Feeling Valued

Feeling Valued
Christine McCombs
As part of my clinical routine, I look up all the meds my patients are assigned to at the start of my shift. I had just gotten done doing this when I went to the computer to do some charting. I noticed one of my patients was on some random prostate medication when I was looking things up but it was not on the computer. After looking up 50 medications I figured it was possibly my mistake so I asked my nurse. She said he wasn't on it. This clarified my mistake and I went about my day. But an hour later when I reopened Epocrates on my phone, it was the last one I'd looked up. I went to the paper chart in the back where I got his list of home meds and sure enough it was there. It never got transferred. No wonder the poor guy couldn't pee! I showed my nurse and she thanked me for following through on my suspicion. Later that day, she told another nurse the story and at the end she said "thank God for student nurses" and laughed. I couldn't tell the gentleman about the mistake, but my nurse's remark was all I needed to hear. Thank you, Epocrates. Us student nurses are on edge and crave positive attention. It's little things like med checking that make us feel wanted in the clinical setting.