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    these are things i worry about and i always think hearing about other peoples experiances helps.

    what was it like the frist time you;

    1. saw a patient crass/die?

    2. took blood from a patient/ gave an injection?

    3. had to handle a dead body?

    4. had to deal with a very ill patient alone (eg while waiting for a trainned nurse)?

    5. see a patient get told they had cancer/ teminal illness?

    6. made a mistake that made a patient more ill?

    all imput is appriciated
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    You're not going to get many responses, theres not a lot of current students or qualified nurses on here

    1. I felt sad as i'd known the patient for a few weeks, and his family were really shocked, I remember when he was pronounced dead his wife fainted, and his daughter who was also there just had a panic attack and legged it up the ward where i was chatting to a patient (her dad had been pronounced dead and mum fainted all within a minute bless her!) and i had to calm her down etc whilst they were dealing with her mum.

    2. No feelings- it was a subcut injection, of clexane so was piss easy to give lol i knew how to do it and- wasn't nervous at all! Not many student nurses take blood

    3. Ummm, I observed for the first few minutes, as i'd never done last offices before, so my mentor was really good explaining what they were doing. Was the oddest thing in the world though, i helped in the last bit with the shroud and the paperwork. On reflection it was a really odd experience but a learning curve, i've not done it in about a year so if i had to do it again i know i'll be a bit shaky and may ask to observe again

    4. I had a patient who dislocated her hip, but luckily the doctor came before the nurse. She'd done it in bed, so was a matter of giving her some pain relief and calming her down. I once had to deal with a patient who almost went into respiratory arrest, not alone but with a newly qualified nurse, patient was an iv drug user and was being catheterised i was asissting and she just went during the procedure

    5. They tend to do a bit of crying, sometimes they want to talk but othertimes just ask for family. More likely to want to talk a few days later, its more questions than anything or anger. Not really affected me- i just want to help

    6. Not had one yet- oh wait i was left to get this woman out of bed by myself, who needed 2 people and she ended up falling, as i was trying to keep her still till someone came to help, but she was confused and just went- but she was fine, but probably my biggest mistake yet
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    1. Not yet

    2. I was in module two, and it was an IM Risperidone Costa, and all I can remember is "hell this needle is massive" But I didnt make the patient bleed so was chuffed

    3. Not yet

    4. A 103 year old woman who had a really bad chest infection and kept trying to remove her O2 mask. I sat with her and kept trying to pursuade her to take it and just comfort her really .

    5. I've seen people diagnosed with alzheimers, who completely break down. I've also had to explain to a lady on the ward(her request) what all her tablets were for, then had to explain aricept and why she was on it. It didn't openly faze her but you could see, she was disheartened from it.

    6. It couldnt have been helped but A patient had fallen in the gardern and I spotted her, I pulled my pit and no alarm went off, so had to call through the door for a patient to get a member of staff so I couldnt leave her. I wish there was something more I could have done.
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    thanks
    i know i wont get many responses but the responses i have had so far have been helpful.
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    I'm not a student yet but thought i'd answer )

    1. saw a patient crass/die?

    No and i'm kind of dreading it! It's gonna be sad.

    2. took blood from a patient/ gave an injection?

    No, but I have observed the district nurse a number of times taking blood! and she explains quite a lot whenever she comes into the care home because she knows i'm going into nursing

    3. had to handle a dead body?

    No not yet :/

    4. had to deal with a very ill patient alone (eg while waiting for a trainned nurse)?


    Yes, the other week an elderly woman started choking with only me in the room - She also had an asthma attack. She must have panicked that she was choking which led to the attack.. was very scary as she got off her seat and was waving her arms because she just couldn't breathe! She turned a funny colour and looked like she was close to death tbh! I pressed the emergency bell - and they senior carers came as fast as they could.

    I've also witnessed 3 elderly women having falls - with 2 of them it was just me there. One woman fell outside and whacked her head on the concrete slab and blood everywhere but I just held her head and kept talking to her while other people brought blankets and phoned ambulance..

    5. see a patient get told they had cancer/ teminal illness?

    Yes, recently one of my fave residents just got told she has got skin cancer and it's spread to her lymph nodes in her groin very sad. She seems to be coping well with it though and i've not seen her cry. She also has parkinsons and diabetes. I have talked to her quite a lot about it and all she seems to say is -its not really sunk in yet. They wanted to amputate her leg (with the cancer) but she has refused and is just going to have radiotherapy... So I don't know how long she will live very sad and I did have a cry after work.

    6. made a mistake that made a patient more ill?

    No - hope i never do! :/
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    (Original post by Holamigo)

    6. made a mistake that made a patient more ill?

    No - hope i never do! :/

    you will, it happens to everyone once atleast
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    you will, it happens to everyone once atleast
    I know people make little mistakes, but I hope I never make a huge mistake that causes someone to lose their life.

    Like the story in holby city? one of the nurses made a mistake and ended up killing another nurses son who was in the hospital. :/
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    (Original post by Holamigo)
    I know people make little mistakes, but I hope I never make a huge mistake that causes someone to lose their life.

    Like the story in holby city? one of the nurses made a mistake and ended up killing another nurses son who was in the hospital. :/

    yeah i saw, its so easy to make mistakes, most mistakes tend to come in drugs round, i made one with my mentor (we missed a dose of iv antibiotics on an ortho patient, post-op) and although the abx was prophylaxis, we both felt crap for the rest of the shift lol.

    It will happen, best thing to do is just make sure you do your best each time, and if you make a mistake learn from it- but its silly denying you won't ever, cause it's hard NOT too!
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    yeah i saw, its so easy to make mistakes, most mistakes tend to come in drugs round, i made one with my mentor (we missed a dose of iv antibiotics on an ortho patient, post-op) and although the abx was prophylaxis, we both felt crap for the rest of the shift lol.

