I have almost a year of hospital experience under by belt. I have been volunteering from one institution to the the next with a couple of months of gap in between. Every time, I almost feel that I am new at nursing as I work for a new institution. So this is what happened, at the start of the night shift, the ivf of the patient was about to be consumed according to it's due time. The next ivf order was D5NM + 1 vial sodium chloride. For some odd reason, the ivf I held was D5NSS and checking and rechecking I read that the order was D5NM and yet I failed to realize I was holding a D5NSS bottle. So I added the sodium chloride to the D5NSS. Then, I rechecked again, it did not register in my mind that I was holding d5NSS. I know the difference though, I know the color difference also. I dont know what happened. So, I hooked the D5NSS. Within just a few minutes, I realized my mistake and told my senior. The IVF was stopped. It was still at full level, and it was exchanged with D5NM with the sodium chloride. I dont know what happened....I was checking and rechecking and it was really a stupid mistake. It's like I was new to nursing all again. I am currently offered a staff position in a large hospital and I feel that with this mistake I am not ready. And there are probably other nurses worthy of that position than me.
My senior was very professional. She said it was ok at least I caught it early before it was even infused to the patient. Is this true...I need encouraging words
Im beating myself up...When I make mistakes I feel that I am not worthy to be a nurse. During these mistakes, I feel that sometimes I should stop before I make even a bigger one that hurts my patients
Did I harm my patient during this case?