My First Medication Error - page 2

Hey everyone, I'm new to this site and I just wanted to share with you my first medication error that I made tonight. Tonight, I had seven patients and had begun working on the 2000 medications. I... Read More

  1. by   CrunchRN
    I don't get it. I guess because I am not a hospital nurse I am very rusty on that stuff. I would have thought I was supposed to give 6ml over 2 minutes if it said for 1/2 amp give 3 ml over 1 minute. And I have been a nurse over 17 years so don't feel too bad!

    The important thing is too just learn from it.
  2. by   newnurse1210
    The vial (an Amp) of Dextrose 50% is 50 ml. I was supposed to give it over 18 minutes IVP instead of 6 minutes
  3. by   CrunchRN
    I get it now. Didn't realize it was 50 ml. Still, nobody was harmed. You will never forget proper admisitration of D50 so let it go. We are all human.
  4. by   radgey
    hi i am a new nurse and i have made 6 medication errors in less then two month, i am so mad at myself being new isn't an excuse so i worry and don't sleep. the errors that i made 4 of the mistakes i made were missed doses of narcotics like norco. and one i accidently gave two instead of one. I am so mad at myself its not funny. I try so hard. I work in a nursing home and pass meds to 22 residents am i the only one who has ever made so many med errors in such a short period. i am so worried what my employer thinks about me, i try so hard and still miss the dang dose. i am on a med error role and i think i have the record beat state wide. has anybody else ever made many med errors in a short time.
  5. by   tokmom
    This where bedside scanning would be invaluable. Don't beat yourself up over this. As the others have said, if you learn and change your practice so it doesn't happen again then you will be fine. It's those that cover them up or say they have never made a med error are the ones to be afraid of!
  6. by   Frankie Slade
    It's okay, nobody died. You did the right thing by being honest and reporting it as soon as possible. We have all made med errors. Nursing is a tough gig, especially when they understaff the floor, which can make any good nurse prone to error. We are humans, forgive yourself. You did your very best, and that's what counts. If hospitals really cared about the well being of their patients then they would staff accordingly. Hospitals only care about the profits. It is the nurses job to protect their patients from these greedy hospital administrators. Good Luck, and God Bless.
  7. by   radgey
    thankyou the bottom line is i have thought about how can prevent this from happening again. I quit that job before they fired me just because i had a hunch,gut feeling instinct. My instincts are usually accurate. Well update: my instinct was right on but i will not go into detail how i know this. One thing i have learned from this is your right Frankie Trust Noone. Sad to say but watch out for those wolves in sheeps clothing. Pay close attention to body language, eye contact and read between the lines, don't say anything that can and most likely will be used against you at some point and time. Be strong, self confident even when you don't feel that way sad to say but i guess that is the only way to survive nursing. Thanks for your support
    Last edit by radgey on Feb 16, '12
  8. by   radgey
    Fake it until you make it trust yourself, trust God learn from your mistakes and move on. Having a good mentor helps
    Last edit by radgey on Feb 16, '12
  9. by   PinkNBlue
    Big big hugs to you. I am a new nurse as well and medications scare the bejeesus out of me.