new nurse on orientation

  1. hi
    i'm a new nurse on orientation in a hospital, and have been written up for a med error along with 5 other nurses who gave the correct med to the correct patient, but the person who copied the orders to the medex wrote in the wrong times/frequency.The patient is ok, the med was antibiotic.I m scarred of making another error.I feel so slow on my floor, everything happens so fast.doctors orders change quickly.i've tried so much to improve but it seems like im stuck in mud.

    does making this error and wanting to leave the hospital mean that
    being a nurse in another hospital is over for me.would anyone want to hire me. The floor im on now is to fast for me, it seems.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   muffie
    the transcribing nurse is at fault
  4. by   ortholuv
    I am also a new nurse and I have had the same thing happen on our floor. I work nights and there are those days that the order goes unnoticed until we do our chart checks in the middle of the night. I think it ultimately falls back on the nurse that was on while the order was written. Take it up with that nurse, in a assertive way, and just know that when you follow that nurse you should check the chart before giving any meds.
    As to if you will get hired at another hospital....of course you will. You are not the only nurse to ever make a medication error and you won't be the last ( hint: just read the thread about the Dilantin error and you will feel bettter) One nurse told me when I came into nursing, that every nurse has made a medication error at one point in their career, whether it is giving Protonix at the wrong time or something very severe. If you ask any nurse if he/she has made a medication error and they say "no", they are lying!
    Keep your head up...and maybe try the same floor at night, which is slower paced or find another floor.
  5. by   Tweety
    The blame game isn't what's important here. It happened and ultimately every nurse who administers a medication holds responsiblity for that med.

    Med errors of this nature do not follow you from place to place. It's a private incident report that remains within the facility.
  6. by   fredyjen
    thank you for your reply, it made me feel better
    i appreciate your time
  7. by   SCRN1
    I agree with the others.

    Anytime you make a mistake (and yes, there will be more), think of them as a learning experience, as long as you don't continue making the same ones over & over. It really will teach you and make you a better nurse.
  8. by   NicoleRN07
    The nurse who transcribed the error on the medex is at fault, but you, as the primary nurse are at fault as well. As the primary nurse, it is your responsibility to make sure that the MD orders are followed through correctly. You should be checking your orders, even if you have the charge nurse doing it. It is still your responsibility to know exactly what is going on with your patients. A good preceptor should have taught you this.
  9. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from NicoleRN07
    The nurse who transcribed the error on the medex is at fault, but you, as the primary nurse are at fault as well. As the primary nurse, it is your responsibility to make sure that the MD orders are followed through correctly. You should be checking your orders, even if you have the charge nurse doing it. It is still your responsibility to know exactly what is going on with your patients. A good preceptor should have taught you this.
    Could we please refrain from playing the "blame game" here?

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