Hello everybody, this is my first post on this site
I am a brand new grad and just started a job at a LTC home. I had my orientation shifts and had my first shift on my own yesterday from 3-11.. Unfortunately it was a stressful shift.
During my shift I had experienced my first med error...... I had given a patient the wrong medication (resident received the medication intended for another resident with the same name). These were the events leading up to the error:
My laptop on the med cart died during the med pass (nurse before did not plug it in) therefore I was looking at the EMAR from the computer at the nurses station at the front of the home.. preparing my medications with the cart there, then taking them to the resident. I had in my head I was giving the medication to James Doe, so in my head I kept saying James. I was walking down the hall and seen "James" on the door tag, so I approached that resident asked their name and proceeded to give the medication. Then when I went back to the computer I realized it was the incorrect James.. The James I had given the medication too had a nickname on his room tag... His correct name was somethign other than James but liked to be called that.
I had given the wrong James, dilaudid 1mg and a dose of eliquis (cant remember dosage) I IMMEDIATLEY called the ADOC (assistant director of care) and she came and helped me through the process. Telling me it was ok that everyone made mistakes. We informed the family and the doctor and everything was ok... but I still felt terrible. And am really doubting my ability to practice nursing.....THe patient remained stable and was in good spirits.
If the resident's had their proper names on the door tag would the med error not have happened, if my laptop died would it not have happened? I don't know. All I know was I made and error, even though there were circumstances leading up to it, I still am seriously doubting my ability.
Are medication errors reported to the board of nurses/College of nurses??
Should I continue to beat myself up about this error, or move on from it and learn frrom this mistake?