Hi everyone. I'm an RN (graduated May 2011) working PRN in a hospital on the med surg floor. This morning I made a medication error and I am feeling so helpless right now, I don't know what to do. As soon as I realized my mistake, I alerted my charge nurse who in turn notified the nursing supervisor. My patient is being transferred to ICU for observation and right now she is stable. I know mistakes happen, but I am so overwhelmed with worry right now for my patient. I was sent home and told that my director would be in touch. The doctors feel the patient will be fine and my charge RN told me that it will be up to the physician as to whether or not the patient is told about my mistake. I'm not so much worried right now about what is going to happen to me, but I am so worried for my pt and I just don't know what I can do. I've gone over the situation a thousand times. I realize I was frazzled and in a hurry and I should have just stopped, regrouped and paid closer attention to what I was doing. Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated.
Your concern being for the pt and not yourself is doing all you can do. You could have used feeling frazzled and in a hurry as an excuse, but you simply recognized those things aided in the mistake happening. Ownership without excuses is a great quality to possess. It's an awful feeling, but recognizing how it happened and taking responsibility will hopefully lead to less mistakes in the future.
We've all made a medical error. It doesn't make what you're going through any easier. I think once you have the news your pt is going to be ok, you'll start to feel a little better. If you weren't sick over it there would be something wrong with your character. Regardless if the pt is made aware, you will have to move forward and not let this shake you.
Last edit by Dizzymoose on Feb 3, '13
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