I will say that I did make a mistake, but was my mistake a system flaw? We had a new admit on my floor about two weeks ago. When the meds were written in the MAR there was nothing stating that there needed to be a lab draw on the pt 2 days into the stay. Usually on the MAR directly below the med that needs labs drawn will be a date that a lab is drawn and initialed when it was drawn, and also usually there is only 1 person writing dr orders, on this day there was an orientee, a student, nurse manager, and the day nurse, so it was a madhouse that day I do remember. I don't remember receiving any indication that this particular pt had labs drawn on this certain date and I ordered more meds from Pharm, which they sent, which usually they will not do if labs need drawn. FF to Sunday I was looking in the pt chart and found that there were labs that were drawn and that the dr had not signed them. So I took out the labs and asked the oncoming nurse to see what happened cause from what I could figure out is that the day nurse from the day the labs were drawn did not fax the doc the results so there were no dr orders.
I know I dropped the ball that day the labs were drawn, I should have been more careful. But I feel like in this particular case even a nurse working there a long time would not have caught this. I do feel like a failure, but I am glad that I also caught this mistake. I am currently having to complete a month of "performance improvement." Which means my nurse manager has to look into my work a little closer and make sure I don't screw up again. Which she admitted that she should have been more specific on the mar in the 1st place and that she doesn't think that this is something that would happen again with me. The facility I am at has also changed the way the MAR will be written out and have more checks and balances especially for meds that require blood draws.
I keep trying to remember this particular day as the day nurse SWEARS she told me about the labs, yet did not chart anything about the labs being sent to the dr, which she usually will write at the bottom of the page when she faxed etc. Also the labs were put in the chart without being signed. I would NEVER do that, so who did? Usually the labs stay out of the chart so we know that the doctor has not sent back a signed order, so not to give the med. Also why wasn't this caught by someone, pharmacy, nurse manager, the day nurse? I am PRN nurse and I feel like sometimes I am the scapegoat when things go wrong, although I will accept responsibility for this mistake as I ordered the meds and did not see the labs.