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

  1. 0 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??

    Thanks, -Nate
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  3. Visit  NurseLoveJoy88 profile page
    I'm sorry you are going through this. Thankfully the patient was ok. I honestly think the school is being harsh with kicking you out the entire program. What does the school policy say about med errors? Maybe you can offer to right a paper or give a presentation about med errors and the five rights? I hope this all works out for you. You are a student and should not be expected to function as a nurse with experience. Even nurses with experience make med errors for goodness sakes, I know I've made PLENTY !!! Keep us posted and good luck to you.
  4. Visit  steffuturelpn profile page
    a do believe ur school is acting inappropriately, especially b cuz u are a great student, i think remediation would have been more than enough and amybe a paper by you on how to prevent med errors in the future i think u should contact the state board of nursing about this and also refer to ur schools policy book and see if this is stated in the book, good luck to you and keep ur head up
  5. Visit  EspinalStudent profile page
    Your school is being extremely harsh and really doesn't have the grounds to terminate you as such. I think you should review your policy handbook that the school gave you and try to look for disciplinary responses to med errors or clinical duty errors and try to figure out a way to lessen the punishment. In nursing, as you may already know...if it's not written down it doesn't exist, therefore if they don't have specific guidelines as to what punishments could follow after a med error or some sort of clinical error - they can't punish you that severely. Give it a shot, its worth a try.
    latebloomer74 likes this.
  6. Visit  SparkleShine profile page
    I'm sorry the school is being so harsh. I hope you can find a solution to this problem and graduate soon. It seems kind of mean that they had your diploma right there in the meeting, like they were rubbing it in your face or something that they were not going to give it to you. Good luck to you.
    virgo,student nurse likes this.
  7. Visit  mzrainydayz profile page
    I think the judgement was indeed fair, because what if something happened to that patient? Or even worse they died as a result of the wrong meds. So yes it is a big deal. Put yourself in the patient shoes, what if someone by accident gave you the wrong meds? You did the right thing by owning up to error, and doing vitals every 15 mins. I think you should redo the 6 mo, even though it sucks. Each nursing program is taylored different and you may have to start all over, or may not get credit for some courses. Also if you apply somewhere else they may want to know why you were dismissed from your previous program. I say tough it out and redo the 6 mo, nursing programs are so competitive and hard to get into, let alone the waiting list are so outrageous
  8. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
    The way I see it redoing six months is their answer to expelling you with no recourse. Since you say you have other options and find this to be unacceptable, I would go to another school. JMO
    jddm163 and virgo,student nurse like this.
  9. Visit  mstacyi profile page
    I wouldnt argue with them. It seems you have other options here:

    1. you can redo the course and suck it out for another 6 months.
    2. try to transfer into another school and maybe not get accept because you were expel from your current program.
    3. look into transferring into an RN program and start where you are now. I think most RN programs will let you bridge over since you already done most of your LPN courses.
    4. try to reason with them to only have you retake this course only instead of retaking months of course work

    What ever you decide to do i wanna wish you the best of luck and keep your head high. It will all work out somehow.
    virgo,student nurse likes this.
  10. Visit  Lifeofanurse profile page
    We are human. We make mistakes. Sure we all strive for perfection but we all know it's impossible.
    To kick you out two days before graduation is a bit much. I think I would rather have a nurse care for me that made a slight med error while in school rather than one that made one after graduation....
    I would definitely be reading that handbook cover to cover to see if they can actually do this to you or if they are just making an example out of you as a horror story to tell future classes. I really believe they do things for really ridiculous reasons sometimes.
  11. Visit  Christine2009 profile page
    First off I do not feel the school is being to harsh...what if it had been a more serious medication that you administered to the wrong pt and the pt ended up having a reaction or worst dying! Granted we are students, BUT as students we practice under our instructors license and anything that we do wrong goes against them as well as you.

    I would suck it up and just redo the 6 months...
  12. Visit  xtxrn profile page
    Harsh. REAL harsh.

    I'm so sorry you're going through this
    jbrookec79 and nursel56 like this.
  13. Visit  nursel56 profile page
    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.

    -- 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.
    vintagemother and jbrookec79 like this.
  14. Visit  WannaBNursey profile page
    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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