Have you ever made a med error? - page 6

i'm a senior rn student & i made my first med error last week. the nursing director said if i make another med error i'm out of the program. Has anyone done a med error as a student? i know i'm... Read More

  1. by   biker nurse
    I learned when a pt questions ALWAYS re check
  2. by   i_am_evergreen
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    My GOD...how stupid of this professor. You'd think that she was Mother Theresa! We are all capable of making mistakes, and this arrogant professor made a mistake by making more of it than what it really was! If you caught it before you actually administered it, that shows that you are, in fact, a viligent nurse. I have caught several errors before I gave medication...and I am 100% sure that this baffoon did as well. I am actually angry for you
    Well it thought me a lesson. As the assistant dean said, "some people just learn the hard way."
  3. by   lisamc1RN
    I just made one today. It's still raw to talk about in detail so I'm not going to. I recognized my mistake right away and called my unit manager and the Dr. The patient wasn't harmed (thank the good Lord) and I was super cautious for the rest of the day. I never want to forget how awful I felt today and I NEVER want to make a med error again!
  4. by   CHorn71
    Not sure how long ago this happened to you but I would seriously consider going above her head and telling someone - what if next time they aren't harmless suppliments? Part of ethical behavior and strong character is taking responsiblity for your actions - in the end you are doing yourself a favor - if you are willing to bend today, tomorrow you may break - just a thought:wink2:
  5. by   firstyearstudent
    Quote from CHorn71
    Not sure how long ago this happened to you but I would seriously consider going above her head and telling someone - what if next time they aren't harmless suppliments? Part of ethical behavior and strong character is taking responsiblity for your actions - in the end you are doing yourself a favor - if you are willing to bend today, tomorrow you may break - just a thought:wink2:
    Maybe. I don't know. I felt like I did what I was supposed to because I went and told the instructor even though she had no idea that I had made a medication error. I felt I had to set a precident for myself of being accountable and I had resigned myself to facing the music. But she is the instructor and chose to let me (and herself) off the hook. I feel like it's behind me. Plus some other students and I already had a face to face with the dean about this instructor for other reasons (consistent near abusive behavior) and I feel that, in addition to putting myself in double jeopardy, reporting this CI for another reason would be like beating a dead horse. I don't know. I'll think about it...

    I'd love to get others' feedback on this issue.
  6. by   hersunflower
    I have always wanted to do nursing but in the past I had no money to do it or support myself while I go to school. But now that I have money for school I am a single parent. I really need to support myself and my son. How do I do all this at once?
  7. by   JJJJJJ6
    Every Nurse Has Made A Med Error. Of Course They Will Never Own Up To It.
  8. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from firstyearstudent
    Maybe. I don't know. I felt like I did what I was supposed to because I went and told the instructor even though she had no idea that I had made a medication error. I felt I had to set a precident for myself of being accountable and I had resigned myself to facing the music. But she is the instructor and chose to let me (and herself) off the hook. I feel like it's behind me. Plus some other students and I already had a face to face with the dean about this instructor for other reasons (consistent near abusive behavior) and I feel that, in addition to putting myself in double jeopardy, reporting this CI for another reason would be like beating a dead horse. I don't know. I'll think about it...

    I'd love to get others' feedback on this issue.
    I would not go crazy to report this clinical instructor. You did what you were supposed to do, because either way, whether you are a student or nurse, you report to the immediate supervisor and let your fate be held in their hands. Why ask for more trouble for yourself??
    If the clinical instructor stated that she was going to let you get by with it, then, she has to explain it. Either way, I am sure that you learned from the experience, and would not let it happen to yourself or your patient again if you can help it. I remember once, that one of my friends that has been a nurse for some time stated that " some patients get well IN SPITE OF..." and I see what she meant.
  9. by   RN1263
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I would not go crazy to report this clinical instructor. You did what you were supposed to do, because either way, whether you are a student or nurse, you report to the immediate supervisor and let your fate be held in their hands. Why ask for more trouble for yourself??
    If the clinical instructor stated that she was going to let you get by with it, then, she has to explain it. Either way, I am sure that you learned from the experience, and would not let it happen to yourself or your patient again if you can help it. I remember once, that one of my friends that has been a nurse for some time stated that " some patients get well IN SPITE OF..." and I see what she meant.
    I agree....
  10. by   Patti 2nd gen RN
    Quote from Pheebz777
    A better question should be:

    Who hasn't made a med error?

