So you were fired for a med error (giving a med that wasn't ordered)?, or for taking med from a different patient (in effect, it's dispensing without a license).
Point being- sadly, if you give a med that is not ordered, even if another nurse wrote the med on the med sheet- you are as guilty of a med error as the other nurse. I found this out the hard way- it's a med error also if you don't even know the order was written in the chart, and nobody noted it on the med sheet,etc. This is not right- if a licensed nurse writes a med on a med sheet, she alone should take the med error, nobody else.
But taking one med from another patient opens you up to all kinds of trouble, as you're aware.
I switched units in one place. First day on the new cart, I counted 40 (FORTY) meds that were not to be found for my 25 patients, and all had been signed every day all by every other nurse. I spent all day calling the pharmacy to track last delivery dates of meds, etc. Over half were not available anywhere in the building, so it wasn't even possible that they were taking the meds from other pateints/carts/E box, etc. I filled out med error after med error (per the supervisor's demand), called the pharmacy 100 times to order STAT deliveries, called the supervisor over and over, wrote the whole mess on the 24 hour report, called numerous doctors to report the med errors, etc. The reward for my superhuman effort to get the cart into compliance? Several nurses were fired, and me? I was suspended for 3 days, because I didn't call the DON at home (on a weekend) to report the missing meds. But the supervisor was there, involved, I did it all by the book. He took revenge on me, the DON, because I made him look bad- there's no way he wouldn't have been fired after a survey. You'd think he'd have been grateful. Welcome to the nightmare of LTC?
How some of these places remain open, you have to wonder.