Will med error keep me from NT position?

  1. I had an interview for a nurse tech position a week ago. I was told that 4 positions were opened and over 70 nursing students applied. During the interview, I revealed that the biggest mistake I regret was giving the wrong med to the wrong patient (I gave an exelon instead of a nitro patch. I didn't go into detail about what mistake I made. I could have been ugly, I know. I thank god, still, that she was fine). I attributed the mistake to my failure to check the five rights. I got a call back from the interviewer, literally 2 or 3 hours later, telling me "they'll be moving on to other applicants." I asked for feedbacks and was told it was because of the med error.

    I just want to know, will this med error haunt me forever? If I can't even get a tech job because of it, will I be able to get an rn job once done with school? I still want a nurse tech. job. What should I do? Did you experience something similar?

    P.S. I currently worked as a cnaII at a hospital. I was a medication aide at a memory care unit for 10 months until I transferred to work at the hospital.
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    ICU RN; from US
    Specialty: CVICU


  3. by   VickyRN
    Stop giving out so much negative information during your job interview.
  4. by   kht124
    I was asked to mention one mistake I made that I regret. I don't get why they even asked that question if they eliminate honest answers.
  5. by   NellieOlsen
    I would come up with another mistake to use in an interview, one that doesn't include a med error or involve a patient's well-being. That's an odd question to be asked though. Hopefully it won't come up again.
  6. by   ChaseZ
    Quote from kht124
    I was asked to mention one mistake I made that I regret. I don't get why they even asked that question if they eliminate honest answers.
    IMO, interviewers don't really want honest answers. When they ask where you see yourself in 3 years you do not say CRNA school you tell them something about staying in the unit and continuing up the clinical ladder and all that warm and fuzzy stuff. Personally, I would pick a more generic response that does not portray you as incompetent.
  7. by   Stephalump
    The med errror will only haunt you forever if you tell people about it forever. I can't tell you if it had anything to do with you rejection - it couldn've been for any number of reasons, but in the future I would come up with a much smaller mistake that you could spin in a positive way. No med errors.
  8. by   KelRN215
    I agree with the previous posters. Choose another example that you can spin into something positive. "But now I am extra careful blah blah blah."
  9. by   BrandonLPN
    Every nurse has made a med error. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. It doesn't make you a bad nurse. But for the love of Pete, DON'T mention it in interviews! That's a deal breaker!
  10. by   Meriwhen
    Agree with the others: while your honesty is admirable, I'd pick a different mistake to discuss in interviews.
  11. by   morte
    that degree of "honesty" really is closer to self punishment.......you need to stop that right away.
  12. by   JDZ344
    Something like this answer would have been better:

    Interview Question and Answer: What's the worst mistake you've made at work and how did you deal with it?on't beat yourself up. You'll know better next time!
  13. by   kht124
    I read through all the comments.

    I had another nurse technician interview a week ago. I just got a call today and found out I was accepted for a prn nurse tech position at a different hospital I reflected through what went wrong during my last interview and took some advices from here and got the job!!
  14. by   nurseprnRN