Hospitals, emergency rooms and rehabilitation centers are safe havens for the injured. It’s easy to imagine doctors in capes, saving lives and doing good in the community. In general, this truly is the case. Doctors rely on nurses to provide high-quality care for patients 24/7. While that’s a tall order, it’s part of the profession.
It can be easy to forget that nurses are only human. And as humans, we make mistakes. New nurses might be more prone to such miscalculations.
It’s important to be aware of common mistakes made by new nurses, such as:
- Medication errors. Medication mishaps happen to even the most experienced nurses, although new nurses are especially susceptible. Regardless, the mistake is still serious. New nurses oftentimes buckle under the extreme pressure hospitals and emergency rooms present. Medication errors occur in a variety of different ways, including:
- Distributing wrong medication
- Dispensing wrong dose
- Giving medication to the wrong patient
- Failing to monitor the patient
- Failure to document medication, both dispensed and discontinued
- Failure to record drug reactions
- Failure to record nursing actions
- Recording on the wrong chart
Any of these mistakes can result in severe injury or fatality. Patients are put in vulnerable, sometimes dangerous, situations when under the care of new professionals. It’s not uncommon in the industry. As always, it’s important to put careful consideration into the hospitals you and your family choose to utilize, and also check for infection rates.