So, I like Downton Abbey. In the first season, Matthew, the middle-class newly-found heir to the estate is very uncomfortable with having a butler. He won't let him help him dress, lay out his clothes, all these things a butler apparently did for the Master of the House. At one point, he is discussing letting the butler go with Lord Granthem and the Earl's response is something like, "You would deprive a man and his family of his living because you don't like him helping you dress?"
I think about this statement a lot. Why is healthcare so quick to fire people over stuff?
I see so many posts on these boards of people getting "written up", people wanting to report people to the DON or the BON, people wanting to get co-workers fired, or people living in fear that this will happen to them.
Is this what we've become? One mistake and "Off with her head!!!??" I've never seen this so much as I do in healthcare.
It makes me truly sad.
Now if a person is truly a danger to patients, (consistently, not just a one time error), abusive to absence and leave policies, totally taking advantage of the system, then they should loose their jobs. But loosing a job over a med error?
Nursing needs to take a serious look at how it operates. We are all human, we all make mistakes. Instead of expecting perfection from individuals, maybe we should build systems that allow for double checks and triple checks, so that errors can be caught or easily mitigated.