I have been a nurse for almost a year now. I have two different jobs and my most recent job is in a palliative care facility. Since, I still work in the hospital where my first nursing job (medical unit) was I sometimes float there when they are short staff or for some extra hours.
In the last three week I have started making mistakes at work, nothing big, but onces that I still have to report. For example, the other night I dropped a narcotic on the floor and forgot to waste it. This wasen't a mistake that reached the patient, but it is a mistake that makes me look bad and careless.There was a process that lead to this mistake and I have analyzed it over and over again and thought of ways to prevent it. I forgot to waste the narcotic, because I had a psych patient yelling at the nursing desk, so I got busy trying to calm him down and after I just completely forgot about wasting the pill. The day nurse called me in and asked me about it and then I remembered, so on my next shift I did report the incident.
I know mistakes can happen, but I feel so careless making this kind of mistake that I know how to prevent.