Hello, I'm an RN of 22 years & on Friday I forgot to d/c a peripheral IV upon pt's d/c from day surgical unit. The family phoned, when the arrived home, to ask for guidance. Because it was after 4PM on Friday, and they live 1 hour from the hospital (depending on traffic) I didn't think it wise to have them return if they felt comfortable removing it with my guidance. They were not upset by the event, removed the catheter successfully, and I had them photograph the site after the removal.
I have been sick with extreme anxiety all weekend. I'm new to the department, and have not yet passed my 3 month mark as a full-time staff nurse. The MD was quite upset about the event, remarking that she felt it "was careless" and "reflected badly on the institution". The surgeons are going to discuss it in their weekly departmental meeting. I feel like I'm up against a firing squad.