I tried to add a bit of comedy to my interview as well. I was asked whether I had ever made a drug error and how I had responsed. I replied that, "of course I had, and do you want to hear the funniest one?"
"When my wife was nine months pregnant, I was working on a neuro floor, and had the joy of taking care of one of our most difficult long term patients. The gentlemen had had a stroke and usually sat in the hall, posied to a chair, screaming at everyone all day long. Well, this morning, I saw that he was ordered 100mg of Codeine. I thought this was a strange order, but knew that he had fallen recently and had been complaining of some hip pain. I checked with several of my colleges, asking them if they too thought the order was wierd, and although they agreed, finally went and administered it. Well, a hour later the gentlemen was sleeping in his chair and was quiet for the rest of the day.
It was only later, to my horror, that I realized the order read, Colace 100mg. I had the responsibilty of calling the attending physician, who then thought I was a dolt, and informing him of my error."
What did I learn? That when under stress people's senses can deceive tham and to always listen to your gut, which was telling me at the time that something was hokey.