I'm certainly not the most knowledgable nurse I know. In fact, I've tagged a few nurses in my ER that I can go to when I have a "what on earth was that" moment. They usually know the answers and keep me in line...
I really can't say that I never make mistakes. Sometimes I look at a chart after a patient has left and think, "I hope the lawyer doesn't see that." I forget to go and get the cup of ice and the extra blanket that I promised. I treat a patient for three hours before realizing that they don't have a name band and I've given several medications. I miss more than my share of IV sticks. I almost always show up 1 minute late no matter what I do. To save my life I can't remember the name of the patient in room 23. I had a nurse ask me if I had charted the black eye on that patient who just got shipped to the level 1 hospital... I hadn't even noticed it.
So why is it, then, that I have had many patients say to me: "you are the best nurse I've ever had"?
I don't say this to brag - if I wanted to brag I wouldn't admit to all that stuff up above - but because I think that maybe I've found my nursing superpower: empathy