    I would be impressed...
    Thank-you!! Thank-you!! We all make mistakes--I am a night shift nurse and do 24hour chart checks, and let me tell you--we prevent so many because of clerical errors caught in time!!! And if there really are saint nurses out there who haven't made actual med errors (or haven't realized the ones they did make) I am sure they have made other errors--dressing change issues, incorrect communications with staff or patients--get real people--stop crucifying nurses for being human. It hurts to make an error, and it should bother us, but not invalidate everything else we have to offer to the nursing profession---we are more than what happens in a one moment synapse lapse--we treat our patients often with more respect and forgiveness for inappropriate unacceptable behaviors than we do our fellow professionals--putting their life on the line in service to others. We owe each other more than that. STOP EATING YOUR YOUNG!!!!!We are supposed to be a nurturing profession--we need to nurture each other too.
  11. by   Noahm
    The worst is when you catch a med error done by someone you work with and respect. I caught one that one of my colleagues made the other day. No harm came to the patient but I had to pull the nurse aside and tell her about it. I had come on shift after her. She is a really good nurse though.....we all make mistakes.

    Once I gave a med to someone who supposedly was allergic to this med. I got a verbal order for the med in the middle of the night. I didn't see any allergies listed on her chart. She did have a bracelet on but I didn't see it. No excuse. It was a classic stupid nurse error. She didn't have a reaction but I sure did!! I was sick. I caught it right away and told the nursing supervisor/doctor. They said no worries, just be more careful. I never made an error since and hope I never do.
  12. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Patti 2nd gen RN
    Thank-you!! Thank-you!! We all make mistakes--I am a night shift nurse and do 24hour chart checks, and let me tell you--we prevent so many because of clerical errors caught in time!!! And if there really are saint nurses out there who haven't made actual med errors (or haven't realized the ones they did make) I am sure they have made other errors--dressing change issues, incorrect communications with staff or patients--get real people--stop crucifying nurses for being human. It hurts to make an error, and it should bother us, but not invalidate everything else we have to offer to the nursing profession---we are more than what happens in a one moment synapse lapse--we treat our patients often with more respect and forgiveness for inappropriate unacceptable behaviors than we do our fellow professionals--putting their life on the line in service to others. We owe each other more than that. STOP EATING YOUR YOUNG!!!!!We are supposed to be a nurturing profession--we need to nurture each other too.
    One of the things that I read in my pharmacology textbook is that they are considering enforcing less punitive actions for those that make mistakes so that the nurses will own up to them more comfortably. I have yet to see this happen, but we can hope. We do have to nuture and support each other and this is one of the main reasons that nursing has the trouble it has at this time, the flame throwing, holier than thou attitudes that destroy each other. We need to monitor the patient and feel free to report our mistakes and then the situation should be reviewed for future reference. But to crucify each other brings about animosity and dishonesty, even from some of the best nurses and should stop.
  13. by   Tweety
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    One of the things that I read in my pharmacology textbook is that they are considering enforcing less punitive actions for those that make mistakes so that the nurses will own up to them more comfortably. I have yet to see this happen, but we can hope. We do have to nuture and support each other and this is one of the main reasons that nursing has the trouble it has at this time, the flame throwing, holier than thou attitudes that destroy each other. We need to monitor the patient and feel free to report our mistakes and then the situation should be reviewed for future reference. But to crucify each other brings about animosity and dishonesty, even from some of the best nurses and should stop.

    I agree in the non-punative approach. That doesn't let people off the hook, it helps them to own their mistakes and improve upon them, as well as alert others to a potential problem.

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