Please help me, I'm in trouble.

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    Hello. I have been a nurse for about eight years. I have been employeed in a skilled rehab unit for about five years. This past weekend I made a serious med error. I gave a resident another residents medication. I administered oxycontin 20 Mg instead of the ordered oxycodone 10 '=: This was realized at change of shift. As soon as I realized the error I assessed the ot and contacted the doctor as well as told the nurse assuming care of this pt. I told my supervisor that I had made a med error and she said make sure you call the MD. I did not go into details as it wa already two hours past the end of my shift, and you do get written up for being late out. Not to mention that I had twice as many patients as I should have due to staffing problems. Later that same night the supervisor calls me for clarification. I did not fill out the proper paper work. More importantly I wrote in the drug manifest "Wasted" To adjust the count from the pt that I took the meds from. After I wrote that I thought well its not actually wasted so I documented beside my signature "Given to wrong patient" In a very small space. Well long story short a few days later my DON questioned me statng that I falsified the document, I was being terminated and reported to theboard. I am in complete shock.. she said it looked like a cover up. But remember I told the other nurse and called the doctor and no harm came to the patient...thank god. Now im out of a job, will face the board and I don't know how to get a job after being fired. Please please help me.
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    I am sorry to hear about this. It seems that likely you would have never made the mistake except because of being dumped on by the amount of pts. You were doing a good deed. But, you bite off more than you could chew. First of all you should have never been put into that position. Second of all (a little late to hellp) you should have never taken the extra patients. I am sorry it's too late to do it all over again. I don't know what will happen in your case. But, I feel your pain, and can only imagine the thoughts buzzing around in your mind. All I can say is to look up and pray. Walk in dignity,and remember you did the right thing. That ought to go a long way with the board. My prayers (already said them for you) are with you.
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    I would contact a lawyer specializing in nursing matters, this will affect getting a new job so you want to know what is being written about you and defend yourself. Sadly, i have found in these matters everyone is out to cover their own butt.
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    Is it really falsifying? Sadly I cannot afford an attorney...im a single mother of two, and it will be all I can do to afford food.
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    I do not see how that would be considered falsifying.. If she thought she had you on something she wouldve sent you out for a UA immediately. Too bad she didnt as a clean test wouldve been some saving grace for the BON. Since that didnt happen I would CYA & go pay for 1 at LabCorp. Maybe you can find a witness that will write a statement for you?
    SuesquatchRN, WI_home_RN, netglow, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from ShellyRn1117
    Is it really falsifying? Sadly I cannot afford an attorney...im a single mother of two, and it will be all I can do to afford food.
    I admit to not knowing where you are going to get the money for an attorney, but you better start looking because you need one!!
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    I was put on unpaid leave as soon as she realized the issue. I offered a drug test but she said she knew where the med went...to the wrong pt, and no question of diversion. I asked her to test me but she declined and said it was a matter of documentation....false documentation at that!
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    Oh God, I want to just die.
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    I would track that DR and Other Nurse down and beg them to write a Memo for Record while it is still in their memory.
    GrnTea, yalienne, LTCangel, and 20 others like this.
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    Do you carry your own liability insurance? If you do, contact them and they should provide you with a lawyer and defend you against the board if need be.
    GrnTea, yalienne, Mrs. SnowStormRN, and 8 others like this.


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