I have just started working as a new nurse back in Dec. '08 with no previous medical experience besides clinicals in school. I had about 15 days of orientation and have now been put out on my own, because the OTHER nurses feel that I'm ready. I feel SO incompetent!!!! I have made two med errors in the last two days, thankfully my patient was ok and suffered no reactions. Our hospital uses insulin pens instead of vials and all of their insulin pens are kept in a locked cabinet outside their room door even if they are different types of insulin. My pt had Humulin 70/30 and a Humalog pen in their cabinet. These pens look exactly the same except for the writing on the pens. I did not realize this until after I had given my pt the WRONG insulin!!!!! I was horrified, bawled, and told my charge nurse. I charted it, called the doc, and made an incident report.
I just feel as if I am constantly making mistakes, that I don't really know anything, and if this is really what I want to do. I wanted to be a nurse so bad and have worked really hard as a single mother to realize my goal.
Can anyone offer any suggestions or encouragement? I feel like I am going crazy!!!!!