I have worked at the same SNF for a year and a half. Although i question the moral of the majority of the staff,.i stay for the patients
A couple weeks ago, the RN asked me to write a telephone order for a hospice pt changing her Norco from TID to BID at her request. I saw the fax from the MD and kind of wondered why she had not contacted hospice, but seeing the fax, i did it as a favor seeing she was extremely busy and the pt was my responsibility that day. All she had asked me to do was the telephone order, so i did it and left it be. About two weeks later, i war confronted by another nurse asking about the order. She wanted to know why i wrote it, and why i didn't put it in the MAR. Because it wasn't in the MAR, we had been administering it TID. I was so busy that day, i couldn't remember doing it. I called hospice to clarify, and sure enough they told me the order was TID. I made a new telephone order for TID, and then was sent home for being sick. That night i remembered everything about the fax. The next day i went to work, found the fax and was ready to show my supervisor explaining the situation, only to find i was completely off the schedule. I called my DON only to have her tell me i was suspended, i was under investigation, but didn't give me a reason!
I met with her in person 2 days later. Evidently there were several med errors caught, but I'm the only one suspended. I explained the situation and the supervisor managed to blame everything on me.
I told her hospice never changed the order and they are responsible for the meds. She said the RN was not familiar with the pt and didn't know she should contact hospice and not change the order in the first place. She also said because i wrote the order, it was now in effect and because i didn't transcribe it into the MAR, i was technically overdosing the PT.
I am now suspended until further notice. I also have to reorient passing meds (with the RN that made the mistake). After that, i have to have a pharmacist follow me to make sure I'm competent enough to pass meds.
Sad thing it's had i known the RN wasn't going to transcribe the order being she had my MAR, i would have.
Although the RN made a mistake not looking at the chart, changing an order when she shouldn't have, and didn't follow through with her quirk r, she has no consequences.
Yes, i have learned A LOT from this situation. But, now i need a different job, and I'm pretty sure they're going to report me to cover their behinds.
Also, what about the other med errors they caught by different people? Why are they not in trouble?
I'm so upset and depressed and very bitter. Im thinking about contacting an attorney. Can someone please advise me on what i should do? I'm stuck!!