Am i fully to blame for this or did my mentor act complacement. - page 9

by tinkerbell419 | 11,595 Views | 93 Comments

I would be so grateful for anyone who answers this, because making me very stressed. On my last placement in a childrens hospital, i made a medication error. The child takes two meds both of which are the same colour.... Read More


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    [QUOTE=tinkerbell419;6099701]I dont want to talk about this anymore, i was crying yesterday reading the comments, and deep down i am a good student nurse, i am very caring towards everyone and ive never made a mistake so far on my course.[QUOTE=tinkerbell419;6099701]

    This is the most disturbing thing -- that we have patiently explained to you the major, multiple areas that need addressed -- and you continue to identify yourself as "a good student nurse". Compassion alone does not make you a good student. You could have killed someone, easily, with the poor thought processes you have demonstrated in this scenario.

    I will try to draw a comparison: I cannot sing well to save my life. I read music and play 2 musical instruments. I like to sing - I sing in the shower, while doing household chores, and while driving. But the sound would make you cringe, trust me. For whatever reason, I am simply not endowed with the genetic material to produce a quality singing voice. And while I can imagine myself as Aretha Franklin while I'm running my vacuum or driving down the highway ... wishing does not make it so.

    Having the desire to do something well does not equal having the aptitude, preparation, or skill to do it.


    Quote from tinkerbell419
    1 have learnt a valuable lesson, and i did know those medications.

    The mistake was that i should have done more homework on those medications, read up on their pharmacological values to know EXACTLY what im working with.

    So that is a lesson learnt and something else i can put into my developmental plan.
    I don't see evidence of having learned a lesson, because you still can't seem to identify whether or not you knew what meds you were giving, for what purpose, in what dosage, and by what route.
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    Do they teach the 5 rights of medication administration in your school?
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    I think its a fake now.
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    Quote from nursecat64
    Do they teach the 5 rights of medication administration in your school?
    we did this at least 2 times in the med room alone, plus one time at the computer prior and then one more time in the pts room. in pediatrics i always asked my prof what med she was handing me. especially if i knew the pt had an order for amoxacillin. i'm allergic to amox so i was extra careful handling those doses.
    to tell you the truth, i'd be scared if one of my classmates told me they did such a mistake and then say well the CI didnt tell me which drug is which. its the students job to do her work and not assume anything. the clinical experience is to learn. so ask questions. yes, you are allowed to question your CI. the worst (BEST) thing that can happen is you will learn.

    and i have to agree, something is off. first you say the yellow medicine. who identifies medicine by the color? even tylenol can be pink one day and then purple the next. motrin can be orange then pink. color means nothing. zilch. zero. nada.

    if you really are a nursing student, i think you need to redo a class or certain topics before you can be allowed back on the floor with pts.

    good luck to you
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    Quote from Sparrowhawk
    I think its a fake now.
    I'm not sure because the OP seems very invested in this thread. Usually trolls post a few times and move on.

    Though if the OP is real, the knowledge deficit they're showing regarding medications is very frightening.
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    There are some people on here who over and over again try and point out how nursing and healthcare are much better in England/Britain. If this how "good" nursing students are trained on that side of pond, then I hope I am never a patient over there.

    Also, in England, do they capitalize a lone "I" and use apostrophes in contractions?
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    Yeah...I know a lot of British and European folk....they type correctly. It's not that...something's just not right here, brah. And another thing, even on an Iphone one *can* type correctly, my girl does it all the time....so. *hijackingthread*
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    Quote from psu_213
    There are some people on here who over and over again try and point out how nursing and healthcare are much better in England/Britain. If this how "good" nursing students are trained on that side of pond, then I hope I am never a patient over there.
    If we judged entire healthcare systems based on a few AN posts, I'd have to say the U.S. system is going to lose.
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    Quote from psu_213
    There are some people on here who over and over again try and point out how nursing and healthcare are much better in England/Britain. If this how "good" nursing students are trained on that side of pond, then I hope I am never a patient over there.

    Also, in England, do they capitalize a lone "I" and use apostrophes in contractions?

    Ok now I am going to jump in, please don't judge a system you know little about.


    To the OP if your a student in the UK (I am guessing so since you mention the BNF) what on earth were you doing giving medications unsupervised, this is NOT allowed. In which case yes your mentor is absolutely responsible as he should have been monitoring your practice and administration. That said, you will also know your limitations and should have refused, so you are also accountable by your act

    Can I suggest you visit the NMC website and look at the code, standards for administration of medicines and then read through some of the conduct hearings.
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    Here are some links for you

    Guidance for students | Nursing and Midwifery Council

    Standards | Nursing and Midwifery Council

    You'll find the standards for medicines management in that link.

    Hearings | Nursing and Midwifery Council


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