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    CoWorker using a patient's medication

    Oh boy. Sounds like she wasn't punished enough for your liking. Go ahead and take it further. Just know that you'd better be perfect yourself from this moment on.
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    Facing my second major cardiac surgery in 3-years :(

    Hope everything went smoothly!
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    Need Advice on Accused Medication Error

    OK, I read the update and I'm getting more back story. Ask for help instead of saying that you can't do something. And never challenge your instructors like this. Especially over a non life or death situation.
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    Need Advice on Accused Medication Error

    How would you know whether or not someone had rinsed it out after the med administration? That could've been water there for all you knew. That being said, I feel for you. Correct me if I'm wrong but you may have been too verbal about someone turning off the machine. Loose lips sink ships sometimes. It's best to keep quiet and observe and not talk about how things "should" be done. You never know if you'll be stepping on toes you shouldn't be stepping on. My defense would be that I didn't realize that I should have turned it back on, and I would tell them that I have definitely learned from situation and that it wouldn't happen again. Then I would listen to what they say. But I'd want the entire situation documented on paper and I'd get a copy.
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    Would you do that? New grad dilemma

    Go to the LVN interview. Odds are that they need an RN and they'll probably offer you the RN position. If not, you can make connections with the manager. Ask questions about available jobs on other units, contact information for educators, etc. If you make a great impression, you may even get some introductions.
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    Jahi McMath "What does it mean to die?"

    Ugly rumor and nothing more. Supposedly someone saw her being fed a hamburger in ICU. There's no official documentation of such a bizarre thing. Just rumors in internet forums. Some people have demonized the mother saying she's just looking for money and that she posted pictures on social media with designer purses. I would think professionals would be above such judgements. I guess the only thing that matters at this point is whether or not brain activity is there. From the latest scans it seems like there is.
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    Jahi McMath "What does it mean to die?"

    I also found this article to be very thought provoking. Would I want to be kept alive like that? Not so sure but I think we all should have the choice for ourselves and our families. I don't know what her condition is but I've taken care of children who are severely disabled with multiple other issues. Children who will never walk, talk, or eat in their own. Who's to say that they don't deserve a chance to live out whatever life they have? This whole situation is sad and I'm hugging my little ones even closer tonight.
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    Jahi McMath "What does it mean to die?"

    I think it's pretty disgusting how some people on here have latched on to silly nsubstantiated rumors like "They gave her hamburger" and resorted to taking trash about the family. It's a distraction from the issue at hand. I don't believe she will recover but this isn't a dead girl. The experts said that her organs, (including her brain) would have long ago liquefied. For those attacking the family, I wonder who would change positions with them for even 10 million dollars? Taking care of a severely disabled loved one 24/7 is no picnic.
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    problem with my DON, help!

    At no place in my comment did I get snippy with you. Interesting enough, you reacted to some pretty standard advice with an attitude. I can only imagine how you reacted to your DON. I never once suggested that you falsify documents. However, by your tone I can imagine that you went overboard. "I fill out another incident report, this is much more serious, as it is patient-to-patient. Luckily, she did not hit him hard enough to arouse him, but this behavior cannot be ignored. My DON again tells the supervisor NOT to call the police. Really???" This patient swiped another patient so lightly that she didn't arouse him. You don't know why she did so. But, you do know that he was asleep and she wasn't trying to hurt him or get aggressive with him. According to you, when she punched you, it was with force, comparable to a professional boxer. I don't know what you wrote but it's not as deep as you believe it is. I think it's possible that your DON is just trying to convey this to you and he's finding it frustrating. It's an incident but it doesn't require the services of the emergency room because it's not an emergency. If I were your DON I'd wonder if this naivete spilled over into how you interacted with the families of the patients. It's not an insult. I've been that new nurse before. You should never falsify documents and no nurse worth her/his license would encourage that. However you should also realize that writing from a position based on an overreaction is no less of a falsification. I don't know what exactly you said that caught his attention, but if you were adamant about her needing hospitalization I can see that it would have annoyed him and cause him to try to pressure you to leave. He had to call the police based on your report of violence. She basically made light contact with a sleeping person. Not enough to injure, hurt, or even rouse him. There are several ways to report this contact and I feel like you had an axe to grind. Your DON is no saint, however I don't believe he asked you to falsify the document based on what you said. You accused him of doing so just like you accused me and you actually have my words right in front of you.
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    problem with my DON, help!

    I'm mostly a lurker but I had to sign in to respond. First of all, LTC patients typically don't get sent to the ER because of behavioral issues. Your DON is upset because you are overreacting to a very common issue. The best way to handle that type of patient is to try to solve the issue yourself. Was she wet? Hungry? Tired? Did you call for a UA? Ect. I've also worked in this setting for a long while. You cannot force your facility's hand by writing strongly worded incident reports. There are much deeper situations that warrant a strong arm approach, but this type of thing isn't one of them. Work with your management, not against them. In this situation, I'd chart on her behaviors consistently and objectively. I would call the doctor for an order to check for a UTI with a straight cath if necessary. (Also common in these scenarios although it may take several attempts by different shifts to catch her in the right mood). Maybe blood work. And after all that, the doctor will change something around . Sometimes more meds are necessary, but many times new behaviors are a sign of something deeper.

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