- 0Jan 14 by nursingdeathI have been licensed as a RN for 15 months. 8 months of getting my licenses I was called into my managers office because I had pulled a dose of morphine before my shift. I explained that I was checking to see if I had forgotton to waste some the previous day as I found an empty vial in my pocket. I accessed the Omni wrong and once you push the button you have to remove one. There was not another nurse free to return it with as it was time for shift change. I was treated as a thief and I resigned my position immediately. Now 7 months later I am contacted by an Investigator to make an appointment as I am being investigated for Diversion.
Does the BON think nurses don't make mistakes? Am I going to lose my licenses? Will I be referred to TNPAP even though I don't use?
- 4Jan 14 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorWe cannot offer legal advice as per the Terms of Service. What you have done is serious and highly suspect from an employer point of view. I suggest you contact your malpractice insurance immediately for assistance. Do not go to the board without legal representation.
- 1Jan 14 by rn360_Usually in these cases, nurse managers would perform a drug test on you before even letting you go home that day, then investigate the issue , and only if you are not cleared, report it to the nursing license board. ( this does depend on the State and the Hospitals rules). Check your handbook for rules concerning this!
- 4Jan 15 by Davey Do GuideNursingdeath (what a name!) has presented a case that exemplifies an area of priority, and that is, controlled substances.
Never, ever do ANYTHING with controlled substances which could result in a questionable situation. There should be no coloring outside of the lines when it comes to these medications. Follow ALL the guidelines, or you will leave yourself vulnerable to appropriate scrutiny.
I'm sorry this had to happen to you, nursingdeath. This is a valuable lesson well-learned.
- 4Jan 15 by EmergentI totally agree. I can't understand why you resigned immediately. It makes you look guilty. And why, for the life of me, didn't you take the minute to track down another nurse to make things right before you left?
When it comes to narcotic wastes, I am so by the book! I treat them like they are radioactive substances that will kill me if I don't follow procedure precisely!