Advice for the young.

  1. Has anyone ever been fired from a nursing job for medication error and still managed to be successful and pursue the career?
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    About Kdk239

    Joined: Apr '18; Posts: 19; Likes: 19
    from VA , US

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  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Yes it is.
  4. by   elkpark
    Lots of people have.
  5. by   Buckeye.nurse
    As long as you learned from it, and are applying that knowledge to your practice moving forward you should be just fine
  6. by   not.done.yet
    I made one in nursing school.

    I made another one the first month of practicing as an RN.

    Of course, these were not sentinel errors, but they were med errors and required documentation, assessment of the patient, notification of the patient/family as well as physician and monitoring.

    Life has gone on just fine.
  7. by   Kdk239
    Quote from not.done.yet
    I made one in nursing school.

    I made another one the first month of practicing as an RN.

    Of course, these were not sentinel errors, but they were med errors and required documentation, assessment of the patient, notification of the patient/family as well as physician and monitoring.

    Life has gone on just fine.
    Thank you for the feed back. The error made was not a sentinel error.
  8. by   not.done.yet
    You will be okay. In fact, I wager you will be a better nurse for having made the error and learning from it.
  9. by   ruby_jane
    We are not perfect. The only error is really not to learn from the error you made. You might consider taking a refresher course on medication. The Board of Nursing in most states will assign you one if you're disciplined but you could voluntarily take one to shore up your position. Check the BON website.
  10. by   Kdk239
    Quote from ruby_jane
    We are not perfect. The only error is really not to learn from the error you made. You might consider taking a refresher course on medication. The Board of Nursing in most states will assign you one if you're disciplined but you could voluntarily take one to shore up your position. Check the BON website.
    Is this true if the error was omitting a medication on accident?
  11. by   not.done.yet
    Yep. My first med error was accidentally failing to give insulin after POC check indicated it.
  12. by   Kdk239
    Quote from not.done.yet
    Yep. My first med error was accidentally failing to give insulin after POC check indicated it.
    What did the BON do?
  13. by   Kdk239
    Or more so what should I expect from the BON? How's long do they take to contact you ?
  14. by   not.done.yet
    I was not reported to the BON. Were you? Being reported to the BON is a whole different ball game, but most medical errors do not result in license discipline unless very egregious, deliberate and/or displaying a pattern indicative of a greater problem than simple human error.

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