Med error- manager told everyone at meeting and made me explain - page 2

by veronica123 | 3,405 Views | 16 Comments

Need advice from seasoned nurses on how to get past a med error when others won't let me. I'm a new nurse of 7 months. I accidentally gave humalog instead of humalin N. Followed all the protocol afterwards and the patient was... Read More


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    I needed to hear that "been there, done that" ...I have been obsessing!! Reading your post actually made me laugh and take a long hard look at myself. I need to move on and put this behind me. Thank for saying what I needed to hear. I have thought about talking with my manager, Ihflnurse, but wonder what good it would do. I needed to forget about it and just do my job.
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    You're human. You have the right to make mistakes. But you must learn from them. Which you have, so that's great. I can't believe your manager did that without speaking with you first. Our manager has had employees in our unit who have had made mistakes prepare a small talk so that others can learn from their med mistake. Obviously the employee was in agreement to speak at the meeting and had time to prepare.
    I'm sorry your manager did that to you. Obviously we all agree that was probably a mistake of hers. I think you should maybe talk to her if you are feeling up for it. Maybe let her know that you are better when you have notice in talking in front of groups, and that she caught you off guard. If you aren't up for talking. Ok, you guys are even. A mistake for a mistake. If possible, I would try and forget about it. Your coworkers probably already have. So chin up and keep working hard, you know you are a good nurse.
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    She should be fired!! what kind of manager is she? One you can not trust!
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    The manager should do meds for 2 weeks without any help...it'll shut her up. Since she thinks she is so perfect. YOU hang in there ok. Inform her boss how this is not professional . YOU are an adult. things like this should be private. Blabber mouth poor of excuse manager.
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    Gee, another lousy nursing manager. Man, how rare!
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    Yes I agree with the other poster who said the manager could have created an anonymous presentation of this error so that everyone will still benefit from learning from the error, yet spare you any unnecessary spotlight. The manager herself probably has made a few med errors in her time. But of course wouldn't volunteer to humiliate herself. Does the extra humiliation really help make people learn more from the event, or just disturbs and upsets people so much that it does more harm? That is the question. And obviously you weren't making the mistake on purpose, so the extra humiliation by public outing is a bit too harsh of a response.

    Sometimes there is so much going on that similar sounding medication errors happen. In fact once pharmacy put in the med cart a med for hydro-something when the med was hydrochlorothiazide or something like that...so even pharm makes mistakes!

    Maybe look up a search on "med errors made" and learn that many others have made med errors..and that will make youserlf not feel like your'e the only one. Because you absolutely aren't the only one!!
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    This is a terrible approach by your manager.

    It completely discourages staff to feel comfortable admitting medication errors that may happen in the future.

    I would definitely suggest talking to your manager about it and saying that you felt disrespected by her actions and see where that conversation goes prior to just up and quitting your job though.
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