I'm a CNA at an ALF. I went in Sunday night for my shift and the new day shift nurse was still handing out her evening meds. The night shift nurse had just arrived and began helping her get finished.
Next thing I know, day shift nurse walks out of a resident's room, stops, then screams out, "I just gave that resident another resident's pills!!"
To make a long story short, we kept an extremely close eye on this particular resident all night because she has normal BP but one of the pills given to her was for high BP. It rode very low all night; she felt terrible. Thankfully, we didn't have to send her out but it was still a highly stressful night.
The nurse received no disciplinary action and that really bothers me. She didn't even show remorse. She just went home and didn't even call to check on the resident. Have you guys ever experienced this? How was it handled?
Jul 19, '12
I would guess that for every one nurse who admits their mistake, there are ten that don't.
Kudos to that nurse for considering the health of her pt, before her possible write up or discharge. Because I guarantee you she weighed the two before she announced her mistake.
Last edit by imintrouble on Jul 19, '12
: Reason: spelling