I was a brand brand new grad RN, lucky enough to get a job in a nursing home.
That said, for all the other three new grads that were hired at the same time, we all seem to got into some kind of trouble. One girl was asked to either quit or change to part-time. Another got numerous written-ups. Unfortunately I made a relatively big meds error in the first week working on my own. Half residents in the facility did not have ID bands, and I confused two of them that had no ID bands on. The doctor was notified. Fortunately, the residents did not get sent to the hospital, remain healthy, and stay in our facility till today. I was asked to write a lot of stuff about the incidence, signed lots of paper, etc.
Since then I have been extra careful, no big mistakes or any written ups afterwards, and now even start to feel comfortable about working there. I was thinking about next year start looking for a per diem position in another nursing home, or even better, applying for a hospital job. But I worry a lot about possible bad effects the prior meds error on my record, Will it prevent me from getting a hospital job? Maybe a silly question, I don't even know what I got is a written up or discipilinary action. But I know it is there in my files. Can anybody shed a light? Thanks.