((hugs)). My first med error was giving a teenager (i worked at a boarding school) her night time meds, and dispensing her Vyvanse instead of her Vistaril. Oops. I handled it directly and professionally. No one so much as gave me a hairy eyeball at work, and so far it seems like no one snitched on me to the board!
Just remember, you are human and part of being human is making mistakes. Your workplace should be supportive when this kind of thing happens. I can't imagine your work would discipline you for this, and if they did you should look for other work. This is not something the BON would care about. If you practice with integrity and skill, your license is fine.
You are handling this in the right way- being honest, taking responsibility, and examining your practice to see where/if you went wrong and how to fix it. But remember, no matter how careful and skilled you become, you will definitely make more mistakes.
Once I came *this close* to giving my nurse the OK to give a shot of rocephin to a pt with a documented allergic reaction. Caught it in the nick of time. This was a wake up call because unfortunately, in the stress of my new job, I had gotten into two bad habits- 1st was getting my med and allergy hx from my assistant and not confirming with the patient. And second was ignoring the constant assault of very serious looking WARNING
pop ups that tried to give us one last chance to not kill our patient. Most of the warnings are annoying and nonsensical. For the few that are important, they are easy to miss since you have to actually click on the alert to see what it is all about. DOSING RANGE CANNOT BE CALCULATED WITHOUT BMI ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO PROCEED. WARNING; INSUFFICIENT DATE REGARDING BIRTH CONTROL PILLS AND SHELLFISH ALLERGY. WARNING YOUR PATIENT WILL LITERALLY DIE IF YOU GIVE THIS DRUG, CLICK OK TO PROCEED. USE CAUTION: YOUR PATIENT HAS A DIAGNOSIS OF LEGAL TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY, WHICH IS CLOSELY RELATED TO "PREGNANCY.' MISOPROSTOL IS CONTRAINDICATED IN PREGNANCY ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO PROCEED.
SOOO FRUSTRATING!! Anyway, this thread is about you, not my alarm angst lol. So be vigilant with safety measures, wade through the stupid alerts and confirm your patients med and allergy lists. And don't beat yourself up when you make your next one