Hey, I graduated in '08 too, so I understand all the anxiety esp when it comes to talking with management. I would definitely clarify what happened. At this point, they would probably put a note in your file but since you don't have a history of diverting meds i doubt they would penalize you.
Yeah, it's a pain to have to wait on pharmacy, but from Tylenol to steroids to pain meds we should wait on them to restock bc it's easier to deal with the delay than the mess it can cause by cutting corners. It's also confusing to have to remember who you gave what and it's easier to do it right the first time.
I couldn't find 2 Darvocet pills before and i was panicking because it was the end of my shift so I did'nt have much time to look(and i also work nights). I went and told my manager who was so scary about it and she made me write a statement. She also told me to never carry around pain meds for long. You should pull them and give pretty much right away. Luckily, when i went back to work that night, I found the pills underneath the keyboard inthe patients room
what a relief. But it's our mistakes that teach us better practice.
Another thing to remember is hwen you pull up 1 mg, waste the other immediately, preferably with another nurse VISUALLY witnessing you. And like another nurse suggested, go through ALL pockets before you go home.