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5 Common Mistakes New Nurses Make

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:46 am
by Kunle Emmanuel
5 Common Mistakes New Nurses Make
In a profession which deals with something as delicate as life, there is no room for errors. However, though we try so hard to commit them, there are still some mistakes that nurses commit especially when they are new in the profession.

Medication Errors
Despite all those we’ve learned in Pharmacology subjects in nursing school, there are still instances when we get confused and commit errors in administering medications, even those who have been in the profession in a long time commit errors. Studies have shown that administration errors can account for anywhere up to 32% of medication errors. However, though these might be common, nurses should know that they are not acceptable as some medication errors may be deadly.

To prevent committing such error, it is important that you double, triple and quadruple-checking meds before administering them. Do not rush when administering meds. And if you have questions, check the chart and ask the doctor.

Body Mechanics

We have heard our clinical instructors emphasize the importance of body mechanics over and over in nursing school, but admit it, we didn’t really pay attention to it, nor observed it in the clinical area. New nurses are especially susceptible injuries since they may feel flustered, are trying to hurry to one of the other dozens of tasks they must perform, or believe they are invulnerable to injury. Nurses must remember that there is a right way — and many wrong ways — to perform several procedures. For example, in patient transfer, lift with your legs and never your back and don’t hesitate to get a friend to help you. Raise everything you can to a working height for you and use the available tools, like gait belts, transfer boards and lift equipment.


Some may neglect to realize this, but documentation is very important in nursing care. Those actions not documented weren’t done. Since clear and complete documentation takes practice and time before it becomes automatic, so a new nurse is especially susceptible to these mistakes.
To address this issue, there are policies about how to chart depending on your facility. Just be sure to study these policies and make them second nature.

Seeking help and support

Yup, no man is an island. This especially applies to nurses and other members of the healthcare team. We need one another to achieve quality care. However, there are instances when we call for help without the right information on hand, which should not be the case as you should never call for the assistance of a physician without already having all of the patient’s relevant information ready. A nurse needs to be primed with the information so that he/she can get assistance quickly and effectively. If not, you risk making yourself look like an amateur in front of other nurses, doctors, as well as your patient.

Prioritization and delegation

You don’t really have the luxury of time in the clinical area. Every single minute counts and each task must be performed on time that is why prioritization is very much important. However, this may come a bit challenging for those new in the profession. Prioritizing tasks is a learned skill that must be practiced and developed through experience.

In prioritizing patient’s needs, the ABCs: airway, breathing and circulation must always take precedence. Nurse must also learn to delegate properly since assistants (who are there to help you with basic tasks) could become overwhelmed and unable to perform their tasks adequately if delegation is not done correctly. First days of working as a nurse can be very challenging. Everybody had been there, even the most experienced ones. There may be struggles and a whole lot of confusion. However, with enough practice and experience, we can overcome this.

What’s important is that we value the importance of delivering quality care to patients and are eager to learn the ways on how best to achieve it.

Re: 5 Common Mistakes New Nurses Make

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:39 am
by Kunle Emmanuel
Dunni Dupe TRUE. Nurses should always be extra careful when serving medication
Odegoke Omotayo I believe nurses usually make mistakes during medication but, something is missing from these young & new nurses, 'IS THERE ANY MEDICATION ROUND AGAIN IN THE WARD'? Because in few years back, during ward medication, about two to three NRS would be on ground to check patients case note b4 dispensing it, re check the patient name & re verify the name of the drug & Patient name and finally serve the drug. I have the believe that, all these are being practice during the Nursing training in the clinical experience especially in diploma level which should be impacted unto upcoming ones especially the Nursing student in training.

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Re: 5 Common Mistakes New Nurses Make

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:58 am
by AnthonyAnson
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Re: 5 Common Mistakes New Nurses Make

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:11 am
by jessicabrown
that's true as a nurse and nursing essay help provider.I 100% agree with you.These mistakes commonly new nurses make but they overcome their mistakes and learn from their mistake and within no time they become the professional nurse.i appreciate that you pointed out the mistakes and shared with us.Now those who are a new nurse can read mistakes and avoid doing those mistakes again and again.

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Re: 5 Common Mistakes New Nurses Make

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:51 pm
by AliciaGill
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Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:21 am
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If any one wants to be a good nurse then she should read this these five common mistakes because these mistakes will guide them properly that how to start this profession without doing any mistake. Nurses play a very important role in every hospital that's why they should pay attention to their duties.

Re: 5 Common Mistakes New Nurses Make

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:32 am
by miltonbwilliam
The nurse's first duty is to guarantee the security of the patient. From that point onward, the medical nurse needs to report his/mistake. Continuously take after office approach, yet more than likely, you will report the mistake initially to the doctor and second to the medical caretaker chief/charge nurture. An occurrence report/documentation of the mistake will likewise be finished.
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Re: 5 Common Mistakes New Nurses Make

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:50 am
by Deanajohnson
The nurse's first duty is to make sure the care of the patient. Then, the nurse necessities to report his/error. Permanently follow facility course of action, but further, than likely, you will report the inaccuracy first to the doctor and second to the nurse director/care nurse. A case report/documentation of the inaccuracy will also need to be accomplished.

Re: 5 Common Mistakes New Nurses Make

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:01 pm
by jeddacain
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