    It will happen, best thing to do is just make sure you do your best each time, and if you make a mistake learn from it- but its silly denying you won't ever, cause it's hard NOT too!
    No I just meant, I hope I never do but obviously on the way to becoming a nurse i'm probably gonna make loads of little mistakes, I know that! Just hope I never make a big one when I'm qualified because you wont be covered the same as when your a student.
    When you think that your actions are actually responsible for someones life - its scary stuff! Especially as nurses do long shifts! And even where I work now if I work a late then an early the next day I get about 4-5 hours in between and do loads of silly things the next day!
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    1.Very strange but tbh I wasn't affected as I didn't know the patient. I didn't even know their name.

    2.Not done.

    3.The second time was worse than the first as I knew the patient and their family. Obviously, the body is going to be cold but its a different sort of cold to me and its a bit strange. I find talking to the person makes it easier.

    4.Tried to stay calm otherwise the patient could get more anxious.

    5.They were very quiet but didn't affect me tbh. Just act normal.

    6.It didn't make the patient more ill but could have done. A patient fell whilst I was escorting them to the washroom but she was absolutely fine.
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    (Original post by charleebobs)
    1.Very strange but tbh I wasn't affected as I didn't know the patient. I didn't even know their name.

    2.Not done.

    3.The second time was worse than the first as I knew the patient and their family. Obviously, the body is going to be cold but its a different sort of cold to me and its a bit strange. I find talking to the person makes it easier.

    4.Tried to stay calm otherwise the patient could get more anxious.

    5.They were very quiet but didn't affect me tbh. Just act normal.

    6.It didn't make the patient more ill but could have done. A patient fell whilst I was escorting them to the washroom but she was absolutely fine.

    Hows your training going?
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    Hows your training going?
    Its good first placement was good but was happy to move on.
    Just started a mental health placement and its sooo different!! I think I'm enjoying it but not as much as my branch placement. Got mother and baby in a week.
    Hows yours??
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    (Original post by charleebobs)
    Its good first placement was good but was happy to move on.
    Just started a mental health placement and its sooo different!! I think I'm enjoying it but not as much as my branch placement. Got mother and baby in a week.
    Hows yours??

    Great, were you at the qmc or city for your first placement? My mental health placement was ok..was a rehab centre for those with schizophrenia, was a nice place- but like you said i didn't enjoy it as much!

    I loveeeed mother and baby though, badger them to go to the labour unit, more interesting than a caesarean!

    2nd year is alright- just a heck load of work!
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    (Original post by Holamigo)
    No I just meant, I hope I never do but obviously on the way to becoming a nurse i'm probably gonna make loads of little mistakes, I know that! Just hope I never make a big one when I'm qualified because you wont be covered the same as when your a student.
    When you think that your actions are actually responsible for someones life - its scary stuff! Especially as nurses do long shifts! And even where I work now if I work a late then an early the next day I get about 4-5 hours in between and do loads of silly things the next day!
    tbh i dont think that you (or any health professional) will be able to get through a whole career with out making a mistake that is detremental to a patient. it human nature, we are not perfect and neither is medicine. all we can be is our very best.

    14yrs ago my mother delivered a baby who was not breathing she resusatated the baby for longer than she should of (by 30seconds) and the child started breathing again but is now brain damaged. she still attends court regulaly about this case, even though the baby would have died had she not carried on for that extra time. so this shows really that even when you have the best intentions people will still say you didnt care enough. the public are crule like that
    thankfully though with stuff like this the nhs take the beating not the staff.
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    (Original post by ballerinabetty)
    tbh i dont think that you (or any health professional) will be able to get through a whole career with out making a mistake that is detremental to a patient. it human nature, we are not perfect and neither is medicine. all we can be is our very best.

    14yrs ago my mother delivered a baby who was not breathing she resusatated the baby for longer than she should of (by 30seconds) and the child started breathing again but is now brain damaged. she still attends court regulaly about this case, even though the baby would have died had she not carried on for that extra time. so this shows really that even when you have the best intentions people will still say you didnt care enough. the public are crule like that
    thankfully though with stuff like this the nhs take the beating not the staff.
    I know everybody makes mistakes along the way but I hope i don't ever make a big enough mistake that causes someone to die or become really ill.

    With your mum that's different she was trying to save a babies life and had the right intentions. Must of been hard for her afterwards It shows that she really cared about that babies life!!
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    Great, were you at the qmc or city for your first placement? My mental health placement was ok..was a rehab centre for those with schizophrenia, was a nice place- but like you said i didn't enjoy it as much!

    I loveeeed mother and baby though, badger them to go to the labour unit, more interesting than a caesarean!

    2nd year is alright- just a heck load of work!
    It was at QMC. And thats the same as my mental health placement lol the staff are nice but not enough to do in my opinion.
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    (Original post by charleebobs)
    It was at QMC. And thats the same as my mental health placement lol the staff are nice but not enough to do in my opinion.

    I think I know which ward you were on lol is said placement in gedling?
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    (Original post by Holamigo)
    I know everybody makes mistakes along the way but I hope i don't ever make a big enough mistake that causes someone to die or become really ill.

    With your mum that's different she was trying to save a babies life and had the right intentions. Must of been hard for her afterwards It shows that she really cared about that babies life!!
    you will be a very safe nurse because you care a lot. dont worry too much its not like these things happen every day.
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    I think I know which ward you were on lol is said placement in gedling?
    No, Beeston.
 
 
 
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