scared, frustrated, ready to give up

  1. Medication errors.
    They are so easy to do! It is scary how many errors I see, even the simple ones, and scary the errors I have made.
    I have recently made a med error and I am about ready to throw in the towel. I gave the medication the wrong route, and in the end the patient was okay.
    It is so easy to make errors, and I feel a lot people dont report them because they do not want to get in trouble.
    I do the checks on medications, but this one time I missed what route it was. 99% of the time this medicaiton is given IV. It was also ordered for the wrong time which made the error easier to make.
    The handful of medication errors I have made, no harm was done.
    It really is making me consider giving up on nursing.
    I want to help people, not do them harm. How do I move past this? How do I move past the fear of making another med error?

    any thoughts? comments? suggestions?
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  3. by   xoemmylouox
    Most nurses make a med error at some point in their career. I made one myself. I was taking down an order. I wrote for it to be given BID in the MAR, but it was to be QID. The patient was fine, but it was a mistake regardless. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes. You cannot rush med pass.
  4. by   Natkat
    The way things are these days, you're going to get in more trouble if their meal order isn't right or their coffee isn't hot enough than you would for a medication error. Don't sweat it.