In my facility we do not have sharps containers in the residents rooms. At the end of my shift, I reached in my pocket and felt a prick. I pulled out an insulin needle. Im a brand new nurse struggling with 30 residents on a skilled unit. I must have gave the injection then put the needle (with the safety sheath that slides up on) in my pocket while being pulled in another direction as I was heading toward my med cart where the sharps container is. Obviously, by the end of the night, I must have forgotten it was there. I KNOW, very dumb of me to put it in my pocket even with a safety cap over it. Im so scared to report this because I have a history if being honest, doing the right thing, then having it work against me. Ive only been off of training for 3 days, and Im so scared they will fire me. They are hiring a lot of new people right now, so I doubt they would think twice about firing me, thinking Im an unsafe nurse. But I have to find out what risk I put myself at. I know the chances are minimal, but if not to know for myself, I have to know for my husband. I could never risk giving him anything I caught because I was too afraid to speak up. Any advice on how to bring this up to my work? I dont want them thinking im a careless nurse.