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ThatNurseThough ADN, RN


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    Got Written Up, Cant Stop Thinking About It

    About a month ago I got written up for the first time, for a mistake make by the pharmacist that I reported. I've been at my job for about a year and a half working my first acute care nursing job on a TELE/ICU Step-down unit at our regional STEMI center. I work night shift and we are fairly understaffed and the administration "to streamline admissions" instated a policy that nurses on the floor are not entitled to report from the ED, we are just supposed to read through what minimal documentation is in the chart and hope for the best. About a month ago I had a night where I got an ICU downgrade transfer and an ED admission at essentially the same time, the ED staff dropped the patient off while I was getting my downgrade patient settled and didn't notify me that the patient was here. Well the ED patient had come up on a Heparin gtt (hooked up and pump running) and between getting both of my patients settled, assessed, and safe, I wasn't able to really look into the heparin gtt other than confirming that the set units/hour on the pump was as stated on the order in the MAR, for about an hour. Once I had a moment to think, I realized that the heparin order made absolutely no sense as it was way way way too low to be appropriate. I double checked with a more experienced nurse that I was seeing what I was seeing and then called the on pharmacist and got the order corrected. In following with policy I filled out an RL6, our incident reporting system. When I came in for my next shift about three days later, I was called into the clinical coordinators office and presented with a write-up for a medication error and put into mandatory heparin education (I don't disagree with the education). I agreed to sign that I had been presented with the write up, but I didn't sign acknowledging wrongdoing. I know I shouldn't be so bothered but now I have a write-up in my file for an issue that I really don't consider my fault, and that I did the necessary things to get rectified, the pharmacist had even admitted and put in writing that the error was on her side and not on the nursing side.
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    Quitting job help

    If you wanted to get your PTO and possibly have some insurance coverage until your new insurance kicks in, put in for vacation time and burn up your leave when you start your new job. After you get your approval for vacation time use then put in your notice. Then you not only use up and get paid for your leave but it extends your insurance coverage as you are still "technically an employee".
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    Your facility limit number of admissions? Staffing

    When I was an inpatient psych nurse in the prison system I was the only nurse on a unit of about 30 serious felons, it was a super-max unit where all the patients had been convicted of murder, attempted murder, rape, arson, or terrorism. In the job I currently have as a nurse on a Tele/ICU stepdown unit, we are supposed to be a 1:3 flex to 1:4, but in reality we are at 1:4-5 flexing to 1:6. Our facility really will just push nurses to take more patients and try to shuffle patients around with any patient who can be maybe downgraded getting shipped to medsurg and bringing all the new patients up if there is an open room.
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    safe staffing legislation

    I work on a Tele/ICU stepdown where we also cover pulmonary/renal/dka/neuro-tele. Per our own policy we are supposed to have a 1:3 patient load but flex to 1:4, in reality a light night is 1:4. More often lately we have been at 1:5 but flexing to 6 which is dangerous. The problem is that even though we are considered the main hospital for the tricounty area we are still really just a small community hospital and since we don't advertise to nursing schools that we exist we have very few new staff coming in to fill holes so we depend on travel nurses when they are available.