I am in my second semester of nursing school, hoping to be an RN. I finished 7 weeks of clinical this semester, which all went well, and I just changed clinical instructors & units for my final 7 weeks of the semester. I also started passing meds this semester.
My first day of clinical with my new instructor didn't go very well. At 9am, I administered my patient's meds, including morphine and gabapentin. My pt stated that she had 7/10 pain, and I assumed the morphine would help. However, I had forgotten that hydromorphone was ordered prn for her pain. She refused hygiene/AM care (which we as students are supposed to do during clinical hours) due to her pain.
I know addressing pt's pain is a critical issue, but I think the reason why I had forgotten about her prn med is because I had never given prn meds before, and I didn't look up that med (we only had to look up meds given within the past 24 hours).
Now, my instructor wants to meet with me. I'm nervous! I don't want to fail clinical due to a mistake on the first day.
Please help with any advice or similar experiences you might have!