Where Did I Go Wrong? (A True Story)Created by:
I have this encounter recently in the unit about three days ago, I was on a 12-hour day shift and there's the four of us on duty with 26 private rooms. I was the senior nurse that time and about 4:30pm, I received a call from a colleague of mine asking for a rivotril stock from our unit because they cannot find a resident doctor having an S2 License for regulated drugs. I told him that I couldn't give him any stock and that I've seen one resident with the license who just left our unit few minutes ago. The unit has the only storage in the hospital for regulated drugs except for ICU's. As a senior staff, I am the ones responsible for holding the Ecart and regulated keys.
About 5pm, my other OB patient developed anaphylaxis after eating french fries. Rashes everywhere, puffy face and choking sensation was manifested by the patient. So I was busy coordinating with the resident and I left the key hanging in the Emergency Cart.
Here goes Mr. A (the nurse asking for rivotril) sending to signal to my junior to come over. I have seen them on my peripheral vision and tend not to mind them. But I have a great feeling that they are negotiating about the regulated drug.
To my surprise, my Junior colleague simply got the key from the Ecart and opened the regulated cabinet without hesitation and prior notice and returned the key to the drawer next to me. So I pretended not to see her and just act like I don't know anything thinking that she wasn't able to ask permission because I was too busy. The shift has ended and asked them to go ahead of me. I want to test this Junior's honesty and yet I was disappointed.
The next day, before our night shift ends I have confronted the Junior in the medication area. No one was in there.
I asked her regarding the situation on why she wasn't able to ask permission. She was shocked and caught off guard, maybe on how was I able to know about it. She thought that it was okay for her to get without prior notice because that senior nurse from other station had asked her to get the drug. And so I told her, "it is not allowed to get without permission from your senior nurse. I think the next time you should pay courtesy and pay a little respect. Please don't take this negatively rather an opportunity for you to improve." She was about to cry and so I ended the conversation. She ran to the bathroom and cried. I gave her a little time to fix herself and talked to her again, "are you mad at me? Please don't take this personally because work is just work". Tears keep on falling into her eyes and asking for an apology. So I smiled and asked her not to do it again.
So I thought it was fine, that was just a simple confrontation of her lapses I guess. But after a few hours, it came to a surprise for me seeing this post on facebook about I am sorry, and suicidal ideations. Like what the hell is going on? The next day, a friend of her which happen to be my classmate in college hand over a piece of rivotril for the replacement.
That is not about the medication but the attitude which I will not tolerate. Can you tell me guys what should I do with this kind of funny/scary situation?