two, two and a half hours ago. At the first available opportunity, I phoned my mum (a qualified nurse) explaining the situation. She tried to console me, saying that he was an unwell man (80 with history of heart failure, but I wasn't aware of this until after the fact), and that in the two hours, any number of people coukd have been in to see him. I returned to work, and I never told anyone on the ward, mainly because I was scared of being deemed incompetent and fired. Since that day, that particular memory haunts me. I have learned my hard lesson from it, and always make it a priority to report chest pain immediately, but I still feel like I should have been reprimanded or punished for my negligence. If anyone has any viewpoints to share, I'd be grateful. Thank you