Hello. I am a new nurse and recently graduated 7 mos ago. I am employed in a LTC facility.
I just started working there 5 weeks ago and was trained on one floor. Last week they decided to put me on another unit-a dementia unit and none of these patients have ID bracelets. The only identifiers are pictures in the MAR and on the doorways of the patient rooms. I went to a room to give meds and both patients in this room were to receive meds at this time. I went to the room and looked at the wall before entering and read the patient name and observed the picture below it. I gave the medication to the patient whom by the way.....was aphasic and very confused. I went back to the med station and proceeded to get the medication for the other patient and this is when I realized I had confused the patients. The name I had read was above the other patients picture! This patient refused to have his picture on the wall so this is where the error occurred on my part. I immediately reviewed the records and checked for any adverse outcome but thank goodness the patients were on similar meds so there was a small chance for a reaction. I immediately told my supervisor hat had occured so the patient could be monitored. I had to write an incident report on myself an I feel totally discouraged now regarding my patient safety skills. I was on my first day on this unit and I was by myself. I cannot stop beating myself up over this incident and I was suspended until the DON could review the problem. I am really distraught ove
r this and I am unsure what is going to be done as far as disciplnary actions. Any advise?