Gave a patient someone else's unwasted dilaudid - page 3

First of all, let me tell you a little background about myself. I graduated in 08 and found a job at a rehab facility because no one would hire a new grad at a hospital unless you knew someone. I worked there for a year, and I... Read More

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    Quote from Hoozdo
    That is a horse of a different color and can't even be compared.

    We are talking about a potent IV opioid here.
    I am aware of that but thank you sooooo much for pointing that out.

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    The other reason that you have to waste the med is if you are getting it out of the Pyxis or Accudose - the patient whose name you took it out under is getting charged. If you use the unused portion of that med on another patient - the other patient is technically getting the med for free - at the expense of the other patient. It also isn't showing up under that other patient's name, so when pharmacy pulls up the accounts - it will look like that patient never even got the med although it's documented on the MAR. This can cause BIG problems if audits are conducted.
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    Thank you everyone for your input. I am well aware that I committed a huge error, and I have been beating myself up for it. I know that I am NEVER ever going to do this again, no matter how overwhelmed I am. This event is going to stay with me for the rest of my life.
    When I came into work this afternoon, the nurse manager came to the breakroom with me and we just sat down and talked and I of course had tears. She was really supportive, and wanted to know what she could do to make my anxieties lessen. I just really need to ask questions all the time when I am unsure, even when everyone else is busy.
    When the night shift came in, one of the nurses I give report to also took me to the side and said that she heard what happened and we talked about it. She also said that I am doing very well for being new, and that she doesn't say that about most new nurses. Apparantly I am doing something right.
    My lesson has been learned, and I know that dilaudid will haunt me for the rest of my career, but I know now to be more diligent and aware of what is going on around me. Thank you all who replied that gave me encouraging words, I really appreciate it.
    wooh, TDCHIM, DeLanaHarvickWannabe, and 3 others like this.
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    You seem to have a great manager and a staff who really does care about and support you. It seems you are doing a wonderful job and they see that. We all make mistakes and we have to learn from them and grow. Sounds like you did just that. Glad things worked out.
    wooh and Multicollinearity like this.
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    Agree with Batman-- you are so fortunate to have a manager and at least one co-worker who are supportive. It also makes me happy to see that it really is possible to have a year pass between graduation and your first acute care med-surg job, that you are hired, and despite the steeper learning curve, you will be successful at it.

    There are lots and lots of "old" new grads wondering if it can really be done. You're proving that it can. Best wishes as you continue in that journey.

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