I was fired for my second med error in a 7 month time frame. I reported myself both times to my supervisor. I have been nursing for 12 years and these 2 times have been my only med errors in my career. I am devastated for making these 2 errors and now for having been fired. (I actually was given the option of being terminated or resigning, I resigned). My question is now that I will be looking for new employment what or how do I address why I left my last job, do I tell them about my med error. I think that would scare off any chances of being hired. I have never had any other disciplinary action brought against me, have never been fired from any job and am punctual, I don't call out and consider myself a team player. Any suggestions for how I should deal with applications and interviews is greatly appreciated.
In case anyone is wondering. Both med errors did not result in any harm to patient, I know this does not excuse anything.
Just be honest. When I got my job, one of the interview questions was to describe an error and how you reacted to it, what you did to fix it, and what did you learn. Everyone makes mistakes, learn from them and show future employers what you learned and focus on your excellent track record.
Me think that they just needed to get rid of some staff....
Last edit by cjdmomma on Jan 14, '14
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Jan 15, '14
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As you were given the choice to resign, your reference from that position will just reflect date of hire/end of employment.
Your reason for leaving is seeking new challenges.
I've made med errors....each and every time it was because I was OVERWORKED. Self reporting is crazy stupid.. unless you anticipate harm to the patient. In which case of course , you must.
Fellow readers of this thread:
Please don't bother commenting on my opinion of self reporting. I won't change, and neither will the facilities that stretch me so thin, a mistake is GOING to happen.
I self report for myself. Not for the pt. Not for the facility. I'd find it hard to live with anything less.
My sister tells me I'm crazy stupid. If my facility fired for med errors, I might have to rethink my position. I'd find it REAL hard to live without a job.
I admire your honesty.
As to the OP, as someone else posted, I suspect there were other reasons for the termination. If every nurse who made a med error were fired, none of us would be working.
Last edit by imintrouble on Jan 15, '14