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Secrets Of Nursing: We've All Killed Somebody, Except When We Haven’t

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 7:18am
Head Nurse

 
Every nurse fears killing someone. New nurses fear it the most, because they don't understand the safeguards in place to keep it from happening. Older nurses, if you get 'em liquored up and they trust you enough, will certainly have a story about something that seemed...off, that they didn't catch in time, and that led to a patient's death.

Because we're with those sick and vulnerable people more than anybody else, we tend to take the responsibility for their deaths on ourselves--even when it's doubtful that anything we did or didn't do led to that death.

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