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  1. [font=Garamond] I am a new member of this site. I have been a little depressed because my first job out of nursing school , I was let go. A week before I was "let go" I asked my DON how I was doing I was their for about five and a half months and was up for my review and becoming permenant. The DON told me I was his best new hire and I had nothing to worry about. I was working 2-3 doubles a week and was the most willing to help out in any area needed. I also volunteered to work every shift to be trained in case I was needed. Then one day three days before my six months . He called me into his office and said that he had to let me go because a med error. I made an error in time a Klonopin 0.5mg given at noon instead of four o'clock .
    [font=Garamond]I admitted to it and filled out a form and called the MD. The MD said its not a problem at all. I was histerical when I left I had never been fired before.
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   NurseRatchet26
    Sorry you are feeling down. All you can do is learn from your mistake and be extra careful when giving meds in the future. Personally it sounds a little odd that you were fired mere days before the 6 month mark. Your error was regrettable but not life threatening.
    I hope things look up for you soon.
  4. by   live4today
    Hugs go out to you, new member! It makes no sense to me why you were fired for something that did not cause the patient harm. Nurses make mistakes, too. Sometimes we make mistakes that do cause fatal injury to a patient, but in your case you should not have been let go, but counseled as to the medication error you made. Sounds to me like someone isn't being totally clear with you because it is hard to believe that a medication error of that nature would have caused you to be fired. If I were you, I'd want to investigate the reasons further.
  5. by   rn711
    So sorry for you, new member. As we nurses all know "mistakes are made". You did the correct thing by reporting it immediately and I'm sorry you were fired for it.
  6. by   angelbear
    You were right in reporting it. Just wanted to say welcome to our little family.
  7. by   nekhismom
    welcome, and may things look up considerably in the future!
  8. by   Noney
    Welcome abroad. Sorry about the job.


    Noney
  9. by   Tweety
    They should have counseled you and not fired you. We should be supportive of one another in our mistakes, use them to learn from. I wonder how many people there are covering up their med errors for fear of being fired.

    Hang in there and good luck finding a better place.
  10. by   BadBird
    That is a bit harsh for a simple med error with no harm to the patient. I agree that counseling you would have been appropriate but not termination. Perhaps there is more to the story than you wish to share? A lot of hospitals realize that med errors happen and aren't reported for fear of termination so they changed the policy to encourage reporting of such errors, we should learn from them but not be punished. Sorry this happened to you, learn from it and move on, you will do fine.
  11. by   traumaRUs
    Good luck - there are other places to work!
  12. by   northernnyLPN
    Hello,
    I'm new also. I've been an LPN for almost 1 year and worked only 3 months. I didn't get fired I resigned. I was the charge nurse med nurse/Aid babysitter on the 3-11 shift for a LTC facility and I guess it was too much for me I came down with Antibiotic resistant pneumonia. I know I was under alot of stress being a recent grad and passing meds doing treatments answering the phone taking doctor's orders etc. To add to it I never did like Nursing Home when I did my clinical found it to be very depressing. I'm feeling discouraged it seems that the only jobs LPN's can get up here is working in LTC. I'll be moving to NYC in a few weeks hope my goal to work in acute care will become a reality with this move. I'm also looking into getting my RN degree through Excelsior.

    Please try not to be depressed. God only gives us what we can handle maybe there is something new and better for you just seek it out. Best of luck to you

    Jade
  13. by   nursemike
    My Nurse Manager treats honest mistakes as teaching opportunities. In the long run, you'll be a lot better off not working for one who doesn't. Good luck.
  14. by   nursebedlam
    Quote from nursemike?
    My Nurse Manager treats honest mistakes as teaching opportunities. In the long run, you'll be a lot better off not working for one who doesn't. Good luck.
    My manager has that theory too, learn by the mistake and you'll never do it again.

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