Hi I'm a new RN and I was recently hired at an acute setting in October 2010. In the past three months, I have made two medication errors and my DON told me the third one will be up for termination? After hearing this, I've been absolutely scared.
I mean this is my first RN job and already I'm making medication errors.
First Drug Error: I didn't see the order for potassium and so the night nurse ended up giving it to the patient (4 hours late) but of course I was written up for that.
Second Drug Error: I forgot to give coumadin 2mg for maintenance (written by the pharmacy per protocol) and again I was written up for it.
I admit that I made the mistakes. I was just crushed because just when I thought I had been thorough with my work that day, I get a call from my DON telling me about the error. I'm feeling so frustrated with myself.
I don't want to lose my job. I'm new and I'm learning. I don't even know if they'll put me on probation or not or if there is such thing with medication errors. Will they terminate me if I somehow make another error after a year?
I don't know if I should start looking for another job. But lesson learned, I am NOT leaving that hospital without looking at the MAR and the Chart thoroughly from now on. I'm just feeling so traumatized because I now know I can't afford to make another mistake and so I have this pressure on my shoulders. Now I'm thinking, are they going to automatically terminate me if I make another error?
Any advice to ease my stress?