Please give me some good advice:
I work for a great Home Health Agency. I have been with the company for 4 months now and have loved it thus far. I get to make my own schedule, which is great since I have 3 kids at home, the youngest being 4 months old (yes, I went to work when baby was just 1 week old).
Here is the dilemma and worry:
I thought everything was going great. I have been 'upgraded'-though I can't call it a promotion since there was no pay increase or benefits added, 2 times now. I start full-time next week. Well, my boss called me into the office on this past Friday, for what I thought was a working out of my full-time job duties (which will now include more office work along w/ visits), only to find an incident report of a med error for a client I saw for another nurse 2 weeks ago.
The report from the other nurse said I had made 4 dosing errors for this client. I had written in the clients file that 1 of the meds in question the client did not have enough meds to get through to the next week. The client has a dx of paranoid schizophernia, is illiterate and when I looked in this client's file found another report of stating a previous nurse did a supposed med error 3 months ago. This client was visibly upset upon my visit to set up meds d/t an unannounced visit (I couldn't get in contact with client over numerous phone calls to schedule appointment).
When I set up meds, I always have a chart w/ client's current meds which I check against med labels (since we consider these MD orders) and clients name. I always triple check meds and times before, during and after med setup. I don't know how I could have made this mistake (there was 3 days remaining in medication box on client's table when this nurse went to visit).
I wrote a notification for client's MD, and was told by boss that I will be unable to see clients for this nurse until a remedy is figured out and I learn my lesson so this doesn't happen again.
What should I do? Should I quit? Should I be done being an RN? This is my first nursing job and I am devastated thinking I could have put someone's life in jeapordy. I became a nurse to help people, not hurt them. What should I do?