Mike...." an honest mistake " what is this ? and how does it differ from just a mistake ?
As some of you have said,there can be " system failures " the couple of you that want to spend time arguing about sod all,get a grip.
Drug labels,yep,they're there for us to read,with our eyes so we DONT get muddled up! The manufactures probably thing that the person opening the vial is a trained professional so simply having different writing on them should really be enough.You should all look at James Reasons research on human error,especially the bit about putting the cat food in the teapot.Human error exists and we can do anything about it.Thick stupid people exist and we need to get them off the pay role in our hospitals !
We have a real issue with death in our society,especially,it seems,the nursing staff who are meant to be looking after someone in their last days on earth ! We faff about trying to avoid saying dead ,death,died,dying.I have had many conversations on the subject and the people who I have had this conversation with are now dead and interestingly THEY new that death was inevitable because as humans we are ALL aware that death follows life and when life gets too hard due to old age and general deterioration of our bodies,its just a matter of time.My job is to make sure they don't get sent to a busy A&E to die there and to stay where they are with analgesia,a warm hand to hold and the taste of their favorite tipple on their lips.
More and more it seems that we are having to have lessons on how to be a human being with a place in society,whats happened !!!!!!! I have no problems saying " Oh,Im sorry that I didnt do XXXX or Im sorry that you feel youve had a rough deal" whats the matter with people ! Im getting more and more worried that the people who have chosen to be nurses are only satisfied when they have someone to hide behind.Its a job that has always carried loads of responsibility but not many seem to want to take responsibility,what a terrible state we are in.I have always thought we should keep our NHS but now I am beginning to wonder !
Yes Mark,it is very worrying that we are about to loose something that's been envied by other countries and over used by ours but we have to understand that a large majority of our British public are thick and actually we should have got J Clarkson to run the debate with him promoting the NHS !
It would not have been prised out of our dead cold fingers so easily.
No one will take responsibility and that is why we have to have all these organisations that are making loads of money
.Its just a way to make money off the back of something else.Most managers get the jitters about having to tell someone that their performance is poor and the're in the wrong job because when we were busy filling in lots and lots and lots and lots of forms and shuffling bits of paper about someone came along and removed our spines and replaced them with a piece of string! SO NOW we haven't got the guts to say " your work is very poor,you don't arrive on time,your on the sick more than you are at work,you are useless and you are unkind "
Why would anyone employ someone with a record ???Is it because we are constantly being fed this ridiculous idea that you cant discriminate between someone who has got a police record and someone who hasent ????We are all so regulated now because we've dodged making decisions for years,we've only got our selves to blame for that....Oh no hang on......Its a blame free culture so everything's okay !
Any action will generate a consequence.If something is questioned then the questioner must be prepared for the consequence,whatever that may be.Its something any professional person should be capable of,if not they should have a job that wont put them under any pressure.
I agree Anon,its good for patients to see us doing normal things,it helps them to trust us.
I have encouraged and supported my colleagues and other nurses I work with to say what they really think,trust each other,be honest about their limitations and feel comfortable doing so.We are just humans looking after other humans so its good to try and understand how the person on the receiving end of our care might feel and I remind my colleagues of that when things don't go according to plan.