Quote from StNeotser
The other ridiculous thing in nursing, pharmacists who send the wrong drugs are not held accountable. Doctors who order the wrong dose of drugs are not held accountable. The nurse is.
The whole thing is a set up. Yet the majority of nurses refuse to organize. Madness.
I got into a heated argument with a senior nurse about two months ago on this very issue regarding IV drugs mixed by pharmacy. We had an incident regarding an infant recently (the details are too specific to post) that got the wrong drugs by pharmacy and it was a borderline life-threatening event if it wasn't for a nurse paying close attention...the same nurse that hung it.
She had the attitude of, "If you hang it and it is wrong, then you are responsible" and voiced very loudly that the nurse that hung the IV was probably going to be hauled into court, be sanctioned by the BON, etc. She was one of those senior nurses that liked to try to scare the more inexperienced ones with these fantasy stories with gross exaggerations.
I presented the argument, "Not necessarily....my job is to verify the original order matches the LABEL placed on the IV bag by pharmacy. The bag is a clear liquid...I have no idea nor any control what is INSIDE the bag..that is where the liability rests with pharmacy...verifying that the bag matches the order, is mine."
She pitched a fit that I was wrong...and I knew I was 100% correct.
I even told her, "Think about what you are saying..I would have to have a chemistry kit at bedside in order to accurately verify what is INSIDE the bag..there is NO WAY you can do that..do you even realize how ridiculous your position is? Verification of the label is my responsibility, not what is inside of it."
Keep in mind this SAME NURSE teaches this crap to new orientation students...and none of it is accurate...so we have a few newer nurses that are paranoid to hang IV drugs now because they think that even if they verify the order/med label and pharmacy mixes it wrong, that they are still going to lose their license.