Your Problem Arises (Niki Confronts Corey)

Chapter 45 As soon as I realize I’ve bumped into Corey, I turn to run back into the women’s restroom, but he caught me by the shoulders before I reached sanctuary. “Let go!” I hiss. A woman shoulders past us, looks back, but determines I’m not in danger so she keeps going. “Niki, will you […]

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A Trip to The Mall

Chapter 44 I get home from work and fall into bed without showering first. Troubled about Corey, and tired from a long nightshift, I toss and turn through fragments of terrible dreams I can’t remember. After several hours I give up all hope of restful sleep, and lie awake in the darkened room. The extra […]

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Angst and Cake (Niki’s smiling face)

Chapter 43  “So what happens to Melissa now, Grant?” “The hospital can file a complaint against her with the Board of Nursing if they choose, but that’s unlikely. She isn’t named in the suit, so she’s off the hook for that. Like I said, Dr. Straid filed against the hospital to protect his financial interests. […]

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An Awkward Silence (the trouble with bullies)

Chapter 42 Melissa took a sip from the glass of water in front of her before speaking. “It was supposed to be my night off, but I came in extra at 11 for an eight hour shift. There was a sick call, and when they got a third admission that night, the charge nurse asked […]

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A Tiny Diamond in Her Nose (The deposition)

Chapter 41 Extending his hand to introduce himself, Grant stood up to meet the nurse and hospital lawyer as they entered the conference room. Then he introduced me as part of the legal team. I don’t know what I’d expected, but I was surprised the nurse facing deposition appeared to be in her thirties. Like […]

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The Wrong Side of a Sentinel Event Review (Niki empathizes)

Chapter 40 I woke up in Raquel’s and Grant’s guest room when a bright shaft of morning light slipped between the honeycombed shades and into my eyes. This never happens at home where I’ve installed black out shades in my bedroom, because I work night shift. My hand, tingly-numb from sleeping on it, reaches for […]

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It Happens (Niki sees in contrast)

Chapter 39 “Good work, Niki. Knowing the lab results and rash indicated a severe infection, yet this information was not reported to our client, Dr. Staid until after the boy’s death points the responsibility away from him, towards the nurse, and therefore at the hospital. That’s exactly the thing we’re looking for in the chart. […]

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Critical Values (Niki ponders on the job training for nurses)

Chapter 38 The chart notes written by the pediatric nurse caring for the little boy who died are scant. However, by searching the lab values, medication administration record, and the vital signs flow sheet in his medical record, I piece together a story of wrong assumptions combined with missed critical assessments. The ER got the […]

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Seeking Justice (Niki reviews a nurse’s notes)

Chapter 37 In the conference room, Grant gives a brief explanation of the case I’m to review: “According to the ER record, the parents reported their three-year old wasn’t interested in eating for a couple of days and when he stopped drinking fluids too they became concerned, bringing him to the hospital’s ER. A temperature […]

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Something Cold & Diet (Niki turns nurse expert in a medical lawsuit)

Chapter 36 “I have to wait and see what happens next, Raquel. I won’t pressure Corey into leaving Sheila when she has breast cancer. There’s no moral ground for me to stand on. She’s his wife, after all.” “It’s funny that fact only became important to Corey just now. That’s all I’m saying, Niki.” “Jeez, […]

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