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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    I'd say no, but only just. That poor patient would have died horribly.
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    Mandatory Vaccination

    I'm no fan of people using false equivalencies but I'll still reply regardless. Mandating people get injected is in no way similar to wearing shoes. I would agree that Nicotine policy is disgustingly orwellian, that's even more abuse of power than injections, but the US system is obsessed with testing their staff. I'm coming from a NHS position not a private healthcare system so I can appreciate if you work in a system where healthcare is based on profits people would be more inclined to appreciate this kind of position, not that I'm even opposed to it theoretically, I know how impossible it is to enforce people to wash their hands let alone getting them to wear a face mask 24/7.
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    Mandatory Vaccination

    I find it an overstep of power and it should be an incentivised choice. I think anti-vaccine people are morons, but I also do not agree with forcing them to have the flu shot.
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    Contact with former patient from now former job

    We had a nurse marry an ex patient, like Grumpy said, if they're not a vulnerable patient then there shouldn't be any repercussions.
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    Forgot to restart my patients fluids

    Yes, I agree some are, some aren't.
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    Forgot to restart my patients fluids

    Its not that common, it doesn't happen to every guy and it is a big deal! Wait, wrong topic. Its not a big deal, its a mistake, they happen. The liklihood of harm is minimal, all you have to do is admit the mistake, learn from it and move on. Not all medication errors are 'big deals'. I once gave an Adcal D3 to a patient by mistake, I admitted my error, learnt from it and then moved on. Thankfully my manager used common sense and obviously gave me a letter on file but did not start alarming me by making a big song and dance of it. There will always be those who want to use the scare tactic of blowing things out of proportion, all med errors are important to highlight, but no, they're not all big deals.
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    US to UK nursing Salary

    A single person working full time will EASILY survive, don't forget that 25k is much more with enhancements, you SHOULD be earning at least another third of that with weekend and nights, so 30-35k in the first few years and once you hit the top of your band you should be where I was which is a monthly wage AFTER tax of £2200+ which is $2800 a month. If you work a 9-5 Mon-Fri job, yeah, you're screwed, I went from a Band 5 23 hours a week working on ICU to a Band 6 30 hours a week 9-5 and I LOST money, a lot of money. My wife is a band 5 on SCBU working 22 hours a week and earns more than me at Band 6 on 30 > (I am in no way suggesting that nurses can't struggle or that our pay is great, but realistically your average nurse should not struggle on the wages paid) If you're really struggling, then just join an agency and work one day a month, you can earn £300+ in some places.
  8. osceteacher

    7 Ways to Sabotage Your Own Success in Nursing School

    My wife and I are happily married for 10 years!
  9. osceteacher

    I would really love....

    You should though.
  10. There are so many gifs I could choose to use to represent my face when reading this. What in the hell is that nurse talking about.
  11. osceteacher

    Gap of Nurse experience

    You'll be fine, we've just had one of our health care assistants pass their OSCE and are now registered and she'd been a HCA for 5 years.
  12. osceteacher

    Am I overreacting?

    I am pretty surprised that 12 people liked 'As long as it's in your scope of practice, you can't really refuse to care for a patient because you haven't encountered that skill.' Not even as a trainer, but just as a human being, that scares me a lot. I think this could be a cultural thing, in the UK nurses are taught to work within your field of competency and management will support you. Here is a perfect example of a person using a machine without training, people should watch the video and then tell me that she shouldn't have refused to look after the patient. If you haven't encountered a skill, don't do it.
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    Am I overreacting?

    I'll be honest, you should have refused the transfer in my opinion then, this is obviously easier said than done and I don't blame people who are new or not assertive enough to stand up to management, in fairness to you, your ward sister/charge nurse should have refused the transfer. The thing is, lets say the patient experienced a metallic taste or tinnitus, what are your first thoughts? How do you react? What could be causing it? My first thought would be Anaesthetic Toxicity, so I would turn off the infusion and call an anaesthatist urgently. I only knew that because I attended a course and read our local policy. This is why I intensely dislike the philosophy of 'Well you'll never learn unless you do it', I learnt that hot things shouldn't be touched because my parents taught me, not because I went around touching hot things.
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    Terminated/Resigned after 1 week orientation in the ED

    This is why I love the NHS and employees rights, how on earth can you just fire someone you hired because you didn't check their background properly? A really bizarre scenario. How do you even get experience if you're not given the chance.
  15. osceteacher

    Am I overreacting?

    Sorry but its a no from me. You're not over reacting, you should not be given a patient with a device that you're not trained in. I'm a medical device trainer in my other role and our policy is very clear, particularly regarding a high risk device like an epidural. You get trained in this device then you can potentially look after a patient with one in use. This is in line with national medical device guidelines. I completely disagree that the best way to get used to a high risk medical device is just to get exposed to it. Complacency around these devices is common, particularly with those who use them regularly. We have had SIX incidents this year alone regarding epidurals and their misuse. Attend a formal training on the device first, then use it. If you haven;t encountered something DO NOT just wade in and carry on, the number of incidents I have to investigate because of this is pretty astronomical. We'd have a field day with the unit you work in.