View Full Version : Upset and Confused, Any Suggestions

01-11-2009, 09:36 AM
I work at a dialysis unit. A few days ago I had a patient whose needle dislodge and within a few minutes he lost a lot of blood. The first thing I did after discovering this was hold pressure to the site and turn the pump off on the machine. The patient coded on us and ended up in the hospital. He died a few days later. Now I hold this tremendous grief/fear of what if? I know that everything was done per our policy and procedure but I still can't get over seeing him. I have now been suspended from work for a week without any news or calls from my manager.
I am having a hard time with all of this. I just lost someone I loved as my own family and feel like I have no support from the company. Any suggestion. I can't eat, sleep, and am crying off and on.

01-11-2009, 07:16 PM
I suggest that you go and see a councilor that specialisers in nurses and/or loss (you should be able to find one through work). And talk through what happened. It is recognized that oncology and dialysis nurses get very close to their patients, so don't feel bad about feeling the loss.

If you have been layed off work, you need to prepare your statement about what happened, and how you followed the facilities' policy. You might also need to contact your union/ nurses support organization, and also your registration board to see if and how much trouble you are in.

01-11-2009, 09:11 PM
I have call my employment assistance line and they want me to see a council face to face. I have to call tomorrow to set it up. Yea these patients become family cause you see them every other day. You get to know them very well. Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. I figured other nurses would know what I am going through.

As far as how much trouble I am in-I was told I was suspended from work with pay under investigatory reasons. I spoke to the company lawyer the next day and explain to him my statement. Should I seek a lawyer and ask them what I need to do if anything for myself. I don't trust the company.

Please anyone let me know what you think.

Mother Jones, RN
01-12-2009, 05:34 AM
I would seek outside legal counsel. Company lawyers are only interested in protecting the company, not the nursing staff.

01-12-2009, 12:07 PM
I agree with MJ, I would also never go along to any kind of meeting with the employer without some kind of support / representation - lawyer / union representative or at the very least a friend.

01-12-2009, 06:16 PM
Thanks to both of you, I agree. I am going to speak to a lawyer asap. Appreciate the advice greatly.

01-10-2013, 09:29 AM
a circumstance like this is really the fear and the risk of those who are in the nursing profession. I hope you already have found solution to your problem by now!