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 Alzheimers unit of a LTC facility. I owned up to it immediately when I realized what I had done and fortunately the medication cocktail was mostly crushed-up vitamins and low doses of some medications. The nurse I was working with filed it as medication error without harm to the patient. I had to call my teacher in and the nursing supervisor was notified. I took the patient to bed and took his vital signs every 15 minutes, monitoring him closely. Despite being a little dizzy, he was fine. His blood pressure dropped about 30 points and then started creeping back up. I felt HORRIBLE about it.
All of my evaluations throughout the program were positive and I had no prior incidents. I was one of the top students and passed all of the theory with A's.
Right after the supervisor was notified, my teacher called the DON at my school, and it was decided we were to go to school immediately to have a "meeting". I knew what these dreaded meetings were all about considering a few other of my classmates had gone to a "meeting" and we never saw them again. I knew they were going to kick me out.
The DON had the graduation certificate sitting right in front of me and said that I was not going to graduate, and told me since he knows that I am caring and would probably be a good nurse that he would allow me to redo 6 months of the program including all of the theory.
Yet all of my theory is credited.
Do you think that this is fair judgment on their part? Do you think I should have been kicked out?
I am looking at two other schools to try to finish up in less than 6 months. I am OK with redoing some schooling, I think that that is fair, but 6 months is just a slap in the face. All of us know how emotionally and physically trying nursing school is. I know what I did wrong and I never intend for it to happen again. I have learned from my mistake, not from being kicked out of school.
The best case scenario in my opinion would be for me to do an LPN remedial course, which is a little under 200 hours.
I really care about my patients. I want to be a psychiatric nurse. I know I'm good at what I do, and I own up to my mistake.
What do you think??