Quote from patrickh_rn
I'm officially fired from my first RN job today. My manager suspended me starting from last Thursday due to my medication error, which happened on Sunday, 25th. I made two errors during my orientation period, and those two errors are something that didn't teach in nursing school.
The first incident happened around 4 weeks ago. This patient was admitted due to SOB and was getting better. When I was providing medication to the patient, the doctor walked in and assess the patient for a bit. I stayed and listed to what the doctor said to the patient. Doctor said that patient is getting better and told me to walk the patient around the unit. So I agreed and walked the patient. On the half way, patient started showing SOB and wanted to sit down. I called help and many nurses helped me to sit the patient and escort the patient back to the room using a rolling chair. One of the nurses pointed out that I should grab a portable oxygen tank with me when walking this type of patient.
Confused. The O2 issue was an error in nursing judgment and using the nursing process for that particular patient. Not sure, however, how it is a medication error per se. I mean oxygen probably should be viewed as a medication of sorts. Hmmm.
Depending upon the medication issue, I am not sure the above alone is something for which you should have been fired.
They probably did teach you about the above, if you were effectively taught was the nursing process in, what it involves, and how it is applied to each particular patient and the current circumstances.
Again, I don't necessarily think that is something to be canned over. You will just learn to think things through a little bit better in the future. In nursing, a big part of it involves thinking ahead and active planning--it is the ongoing and effective usage of the nursing process to the particular circumstances and needs of the patient.
What was the medication error?
I would think it would have to be a doosey, b/c that alone is not enough to can a nurse IMHO. Now if he or she refused to learn from it, that's a different matter.