Hello Everyone, I've recently graduated from nursing school
in August an had taken a pt job at an ALF here in FL, until a few weeks ago when I was "let go" for reporting another med tech for passing meds in my buildings on christmas day, the tech had given the meds to my pt.s for all three med passes @ 0800! I had let the LPN I was working with that day know what was going on, she suggested I go through the MAR in both buildings and write down everything so she could turn it into the PCC the next day,this tech
Left meds in pt. rooms while the pt weren't in their rooms which is a major no-no. Signed off on meds as being given and the pt.s were OOF! Pt.s that were in the facility weren't given meds but the MAR was signed off as they were OOF, and she continually got away with this since she had been hired on from her CNA position to med tech, from the very first day she had been making errors, giving wrong meds to pt.s. She had been reported numerous times by different techs to the PCC's and to the administration yet nothing was ever done.
One pt. refused meds for a whole week, she never said a thing to the nurse, until I notified them, a week later the pt. died, she was on Lasix. Here in FL, Med tech.s can have four hours of training and be called a med tech.! I know there are some good med techs, don't get me wrong but this one in particular no I'm sorry, It is crazy, they have no formal training, no nothing, they put the pt. at risk. I was told by the administrator when I was let go, just because I had more of an education I was not perfect! No I am not perfect but I do know what I was taught in school and you don't mess with medication and you really should what you are doing if you are going to be passing it out. I've always wanted to be a nurse since I was a child, being in that situation really opened my eyes, I just don't understand how people can take advantage of the elderly the way they do. I'm studying for my boards now, I'm taking them next month, for the second time. I hope I pass this time. Thanks for letting me vent.
I didn't spend all this time in nursing school for nothing.