Fired for a medication error - page 5

by stiches

I accidentally gave Phenergan IV instead of IM. No harm came to the patient. I told the ordering PA and my lead nurse, and filled out an incident report. Because of our computer system, there is no way to chart the change in... Read More


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    Quote from HolyPeas
    not enough information to say for sure but I kind of get the feeling OP is disassociating herself/himself from what actually went down. I dont see how the institution would benifit from having to go through the hiring process again vs just reprimanding you unless theres something more to this.
    Do you work for a stat facility? They don't care about the expense. They have all the money they want. Their sugar daddy is call the tax payers. They one, I don't know now, had a no tolerances policy for med errors one error and you were firer. the result no one reported any patients be damn I need my job.
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    I dont know about a stat facility but I do work in a state facility.

    I can assure you, they dont have endless budget ;o)

    So many typing errors I can barely make out what you are trying to say.
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    Quote from HolyPeas
    I dont know about a stat facility but I do work in a state facility.

    I can assure you, they dont have endless budget ;o)

    So many typing errors I can barely make out what you are trying to say.
    I was on my way out the door when it wrote the above. I had no time to proof read it. I was trying to say that the facility that I worked for seemed to have an over abundance of money to waste. For painting walls that had been painted 3 weeks before, for refreshing parking lots that had been done the week before. You see they were given a huge amount of money each year by the state and if they didn't use all of it , the next year they were given less. So they just used it up. and with the no tolerance policy, I you reported that you made an medication error you would be firer period. union or no union. So, suddenly there were no more errors. Errors were made but not reported. Fear of losing your job won over patient safety all of the time. State facilities became the safest places to be if you were sick. This kept the politicians happy. and that's was what the big wigs wanted.
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    My worst fear as a new nurse is passing a med and not being told in report that this patient takes their med crushed and the patient aspirates. Or the patient takes their pill with a thickener and you forget! I hope that I can over come all these fears as a new nurse and work with full confidence .


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