1st nursing job, new grad LPN, 1st shift, already a serious error!! - page 2

I apologize in advance if this is long. There were a lot of details that played into the whole event. :bluecry1: Hi, I graduated from a LPN school in Dec 08. Took my boards, was all ready to get... Read More

  1. by   NHCVTturnedLPN
    Could you clarify for me about the "Not ok, they have something on you etc. I am not sure what that mean. Thank you, Barb
  2. by   NHCVTturnedLPN
    Thank you all again for the encouragement and the sincerity. You have all truely made me feel better about myself and my nursing potential. I can only hope that when I find the right place and settle in that at least a few of my fellow nurses will have at least some of your compassion and understanding in situations like this and not belittle me for my inexperience. I am glad to have joined this site and look forward to sharing and learning more.
    Sincerely, Barb
  3. by   meluhn
    NHCV, Don't be too hard on yourself but do learn from this experience. There is nothing like a med error to *itch slap you into paying attention. I would suggest though that you consider getting a regular staff position in a facility until you get some experience. Most reputable agencies require that you have at least 1 year. It will be easier to learn and you will have a preceptor and several weeks of orientation. Working for an agency in different facilities is challenging even for experienced nurses until they get used to the places. You are brand new, you need time to learn the ropes.
  4. by   NHCVTturnedLPN
    Hi, and yes, I agree. I was under the impression that I would get some sort of "orientation" at the facility just so I knew where things were and how their routine is, but not so. However, my boss (the one who orginially hired me, not the guy who yelled at me, was very sorry that I was thrown into such a position. She didnt know that I would be replacing an agency nurse and that an agency nurse would be replacing me. She honestly felt bad that my first job was such a disaster. But as I said before, it was a very hard lesson to learn so early on, but on the flip side, I did think of how I could do things differently. So in that aspect, if anything, I am getting the wheels rolling for my next job on how better tohandle large case loads, delgate tasks that can be and manage my time more efficiently. Thanks for the reply! Barb

    PS I STILL havent heard if I am officially fired, terminated, let go or what. How's that for a company? I made an error on Saturday and its now Wed. I have emailed my work and called several times and even stopped in there today and spoke with the HR person. She still doesnt even know if I am canned or not. Unbelieveable...
  5. by   jaf0066
    Whether or not you need to find new job remains to be seen. I also think you are overwhelmed in your new position. My advice is let yourself be scared, sad and uncertain. When those emotions pass, if they havent already, set about getting what you need. Talk to your boss about the possibility of working with him on a one to one basis at regular intervals on an individual development plan that you both hammer out. And, find someone whom you trust and can be honest with and who will be honest with you and ask them to mentor you.

    Im a new RN in my first nursing job in hospice. I am the case manager. While I have not made a med error, not to say its beyond me however, I have unwittingly and unintentionally, offended NPs, LPNs and my boss who is a certified hospice nurse with my words and or deeds. I too, am overwhelmed in my environment and feeling unsafe and second guessing my choice of profession.

    I empathize with you and am sorry for your pain. Do the best you can and work to grow from this experience.

    you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Good luck!
  6. by   NHCVTturnedLPN
    Hi, thanks for the words of encouragement and acknowledgement. I have really thought about how I could have done things differently to make the shift an easier one. The med error was just a really stupid mistake that could have been completely avoided had I been following the 5 rules. So that I know, as far as giving the wrong people meds, will never happen again. If I dont know who they are, then I would rather not give it, then give it and mess up again. Other things I have thought of is showing up a 1/2 hour early for the shift, just so I can get a more detailed report, be shown where things are, and know what the aides are allowed to do so I can delgate things like vital signs to them. I have not had a chance to work another shift yet, but I have been doing a lot of planning, reviewing, etc since then, so I do feel better about the next shift. I am trying to get a position in either a hospital or a LTC (last choice, but better than nothing) as a perm. position. I do like agency work, but the uncertainity of work and of course, who knows where you will end up as a concern. I have put out about 15 apps so far, heard back from 4, and still waiting. Its really tough as I would have thought that finding a nursing job would be no problem. Guess again. Thanks for your reply, Barb:thnkg:
  7. by   Ginger's Mom
    Times are tough for finding positions, hang in there you will find something.
  8. by   mikijam03
    Hey ...i totaly feel your pain, the same thing happened to my i worked for a agency, to make more money and in my first shift i made an error with meds, i gave the wrong person the medicine "Macrophage" an hypoglycemic, i was so scared, the doctor said it was ok, not to worry, worst day ever in my life. this is my email i wanna know what else happened to you. miguelusa2002@yahoo.com
  9. by   nerdtonurse?
    When I made my first error, still on orientation, and was standing there shaking (I'd hung Aldomet piggybacked with NS, instead of D5W, because I had seen 2 other nurses hang it with NS and had no idea it can cause precipitation if you do that), my preceptor said something I've always remembered: There are 2 kinds of nurses --- those who have (or will) commit a med error, and those who lie about it. You've learned from it. I've been a nurse on a busy tele/ICU stepdown floor, and the notion of having 22 patients would tax my resources right now, much less straight out of school while you're trying to get your feet under you.


    I strongly disagree with the doc telling you that there is no relationship between a MS and a codeine allergy. And I've had the ICU stay to prove it.