When Should I Self-Report?
In the last few months, I've consulted with nurses who were told by their charge nurse or director of nursing that they must self-report alleged errors immediately. My jaw drops when I hear some of these stories. Let me give you one example. A nurse was blamed for missing narcotics. The DON promptly accused the nurse of being a drug user, and told this nurse to contact the Nevada State Board of Nursing that day. This nurse was also told that if it was not reported right away,