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Anyone else make a stupid med error as a student?

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I made my first and hopefully last med error it didn't harm the patient but I still feel awful and stupid. While I was giving the meds I wa supposed to administer 975mg of Tylenol and 300mg of Gabapentin (for neuropathic pain), I gave the correct dose of Tylenol however while I was checking the med strip there was only 100mg of Gabapentin and the order was changed that morning, I didn't realize until after I screwed up. My clinical teacher gave the extra 200mg even though there might have been an error from Pharmacy it was my fault and I'm an idiot im in my last year of PN. This has never happened to me before I feel terrible, I feel ashamed, bad for the patient and like I'm a complete moron.

That is a really benign error, learn from it but don’t dwell on it.

Yeah, learn from it but I think you're good to go. Thank you for sharing with us so that we can also learn. So the computer didn't catch it when you scanned the med?

On 10/3/2020 at 12:31 PM, rooftop-yawp said:

Yeah, learn from it but I think you're good to go. Thank you for sharing with us so that we can also learn. So the computer didn't catch it when you scanned the med?

Not that I noticed at the time but I've learned from the experience.

RN2b3

Specializes in student.

Don't dwell on it but learn. Be kind to yourself.

I make mistakes. I minimize them by thinking first, recheck, and recheck again.

RN2b3

Specializes in student.

When I took my med calculation, I rechecked everything. I had a plenty of time to double check my work. I perfected it at first try.

I won't tell myself I won't make another mistakes, but I talked to myself to double check.