The doc with whom I was working looked at me with quite a puzzled expression on his face, and when I realized my blunder I felt about as big as a smurf—three apples high (or is it four? I forget).
Shortly thereafter it was time for me to go on my break and I was haunted by the interaction…could barely enjoy my turkey sandwich and chips! When I came back to the treatment area, he had already left for the day so I let it go.
But all night I thought about it, I even dreamt about it! So the next morning I quickly wrote him an email telling him I was so sorry and that I just totally had a brain lapse and that I didn’t want him to be suspicious of my competent nursing skills. Sweetie pie that he is, he just said “Don’t worry, it happens to me too.”
Moral of the story: no matter how long you have been a nurse, you will probably have a space cadet day. Try to forgive yourself, I’m pretty sure your co-workers will too.
Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
By Rebekah Child