I am a med-surg nurse for the past 4-5months. Things are great as far as I know, until today....I lost a dose of Ativan.
I had a pt that was to get a scheduled dose of Librium. I pulled Ativan because she was having some anxiety. Upon administering the med, it had instructions to space out the Librium and Ativan by two hours. So I held the Ativan and gave the Librium.
I kept it in my pocket, by the time I went back to the Pyxsis to return the med with a witness, I could not find it. I emptied out my pockets, checks all the rooms I went into, even the bathroom. Nowhere to be found. I informed the charge nurse and she called the pharmacy.
I filled out some documentation stating what happened then I went home after my shift.
This a a huge bummer. I have never had this happen before.
Who knows where the med went. Whether someone found it and kept it for themselves or it is somewhere in the piles of garbage. I even checked the garbage, could not find it.
I am really worried. Could I get fired for this? How serious of an offense is this?
I am bummed. I just started to get used to working in the hospital. I feel like whenever I feel like I am catching up, a wrench gets thrown in the mix.
Does this happen? What should I prepare myself for in terms of disciplinary action?
Thanks so much for the advice.