I am so sick this morning.... I made a med error on my next to last day at preceptor. I have been doing so well... I graduate in 7 days.... I am so sick to my stomach right now.. I don't know what to do.
Was with the preceptor... apparantly the MAR sheet got turned in the hall while we were with a patient, we started to give the meds on the sheet... I got the piggyback and hung it.. (didn't start it...) just hung it for her verification. She noticed that it was for the wrong patient... we LOOKED AT THE MAR together and saw that it was the SAME piggy back... but then I noticed after we had already given the patient an aricept that it was the wrong patient. My preceptor had crushed the med for me in applesauce which I gave while she looked at the iv.
We called the Doc.. Doc said.. no worries.. would probably do her good
and when talking to my preceptor about it, she says, she never had a student give medicines on their own and didn't check with her, I was stunned.
Now.. after crying my eyes out... I have a message into my Instructors... I am so sick right now... I graduate in 7 days.. and I could have possibly blown my whole education.. right out the window... I am just deathly sick over this.... not to mention how I have been beating myself up with the "WHAT IF's" all night... trying NOT to hyperventilate and have a panic attack..
Oh lord.. there goes the tears again..
Dec 2, '05
Hi Raevyn. I understand what you're going through. I'm finishing up my preceptorship right now... just one more shift to go. There are so many things that can go wrong. Yesterday I was drawing up crushed meds from the little medicine cup with the piston syringe with my preceptor in the room. I spilled the cup and lost half the solution onto the bedside table. Well, technically that too is a med error. She was very charitable about it and didn't make a big deal but I felt like it was the end of the world and I will learn from it.
I think your preceptor is taking this a bit far. I know mine would have handled it differently. BTW, I've been independently giving most meds since day #2.
Last edit by wonderbee on Dec 2, '05