Is that my med error? - page 2
by payang0722 3,208 Views | 14 Comments
Hello everyone! I'm a new LVN and just started to work on the floor by myself in a SNF. It was my second day yesterday and It was not very easy. I have a question to those of you who have been a nurse for years with... Read More
- 0May 11, '11 by Esme12 Senior ModeratorQuote from payang0722I agree with everyone.....If you were apart of the discovery that a med wasn't given then of course sign the occurence report. It is not an admission of guilt. But it was not your error. Sit down with your manager and peers in the furture at your next unit meeting to see if there can be an improvment in documentation or the flagging of new med orders........Good job!THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all the replies.. I didn't sleep the whole night & reading all your comments made me feel better. From this, I will make sure to really write the orders very clearly & flag it if necessary to prevent the same mistake next time. I was crying on my way home at 2 am about that, but I felt better now. Thanks a thousand again!
- 0May 11, '11 by debi49Congratulations!! You did great!! Second day as a new LVN and you were able to sort thru a complicated issue. You are a great nurse!!
Re: Med error reports. They are generally used for internal purposes, to track system failures, patterns of errors, and most importantly, for education. I have written MYSELF up for errors, and use errors as they come up to educate my staff (and myself).
Agree with all above...not your error, but you can still learn from others mistakes Again, congrats and good luck!
- 0May 11, '11 by canesdukegirl GuideOP, I am just wondering WHAT form your nurse manager had you sign. Was it an incident report (and if so, did you read through it thoroughly), or was it something different?
You WERE NOT at fault here. You transcribed and carried out the orders. You gave the IV orders as written. I wonder why the oncoming nurse missed the order...did she not read through everything?
Honey, don't lose sleep over this. You did nothing wrong. Make a note of this in your memory bank, and perhaps when you get enough experience, you can use this incident as an example of how you would like to change some of the policies at your place of employment. The orders seemed cut and dried to me, but if another nurse was unsure of the order, there must be some communication flaw in existence.
Now you rest your head easy tonight, dear one! I am glad that you are the type of nurse who is vigilant about these things. Kudos to you for catching it!
- 1May 11, '11 by kat7464This is not your error! Do what you need to do to clear your name of any attachment to the mistake and pat yourself on the back for handling the order correctly. It's easy to feel bad about a mistake, even when it's not your own. Don't go there...you were just fine in this situation!