Jo’s laws of nursing: revised and updated!

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First Law: If you have to jack with it, it’s wrong.

We’ve all heard stories about nurses who put oral contrast through central lines or flushed medication into drains. Thankfully, those sorts of mistakes are rare and becoming more so, for one simple reason: Most of what we do has been made foolproof.

That said, if you have to jack with it, it’s wrong. If your syringe doesn’t fit into a particular port or you have to go through myriad mathematical gymnastics to make a medication dosage work out, or if you’re having to reprogram a pump every 30 seconds, take a step back and look at what’s going on. Go through the problem step by step and get a second pair of eyes to look at it with you.

Pay attention to your intuition –>

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Agatha Lellis

Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night. She writes a monthly advice column, "Ask Aunt Agatha," here on Scrubs; you can send her questions to be answered at

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5 Responses to Jo’s laws of nursing: revised and updated!

  1. Pam Rossano

    Loved this

  2. Nikki

    entertaining AND eye-opening… loved it

  3. Shannon

    LOVE THIS… especially the first law. I’ve said many times, (and will say again, I’m sure) “Make it hard for me to screw something up.”

    Keep up the good work!

  4. JerZFox

    My gut and instincts are usually wrong.

    • Granny RN

      Give it time. Instincts and ‘gut feelings’ are the response from your brain when it starts to give a response based on all of the ‘data’ that it has taken in. Like a sentient computer.
      You WILL get there and then you will try to argue with your ‘gut instincts’ (what Older Nurses do) but you will find that the ‘data stream’ response was RIGHT after all!