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Nurse Fired Over Safety Report

June 9th, 2015

The job of a nurse is to make sure the patients are cared for in the proper manner. One nurse at Mercy Springfield found herself without a job for reporting another nurse who was using her teeth to remove the cap from a needle. This needle was then used to administer medication into a central line. This practice is not only unsafe but unsanitary. The mouth has several germs and bacteria. If the bacteria were to get inside the blood of the patient, then the patient could be sicker than they were when they arrived at the hospital. This nurse was only trying to do what was best for the patient and the hospital. Skout members mentioned to that there should be more alert nurses such as this woman who aren’t afraid to stand up for safety. It might lead to a decrease in infections that are spread through hospitals around the country.