Wanting your opinion on my school's decision to kick me out. - page 2

by nasethray | 5,177 Views | 16 Comments

Hi everyone, I'm looking for your opinion on this situation that I'm in. I was in a 1-year LPN program two days away from graduation when I made a medication error (wrong med to wrong patient) during my preceptorship in an... Read More


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    Harsh. REAL harsh.

    I'm so sorry you're going through this
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    If every nurse who's made a medication error was kicked out or fired there would be no nurses left to take care of patients. Of course nobody wants to be that person. But it happens. Harsh words only make people less likely to report the error.

    Nate
    -- from what you're saying it does sound like they over-reacted, and for it to happen two days before graduation -- that's awful! I wish I could offer more specific advice, but I know that many schools are a cauldron of dysfunctional politics and don't know enough about yours to say.

    You sound like you will be a fine nurse, though. If you have to end up finishing the 6 months at the same school, I can guarantee it will seem less and less significant as time goes on. The best "revenge" would be to keep your attitude positive and come out successfully on the other side. Some of the best nurses I know actually started out with a negative like that -- it gave them the fuel to achieve -- just to "show 'em"

    I'm sorry this is happening and my very best wishes to you. I can tell I would be happy to have you as my nurse or my family's nurse.
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    I think that's very fair. At least you're allowed back! They could have black listed you to where you could never become a nurse.
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    Nate,
    As my teacher told me, All nurses make errors at some point. It's just that not everyone owns up to them. You did the right thing admitting the error to protect the patient and it is unfortunate that you were treated harshly and punished for it. I would find a school that truly cares about your success. Good luck and keep us posted.
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    I dont think they should kick you out at all especially since this is your first med error and you did the right thing by owning up to it and taking vs every 15 mins. Nurses make med errors and dont get fired on the first one. The school is just being harsh imo
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    This thread is originally from September 2011 and was recently resurrected. I'm pretty certain the OP has moved on by now.
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    Where were your teacher at the time you're giving wrong meds to the wrong patient? I think your school just cover it's behind treating you like this.I'm so sorry.


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